Dock document window without group restriction

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Posted 13 years ago by Tong Du
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I'm evaluating UIStudio now. It is a great docking control with professional look and detail customization.

It mimics the visual studio behavior when docking document window. It docks the document window either in vertical group or horizontal group, but not both.

Is it possible to enable the document windows to dock in any position, similar the docking behavior for tool window, with vertical group and horizontal group at the same time?

Thanks,
Tong

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Posted 13 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
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Hi Tong,

If using document MDI you can only make all-horizontal or all-vertical tab groups. We designed that after how Visual Studio works.

However I'm not sure if you noticed but we do have another document MDI mode, called tool window inner-fill. In that mode, everything must be a tool window. Tool windows essentially fill the entire host container control so there is no "document MDI area" since the tool windows completely fill that area. So in that mode, you can do horizontal or vertical docking just like with tool windows in a regular mode.


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Posted 13 years ago by Tong Du
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Thanks,

I know the tool window inner-fill. It is very useful. I just feel the document window and tool window has different looks. The document window's tab is on the top and has a different shape with different navigation button. These differences distinguish the document window from tool window, and make it as the main focus.

I'm just wondering what the UI advantages of the group restriction are: make UI less complicated, make user interaction more predicable? For me, for a big screen, I would like to arrange my source code (in visual studio) in any direction.

Anyway, for now, I would just use the tool windows as the document window so that the user has the option to dock it any way they like if they turn them back to a tool window.
Posted 13 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
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Hi Tong,

Maybe Microsoft felt that the user interface became too cluttered when allowing documents to be docked in multiple directions since that would somewhat conflict with the tool window hierarchy. Or maybe they were just lazy. :)

I'll add it to the TODO list as a suggestion though. Thanks!


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The latest build of this product (v2018.1 build 0341) was released 3 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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