Microsoft has made available a really nice set of extended controls for use with Atlas. The announcement was made by Shawn Burke, who is on the Atlas team. The toolkit is available form the Atlas site, here. The toolkit is really a set of samples that show controls and extenders for the existing Atlas controls. There is also an SDK that assists developers to create their own controls and extenders. The controls out-of-the-box are pretty nice. My favorite is the Drag Panel which behaves much like the panels on my.yahoo.com. If you don’t have Atlas which I mentioned the release here, then go get it. From the Atlas toolkit web site you can check out the samples included in the toolkit:
In the "Atlas" Control Toolkit, you'll find the following controls and extenders (click the links to see them in action!):
- CascadingDropDown: Easily link drop downs, complete with asynchronous population and no postbacks!
- CollaspiblePanel: This extender allows panels on your page to collapse and expand with no code.
- ConfirmButton: This extender adds a confirm dialog to any Button, LinkButton, or ImageButton control.
- DragPanel: Makes any panel into an object that you can drag around the page.
- HoverMenu: Allows UI to pop up next to a control when the user hovers over it.
- PopupControl: This extender turns any panel into a popup.
- ReorderList: This control is a full-featured data-bound control that allows its elements to be reordered on the client via drag and drop.
- TextBoxWatermark: This extender adds "watermark" prompt text to TextBoxes on the page.
- ToggleButton: This extender turns an ASP