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Mar 22, 2005 /  Prof-UIS 2.31 Released!
We have just released a new intermediate version of Prof-UIS (v.2.31), which is available for immediate download for registered users. It includes two new projects (MDI_DynamicBars and SDI_DynamicBars) that illustrate how to use a new component called Dynamic Bar Site (the CExtDynamicBarSite class) which allows you to implement different docking schemes for resizable control bars.

The new version also includes a number of improvements and bug fixes you can learn about on the Version History page.

Besides, we categorized the FAQ section of our website so that it will be easier to find the most important information about library usage.
Feb 19, 2005 /  Prof-UIS 2.30 Released!
We are glad to announce the release of Prof-UIS 2.30. Most of the new features introduced in this version were requested by our customers. These features mostly deal with modern elements of graphical user interface implemented in the latest Microsoft products:
  • tab controls, MDI tabs and tab containers like those available in One Note and Visual Studio 2005 (aka Whidbey)
  • Page Navigator like the Navigation pane in Office 2003
  • toolbox like that found in Visual Studio 2005

We also implemented undo/redo drop-down buttons and menu items in toolbars and pop-up menus, and some other features.

To see the full list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes, visit the Version History section of our website! You can download and try Prof-UIS 2.30 right now!
From this release on, the new versions will be marked as follows:
  • Prof-UIS X.X0 stands for a major version (e.g., Prof-UIS 2.30)
  • Prof-UIS X.XX stands for a minor/intermediate version (e.g., Prof-UIS 2.31)

In response to customer requests, we are now publishing all intermediate releases, which are available as source code for the registered users with valid subscription. To subscribe to notifications about all new intermediate releases, updates and samples, please
  1. Log in at www.prof-uis.com
  2. Click My Profile on the green navigation pane
  3. Click View/Edit My Personal Information
  4. Check Yes, I wish to receive e-mail notifications about all new intermediate versions, updates, and samples
  5. Click Save Changes
We always welcome your feedback, questions, and feature requests!
Jan 18, 2005 /  Frame Features v.1.2 Released!
Today we are happy to announce the release of the first version of Frame Features. It is an ActiveX control that uses the rich features of Prof-UIS through the intermediary OLE Automation package (ProfAuto). Whether you are using VB 6.0, VB.NET, C#, J#, or some other language, Frame Features allows you to enrich your application with the newest and most popular features of dockable toolbars, menus, and status bars available in the latest Microsoft products including Office XP/2003 and Visual Studio NET/2005. Frame Features can be used in most of the form designers supporting the ActiveX container technology. It can also be used in any other environment that provides access to a handle of the window in which the dockable windows supported by Frame Features should be displayed. The control comes with a set of property pages (Property Builder) with which you can easily and quickly create the user interface in the design mode. Alternatively, the user interface can be implemented completely programmatically at runtime. To help the developers quickly start employing the power of Frame Features, we included SDI and MDI sample applications for the following development environments: Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Java++ 6.0, C# 7.0, C# 7.1, C# 8.0, J# 7.1, J#8.0, Visual Basic 7.0, and Visual Basic 7.1. Frame Features even perfectly works with Internet Explorer and the HTA sample application proves this. We plan to make available support for resizable control bars and some other Prof-UIS features in the next releases of Frame Features. Please take a look at the key features, take a feature tour and download Frame Features right now! We hope you will enjoy it.
Dec 11, 2004 /  Prof-UIS 2.27 Released!
We are pleased to announce the release of Prof-UIS 2.27. In this version we put emphasis more on the improvements relating to the general look and feel of the interface rather than on adding completely new GUI components. These improvements are almost in every aspect of interaction between the user and the application from enhanced drawing to much better performance in dragging and docking features.
A whole new approach to loading language-dependent resources of any type is implemented in a new component, which we called the Resource Manager. It allows you to switch between the languages supported in Prof-UIS or your application on-the-fly and what is most remarkable is that it does not require you to have a bunch of resource dll files.
New features also include draggable tabs for the tab control and tab page container, a custom docking outline, and the ability to customize the Office 2003 theme. The latter, for example, allows your application to imitate Windows XP themes on OSes other than Windows XP.
Two new sample applications, ThemeColorizer and LanguageSwitcher, illustrate how new features can be used. A number of bugs reported by the library users have been fixed.
Check out the full list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes in the Version History section! You can download and try Prof-UIS 2.27 right now!
Nov 11, 2004 /  Frame Features preview release is available for download!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the first version of our new product called Frame Features. It is an ActiveX control that features the dockable menu bar with automatic support for lists of MDI windows, dockable toolbars, MDI tabs, completely customizable toolbars, menus, and keyboard accelerators, and much more. Frame Features gives you full control over the implemented features both at design and runtime. This has become possible because Frame Features uses the functionality of the Prof-UIS Automation Pack, an OLE Automation layer for Prof-UIS.

Frame Features has been tested in a number of ActiveX containers including those used in Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET/2003/2005.

You can download and try it right now! The installation includes samples for VB, VB.NET, and C#.

We welcome your comments and questions in our new forum!

Oct 26, 2004 /  Update for Prof-UIS 2.26 released!

We have just released a small update that contains some hotfixes and minor improvements to Prof-UIS 2.26.

BUG FIXES:
  • Fixed a bug with the code responsible for loading dialog templates, which failed to create ActiveX controls.
  • Fixed a bug with a new resource loader not correctly displaying any font except for the default.
  • Corrected a bug with drop-down buttons in toolbars, in which the button face was not repainted after executing submenu commands.
  • Fixed a bug with not repainting the caption of a floating toolbar during quick toolbar customization.
NEW FEATURES:
  • Pop-up menus in customizable applications can now display drop-down items (e.g., a button with a drop-down menu).
  • Added a new overloaded version of the CExtControlBar::DockControlBarLTRB method with which you can specify in which proportion (in percents) the area initially occupied by the first control bar is split between two control bars.

The update comes as a zip file that should be unpacked to the directory in which Prof-UIS is installed.

You can download the update right now!

Oct 18, 2004 /  Prof-UIS 2.26 Released!

We are happy to announce the release of Prof-UIS 2.26. The full version introduces two major features: OLE Automation support and Visual Studio 2005-like user interface. Automation is implemented as a COM library called ProfAuto. It allows the users to use scripting languages like VBScript for customizing and controlling menus, toolbars, and status bars. All properties and methods of ProfAuto are documented which, together with a how-to article titled Scripting Support in Prof-UIS Applications and ActiveScripts sample application, should help the developers easily use this feature in their products.

The second major feature enables you to use the GUI-related features presented in Visual Studio 2005 (aka "Whidbey") including the new look and feel and docking markers. We also enhanced the Prof-UIS docking algorithm that completely eliminates flickering and makes detaching and docking tabs more perfect. The library and samples are ready to be used with Visual Studio 2005.

Check out the full list of these and other new features, improvements, and bug fixes in the Version History section! You can download and try Prof-UIS 2.26 right now!

We also released Prof-UIS 2.26 Freeware, which is free for non-commercial use. The version is also compatible with Visual Studio 2005 and supports its GUI style and docking markers although it does not support docking tabs. Download and use it now!

If you are a native speaker of any language except for those listed on our website, we would like to offer you to become a volunteer translator. You will need to support your language localization. We may reciprocate with a license to the full version of Prof-UIS and our technical support. If you are interested in our offer, let us know!

Jul 12, 2004 /  Prof-UIS 2.25.1 and Prof-UIS 2.25 Freeware are available!
FOSS Software is glad to bring you the release of Prof-UIS 2.25.1, which is a minor update to Prof-UIS 2.25. The version mostly includes bug fixes for Prof-UIS 2.25, though some new minor features are also added. Read the Version History section for details. The registered user may download the entire installation package, or just a patch to Prof-UIS 2.25 (at the bottom of the Download page).

We also released Prof-UIS 2.25 Freeware, which can only be used for non-commercial purposes. The version includes the features not available in Freeware 2.23, samples, and full source code. Responding to users’ feedback, we added documentation.

If you are a native speaker of any language except for Czech, English, Korean, Russian, and Swedish, we would like to offer you to become a volunteer translator. You will need to support your language localization. We may reciprocate with a license to the full version of Prof-UIS and our technical support. If you are interested in our offer, let us know!
Jun 22, 2004 /  Prof-UIS 2.25 Released!
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Prof-UIS 2.25. Among the new features are a date picker control which looks like and has the same features as the mini-calendar (the Date Navigator) in Microsoft Outlook, a dialog for managing open child windows in MDI applications (the “Windows…” dialog), and a set of enhanced standard controls.

A completely renewed Prof-UIS Controls sample demonstrates the existing and new features.

We also provided the documentation with indexes and made it better consistent with the MSDN MFC documentation style.

Check out the full list of features, improvements, and bug fixes in the Version History section!

Please download and try it now!
Feb 29, 2004 /  Prof-UIS 2.24 Released!
We are happy to announce the release of Prof-UIS 2.24. As usual the new version contains not only bug fixes, but new features, improvements, and samples. The very first version of a powerful data grid control promises to be very helpful to the library users. A new very customizable flat tab control and flat tab page container should allow you to present data to your users in a handy and efficient way. The status bar is enhanced with better support for GUI themes. It also enables you to insert controls of almost any kind into its panes and to redirect status tips not only to the pane with index 0. Check out the full list of features, improvements and bug fixes in the Version History section! Prof-UIS 2.24 comes with five new samples, which demonstrate the new features and how they could be used in your applications. Please download and try it now!
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