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DevPower Button Bar .NET Version 1.2.0 (02-Dec-02)

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DevPower Button Bar .NET component

DevPower Button Bar .NET lets you easily build a modern user interface as used in Microsoft Outlook using native .NET code.

New! Version 1.2.0 - includes many new features such as Gradient backgrounds, ClearType™, Windows XP™ Theme and RightToLeft layout support, custom image sizes and Office style. More Information on New Features...

The component features a collection based object model designed to fit in with the Windows Forms controls supplied with .NET - if you have used the Windows Forms ListView or Toolbar, you will feel at home with the Button Bar. The main objects in the control are Items (shown as buttons such as "Inbox" in the picture), which are contained within Groups (shown as buttons such as "My Shortcuts").

Button Bar .NET lets you tailor the user experience - you have complete control over colors, font and cursors at both design and run time. The control has predefined styles that achieve the looks of todays popular applications by adjusting the control properties for you if required - Outlook XP™, Outlook 98™, Visual Studio™ toolbox, with Office XP™ and Office 2000™ coming in version 1.2.0. See examples of styles...

Item buttons can be static (Oulook style), movable (like clicking a toolbar button), or stay pressed (like a check button), you can choose sound files to be played when a user clicks on a Group or Item and you can enable or disable smooth sliding. Single Group header buttons can be hidden to achieve the look used in Microsoft® Project™. Groups and Items can be navigated by using a Mouse Wheel, enabled or disabled, set to be visible or invisible, or renamed by the user at run time.

As a developer, you are not left out either - the component takes full advantage of the Visual Studio .NET Windows Forms designer, with settings and content set within the standard property browser and then persisted with the Windows Forms code generator. Button Bar .NET integrates with the standard Windows Forms components - images are chosen from ImageLists and ContextMenus can be set for Groups and Items. Finally, the component allows a group or all groups to be serialised into XML, or recreated from XML at run time, allowing you to create the contents for a specific user from a Web Service or database.

The unregistered trial edition is free but limited to only displaying 2 groups and up to 6 items. The full version of the Button Bar costs $99 per developer, includes full documentation and allows an unlimited number of Groups and Items to be used.

Users of the Button Bar ActiveX Control v2.x can upgrade to the .NET version at a reduced cost - see registration details for more information.

You are permitted to use the ButtonBar .NET component as well as distribute the .DLL and associated files with your application royalty-free, provided you do not alter or reverse-engineer the .DLL file or take personal credit for the component.
Please see the DevPower Copyright Information for more details.

The component was written in C# and requires the .NET framework to be installed.