Here we go again. New version of DotNetBar is out and this time we included Office 2010 beta style and Windows 7 style for Ribbon control and they look absolutely stunning. DotNetBar is worlds’ first control to include Office 2010 and Windows 7 styles. Not surprising because we also released worlds’ first ribbon control for both Windows Forms and WPF :-)…

While Office 2010 is still in beta and we expect that color schemes will change in final release, main design elements will most likely not change. So expect that we will tweak the Office 2010 styling in coming months as the design finalizes.

Office 2010 style looks gorgeous running on Windows 7 or Windows Vista with glass enabled. Here is screen-shot of new styling with desktop background image visible so you can see how glass extends into ribbon tab area:

DotNetBar RibbonPad sample with Office 2010 style running on Windows 7

And here is Windows 7 style screen-shot:

DotNetBar RibbonPad sample in Windows 7 Style

There are over 55 new feature and enhancements in this release. Here are detailed Release Notes.

How to use new StyleManager

We often received requests for an easier way to change style for all DotNeBar controls in application. To do that now there is a StyleManager component. StyleManager has instance and static properties that you can use to switch the style on all controls that have Style=StyleManagerControlled property set. You can use it to do color tinting of current style as well. Just set ColorTint property.To use it in existing application follow these two steps:

  1. Set Style=StyleManagerControlled on all your controls
  2. Add StyleManager to your main form, or if you do not have main form use static properties on StyleManager object to set style for all controls

This new release will take your apps to the new visual level. Try it out. If you already have DotNetBar license go to our Customer Only web site and download latest build. Fully functional trial version can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Related posts:

  1. DotNetBar for WPF 5.4 with Office 2010 style released
  2. DotNetBar for WinForms 8.4 released with schedule Timeline view and Office 2010 Blue color scheme
  3. DotNetBar for Silverlight 2.0 RC with Office 2010 style Ribbon Control Released
  4. DotNetBar for Windows Forms 7.1 Released
  5. DotNetBar for Windows Forms 7.5 released