Cider improvements in SP1

Microsoft has announced the updates to Cider (the WPF designer in Visual Studio 2008 ) that will be part of SP1. Some of these improvements sound great! You can check out the entire announcement, but I’ve pasted the really interesting part below:

Features and functionalities that are new, changed, or improved

New features and new functionalities

The Properties window now contains the Events tab. The Events tab lets you create events, assign events, and review events.
The Properties window now includes a category sort option and an alphabetical sort option to allow for faster property location.
Code changes have been made to the XAML Refactor/Rename definition and to the Go to definition. These changes allow XAML rename operations to occur automatically. Additionally, you can navigate the XAML definition by pressing F12.
You can now drag controls or create controls from the toolbox in XAML view or in Design view. You can do this even if you use a split view configuration.
Snaplines are now implemented for control margins. This lets the designer control a fixed distance from other controls, from container edges, or from gridlines.
Tab controls now support TabItem activation and TabItem design. To do this, click the tab that you want to design.
The Expander control now expands conditionally based on what is selected. You can design the contents of the Expander control at design time with affecting the IsExpanded attribute of the runtime.

Improved features and improved functionalities

Many stability improvements have been added to Visual Studio 2008 SP1. These include improvements to document loading in the designer and to error reporting. Because of these improvements, you will be able to load more documents in the designer.

4 Responses to Cider improvements in SP1

  1. Eric Rasmussen says:

    Hi Josh,

    I have been waiting for the property window events tab. I installed SP1 and can’t find it anywhere. I rebooted and everything. My VS2008 about box shows the hotfix is installed. Any clues?

  2. Jonah Simpson says:

    Best news I heard all day. ; >

  3. Jamie Thomson says:

    Hey Josh,

    Great to hear MS are still developing Cider, we’d like to be using WPF for our LOB (Line of business) apps but until the designer is as RAD as the WinForms one it’s not going to happen.

    Cheers, James.

  4. Josh Smith says:


    VS2008 SP1 hasn’t been released yet, so I don’t know how you installed it.


    Me too! 8)


    I think a lot of people are in the same boat. Personally, I think any new long-term project should be WPF instead of WinForms, but that’s me.


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