UIToolX Quick Start
- Like a lot of our customer, we hate reading manuals too. So
we created this guide to get you up and running quickly. For details
about properties and methods shown in this guide see the online
or compiled manuals.
This guide is written for those who have a good working knowledge
of Visual Basic and have worked with ActiveX controls.
1. Open an existing project, preferably one
of your own. Make sure you have a backup just in case.
2. Add UIToolX to your project. It is listed
as "Future Wave Tech, Inc. UIToolX GUI Enhancer"
in the Components window.
3. Select UIToolX and go to the Properties window
(or even better set them in code in Form_Load) and set the
= 0 - fwNoBorder
4. Run it. Your project should now have a XP
type look. If not double check the Properties.
5. Lets customize a little bit more. Go to the
6. Add the following code in the Form_Activate
event and insert the following code:
Substitute the name of one of the controls on your form instead
Command1, fwThinBorder, True, , True, vbRed, vbYellow, vbBlue
7. Run the program again. You should now see
that you have a weird looking CommandButton on your form that
looks very different (okay, ugly) than the other controls.
- In most cases we prefer setting the properties of UIToolX in
code. We prefer code since documentation is easier and you can search
and replace when using code. It is also easier to implement scheme
or style management when the properties are set in code.
- In Step 3 you set the AutoAdd property to True. This tells UIToolX
to search the form for controls it can enhance. Only controls that
are in the Types collection will be enhanced.
- Also, In Step 3 you will notice that you set the UI_Border, UI_Background
and UI_ForeColor properties. These are viewed as Global properties
by UIToolX. Every control will be enhanced using these values.
- MouseOver and EnableColors must both be set to True in order
to have Colors work properly. MouseOver will detect the position
of the mouse and inform UIToolX that it is over a specific control.
Whether colors are used once mouse over has detected a control is
controlled by EnableColors.
- In Step 6 you used the AddControl method to specify the settings
for a specific control, Command1. This will override the Global
settings in Step 3. If you leave the fwForeColor parameter blank
(i.e. delete vbBlue) the UIToolX will use value of UI_ForeColor.
So in other words UIToolX will override any global color settings
with values you specify in AddControl.
- If you put the AddControl method in the Form_Load event and have
AutoAdd set to True then you must use the UI_Refresh method (UIToolX1.UI_Refresh)
before using the AddControl method.
- Take a look at our example projects include in the setup program for more hints
and techniques. We have included comments we feel will help you in