Layout Modes

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The DevExpress MVC Image Gallery extension can organize its items in different ways depending on the chosen layout mode.

  • Table Layout - Organizes items in a table with a specified number of rows and columns.
  • Flow Layout - Arranges data items one after another to occupy all the available space.
  • Breakpoints - Reorganizes data items according to custom layout scenarios for different browser widths.

You can specify the layout mode by setting the ImageGallerySettings.Layout property to one of the Layout object values to specify a layout mode. The default layout is Table.

Table Layout

In Table layout mode, the extension organizes its items in a table with the specified number of columns and rows.

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The Image Gallery provides access to the Table layout mode settings using the ImageGallerySettings.SettingsTableLayout property, which is an object of the ImageGalleryTableLayoutSettings type.

The Image Gallery automatically defines an item size based on the extension's size and provided table settings. Changing the extension's size (e.g., by window resizing) recalculates the item size.

In Table layout mode, the Image Gallery calculates the number of items displayed on a single page according to the specified table dimensions (RowsPerPage and ColumnCount properies). If an end-user changes the page size using the pager UI, it affects the number of rows. The number of columns can be changed only programmatically.

Flow Layout

In Flow layout mode, items flow one after another to fill the available area in the best possible way.

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The Image Gallery provides access to the Flow layout mode settings using the ImageGallerySettings.SettingsFlowLayout object of the ImageGalleryFlowLayoutSettings type. The DataViewDivBasedLayoutSettings.ItemsPerPage property allows you to set the number of items displayed on a single page.

The DataViewItemStyle.Width and DataViewItemStyle.Height settings (ASPxImageGallery.ItemStyle.Width and ASPxImageGallery.ItemStyle.Height) specify an item size. The items size doesn't depend on the extension's size. Changing the Image Gallery's size rearranges the items inside the extension.

Adaptive Grid Layout (Breakpoints)

In this mode, the Image Gallery reorganizes its data items according to custom layout scenarios for different browser widths. It allows you to display, for example, three items in a row for smaller screens and five items in a row for larger screens.

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This functionality is based on specifying the browser widths (breakpoints) at which the Image Gallery shifts and resizes its items.

The Image Gallery stores breakpoints in the BreakpointsLayoutCollection<T> object that is accessed at the ImageGalleryBreakpointsLayoutSettings object level. Each breakpoint is a ImageGalleryBreakpoint class instance. You can change the following characteristics of individual breakpoints.

Property Description
BreakpointsLayoutBreakpoint.DeviceSize Specifies the device size ("Small", "Medium", "Large").
DataViewBreakpoint.ItemsPerRow, DataViewBreakpointsLayoutSettingsBase.ItemsPerRow Specifies the number of items the Image Gallery displays in a row.
BreakpointsLayoutBreakpoint.MaxWidth Specifies the maximum browser width at which the control rearranges its items when the BreakpointsLayoutBreakpoint.DeviceSize property is set to BreakpointsLayoutDeviceSizes.Custom.

Creating a ImageGalleryBreakpoint object declares a range of browser widths between 0 and BreakpointsLayoutBreakpoint.DeviceSize/BreakpointsLayoutBreakpoint.MaxWidth property value (if there are no breakpoints with a lower DeviceSize/MaxWidth property value) where the Image Gallery arranges the specified number of items in a row (DataViewBreakpoint.ItemsPerRow).

Use the DataViewBreakpointsLayoutSettingsBase.ItemsPerRow property to define how many items in a row the Image Gallery displays in a row if there are no specified breakpoints for a given browser's width.

Online Demo

Refer to the Image Gallery - Adaptive Layout online demo to see this feature in action.

Example

The following example illustrates how to implement three different layout scenarios for three different browser's sizes (Small, Medium, Large):

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@Html.DevExpress().ImageGallery(settings => {
...
settings.Layout = DevExpress.Web.Layout.Breakpoints;
settings.SettingsBreakpointsLayout.ItemsPerRow = 5;
settings.SettingsBreakpointsLayout.Breakpoints.Add(BreakpointsLayoutDeviceSizes.Small, 3);
settings.SettingsBreakpointsLayout.Breakpoints.Add(BreakpointsLayoutDeviceSizes.Custom, 1300, 4);
...
}).GetHtml()