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  1. Make D3DImage support DX11

    Current, D3DImage only supports DX9/DX9Ex surfaces. (D3DResourceType only allows for IDirect3DSurface9.) It would be nice if it directly supported DX11, which would allow many of the newer graphics features to work cleanly in WPF. [I realize there would likely be a performance loss in converting the surface formats to work with WPF's DX9 infrastructure, but this could be handled completely internally, and as efficiently as possible.]

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    • Scale-invariant vector graphics

      I would like to be able to zoom/pan a detailed vector-graphics visualization without changing line width and font sizes using an easy tool like RenderTransform or LayoutTransform.
      Currently I need to manipulate line width and font sizes for my UI to appear correctly.
      (Useful for GIS/Mapping applications).

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      • Add a native RDLC Viewer

        the is not report support in WPF. Making a native RDLC Viewer without wrappnig the WinForms version would be nice

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        • Style BasedOn - Multiple inheritance, DynamicResources

          Currently you can only set a Style's BasedOn to one other style (With out a custom markup extension). This should be changed to be a bit more like CSS and allow multiple inheritance. The benefit is that you could give a button a "LeftNavigationButton" style AND a "VeryImportantButton" style.

          A warning during compilation about conflicting styles would work great here.

          To aid this feature, style's BasedOn should also support DynamicResources so that not all styles have to be local.

          67 votes
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          • Make MarkupExtension an interface so classes can be DependencyObjects with Attached Properties

            MarkupExtension should be an interface. Then extensions could be DependencyObjects and thereby support attached properties

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            • provide built-in docking, ribbon, customizable toolbar/menu/keyboard support! as the goodies in vc++

              latest vc++ versions comes with a powerful GUI suite, including what i've mentioned in the title, and skinning support, tabbed document support, etc...
              but how about the managed world? if microsoft could provide these ASAP, it'll greatly boost WPF's acceptance and bring more people to desktop development.

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              • Improve for overall installation size, memory footprint and cold/cool startup performance

                The minimum size of a empty WPF window might take 50 MB. The installer take 240 MB for 3.5sp1, take 50+ for .net4. And after deployment, it might take 500~ 1000 MB for hard drive. The cold/cool startup is also a issue compared to MFC. But actually, .net 2.0 have the overhead, WPF based on it make it worse. If these issues are hard to resolved, maybe there's some tricky ways to try to resolve them in OS level such as pre-installed, pre-cached some essential modules, ...etc. ( Win7 include 3.p5 sp1 in default, how about in the future for…

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                • First class, generic properties (see Rx) and use of first class observable events (IObservable).

                  It's a pity that WPF's property and event systems are island in the middle of a bunch of other great runtime-level and library-level enhancements to key concepts like generic properties and observable events. The snippets required for DPs and such are the best testimonials of this archeology.

                  54 votes
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                  • Implement MDI window management

                    Both WPF and Silverlight are lacking any window management framework. Those coming from MFC and WinForms know what I mean. We need support in the framework (not just PnP solutions)

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                    • backstage

                      Add a Backstage View to the WPF Ribbon, like what's in Office 2010

                      52 votes
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                      • Native WPF Pivot Control

                        Pivot control for WPF not just Silverlight

                        48 votes
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                        • Add WPF Business Application project template, similar to Silverlight

                          Similar to the Silverlight Business Application template: A starting point for new developers which includes navigation, basic layout, perhaps some ViewModel pattern stuff.

                          47 votes
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                          • Support the wpf toolkit on codeplex or kill it.

                            Either support it or put it out of its misery. It is a joke at the moment. Look at the people list, it has 3 people as developers, none of which have visited the site in the last 60 days. And of the 25 people listed as coordinators, one has been there in the last 2 months. Support it or kill it.

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                            • Add project-wide xmlns declaration and apply to all xaml files similar to aspx project-wide imports

                              Avoid having to repeat xmlns:foo in every xaml file in a project.

                              43 votes
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                              • Create a MVVM project type ala ASP.NET MVC

                                The ASP.NET MVC project has completely changed theway we build ASP.NET application by completely embracing the MVC programming model. We need the same thing built for WPF and Silverlight that embraces the MVVM model and support convention based programming. Get rid of code-behind! Full support for binding to a view model. Let the ViewModel select which view to use and not the other way around. Include tooling support for this.

                                42 votes
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                                • shader constant buffers

                                  Add support for shader constant buffers for WPF pixel shader effects (ShaderEffect class).

                                  This feature would enable users to develop custom rasterization shaders - either for numerical data (function plots) or also vector graphics (for experimenting fun... or special stuff not available by WPF, e.g. higher order bezier curves for CAD or whatever). It would also enable users to develop more complex shader effects eyecandy.

                                  Using texture samplers would be a workaround, but I need the update performance of constant buffers (function graph plotting).
                                  Another workaround is using DirectX + D3DImage, but this is all to much overhead for this…

                                  40 votes
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                                  • 39 votes
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                                    • Provide native support for MEF, in particular for composing XAML elements

                                      At the moment, XAML elements cannot be natively exported or imported as composable MEF parts, but I would like to see much better use of MEF in the WPF framework. MEF could also be baked into the commanding infrastructure and other parts of the framework

                                      37 votes
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                                      • Support the direct hosting of Silverlight

                                        Obviously Silveright and WPF should converge but in the meantime you could support the direct hosting of Silverlight in a WPF application

                                        35 votes
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                                        • make traversing the XAML DOM easier: http://bit.ly/c7gKnp

                                          * A XAML DOM selector engine similar to Sizzle. Given that XAML doesn’t have complex selector syntax like CSS this would essentially be a highly optimized tree walker for the VisualTree that would wrap the disjoint APIs in WPF / Silverlight for getting visual parents and children.

                                          * A set of fluent APIs for creating XAML DOM objects (Panels, Controls, etc) that would wrap some annoying inconsistencies when travelling between Silverlight and WPF as well as making it easier to do things in code that are painfully verbose in pure XAML (I think states of the VSM is a great…

                                          35 votes
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