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XtraNavBar Suite

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

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Microsoft Office-inspired Side Bar, Navigation Pane and Explorer Bar. XtraNavBar supports embedded controls like treeviews and offers fully customizable link layouts. It provides easy and intuitive navigation options which are the goal of every software developer. The DevExpress WinForms NavBar Control gives you everything you need to create easy-to-use applications with incredible sophistication and elegance.

What's new in XtraNavBar 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 ay 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 Navigation Pane
The behavior and appearance of these Views is similar to the Navigation Pane found in Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2012. These Views can be painted using a regular paint style (emulating the look and feel of the navigation bar in MS Office applications) or any application-wide theme.

Windows Style Explorer Bar
Views that belong to this category emulate the explorer bars found in Microsoft Explorer. Groups are arranged one under another. End-users can expand / collapse each group individually. These Views can be painted using regular paint styles (emulating the look and feel of the navigation bars in MS Explorer), as well as any skinning paint scheme.

Traditional Side Bar
With its introduction in Microsoft Office® 97, the traditional Side Bar paint style revolutionized UI design in the industry. The Xtra Nav Bar allows you to incorporate this look & feel into your applications with ease. The following Side Bar paint styles are supported by the Xtra Nav Bar:

  • BaseView, FlatView - emulates Outlook 2000.
  • Office1View, Office2View, Office3View - emulates Outlook XP.
  • VSToolboxView - emulates Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.
  • XP1View, XP2View - provides unique XP themed Side Bars.

Extended Arrangement Options
Since flexibility is at the heart of the Xtra Nav Bar, the mechanism used for link customization is not dependent upon the layout you select. You never have to guess whether your users prefer large images with captions below or small images to the left. You only need to specify the images and captions for your items and let your users decide which layout they like the most - all with only one line of code.

End-User Customization
The Xtra Nav Bar allows your application's end users to use drag and drop to move items between groups and automatically determines when its content cannot be fully displayed on screen.

Embedded Controls
Need to embed a tree view, grid control or calendar into a group? No problem. The embedded controls feature allows you to create streamlined interfaces, seen in Microsoft Outlook applications.

Superior Design-Time Experience
The Xtra Nav Bar's built-in designer and context menus minimize development time at design time by providing advanced control management options.

Powerful Infrastructure
The Xtra Nav Bar is designed to show either auto-arranged links or embedded controls within its groups. Whatever your control displays, its content and representation are fully separated. You only need to customize items and link them to groups. After that has been done, you can allow your end users to choose any link layout they desire - without having to restructure anything.

Hints, Captions, and Hit-Testing
From automatic word wrapping to advanced hit info and persistence - the Xtra Nav Bar control offers flexible options so you can build any application for any use-case.

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