Evolución del estilo visual de Chronos

Hoy por curiosidad me he puesto a revisar las imágenes antiguas que hay en el blog, de Chronos, y ver como ha ido evolucionando visualmente y la verdad es que ha cambiado mucho.

  • Mayo 2009


  • Agosto 2009


  • Noviembre 2009


  • Diciembre 2009


  • Enero 2010


  • Febrero 2010


  • Noviembre 2010



Chronos 2.0 Beta 2 available for download

Release Notes

  • Added cached composition on windows & widgets for Render Tier 0/1 machines (this should help to improve window & widget dragging performance).
  • Added a simple widget configuration system.
  • Metro theme design time fixes & improvements
  • Restyled login window with a zune-like style.
  • Shell window header changes to bring it to front when the mouse is over it
  • Bug Fixes.

The download is available here.

WPF 4 Cached composition tests with Chronos

I have been doing some tests with the WPF 4 cached composition in chronos as a way of try to improve performance when dragging windows and widgets on Render Tier 1 machines.

Using cached composition on windows and widgets improves the dragging performance dramatically, but, the text maybe rendered a bit blurry, while it remains perfectly readable (it’s the first time i use the cached composition support of WPF 4 so maybe i have done something wrong).

I have done the test on a Rendering Tier 1 machine with Windows XP at 1280×1024, using two fonts:

  • Segoe WP (It’s the default font on Chronos v2.0)
  • Segoe UI.

The Cache mode property in the WorkspaceWindowStyle and WidgetStyle styles has been set as:

<BitmapCache EnableClearType="True" RenderAtScale="1" SnapsToDevicePixels="True" />

And finally the TextFormatting mode has been set as Display for one of the tests.

<Setter Property="TextOptions.TextFormattingMode" Value="Display" />

The screenshots shows the Chronos Navigator widget

  • Without using cached composition.
  • Using Cached composition.
  • Using Cached composition and the Display Text Formatting mode.

Here are the results when using Segoe WP.
CachedComposition-Segoe WP
And here when using Segoe UI.

CachedComposition-Segoe UI

Text rendering was better when using Segoe UI font, but that was expected.

Hope i will include cached composition support on widgets and windows in the Beta 2 of Chronos for  Rendering Tier 1 machines.

Update: Test on Rendering Tier 2 machine, Windows 7 at 1920×1200, using the Magnifier Tool at 300%, using Segoe WP font


Chronos WPF 2.0 Beta 1 available for download

Release Notes

Chronos v2.0 Beta 1

  • Metro theme
  • New Digital clock Widget
  • Solution reorganization
  • Changes on MVVM support
  • Logging support changed to use NLog
  • Improved XML documentation comments
  • Lots of minor changes & refactorings

Source code, binaries, introduction document and ClickOnce installer are available here