Silverlight 5 RC has released!

The SL5 RC has released and you can now download the tools here.

This is an exciting release and brings many new features to Silverlight. Following are just a few of the new features. You can check out more details in the What’s New for Silverlight 5 topic on MSDN.

  • PivotViewer control, which adds support for dynamic client-based collections, XAML-based visuals, and
  • Data binding improvements such as a DataContextChanged event and PropertyChanged added to the UpdateSourceTrigger enumeration
  • 3D: Improvements to the 3D support added in SL5 beta. This includes XNA built-in effects, surface composition settings for depth and stencil buffers and mult-sample anti-aliasing
  • File access: OpenFileDialog offers a DefaultDirectory property and SaveFileDialog offers a DefaultFileName property
  • MediaCommand event on UIElement.
  • Application restricted media: Enables content providers to ensure DRM’d content is only consumed by SL applications they authorize. More about this feature in an upcoming blog post.
  • Support for OpenType and pixel-snapped text.

The docs are updated with Silverlight 5 RC content, and you can get the chm here.





Comments (6)

  1. Aaron says:

    Are the font rendering improvements in the RC ?

  2. Yes, there is support for OpenType and pixel-snapped text. Added to the list above. Thanks!

  3. Aaron says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for the reply, is there docs around the pixel-snapped text ?

  4. @Aaron,

    Currently there is no conceptual coverage for this, but to turn on pixel-snapped text, you set the TextOptions.TextFormattingMode (…/ attached property for the page to TextFormattingMode.Display

    Here's an XAML example:

    <Page TextOptions.TextFormattingMode=”Display”>

  5. Fabio says:

    How do I add actions (commands) in this new version of PivotViewer?

  6. Simon says:


    I have installed the Silverlight 5 RC Toolkit, sdk but when the Silverlight 3d App and Silverlight 3d Library templates are missing.

    I have vs2010 sp1 intalled, and followed all the necessary steps displayed on microsoft sites, but still can't find those templates.

    thank you. looking forward to any response.