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  1. Add PlaneProjection

    For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

    239 votes
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    • Add GlowEffect and Multipass Shaders.

      Hard to fake inner Glow effect right now. Multipass Shaders would allow to implement those effects yourself.

      225 votes
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      • Completely rework the RichTextBox control (make it fast, extensible, capable of handling large text)

        - fast to initialize and load
        - stellar performance (this is the most important part)
        - able to handle large amounts of rich-text
        - provide an auto-size feature
        - better support for spell checking
        - either add support for image editing, bullet points and tables or make it extensible so we can implement it ourselves

        I imagine a lot can be taken from the VS2010 editor or AvalonEdit.

        199 votes
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        • Automatically handle thread dispatching when binding to ObservableCollection.

          If you use MVVM today you have to wrap your collection to handle dispatching, which makes it much more difficult to have pure view-models.

          160 votes
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          • Provide a Simplified Webcam/Mic API like Silverlight 4

            Both for Silverlight compatibility and for just ease of use reasons. The API in Silverlight 4 is really simple to use. The analogs in the WPF space are significantly more complex. Understood that this may mean implementing some of the SL media pipeline as a consequence.

            151 votes
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            • First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

              WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

              147 votes
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              • Add a PathGradientBrush (like in WinForms)

                This brush helps simplyfing some effects

                139 votes
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                • Add Report Controls to WPF toolkit

                  One of the missing feature of WPF is that it it does not have report controls in the toolkit. Because most applications are data driven and in LOB apps report is indispensable.

                  137 votes
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                  • Provide a WPF PropertyGrid control

                    Provide a WPF-native version of the PropertyGrid control as a standard control. The PropertyGrid is currently only available as a Windows Forms control. Visual Studio now has a WPF PropertyGrid within it and it would be nice if developers could use that control, out of the box.

                    130 votes
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                    • D3DImage performance optimizations

                      D3DImage is very fast, but it could be faster. The current implementation eats up a good chunk of CPU time, not just GPU time when adding a dirty rect. This may have to do with the flushing of the D3DDevice.

                      119 votes
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                      • 112 votes
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                        • Improved support for multiple monitors in WPF

                          For something as basic as trying to take inventory of the number of screens available, I still have to include a reference to Windows Forms to get information from SystemInformation.MonitorCount and Screen.AllScreens[i].WorkingArea. I'd like to have finer-grained multi-monitor information and control, native to WPF.

                          109 votes
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                          • Conditional compilation in Xaml

                            Support conditional compilation inside Xaml to account for Silverlight/WPF differences in shared markup.

                            Understand the design-time tooling experience for this could be a lot of work.

                            102 votes
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                            • Create Windows Forms to WPF Conversion Wizard in Visual Studio

                              Convert at least the UI to XAML. Similar in concept to the old VB6 to VB.NET wizard. This would help people who want to convert to WPF from Windows Forms. Understood that many third-party controls may not have analogs in the WPF world.

                              96 votes
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                              • Add stream capability to MediaElement

                                Silverlight has setsource(stream), can't find a way to do this in wpf

                                91 votes
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                                • Port the LayoutStates from Silverlight 4

                                  Animating items insertion and removal makes UI a lot nicer. But it's very hard to do without proper platform support, and you usual have to pollute your data model; and write hacks to prevent execution of commands on removed items, and so on...

                                  Moreover this increases the compatibility surface between WPF and SL.

                                  88 votes
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                                  • Fix the SWF/WPF airspace issue

                                    Currently, System Windows Forms based controls always draw on top of WPF controls when they overlap, which is undesirable. I suggest that you fully integrate SWF controls into WPF so they appropriately handle the z-order, opacity, zoom, and other WPF properties.

                                    85 votes
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                                    • Create a VirtualizingWrapPanel

                                      I'd love to see a VirtualizingWrapPanel included by default in the framework. WrapPanel is very handy as an ItemsPanel, but its lack of virtualization can be problematic.

                                      See also:

                                      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/380985/add-a-system-windows-controls-virtualizingwrappanel

                                      84 votes
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                                      • Let me hide (or change) the "Select a date" text in DatePicker

                                        This has been logged as an issue on the WPF Codeplex site now for almost a year, yet didn't make it into VS2010's RC.

                                        http://wpf.codeplex.com/WorkItem/View.aspx?WorkItemId=9490

                                        82 votes
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                                        • Visual Inheritance

                                          To be able to inherit from a base usercontrol or page and be able to add to or alter the xaml from the base control, with the designer providing full support for this.

                                          81 votes
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