WinForms Adorner UI Manager - Enhancements (Coming soon in v16.1)

Thinking Out Loud
26 May 2016
More WinForms goodies for you before Memorial Day weekend.

We've enhanced our WinForms Adorner UI Manager by introducing two new elements so you can highlight specific controls and their associated elements. The animation below should give you a sense of what is possible with these new elements - a great way to build step-by-step instructions/guides and to highlight and emphasize specific spots or regions within a parent form. Optional descriptions are also available. When invoked, the guide displays our Flyout panel so you can communicate custom information with end-users. 

WinForms Adorner UI Manager
Note that you can move between next and previous guides using the TAB key or by clicking a target control.

When a control fails validation and you wish to clearly explain the reason for the failure, Adorner allows you to display a descriptive hint next to the control. By using the new Validation Hint adorner element, you can highlight the target control and display different hints with images in all control states – valid, invalid and indeterminate.

WinForms Adorner UI - Validation Messages
Validation hints can be hooked up to a DevExpress Control and to any standard or 3rd party control that supports validation.

Finally, in addition to these two major features, Adorner UI Manager v16.1 also includes the following small enhancements:
  • A Click event has been added to the AdornerUIManager elements.
  • New custom draw events help you paint adorner elements in any manner.
  • Text in all adorner elements can be formatted using HTML tags.

We'd love to get your thoughts on our Adorner UI - likely are you to use something like this?

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