WinForms Controls 2014.1 Build 322 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:39pm

WinForms Controls 2014.1 Build 321 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:56am

JSON Language Coming to WinForms SyntaxEditor

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:07pm


We are adding a JSON language implementation to the WinForms SyntaxEditor samples for the next maintenance release.


JSON is a lightweight data-interchange format that is a subset of JavaScript syntax, and is commonly used with many web technologies.  With the new syntax language, you'll be able to provide a great editor/viewer for JSON data.  Here's a screenshot:


The JSON syntax language has these features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Automatic code outlining
  • Smart indent
  • Delimiter (bracket) highlighting


This new syntax language example will be included in the next WinForms Controls maintenance release.

TaskDownload TaskLiveDemo TaskBuyNow

WinForms Controls 2014.1 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:23pm


WinForms Controls 2013.1 build 310 has been released and is now available for download.


This version features the updates we did to bring Metro Light themes to the controls as described in this post and this post.  The new themes can make your app's Actipro controls render similar to the visual style found in Visual Studio 2013.

See the announcement post for the detailed list of enhancements and updates.

TaskDownload TaskBuyNow

WinForms Metro Toggleable Auto-Hide Flyouts

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:28pm


Yesterday we announced that a new Metro Light theme is coming to our WinForms Controls in the 2014.1 version.  This new theme was modeled after Visual Studio 2013's appearance and helps give your app a sleeker look.

Differences in Auto-Hide Tab Behavior

In the newer Visual Studio versions, auto-hidden tool windows are represented by a UI element that no longer looks like a tab.  Instead, the "tab" contains the tool window's name with a thick line underneath. 

In this screenshot, you can see the mouse hovering over the Events auto-hide tab:WinFormsMetroDocking

Another change in Visual Studio is that hovering over the tab no longer automatically shows the tool window in a flyout.  Users must now click to display the flyout.

Our DockManager already has a AutoHideShowOnMouseHover property that can be set to false to achieve that sort of behavior.  For the 2014.1 version, we have enhanced it further.  If the property is false, and a tool window's auto-hide tab is clicked while the related tool window flyout is displayed, the flyout will now toggle closed.  This achieves similar functionality to how Visual Studio 2013 works.


These additions to give your WinForms app a fresh new Metro look will be available in the 2014.1 version of our WinForms Controls.

TaskDownload TaskBuyNow