Delphi sneak peek: Improvements for the VCL Ribbon for v2011 vol 2

11 October 2011

For the v2011 vol 2 release, we have implemented some much-requested features (as always, thanks to the customers who voted on these items; your feedback is much appreciated). First of all, here’s the traditional video (click on the image to see the animation) so you have some context:

VCL Ribbon Improvements v2011.2

Now for the enhancements. I’ve added and linked the suggestion ids for more information.

1. The ribbon now automatically adjusts the size of multi-line editors to maximize the number of items/lines displayed (AS11330). By default, the RadioGroup, CheckGroup, Image, Memo, and Rich editors embedded into the Ribbon via TcxBarEditItem will now be automatically resized so that their contents (items or text lines) are fully visible. For backward compatibility, this functionality can be turned off if you prefer the old way this worked. To see the feature in action, watch the "Radio and Check Groups", "Image Editors", and "Multi-line Editors" tab groups in the video.

2. The look and feel of the Microsoft Office check box controls are now properly reproduced in the Ribbon (AS13185). You can now change the position of the check boxes in check box controls embedded into the Ribbon via TcxBarEditItem. By default, newly created check box controls will have their check boxes positioned before the caption. In addition, clicking a check box will immediately change its checked state without moving focus to the control. These improvements can help you closely replicate the appearance and behavior of the check box controls in Microsoft Office. To see the new check boxes in action, watch the Check Boxes tab group in the video.

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