Doing a custom control theme in WPF is no small undertaking. theMatic (currently very-much-in-alpha) hopes to take some of that pain away, especially for smaller teams that don’t have a dedicated designer, or for quick apps that you still want to give that ‘custom’ touch.
The vision is that you choose a set of control templates (which I collectively refer to as a design), some typography, and a number of colors that make up your theme: colors for control chrome, colors for branding, colors for window foreground text and background. ThemeMatic gives you a live preview of these changes as you make them. Then when you’re done you click ‘Generate’ and out pops a ‘theme’ assembly that contains all the XAML that describes your theme. You reference this from your main application, and you’re done.
TheMatic is still in definitely alpha – the whole generate process is not done yet, and the three sets of control templates: Simple Styles, JetPack and Cosmopolitan have varying levels of support for the theme colors. It’s a work in progress, but I wanted to give everyone a preview to get some feedback. You can see it in action in this video:
You can download the code from codeplex http://thematic.codeplex.com/ . In time I’d like to add support for more designs (from the WPF themes project), and further refine the current ones (they need a lot of work), but I’d love to know what additional features people would like to see.
Thanks to Scott Barnes for his feedback on how this app should work. Please leave comments here or on the codeplex site if you want to make any suggestions.