There's a reason why software developers like Microsoft update the look of
their applications every two years. It shows the consumer that something has
changed and therefore they need to upgrade, at least that's my opinion.
If this is true, I can only presume that presentation plays a vital role in
the sale of commercial applications. If you're not writing commercial
applications, then it's just a cool thing to do.
Unfortunately, most developers are usually confined to creating applications
with the look provided by the development tool they're using. Fortunately for
us developers, some people don't like this kind of confinement.
We all know who Aart Onkenhout is: the creator of CoolMenu. For those who are
unaware, CoolMenu is a utility that allows us to update the look of the menus
in our applications by adding color and bitmaps. It also provides style
options: XP a... (more)
PBDJ Feature Story
PowerToTheBuilder.com is a PowerBuilder developer's source for free, open
source, high-quality user interface controls. Using any number of the
controls available can provide your application with an instant facelift.
Integration is easy and becomes less complicated based on the knowledge you
have of your own application.
Inherently, PowerBuilder doesn't provide designer support for custom visual
controls. The PB UI Controls therefore must be tested by first calling its
exposed functions, then running your application. This causes several
problems. First you ... (more)
If you've read any of my past articles, you know that I love a good
challenge, a challenge that really gets me thinking and ultimately ends up
teaching me something. One thing I always wanted to do was create dockable
windows using pure PowerScript. I held off from doing this for some time
because of the almost overwhelming complexity that was inherent with this
type of control. Seeing as this would be the perfect test of my skills, I
motivated myself to do it.
The first thing I had to do before I started was investigate an existing
control so that I could record proper behavior... (more)
A new version of the PBGUIControls have just been released. There have been a
number of improvements and enhancements added to the various controls.
* Added the ability to make a toolbar item invisible.
* The panels were closing too soon in some cases when the mouse
left. This has been fixed.
* Close button will now display in the document tab.
* You can now display the close button in the tab instead of the
* Some performance improvements were made.
* A new style... (more)
The UI Designer has been out for nearly a week. Have you tried it? If so,
please drop me a line at brad.wery@PowerToTheBuilder.com. I would like to
hear what you think of it.
I'm trying something new with the UI in this application. I've gone away from
using a menu and developed a semi-ribbon type interface. I'm curious to know
what you think of this. If it's something the community would be interested
in maybe I can develop it more. I think it would take a bit of work to get it
to look and act like the Microsoft Ribbon control but it could be doable.
If you have any other idea's... (more)