So I am a student and I work in an environment where only the result matters, meaning, nobody cares if I use the best coding practices, MVVM, or the likes. They are researchers and need an app that, just works!
It so happens that many come from non-technical background, meaning from Archeology to Zoology, I cater to everybody. The only thing common between them is that all hate CLI apps and need GUI apps that run nicely on their Full HD or 4k screens.
I am C# developer and the UI tool of my choice is WPF. To create nice looking apps I generally use Microsoft's Ribbon Framework. A typical app made by me looks like this:
The ribbon looks great as it is pre-styled with nice effects, scales well and so on.
However, now it so happens as more and more of my researchers upgrade to Windows 8 and 10 these apps are starting to look bad and well simply doesn't look nicer any more. They also want the standard
menubar kind of design, something like this (I did not make it but I really like the simple design!):
So my question, is there any
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Note: I tried contacting Telerik, AppDev etc, for academic pricing. They were too costly. Telerik didn't even care to reply. While Visual Studio is free for us, I really can't afford a $400 for some controls. I tried SyncFusion, it makes my setup very slow.