Simple life with SmartDesigners

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
The first release of Studio Enterprise 2006, ComponentOne’s annual subscription-based component toolset for Windows, Web, and mobile application development, includes over 28 products compiled natively for Visual Studio 2005. Components for Visual Studio 2005 now include SmartDesigners, aimed at simplifying the design-time experience and enhancing productivity on the .NET Framework 2.0. SmartDesigners allow developers to set the components’ most common properties without leaving the design surface.

Among the new products included are ComponentOne ADO.NET DataExtender, which simplifies data modeling and programming for Windows Forms applications, and ComponentOne MaskEdit for Mobile Devices, which extends the functionality of the Compact Framework 2.0 TextBox control.

Its new products integrate with Visual Studio 2005 Windows Forms by supporting new features including Smart Tags, Snap Lines, data binding, GDI+ text, and Managed Themes. The new ASP.NET 2.0 Web Forms components also support ASP.NET 2.0 features, including Smart Tags, data binding, resourced-based scripts and images, and ASP.NET 2.0 Themes.

The re-engineered version of ComponentOne Preview for .NET adds more sophisticated printing and print preview capabilities to Windows Forms applications, and features an enhanced object model, a more robust and modular design, and improved performance. The new version of ComponentOne WebMenus and WebBars for ASP.NET adds new C1WebTreeView and C1WebTabStrip to provide features and functionality not available in-the-box with Visual Studio 2005.

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