What's New in v6

Below are some of the most important improvements introduced in version 6 of the ExpressBars Suite.

Ribbon UI

With the TdxRibbon, TdxCustomRibbonForm, TdxBarApplicationMenu, TdxRibbonPopupMenu, TdxBarScreenTipRepository and TdxRibbonStatusBar components, you can build Ribbon interfaces similar to those found in Microsoft Office® 2007.

Please refer to the Ribbon UI page for details on our Ribbon implementation.

Embeddable Editors from the ExpressEditors Library

All in-place editors from the ExpressEditors Library can be used within toolbar items. Use the TcxBarEditItem to create this type of item.

The following images demonstrate the use of ExpressEditors within toolbars and submenus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The ExpressEditors Library is not shipped as part of the ExpressBars Suite and must be acquired separately.

Separator Items

To fully support Microsoft Office 2007 look and feel, we have implemented a new item type - TdxBarSeparator. You can use this item type in context menus and popup lists. For instance, in the following image, the Clipboard and Formatting separator items are used to break a context menu into two logical groups.

Form Inheritance Enhancements
  • TdxBar is now a TComponent descendant (was a TCollectionItem descendant in previous versions).
  • Toolbars on both the base and inherited forms can be reset.
Parented Forms and Frames

Parented forms and frames are fully supported. Problems with common keyboard shortcuts, accelerator keys, tab navigation, and hints in parented forms have been addressed.

Improved Support for Images and Image Lists
  • You can now use our TcxImageList component to display 32-bit bitmaps, PNG images and icons with alpha blending.
  • You can now optionally use a glyph's left-bottom pixel to determine its transparent color.
  • The image mask of a transparent glyph is now taken into account when painting an image from an image list.
Extended Appearance Control

Added the capability to apply custom color and font settings to a toolbar item's caption and in-place editor (via the item's Style and StyleEdit properties).

Merging Mechanism Improvements
  • More than two toolbars can be merged.
  • You can now merge bar managers.
  • You can use the specially designed MergeKind and MergeOrder properties of a bar item to control merging.
Design-Time Improvements
  • Toolbars can now be selected using the mouse.
  • You can also select multiple items and toolbars by holding down the SHIFT and CTRL keys.
  • It's much easier to delete the selected links, items, and toolbars using the DEL and CTRL+DEL keys.
  • You can press the ESC key to access the selected object's parent component (for instance, press the ESC key to move to the parent toolbar of a bar item which is currently selected).
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