Summary of 2015 in short: new product RAD & Installer and website redesign.

This year we released new product (few alphas/betas and later Gold version) called RAD & Installer. R&I is very similar to our top product Visual & Installer. The main difference is target platform and language it uses: V&I is designed for Microsoft Visual Studio and programmed in C# while R&I is for Embarcadero RAD Studio and made in Delphi. We are trying to provide the same features in both products which is not possible every time.

During R&I development (main platform is Windows 8.1 and Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8, Delphi) we lacked a few important controls. The RAD Studio IDE is different than Microsoft's and does not provide components we required. So there was no other way than to write everything by ourselves. We wrote many parts of IDE enhancements from scratch (new controls/components), added new features, improved and fixed a lot of stuff and the result is really amazing.

ProjectProperties

We have developed really exciting technology and many people got interested into it. They asked us to publish it and we promised (not on this blog but somewhere on the Internet: either on Twitter or some forum) to do so.

And today we kept this promise: we have released two (core) components on CodePlex with full sources!

We are releasing full sources of two IDE enhancements (controls/components): ProjectProperties and NavigationBars which are not present in original IDE but they are required for work in NSIS and Inno Setup scripts and projects.

1. ProjectProperties - component (TPropertiesPage) with similar functionality as CPropertySheet known from MS Visual Studio (also known as tab dialog boxes) [see picture above]

2. NavigationBars - TEdit descendand (TAutoCompleteEdit) with fulltext search (auto completion) and bitmaps (owner draw) with suggestion list simulating TComboBox design.

It is based on ideas from here and here with some additional functionality.

NavigationBars

(There are currently 2 TAutoCompleteEdits on this picture (both with suggestions) - the component itself looks like TEdit, when you start typing or you click the down arrow suggestion list is shown like TComboBox.)

These components are hosted on CodePlex and you can download them at https://delphicomponents.codeplex.com/.


Full sources are included. You can download demo (Test Application) in Downloads section to see them in action.

This project is built with Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8 but there is no version specific code (you should be able to recompile the project in any RAD Studio version).

We hope you will enjoy them and find them useful.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year 2016!