Streamline Your WPF Development with Syncfusion: Introducing the WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio
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Streamline Your WPF Development with Syncfusion Introducing the WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio

Streamline Your WPF Development with Syncfusion: Introducing the WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio

We are excited to announce the availability of Syncfusion WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio as part of our Essential Studio 2023 Volume 3 release.

The WPF Template Studio is a tool Syncfusion provides specifically for building apps using its WPF components. This tool streamlines the development process by including essential Syncfusion components, managing necessary NuGet references, providing predefined namespaces, and generating component-rendering code. It acts as a template wizard, making it easier for developers to create WPF apps using Syncfusion components.

Let’s see how to install Syncfusion WPF extensions and effectively utilize their functionalities and capabilities using the new Syncfusion WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio.

Prerequisites

Getting started

To utilize the WPF Template Studio, install the Syncfusion WPF extensions. This can be done either in Visual Studio or through the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Follow these steps to directly install the WPF extensions in Visual Studio:

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Navigate to Extensions -> Manage Extensions -> Online and search for Syncfusion WPF option.
  3. Locate the WPF Extensions –> Syncfusion item.
  4. Click the Download or Install option next to the extension.

Note: Close all Visual Studio instances before clicking Modify in the VSIX installer to install the extension. For more details, refer to the Syncfusion VS Extensions Now on the Visual Studio Marketplace blog.

There are two options for creating WPF projects using the installed extension. Let’s check them out.

Option 1: Create WPF projects using the Syncfusion menu in Visual Studio

To create a WPF projects using the Syncfusion menu, click Extensions –Syncfusion and choose Essential Studio for WPF -> Create New Syncfusion Project in Visual Studio.

Refer to the following image.Create WPF projects using the Syncfusion menu in Visual Studio

Note: In Visual Studio 2017, the Syncfusion menu is located in the Visual Studio menu.

Option 2: Create WPF projects using the installed extension

To create a Syncfusion WPF project using the installed extension, follow these steps:

    1. Open Visual Studio and select File -> New -> Project. This will launch the Create a new project dialog.
    2. To find the templates Syncfusion offers for WPF, filter the project type by selecting Syncfusion in the project type dropdown.Select the Syncfusion option in the project type dropdown
    3. Select Syncfusion WPF Template Studio and click Next.Select Syncfusion WPF Template Studio option

      If you’re using Visual Studio 2017, select File -> New -> Project and then navigate to Syncfusion -> Windows -> Syncfusion WPF Template Studio.

    4. Name the project, specify the project location, and then click OK. This will open the project configuration wizard.

      Name the project and specify the project location in the Project Configuration Wizard
    5. In the Configuration tab, select a language (C# or Visual Basic) and then select the required framework version (.NET 7.0 or .NET6.0 or .NET Framework) and select the required assembly location such as NuGet, GAC Location, or Essential Studio installed location, from where the assembly is added to the project.
      Configuration tab

      Note: The installed location and GAC options will be available only after the Syncfusion Essential WPF setup has been installed. You can use the NuGet option instead of installing the Syncfusion Essential WPF setup. Also, the GAC option will not be available if you choose .NET 6.0 or .NET 7.0 as the framework version in Visual Studio.

    6. In the Type tab, you can create applications by choosing one of the following types using the Select a type option

      1. Project type
      2. Predefined template

      Note: The pages, control features, and app features tabs are enabled only when a project type is selected. If we choose a predefined template, these tabs will be disabled.

    Type 1: Project type

    To create a project type application, follow these steps:

    1. Choose the required project type from the displayed options.Create the project type application
    2. In the Pages tab, select the Syncfusion WPF controls you want to include in your app by clicking on them.Pages tab
    3. Then, click Next or go to the Control Features tab to view and select the features of the chosen controls.

      Control Features tab

    4. In the App Features tab, choose the required app features.App Features tab

      In the project details pane, you can change the project type, framework version, reference type, remove selected controls or app features.

      Change project type, framework, references, controls, and features
    5. After configuring all the previous options in the project configuration wizard, click Create button. The Syncfusion WPF project will be created with the necessary XAML files and required Syncfusion WPF assemblies or NuGet packages.

      Refer to the following images.

      Syncfusion WPF Project Created with Syncfusion WPF assemblies or NuGet packages
      Syncfusion WPF Project Created with Syncfusion WPF assemblies or NuGet packages
      Syncfusion WPF Project Created with XAML files
      Syncfusion WPF Project Created with XAML files
      Syncfusion WPF Project Created Using Syncfusion WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio
      Syncfusion WPF Project Created Using Syncfusion WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio 

    Type 2: Predefined template

    To create a predefined template application, follow these steps:

    1. Choose the required predefined template from the displayed options.Create the predefined template application

      In the project details pane, you can change the selected language, framework version, reference type, and predefined template.

      Select language, framework, reference type, and template
    2. Click the Create button. The Syncfusion WPF project will be created with the necessary files, Syncfusion WPF assemblies, and NuGet packages.Syncfusion WPF project creation with files and packages

    Conclusion

    Thanks for reading! In this blog, we’ve explored the new Syncfusion WPF Template Studio for Visual Studio, available in the 2023 Volume 3 release. It provides a user-friendly project wizard that simplifies the integration of Syncfusion components into your apps, generating code and references for your app so you don’t have to do it manually. Try out this marvelous tool and share your feedback in the comment section of this blog.

    Current customers can download the new version of Essential Studio from the License and Downloads page. If you are not yet a Syncfusion customer, you can try our 30-day free trial to check out our incredible features.

    You can also reach us through our support forumssupport portal, or feedback portal. We’re always happy to assist you!

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Looks amazing!
What about WinForms? Any plans for a similar template/extension?
Yes, some of us are still heavily using WinForms these days!

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