Afalina Releases ADX Extensions for Outlook

Afalina has released a new programming tool for Outlook developers, the ADX Extensions for Outlook, that provides a new mechanism for customizing the Outlook user interface. This component allows Outlook programmers to customize Outlook forms and Outlook folder views by embedding feature-rich .NET and VCL forms and controls into the Outlook Explorer and Outlook Inspector windows. The ADX Extensions for Outlook gives Outlook developers the same advantages as the form regions technology supported by Microsoft Outlook 2007, but in contrast to VSTO 3 and Outlook 2007 this component works for all Outlook versions: Outlook 2000, 2002 (XP), 2003 and Outlook 2007.

The ADX Extensions for Outlook is based on the Outlook windows architecture and helps Outlook programmers create a custom Outlook folder view and a custom Outlook form in a more comfortable way than the Digital Dashboard technology (Outlook Today) or Windows API. Now any .NET and VCL forms, controls and components (such as grids, editors and tree-views) can be used on the Outlook Explorer and Outlook Inspector windows.

In addition, the ADX Extensions for Outlook provides some more advanced features and allows developers to:
- Embed .NET and VCL forms into the bottom, top and right sub-panes of Outlook folder views and Outlook forms (the Outlook Explorer and Inspector window).
- Embed custom forms into one, several or all Outlook folder views or Outlook forms.
- Include any number of .NET or VCL forms in one Outlook project.
- Make Outlook form regions cashed which makes switching between Outlook folders or forms much faster.

So, the ADX Extensions reduces the difficulty for doing simple customizations on the one hand, and ensures that rich integrations can reproduce the look and feel of Outlook built-in forms without major compromises.

The ADX Extensions for Outlook is written in C# and completely supports Visual Basic .NET 2003 and 2005, Visual C# 2003 and 2005, Borland Delphi 2005 and 2006.

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