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An example SandDock window layout with docked, floating and tabbed windows.
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Note: We will be ceasing to sell new licenses and support renewals for all Divelements user interface components at the end of July 2013.
SandDock is our award-winning window management software that enables dockable floating windows, tabbed documents and other advanced window management functionality in applications that use it. We have ported this technology to the Silverlight platform to bring web developers flexible window management features for their online software. The product is designed to offer the power and flexibility of the Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend windowing systems.
By plugging SandDock into your project you can forget about the intricacies of window layout; instead, provide your windows to SandDock and let it present them with all the tools your users need for full customization of the working area. Tool windows become dockable, sticking to the sides of your window in hierarchies chosen visually by the user; or they can be floated above your main window, or even collapsed to the side. Documents are presented in a tabbed fashion, with split views for easy comparison between content.
Silverlight contains no window management functionality of its own. Written entirely on the Silverlight platform, SandDock is able to offer all these features with extras like smooth animated transitions and effects. When interactively dragging windows around to redock them, dynamic docking hints fade in and out to help guide the window placement. If you don't want to use a full layout you can use the floating window functionality on its own, including modal window support.
Developers integrating SandDock into their pages can use styles and templates to customize (or completely change) the look and feel of the product. Our runtime API is very straightforward
and creating a complex window layout through code couldn't be easier. Alternatively, XAML makes configuring a SandDock layout at design-time a breeze. You can persist window layout from
one session to another using layout serialization; this can also be used to split your application into multiple view states. Docking rules allow you to restrict where the user is able to place your
windows. Events are raised so your application can be constantly notified of changes to window positions and activation.