It is out and about. New version, 9.0 of DotNetBar is released and we included two huge new components. And best of all the price remains the same. It is still same low price. DotNetBar now includes 55 controls and it is unparalleled value.

First DotNetBar now includes unique TreeGX control that you can use to present hierarchical data in a different way. Here is screen-shot of TreeGX control when compared to standard tree:

TreeGX is very rich control so make sure to check out sample projects that you can find in DotNetBar samples folder.

Second component we are adding is windows style Task-Dialog component. You use is in manner similar to MessageBox but have plenty of additional options. Task-dialog component is dialog that is used to display information and receive simple input from the user. Screen-shot below shows task-dialog with all key parts visible:

Task-dialog Header, Body and Footer text all support our text-markup. The radio-buttons and command buttons are managed using our Commands component.

We also include 10 color schemes for dialog background so you can categorize your messages. Here are couple of screen-shots of themes for task-dialog:

If you have current DotNetBar license download latest release on Customer Only web site. Fully functional trial version is also available. We are full steam on even more exciting features that I can’t wait to share with you, but only after they are fully baked :-) Our product development pipeline is full for whole next year. You’ll love what we have in store for you.

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I’ve been reading about the celebration Microsoft made for Windows Phone 7 release to manufacturing (whatever that means these days) which was set like a mock funeral for iPhone and Blackberry. I guess this was declaration of Windows Phone 7 as killer technology, because you know, once that is out (so they are celebrating stuff that hasn’t been released) the iPhone and Blackberry are doomed.

Side note on timing because I don’t want to get sidetracked by this, but I find this extremely funny once you stop to think about it. Windows Phone 7 was “completed” on September 1st and its release date will be announced at a media event on October 11 in New York. Uh, huh.

Here is the thing with killer technologies. Killer technology gets its killer status only in hindsight. Killer technology is something that your users attribute to your product after it has been a smashing success. It is not something you proclaim even before product is released. Whenever technology is announced as killer technology, as a rule, it will not be. Proclaiming your own greatness only casts the doubt on existence of it.

So instead of saying what people can do with your product and how it makes someones life easier you concentrate on how your product will kill some other. When did killing become a valuable quality? And why would you market your product with message that has negative connotations?

How do you recognize next killer technology? I don’t think you can, but you can recognize what technology will not be killer technology. It is the one that announces that it is.


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