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ThinkGeo UI Desktop for WPF

Note: This page is obsolete. Please visit and check out the latest docs.

Note: This page is for ThinkGeo UI WPF V12 and above, we highly suggest you to upgrade to this version if you are on an old one. Here is a quick guide how to do it: Updating to ThinkGeo 12. Version 12 supports both .NET Core and .NET Framework, the old versions support .NET Framework only.

ThinkGeo UI Desktop for WPF takes GIS application development for the Windows desktop to a whole new level, with a .NET-native control that packs the full power of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). With blazing fast rendering performance, powerful mapping features and support for the most popular data formats, ThinkGeo UI Desktop for WPF makes GIS accessible to developers of any skill.

Getting Started

You can start developing your ThinkGeo WPF project by basing it on our samples from GitHub, or by creating a new application in Visual Studio or VS Code. Take a look at the short videos below for a step-by-step walkthrough.

Quick Start in VS Code - Part 1 - Adding the Basemap (8:00)

Quick Start in VS Code - Part 1 - Adding the Basemap (8:00)

Quick Start in VS Code - Part 2 - Adding a ShapeFile (6:25)

Quick Start in VS Code - Part 2 - Adding a ShapeFile (6:25)

Helps you get you up to speed with integrating the ThinkGeo Desktop for WPF map control into your GIS software.

Product Guides

Walks you through installing the ThinkGeo UI control on your system and creating a simple GIS application.

Introduces what licenses are needed and how licensing works for debugging and deploying projects using ThinkGeo UI.

Introduces the dependencies required by ThinkGeo Desktop for WPF, along with their features, versions and source websites.

Walks you through deploying your ThinkGeo UI project to your user base.

Lists the various GIS data formats that are supported by the ThinkGeo UI map control, as well as any caveats to be aware of with certain formats.

Describes how to upgrade to ThinkGeo UI 12 from previous versions of ThinkGeo UI or ThinkGeo Map Suite.

Explains how to use ThinkGeo UI's style system to beautifully represent your GIS mapping data. The guide includes an overview of styles, a detailed explanation of the various styles that ship with ThinkGeo, as well as a step-by-step guide to creating your own custom styles.

Explains how to use our custom serialization class to render your ThinkGeo objects to XML, or other format etc. This allows your GIS application to easily save things such as Layers, Styles, or even whole maps to XML to be recalled at a later time.

Walks you through various ways you can increase performance in your .NET mapping application.

Shows which ThinkGeo UI controls run on which platforms (Windows, Linux, MacOS, etc).

Code Samples

All the samples are available on NuGet via the link below.


API Documentation

  • ThinkGeo.UI.Wpf

    This document covers the ThinkGeo.UI.Wpf namespace which resides in the ThinkGeo.UI.Wpf.dll assembly. It includes the map control itself, Overlays, and supported map classes. It also covers all the types in ThinkGeo.Core which is the key dependency of ThinkGeo UI WPF.

Change Logs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use this Control in a WPF, WinForms or UWP application?
    • WPF: Yes. This control is natively written in WPF so an WPF application is best for it.
    • WinForms: Yes. Microsoft provides an easy way to use a WPF component in a WinForms application, which keeps all the features in WPF and perfectly fits in a WinForms application. Check out our how-to article for more details.
    • UWP: No, this component is not compatible with UWP applications.
  • Do I have control over how the map looks and fits into my application?

    Yes, absolutely. ThinkGeo UI Desktop for WPF is a user control, so you can easily integrate it into your application just like any other user control from the toolbox. We expose a large amount of APIs that allow you to customize every aspect of the map and the user interface so that they fit in with the look and feel of your application.

  • What other software is required to work with ThinkGeo UI for WPF?

    You'll need either Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 or Visual Studio Code.

  • What type of map data does ThinkGeo UI for WPF Support?

    ThinkGeo UI for WPF comes with native support for the most popular vector and raster file formats. Check out our Data Formats Guide for details.

  • How big of a learning curve is there to using ThinkGeo UI for WPF?

    ThinkGeo UI controls are designed to be easy to understand and easy to use. While mapping and GIS controls typically have a larger learning curve than other, simpler controls like grids or charts, we feel ThinkGeo has taken the complexity out of mapping and allows you to develop your application in days or weeks instead of months.

  • Where do I go if I need help with ThinkGeo UI for WPF?

    We have a very active Developer Community discussion forum, a large number of “How Do I?” sample applications with source code in C#, and we also offer professional services if you need to talk with a developer one-on-one.

  • How do I create/update/delete features on the map?

    The ThinkGeo UI for WPF provides specific methods that allow you to create, update and delete map features. Just follow the processes outlined in this diagram.

Help & Support Guides

  • Support Options

    This article outlines various support options available through ThinkGeo. It explains the various methods and recommendations of which options work best depending on your issue.

  • Support Ticket Guide

    This guide explains how to create a support ticket using the ThinkGeo customer portal. The guide also covers recommendation on when to use a support tickets versus other forms of support.

  • Discussion Forum Guide

    This guide explains how to create a constructive discussion forum post. It outlines the best practices in posting to ensure that your GIS questions get answered quickly and accurately.

  • NuGet Guide

    We provide our products via packages on NuGet. This will allow references to our products to be added and updated easily. We have three different types of packages on NuGet, feature packages, dependency packages, and product packages, which will be explained in detail below. Each of these packages will also have two different build branches, production and development.

  • Release Cycle Guide

    This guide explains the process and rations behind ThinkGeo release schedule. It outlines release dates, version information, and various aspects related to publicly releasing ThinkGeo software.

thinkgeo_desktop_for_wpf.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/08 17:20 by benbai