Rapid Layout .NET
Build user interfaces quickly in Visual Studio.
Rapid Layout .NET is a layout panel for Visual Studio 2005 that transforms the development of Windows forms or dialogs. It enables GUI designers to quickly align components against form borders, special guide lines or other components. The spacing, positioning and sizing of components will be perfect regardless of window size, font style or language.
Rapid Layout is an enhancement to the Visual Studio Forms designer. It accelerates development of Windows Forms user interfaces (UIs). With its combination of connectors, springs, guides and alignment groups the UI will be functional, perfectly aligned, and resizable.
The alignment of the UI will remain consistent with any change to the font style, form size and language.
Using Rapid Layout empowers the UI designer to quickly build forms the way they envisioned. This speed and flexibility will ultimately save time and money.
Visual Studio users will build user Interfaces faster with Rapid Layout. They can create perfectly aligned forms without having to spend time making sub panels or nested user controls. It will take less time to add new user interface components to an existing form without having to manually realign everything. For those creating user interfaces in multiple languages they will save time because Rapid Layout will realign all the components to fit any change in text length.
Rapid Layout has a choice of alignment techniques that improve the visual appearance of windows forms. Connectors are used to permanently join user interface components together. Vertical and horizontal guides are used to create spatial arrangements that are similar but more flexible than table layouts. Alignment groups are used to ensure that collections of components such as buttons are aligned or are the same size.
Although Rapid Layout can be used to control the placement of user interface components it still enables the Visual Studio user full control whenever necessary. Components can be either freely placed or aligned to any other component or group of components. When guides are used then user interface designer can choose to align against the guides or to any other components on the form.
The Rapid Layout engine recalculates the size and spacing of all the user interface components when forms are resized, font styles change or the language is switched. This ensures that the desired alignment is maintained. A user can make the form larger to cause text boxes or viewing panels to grow so they can see more on the forms. They can make them smaller so they can see other overlapping windows on the screen.
Rapid Layout .NET 2005 comes in three version all with full functionality. Rapid Layout .NET 2005 for Visual Studio Express (Included in the evaluation version), Rapid Layout .NET 2005 for Visual Studio Standard and Rapid Layout .NET 2005 for all Visual Studio versions. The express and standard editions will only function on those specific versions Visual Studio.