Today we released new version of DotNetBar 5.8
which among many other things includes an enhanced Office 2007 style and a dramatically
improved menu system.

Ribbon Control implementation now includes an Office 2007 style Start button,
an integrated form caption, and an Office 2007 style form.
By using these new features you can implement a user interface that is very close
to Office 2007. Ribbon
tutorial has also been updated to show how to work with new features.

Here is screenshot from RibbonPad sample in Office 2007 Black Color scheme:

Notice number of new features:

  • Office 2007 Style start button in top-left corner. You can find template images in
    Images sub-folder inside of DotNetBar main installation folder if you want
    to create your own customized button
  • Two-column menus with mixed layouts, vertical and horizontal
  • Office 2007 Style form where contextual tab groups are displayed partially in form
  • Quick Access Toolbar, next to the start button

We’ve also added a new ItemPanel control, it is a super-flexible container for
any DotNetBar item like buttons, labels, etc. The ItemPanel supports automatic scrolling,
complex containers, fading, and more. We’ve also included a sample that illustrates
how to create an Office 2007 style chart picker dialog. It’s worth taking a
look at….. Here is screenshot:

There are many other new features and enhancements in this release including Office
2007 style forms so your application has consistent look and feel throughout.

More information and fully functional trial version is available on our web
. Enjoy 🙂

Denis Basaric, DevComponents LLC.


This is part 2 of my post from yesterday.
So what happens when you click the Start/File button? Here is screenshot:

This popup menu in Office 2007 black color scheme is just an example of rich menu
functionality provided by DotNetBar. And it does not even uses the text-markup (which
it could) to really enhance its appearance.

Menu system in DotNetBar is now very sophisticated and allows you to create very rich
menus that are long way from the standard one column menus.

Using containers (ItemContainer object) you can group the items in
almost any way imaginable and create two, three (and more) column style menus
and combine the horizontal and vertical menu item layouts easily.

Through styling (ItemContainer.BackgroundStyle) you can visually enhance the container
appearance to create some very interesting effects like the menu in the screenshot
above. Best of all, everything can be done without writing any code and
completely in Windows Forms VS.NET designer.

So what else is new in upcoming release? Stay tuned for next post 🙂

If you have active DotNetBar subscription you can download this release today under
Upcoming releases. Final release is coming really soon. I appreciate any feedback
and suggestions on new functionality as always.

Denis Basaric, DevComponents LLC.


Couple of days ago we released a beta version of DotNetBar to our customers that allows
you to get very close to the look and feel of Office 2007 in your application and
all of that super easy. Here is screenshot of our standard RibbonPad sample that shows
off new functionality:

See anything different 😉 ?

This new release includes lots of new stuff and I’ll try to cover all of it in next
couple of posts. First there is a extension of Ribbon control to provide Office 2007
style “Start/file“ button and Quick Access Toolbar all
in form title bar. The Office style Button that you see in upper left corner is used
to provide access to all document/file and system related functionality, at least
that is what similar button does in Office 2007, but you can use it for anything you

Quick Access Toolbar located next to the start button can be used to provide
easy access to frequently used commands.

All this is super easy to use, you can show both start button and quick access toolbar
with just single property change and you can add new items simply by using the right-click
context menu in Windows Forms designer. Of course the form title bar and system buttons
functionally comes free with that as well.

Best of all, any VS.NET version is supported from 2002 to 2005 and all .NET Framework

So what happens when you press the start button? We’ll see tomorrow 🙂

If you have active DotNetBar subscription you can download this release under Upcoming
releases today. The final release is coming soon. I appreciate any feedback on
new functionality as always.

Denis Basaric, DevComponents LLC.


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