Windows Ribbon for WinForms: FAQ

יום רביעי, יולי 6, 2011

While working on the Windows Ribbon Framework I’ve came across many repeating questions from users. So I’ve decided to write a Frequently Asked Questions post regarding the Windows Ribbon Framework and its wrapper Windows Ribbon for WinForms. The questions were collected from the Windows Ribbon Development forum, Windows Ribbon for WinForms Discussions and from comments posted on my blog.   What are the supported platforms for the Windows Ribbon Framework? The Windows Ribbon Framework is only supported on: Windows 7 Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2)...
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Ribbon with C++, Post 6: Ribbon Dynamic Structure Capabilities

יום שלישי, יוני 21, 2011

This is the 6th and last post about using Windows Ribbon Framework features in C++. You can find the previous parts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5. In this post we will dive into the ribbon's dynamic structure capabilities, i.e. we will learn about the different ways to change the structure of the ribbon at runtime. Specifically we will learn about Application Modes and Contextual Tabs. We will see what are these features, when to use them and how. Application Modes What is Application Modes? Application Modes...
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Ribbon with C++, Part 5: Using Galleries with Windows Ribbon Framework

יום חמישי, יוני 16, 2011

This is the 5th post about Windows Ribbon Framework features. On previous posts we have introduced the ribbon framework, seen a complete example, and reviewed how to use buttons-based UI controls and how to control their layout. In this post we continue our exploration of the Windows Ribbon Framework, this time focusing on Gallery controls. We will learn what galleries are and what is the difference between an item gallery and a command gallery. We will learn about the different gallery controls: ComboBox, DropDownGallery, SplitButtonGallery and InRibbonGallery. ...
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Ribbon with C++, Part 4: Layout Controls in Windows Ribbon Framework

יום רביעי, יוני 15, 2011

This is the 4th post about Windows Ribbon Framework features. On previous posts we have introduced the Windows Ribbon Framework, shown a complete example of how to develop a ribbon enabled application and reviewed the different buttons-based UI controls that the ribbon framework provides. In this post we continue our review of the various features in the Windows Ribbon Framework. This time we will focus on a task that every ribbon application developer should address: How to layout UI controls on the ribbon. We will see how to define tabs and...
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Ribbon with C++, Part 3: Using Buttons with Windows Ribbon Framework

יום שני, יוני 13, 2011

On previous posts we have seen an introduction to the Windows Ribbon Framework and learned how to develop a ribbon enabled application. In this post we continue our review of the various features in the Windows Ribbon Framework. This time we will focus on the most common feature in the ribbon: Buttons. I assume the concept of a button needs no introduction; however, there are several kinds of buttons available with the Windows Ribbon Framework and in this post we will review them. But first, let's dive into the details of how we use the ribbon...
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Ribbon with C++, Part 2: First Ribbon Enabled Application

יום שני, יוני 6, 2011

In this post we continue our review of the Windows Ribbon Framework feature brought to us in Windows 7. For more information on the ribbon feature in general and Windows Ribbon Framework in particular, make sure you read Part 1. Today we will see how to create a ribbon enabled application in C++ using the Windows Ribbon Framework. To show it we will build a small application with a ribbon that will contain two tabs, three groups and several buttons. As mentioned in the previous post, there are four steps we need to follow in order...
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Ribbon with C++, Part 1: Introduction to the Windows Ribbon Framework

יום שישי, יוני 3, 2011

Due to popular demand I’ve decided to use the knowledge I’ve gain while creating the Windows Ribbon for WinForms project and write a series of posts about working with the Windows Ribbon Framework with Win32 C++. In this post we will learn the basics of the Windows Ribbon Framework. What Is a Ribbon? Definition (from MSDN): “The Windows Ribbon framework is a rich command presentation system that provides a modern alternative to the layered menus, toolbars, and task panes of traditional Windows applications." Put another way, it is the upper part of most office 2007 applications: Figure 1: Microsoft Word 2007 RibbonThe ribbon...
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Ribbon for WinForms: More Details On RibbonGenerator Tool

יום שישי, דצמבר 10, 2010

My associate, Bernhard Elbl, as published another two posts on his blog further explaining the latest improvements in the Ribbon for WinForms project. In the first post Bernhard explains what is the RibbonGenerator and how it is generating the .ribbon files. In the second post he explains what does it takes to use the Ribbon for WinForms project using Visual Studio 2010 Express edition. I suggest everyone who use this project to check out these posts. Finally, I would like to thank Bernhard for his good work. That’s it for now, ...
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Ribbon for WinForms: Quick Start Tutorial

יום רביעי, נובמבר 24, 2010

Due to popular demand on instructions for how to use the new version of the Ribbon for WinForms project, I’ve asked Bernhard to write a small tutorial. Bernhard agreed and wrote an excellent quick start tutorial, which now I present to you: http://bernhardelbl.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/quickstart-tutorial-windows-ribbon-for-winforms/ Note that the first 3 steps should be done only the first time you create a ribbon enabled application. This leaves us with just a single step in the tutorial. Couldn’t get easier than that! That’s it for now, Arik Poznanski. CodeProject
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Windows Ribbon for WinForms v2.6 Released

יום שני, נובמבר 8, 2010

The Windows Ribbon for WinForms is a ribbon control designed to be used with WinForms applications. Yea, I know, WinForms is so last year, but it turns out people still use it and keep asking for features and bug fixes.. Anyway, it is a managed wrapper around Windows Ribbon Framework, provided by Microsoft in Windows 7 and Vista. More details on this project can be found in the project site: windowsribbon.codeplex.com . So, what’s new? Simplified use for the Ribbon control. Simply...
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