How to design MDI Forms - DocumentWindow precludes this?

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Posted 14 years ago by Mike Griffin - MyGeneration Software
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We need to use the designer to layout of MDI Forms but once I change the inheritance of our forms from "Form" to "DocumentWindow" I can no longer work with them effectively in Design mode. Please tell me this can be done without having to do it all in code.

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Posted 14 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
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Hi Mike,

That isn't available in the current version since TabbedMdiWindow doesn't inherit from UserControl.

However it is a wonderful idea! I just did some research on how to make it happen and was able to harness the designer code to do it, similar to how UserControl works. This feature will be in the next maintenance release.


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Posted 14 years ago by Mike Griffin - MyGeneration Software
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So you mean to tell me that folks are handing coding in the design of their MDI forms right now? I can't believe that is how folks are using it? What if we don't use the TabbedMdiWindow and use a different style then can we?
Posted 14 years ago by Mike Griffin - MyGeneration Software
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I can live with it for now. This stuff is way cool. Still, if you get design time mode back for MDI forms it would be truly awesome.
Posted 14 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
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Yes, everyone is programmatically building the document windows now. Normal Forms can be designed but then you miss out on all the neat document handling features of UIStudio. The new feature we made for you will give you the best of both worlds. Perhaps if you write us an email, we can throw together a pre-release of the maintenance release so that you can try it out.


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Posted 14 years ago by Mike Griffin - MyGeneration Software
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Sure, whenever you're ready send an email to mike.griffin@mygenerationsoftware.com, don't worry, my email id is already public on our site. By the way, great product. You don't have a UIStudio sample acting as Visual Studio plug-in do you?

[Modified at 10/08/2005 05:13 PM]
The latest build of this product (v2018.1 build 0342) was released 12 days ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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