DotNetBar for Windows Forms 7.5 has been released with over 40 new features and enhancements. Highlight of this release is all new Vista Glass inspired theme added for all controls including the Ribbon. This theme is original and designed entirely by us. We have went through lot of proof of concept styles until we arrived to what we think is great looking theme.

We were tempted to style this theme in “black glass” but after creating few concepts we saw that theme like that is really “over-powering” and it makes the Ribbon and other user interface elements the central point of an application and it does not let your content, your application stand out. Instead we designed theme that blends into Windows Vista, but it does not take over visually the application and your content can get attention and focus as it should. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Here is a screen-shot from RibbonPad control sample which shows off new theme:

There is also a nice style for toolbars that is similar to the Windows Media Player toolbar that you can use. Here is screenshot of that:

To make toolbar like this add Bar control to the form, set BarType=StatusBar (this simply chooses the predefined color table for bar background), then add buttons and set on each button ColorTable=Blue. In screenshot above I also set FixedSize=80,32 for each button.

This release also includes new features for our very popular Advanced Tree control that developers like you tell me they are upgrading to just for speed improvements alone. This time we have added support for displaying images in column header, methods for sorting by column, improved multi-node selection, selection per-cell, ability to replace check-box states with images you specify and more.

There is much more coming so stay tuned 🙂

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