Mindscape Phone Elements released!

Windows Phone 7 Controls with Phone Elements

I’m really pleased to announce the world’s first comprehensive suite of Windows Phone 7 controls is now available! We’ve got some great controls in the box that will really make delivering Windows Phone 7 applications a lot easier. This post covers some of the controls and what they can do however we will be posting more over the coming weeks about specific controls as there is simply too much to cover in one post. We also have a great offer for the next two weeks on how to get a free license for yourself.

Performance

We have put considerable effort into performance tuning the controls on the phone. There’s been a lot of talk about the performance of WP7 applications not being as good as it could be and we wanted to make sure our users don’t suffer from that. Jason has been buried in his profiler digging around finding places that we could improve performance — you’ll get the benefits of the countless hours of performance tuning that has been done.

Charting

We raised the bar by incorporating a first class charting suite into our WPF Elements and Silverlight Elements suites. Many vendors expect you to buy a charting suite as separate product but we wanted to maximise the value to the end user instead. We’ve done the same with Phone Elements by porting over the full charting suite from the existing control suites. This means our charts don’t just look great but there’s amazing smooth panning, the ability to handle millions of data points and zooming all built in. Pictures don’t do this justice – it’s a great experience just flicking around the charts in your hand.

Here’s one of the 14 different chart types included in the box:

Windows Phone 7 Charts

Everything you’d expect

Of course on top of charting we’ve included the foundational controls that are so important when building a great user experience. There’s date pickers, time pickers, a gesture library, color pickers, infinitely scrolling list boxes — the list goes on. We’ve worked hard to make sure they all work the way you would expect with the Windows Phone so that you can deliver a natural experience really quickly.

Windows Phone 7 Listbox

And, as always with Mindscape products…

  • Our software is alive – we’ll be posting nightly builds and you’ll get new features, controls and enhancements every day
  • We don’t ship bloat – download the trial and you’ll get just the Phone Elements install. We don’t sucker punch you with a multi-hundred mega byte download of everything we build. You’ll get just what you want.
  • Only the controls you need – Why ship a “window” control for a phone when it doesn’t fit with that paradigm? We don’t add controls that only exist to build our control count. We build controls you’ll actually use, even if it means our control count is less than others. We’d rather build great controls you’ll use and love.

Our offer launch offer
As you know, we always offer a special deal when we launch a new product. We love getting the initial feedback from people so here goes.

  • Tweet this link using the button below
  • Follow @MindscapeHQ on twitter
  • Post a comment below telling us what control you’d like to see for Windows Phone 7
  • Do all of these and we’ll give you a free license! Valued at $299 USD! We will email you at the email address you use for your comment below.

Also, if you have a blog, post a review of Phone Elements and we’ll happily provide some free licenses for you to give away to your readers. Just email me and I’ll help you out.

We’re really excited to see what you build with this offering and would love to hear back when you deploy and application using Mindscape Phone Elements!

How to get hold of Phone Elements

Happy coding!

62 Responses to “Mindscape Phone Elements released!”

  • Grid control with some small screen centric navigation ideas.

  • I’d like to see better rolling Pickers, similar to the way the apple iPhone one works.

  • An easy to use endless list like the one for Twitter and Seesmic

  • Glad you guys take performance into consideration, I’ve seen the component art controls and they are terribly laggy.

  • Great news!

    Looks like that the basic stuff is already in :-)

    The very first point at my wish list is a transformation control which do some animation (blending, sliding …) while switching between pages.

    Cheers
    Sörnt

  • Awesome stuff!!

    As said previously the bases are covered, its important to get a few things right than doing more and getting stuff wrong.

    It would be great to have a list box that can fetch data as it is scrolled – think the marketplace app except faster !!

    Some virtual list controls would also be a good addition

  • How about a WP7 best practice guide based on LightSpeed and Phone Elements?

    By the way, I tweeted as @technicaljoe…

  • A jump list control like in the contacts screen.

  • It would be nice to have a scheduler or kind of Gantt-Diagram. Also a Tree-List would be nice.

  • A fully loaded schedule control should be awesome to complement your time and date picker controls ;-)

  • I would like to see

    1. Performance Progress Bar ( Determinate and Indeterminate ) that uses very few resources and are skinnable
    2. Transformation animations for controls
    3. Lazy Loading Virtualized List Box

  • A grid control – as feature-rich as you can make it …

  • I second the scheduling control with month view/week view/day view etc…

  • I also would like a scheduling control, but would also like a date time picker type control, one with both date and time included in the same value.

  • I would really love to see some sliders for use in WP7 apps.

  • I would like to see a grid control.

  • I would like to see a flexible DatePicker, that easily allow to specify the elements to display between day, month and year.

  • Would love to take a look at your controls before offering suggestions.

  • I would have to agree with previous posters that a scheduling control would be awesome.

  • I’d like to see a Google Maps control, so you can access Google StreetView on the phone

  • I would like to see a lazy load Pivot control. Also the jump list like contacts previously mentioned would also be helpful.

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  • I’d love a maps control.

  • I’ve love to see a calendar control

  • Great toolkit…would love to see a full fledge scheduling control…

  • [...] license to every attendee – that’s a great number of WP7 controls that we’ve just released worth [...]

  • I vite for transformation animation for controls and pages. @ila

  • I’d love a number picker control that works well with a very large number range. Also an attractive, easy to use slider control with adjustable height & width and support for people with fat fingers :-)

  • I’d like to see a fully-featured jumplist control that supports orientation changes and supports data virtualisation

  • [...] Mindscape Phone Elements released! – Mindscape announce the release of their latest control collection, a library of controls for the Windows Phone 7 Developer. This collection includes a rich charting suite, along with numerous other controls, and the MindScape team have spent a lot of time tuning and optimising the performance of these controls. [...]

  • First I wanted to wish a color picker control – but that’s already in the package. Then I thought of a Dock-Panel – but that’s in the package, too! The Looping-List is something I didn’t even think about but it’s a great idea. And in the other comments are some great recommendations, too, e.g. the calendar control and a customizable slider control.

    Currently I would just be happy to work with the package as it is without any wishes at the moment. But I’m pretty sure I’ll come to my senses to make some more ideas in near future :-)

  • I’d like to see an animated multiple-page selection control (not sure about the exact name) as seen on iPhone Safari.

  • A rating control would be great! :)

  • I’d also like a grid control

  • I’d love to see a *fast* listbox control that fetch data (as mentioned by others already)!

  • I’d like to see a datepicker that lets you customize the pre-picker control. The current datepicker is very stale, and looks kinda out of place in my BART app.

  • I would like to see a kind of Gantt control and a good ListBox (virtualized) :)

  • I’d like to see a multi-selection listbox, like in mail when you delete a bunch of emails.

  • Great set of controls! Suggestion: a gauge control — essentially, a round dial version of a slider control, with a needle pointer.

  • I’d like to see some dials (a few variations on circular Sliders?) and like David a gauge control (once again a few variations or one nicely themeable one would be good…although I’d see a gauge being based more on the Silverlight ProgressBar than on a Slider)

  • Perhaps this is easily done already, but I couldn’t see how. I’d like a button like the ones in the people hub. So that you can set an image and text and the button changes between the text and image (I already know that you can have a button with text and an image, I mean like the auto changing ones in the people hub). :-)

  • Some kind of expanding / grouping control, like an accordion.
    A better TransitionFrame – better built-in transitions between frames.
    A faster maps control.
    -1 on the datagrid.

  • I would like to have a Radar Chart. I am thinking of some great use for it. By the way I tweeted as @karlmet.

    Great works guys. Cheers.

    Karl

  • Would love to see more options for maps – like Google Maps

  • Would love to see a complete page management control with animation support.

  • I’d like to see a better date picker
    the three boxes that turn into a list when touched but use a full screen isn’t my favorite solution for date selection, biggest problem is having to go to a different screen for it instead of having the control be on the same screen and just overlayed on top of other objects.

  • btw, my twitter is @eshy…

  • This is looking great. Currently much of the basic needs are covered in the control set.
    But a few additions come to mind like a rating control, an endless list control and a slider control.

    Great jobs however on this set…

    Marco (@mbulk)

  • I am very happy to see Mindscape adding Windows Phone controls in its excellent product line. I would love to see –

    1. A calendar control, similar to the one that ships with the phone.
    2. A 3D chooser control, one with 4 of pages, swipe left/right/top/down opens a new page of options.

    I have tweeted about your release here (@indyfromoz) – http://twitter.com/#!/indyfromoz/status/44661831633084416

    Keep up the great work!
    indyfromoz

  • i would like to see a grid control.

  • I would like to see a Tabcontrol (only 1-3 tabs would be enough) that fits the metro ui. Using only pivots is often a huge waste of space.

  • I’d like something like the Performance Progress Bar and a better performing list box.

    Martin aka @Hades32

  • I would like to see a set of Page Transition controls.

  • I would like to see a pull to refresh like on ios and a tap to go to top.

  • Would love to see controls to ease the construction of cross platform apps across WP7, MonoTouch etc. Would also love a free license!

  • Hi My comment never got published ? I would like to see something like a CoverFlow Control in your suite. I would love to have a free license!

  • Oops – forgot to mention my twitter name – @arowin :)

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  • A timeline control would be very useful.

    Thank you!
    =Michael

  • Hi would like to see very light listbox control that can handle loading of several images without having to compromise performance.

    Tim (@codelabnz)

  • A grid control would really be nice. And a locator map.

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