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Xtra Bars Suite

by DevExpress (Developer Express) - Product Type: Component / .NET WinForms / .NET Class / 100% Managed Code

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Ribbon, toolbars, menus, docking and MDI. XtraBars is comprehensive set of Office and Visual Studio inspired WinForms Controls in an integrated package. It delivers elegant business solutions that fully mimic the UI experience found in today's most popular applications. The XtraBars Suite is a powerful, feature-complete and easy-to-use control library allowing you to create the UI most appropriate to your customer's requirements. Whether you wish to use traditional toolbars and menus or the newest Office Style Ribbon, the Xtra Bars Suite offers a solution to address your needs, today.

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What's new in XtraBars 13.1?

  • Visual Studio Integrated Image Picker:  The Icon Library includes a rich collection of icons and images created by our design team. Using the design-time DevExpress Image Picker, you can access images from the Gallery and assign them to specific controls.  The design-time Image Picker has powerful search and filtering mechanisms to locate images. The DevExpress Image Picker and extended smart tags work together to provide a superior design-time experience.
  • Grayscale Icons with Skin Synchronization:  If you are using grayscale icons from the new DevExpress Icon Library, you can now enable automatic color adjustment depending on the currently applied skin. If a dark skin is used, all icons will automatically switch to light colors thus maintaining appropriate contrast. These icons will also update colors for hot-tracked and pressed states.  This feature is available across our WinForms Navigation controls including toolbars, menus, Ribbon and Navbar.
  • New Control Designer UI:  Design-time customization dialogs for our WinForms Controls have been re-designed for improved usability and a more consistent user experience.
  • Contextual Smart Tags:  WinForms Navigation Controls (including the Ribbon, Toolbars, NavBar) now display Smart Tags for their individual elements. This allows a customer to customize the control's layout and main settings with a few simple clicks, without using the Property Grid. We've also reviewed and extended our Smart Tags based on the usage experience of the controls.

New WinForms Data Source Wizard
Available via a Smart Tag or the clickable label on any DevExpress data-aware control, this wizard helps you set up your Data Source in three easy steps. In the first step, the Wizard lists all data sources found in the solution, categorized by the data access technologies. If needed, you can select a data access technology and create a new data source. Once the data source has been selected or created, you choose a data binding mode from a list (all list items have short descriptions and links to our online documentation). Finally, the third step allows you to customize Control and Data Source specific settings. After you click Finish, the wizard adds a data source component to the form, binds the control and generates all necessary code.

Visual Studio Template Gallery
Prior to 13.1, DevExpress offered numerous Project/Item Templates that were created over many release cycles. These templates could be found in various locations within Visual Studio. This release includes a fully consolidated DevExpress Template Gallery - the entry point for all Project/Item Templates. The Template Gallery provides a unified way to use DevExpress templates, features powerful filtering and searching mechanisms and contains sample images and descriptions for each template, thus simplifying the way in which selections are made for individual projects. 13.1 also includes improvements to shipping templates and offers additional template options.

FormAssistant component:  This helper component is designed for first time users. When placed on the application form, it allows you to:

  • Convert between various form types (Form, XtraForm, RibbonForm)
  • Select a skin
  • Automatically initialize a skin engine to enable form skinning
  • Add the BonusSkins library to the project's References section
  • Specify basic form settings

Office Inspired WinForms Ribbon Control and Designer
Your shortest path to applications that emulate the Microsoft Office end-user experience. The DevExpress WinForms Ribbon Control and Designer offer you and your team unmatched options. Whether you prefer Office 2007 or the new Office 2013 Ribbon, the DevExpress Ribbon Control ships with industry-leading choices designed to exceed expectations.

Traditional WinForms Toolbar, Menu and Status Bar
The Xtra Bars Suite is far more than a single control. It allows you to create customized solutions for your most demanding customers. As such, the suite ships with standard toolbar, menu and status bar controls with the familiar UI found in products such as Office 2003.

Microsoft Note Inspired Radial Menu
First introduced in Microsoft Note 2013, the Radial menu is an elegant, touch-friendly alternative to traditional context (popup) menus. The DevExpress WinForms Radial Menu Control allows you to replicate the functionality found in Note, and create a compelling UI experience for your end-users.

Ribbon, Toolbar and Menu Elements
Every Ribbon, toolbar or menu requires interactive UI elements. The Xtra Bars Suite ships with a myriad of these elements, including standard buttons, large buttons, static items, sub-menus, data editor integration and so much more.

Rich Runtime Capabilities with End-User Customization
Today, more than ever, end-users expect options and UI flexibility. The Xtra Bars Suite offers you a wide range of runtime options and of course, runtime Ribbon, toolbar and menu customization. And best of all, these options are available to you out-of-the-box…so you never have to write any unnecessary code and can always focus on your business logic.

Visual Studio Inspired WinForms Docking
For those applications that require an advanced dock based UI, the Xtra Bars Suite ships with a powerhouse and easy-to-use WinForms Docking Control. Instantly emulate the Visual Studio UI and turn even the most complex business application into a fully customizable solution.

WinForms MDI Interfaces
When you need a tabbed document interface like Visual Studio or Microsoft Document Explorer, or a traditional cascading MDI interface, simply drop the DevExpress WinForms Document Manager onto your application form and specify the desired View (TabbedView or NativeMdiView). That’s it – simple, straightforward and ready to go.

WinForms Context Menus and Alert Windows
The comprehensive array of tools in the Xtra Bars Suite includes both a Context (popup) Control and an Outlook inspired WinForms Alert Window Control.

WinForms Ribbon Themes
Like all other DevExpress WinForms Controls, the Xtra Bars Suite fully leverages the power of DevExpress Application Themes and allows you to quickly apply a theme that most effectively addresses your UI requirements.

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