Add-in Express' New Component for Creating MS Office Toolbars
Add-in Express has released a new component for Office developers, the Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Office, that provides unique features for creating a commercial class UI for Microsoft Office add-ins. Enabling developers to place any .NET controls onto MS Office toolbars, this component makes possible to create sophisticated user interfaces found in today's most recognizable commercial MS Office add-ins.
Until now MS Office developers have been restricted in choosing visual controls. Whenever custom controls were to be used, there was an impression they're just shadows of real controls. Buttons, edits, combo boxes and list boxes, plus pop-ups – and that's all. Sure, it is not what Office developers really want to achieve. Now, due to the Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Outlook, this limitation is overpassed.
With Toolbar Controls, Office developers can use any visual .NET controls, not only Office built-in controls, on Outlook and Excel command bars. Tree-views, grids, diagrams, edit boxes and reports can be added to commandbars of Office applications. It is what the Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Outlook is intended for. Now any custom .NET controls (such as Label, Panel, CheckBox, ComboBox, ListView, ProgreeBar, TreeView etc.) can be placed side by side with standard Office controls.
The Toolbar Controls .NET for Microsoft Office is written in C# and, being CLS-compliant, supports every programming language of the .NET platform: VB.NET, C#, C++ and J#. It can be used in Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005.
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