Save/Load DockManager Layout from Designer

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Posted 13 years ago by Marianne
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The BarManager component has options to save/load layout files from within the designer. This is a great way to modify the toolbars at runtime, then save the full layout, and load that layout in the designer so that your defaults can be set properly.

This would be a great feature to add to the DockManager as well since there is not full design-time support to configure everything the way you can at runtime. Since that's the case I need to load a default layout everytime the app launches just to get it to the "default" state.

------------------------------- Marianne

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

The problem is that the designer doesn't really handle floating windows and standard MDI with child window situations well. That's why in the dock controls designer we aren't able to support those setup features like we can at runtime. If those states were allowed in the designer, I don't believe the designer would serialize those tool windows to code and therefore you'd lose work.

It has been an annoyance for us since ideally we'd like to have the designer capabilities match the runtime ones. But the designer sometimes limits what we can do because of how quirky it is with code serialization.


Actipro Software Support

The latest build of this product (v2020.1 build 0400) was released 6 days ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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