WPF Toolkit - February 2010 Release

Rating:        Based on 48 ratings
Reviewed:  40 reviews
Downloads: 479912
Released: Feb 16, 2010
Updated: Mar 6, 2010 by JenniLe
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Application WPFToolkit.msi
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Source Code WPFToolkitBinariesAndSource.zip
source code, 3032K, uploaded Mar 6, 2010 - 93123 downloads

Release Notes

What's new in the WPF Toolkit February 2010 Release?

  • AutoCompleteBox
  • Accordion
  • Rating
  • Bug fixes

Bug fixes for common issues, including:

  • DataGrid - Templating, multiple selection, runtime sorting, etc.
  • Calendar/DatePicker - Styling, default values, focus related issues, etc.
  • VSM - Generated transitions
  • UI Automation - Mostly DataGrid UI automation fixes and a few for Calendar/DatePicker

Also new in the February release, we are introducing the concept of Quality Bands to rate the quality of the controls and features in the release.
  • Components in the Stable Quality Band
    • DataGrid
    • DatePicker
    • Calendar
    • VisualStateManager
  • Components in the Preview Quality Band
    • Chart Controls
    • AutoCompleteBox
    • Accordion
    • Rating


The February release of the WPF Toolkit has been updated to contain symbols that match its binaries. We recommend downloading this latest package for an improved debugging experience. This can be installed directly on top of your current installation of the February Toolkit by clicking ‘repair’ in the installer.

You may also be interested in the following resources:
Note: The source code solution for the Chart Controls design time will only build if you have both Expression Blend and Visual Studio (with the Visual Studio Designer for WPF) installed. This is because the Chart controls are dependent on some design time assemblies included with those programs. More info is available here.

Installation and Usage Instructions

Please note: The WPF Toolkit is dependent on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. You must install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 in order to use any features in the Toolkit.

Instructions for using the WPF Toolkit binaries:
  1. Install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  2. If you have a previous version of WPF Toolkit installed, uninstall it through the Remove Programs dialog on the Control Panel (look for "WPF Toolkit October 2008" or "WPF Toolkit January 2009" or "WPF Toolkit March 2009" or "WPF Toolkit June 2009")
  3. Download the WPFToolkit_Binaries or WPFToolkit_BinariesAndSource
  4. Run the WPFToolkit.msi to install the WPFToolkit.dll and WPF Toolkit design time binaries to your Program Files folder
  5. Reference the binaries in your project:
    1. Reference WPFToolkit.dll in your project
    2. Add a using statement ("using Microsoft.Windows.Controls;") to the top of .cs files
    3. Add a new xmlns (for example, xmlns:toolkit="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wpf/2008/toolkit") to the top of XAML files
      1. Remember to use the namespace prefix (in the above example, <toolkit: ...>) in the body of your XAML

Reviews for this release

Have we escaped "DLL Hell" only to enter "Pattern Hell"? No indication if this is still supported, or if it still works, or if there is something better. And not just here, but in many places in Codeplex, MSDN, etc. Examples are trivial or broken. Egads.
by batpox on Nov 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM
I found this version to be very stable up to now.
by Benjy1979 on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM
I develop http://massforumposter.com , but project looks like it was abondoned. The release still has many bugs. The RibbonMenu doesn't fit well with the rest of .NET commanding paradigm and with MVVM. Microsoft promised to finish this package long time ago, but hasn't done so
by danangadv on Dec 26, 2012 at 2:58 AM
Why is it abandoned? No new version... I'm afraid to install because of the comments, so I will use the code of those controls I want... but that's sad...
by JobaDiniz on Sep 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM
WPFExtendedToolkit has more features http://www.codearsenal.net/
by ybonda on Jun 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM
This toolkit just doesn't work. Full of bugs, and it messes up things for a long time after you've tried to remove it. I would recommend you just build your own controls, since this toolkit will crash VS and Blend on a regular basis.
by CamronBute on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM
OK, now available via NuGet: http://nuget.org/packages/WPFToolkit http://nuget.org/packages/WPFToolkit.DataVisualization Anyone with ownership complaints, please contact me via CodePlex/NuGet, and if justified, will be granted with NuGet ownership on these packages.
by weitzhandler on Jan 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Finally got around reviewing this great piece. Honestly speaking, it is really great. Sure, it is not Infragistics, but it satisfies all my needs I can have for a Ribbon. Great compatibility, very high performance and I haven't seen any bugs (except for one, which can be worked around easily though). Highly recommendable!
by KnightChris on Nov 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM
thanks very much.
by yuanstef on Sep 19, 2011 at 2:54 AM
Very handy for back porting an application to .net 3.5. Really appreciate this process of releasing new .net features for old releases.
by stimms on Aug 31, 2011 at 2:51 AM
I've searched now 2 days for a bug, the WPF Toolkit was the reason for (without using controls of it). Database example did not work. Sorry, hope nex review will be 5* but this version is unusable for me.
by goldengelch on May 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM
There are too many bugs in controls and the toolkit seems to be abandoned. If you want to save your time and nerves - don't use it.
by zihotki on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Some confusion on the version. The File version is 3.5.50211.1, but the Assembly Version is 3.5.40128.1. Is this the exact same DLL as the previous release, with the only difference that it is signed by Microsoft?
by WrayKS99 on Sep 1, 2010 at 9:16 PM
I used the version of june 2009 for datepicker control. Everything fine until I updated to this version. Now it causes the infinite loop. Basically this datepicker is empty value orginally, whenever it is lost focus, check its value. If empty, give error information and focus to this datepicker. The problem using the new version is whenever I click the control, it causes the infinite loop.
by zl0523 on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM
AutoCompleteBox Tab is not working Can any one Help me on this!!!!
by Bharat_WPF on Aug 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM
not bad not bad not bad
by ifreely on Jul 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM
All components are nice to use. Thanks
by pprabu on May 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM
I appreciate the great effort put into this work. Thanks. But I think it's just not there yet. For example, the DatePicker doesn't seem to match 100% with the native Windows 7 DatePicker control. The animation when selecting month/year is still too rough, if not exist at all. I think WPF can do A LOT better than that, IMHO.
by mahara on Apr 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM
Happy to see constant improvements to these controls. Shame that we aren't seeing improvements in the datapicker, possibly the most important single control for my users. Not sure how the VS2010 release will affect this codeplex project either.
by JamieClayton on Apr 12, 2010 at 3:14 AM
Love the AutoCompleteBox, finally!!
by Cheeso on Feb 26, 2010 at 1:23 AM
About f-ing time! I've been waiting for the autocompletetextbox FOREVER. The other controls are nice too. PLEASE PORT MORE! The silverlight toolkit crushes the WPF toolkit.
by quillaja on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:01 PM
Very good!!
by efagundez on Tue at 1:50 PM
This release still has some bugs, there is an updated version for WPF4: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/delay/archive/2009/11/30/two-birds-squared-silverlight-wpf-data-visualization-development-release-3-and-a-datavisualizationdemos-update.aspx
by vorrtex on Mar 27 at 6:53 PM
Great show of time management
by calvic55 on Feb 27 at 1:13 PM
4 years later after WPF release and the DataGrid is far from the quality I would expect for a such important control. Lots of small bugs and not designed for extensibility.
by randoom on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM
I would really like to see some way to control what text is hi-lighted in the AutoCompleteBox.
by mzappitello on Mar 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Can add LineSeries in XAML, but not in code-behind. Get this message: "The file 'C:\dd\WPF_1\src\wpf\src\ControlsPack\WPFToolkit\DataVisualization\Charting\Series\LineSeries.cs' does not exist." Tried to uninstall-re-install toolkit, no help. MSDN Forum, no help.
by RMittelman on Jun 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM
I was planning to use Chart Controls from WPF ToolKIt. But reading the comments I lost my hope. Can anybody help me on this?
by codertuhin on May 29, 2013 at 4:11 AM
the release is fine...
by maxima120 on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Any chance of a NuGet release?
by cshepherd on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM
DataGrid is bugging. Dont use WPF Toolkit. Try SilverLight as standalone instead.
by jinek on Feb 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM
by ahbn on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:55 AM
This project looks like it was abondoned by Microsoft. The release still has many bugs. The RibbonMenu doesn't fit well with the rest of .NET commanding paradigm and with MVVM. Microsoft promised to finish this package long time ago, but hasn't done so. The 2 stars are for: you can actually make it work in your apps, but it requires a lot more effort and knowledge of bugs and workarounds.
by _ivan on Sep 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM
There are some rough edges, but I think overall there are some very useful components and examples in here. I'm rating relative to the rest of the WPF community content, and I think that this is very nice stuff. Again, if you're not willing to really "dig in", I would say go with commercial vendor components. But if you want something light and very customizable, these are good starting points.
by tlantz on Aug 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM
I think you need a bigger team to go faster. WPF controls are not as good as Windows OS deserves.
by tiziano27 on Jul 18, 2010 at 1:31 AM
The link to the file WPFToolkitBinariesAndSource.zip (http://wpf.codeplex.com/releases/view/40535#DownloadId=106542) doesn't work :(
by SergaNT on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM
It's Good, but it seems to be lagging behind the silverlight toolkit. It would be nice to see it containing all the controls from there and for them to be as consistent as possible. In fact IMHO the two should be developed together,. BusyIndicator would come in very handy!
by LaughingJohn on May 14, 2010 at 4:29 PM
I can't install WpfToolkit on my windows 7: it says i need 3.5 sp1 but on 7 it's 3.5.1 that is installed ....
by tonyjun on Apr 12, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Please fix the DataGrid's IsEnabled bug!!!!(SelectedItems reset bug)
by BlackLabel on Mar 16, 2010 at 6:01 AM
The exception bugs in the DataPicker seem to be fixed. However the old problem that you cannot change or disable the english "Select Date" watermark seems not to be fixed. It does not honour the language setting either. So DatePicker is still not usable international.
by suido on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM