GUI Design Studio 3.6 Released With New Calendar Elements

January 28th, 2010

New Version 3.6GUI Design Studio version 3.6 is now available for immediate download. This is most likely the last 3.x maintenance release before we launch version 4.0 next month. It contains some fixes and changes based on customer requests and is a free upgrade for all registered users.

For customers using any prior version of GUI Design Studio, simply install the new version and your existing licenses will continue to work.

Calendar Elements

Calendar ElementsWith so many requests from users, we’ve finally added Calendar elements to the mix. This was essentially the last missing native Windows control and a common feature in a vast number of desktop and Web applications.

So why has it taken so long to appear? Well, that’s a very good question. Right from the start, with the version 1.0 release 5 years ago, we realized that calendar controls were important. But rather than create complex elements for every conceivable situation, the idea then was to provide basic building blocks from which other elements could be assembled.

The very first design samples library contained various calendar controls with different display options. We thought that this would be enough for simple mock-up purposes. Well, clearly, we were wrong! Creating calendar controls from scratch using text boxes and other elements is both tedious and time consuming, especially if you don’t want a design that’s stuck in 2005!

So we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you a very flexible Calendar element that should suit most purposes. There are 2 variants to get you started: one in the “Lists, Trees and Tables” category that represents your standard Windows month calendar, and one in the “Web” category with some very different styling options.

Now it has to be said that there are a lot of property options for the Calendar. With all of the other elements, we’ve tried to cut back on options and minimize them wherever possible. But there’s an increasing demand for more flexibility and more styling options so that’s what we’ve provided here.

Option overload is an important topic for usability so we’ll be revisiting this in a future post with a collection of Calendar element designs. In the meantime, see what fancy Calendars you can create for yourself.

Other Changes in this 3.6 Release

  • The “Window” menu now contains some very handy new commands to “Close All” design windows and to “Close Others” so that you can focus on just the design you’re working on.
  • Thumbnail Components now have the same ability as regular Components to be redirected to different design files through their property settings. This can be hugely useful, especially when working on Web applications, when you want to change the target of a link without having to delete the old target then drag and drop the new target and hook it up again.
  • There’s a new Preference option to Disable Subversion (SVN) support. GUI Design Studio normally detects folders that are under Subversion control and automatically handles them appropriately. However, all Subversion clients on a particular machine must be based on the same version libraries (version 1.6 in this case), otherwise the working copies will be incompatible. This option is for users who are unable to upgrade their Subversion clients from version 1.5 or earlier.
  • There’s another Preference option to disable a change we made in version 3.5 to enhance the File Open/Save dialogs by switching to Thumbnail view for images where appropriate. It’s possible that this feature caused compatibility problems (though we’ve been unable to reproduce or confirm these) so the option is there to turn it off.

Bug Fixes

  • Using the right mouse button to cancel a drag and drop operation from the Project file tree, Elements or Icons panel no longer activates the popup context menu.
  • Custom Tree Icons (added in version 3.5) are now correctly saved to distribution .gdd files.
  • Custom Tree Icons are now maintained properly when the Tree is within a Component and has its properties overridden. Previously, in that situation, the icons would revert to the defaults if the icons were within the project (application and other external icons were okay).
  • Some of the automatic connection types were not behaving as intended and reverted to “Modal Popup” instead of the correct type. This has now been fixed.
  • There’s also a few other minor fixes related to command keyboard shortcuts and annotation popup text spacing.

Download and Upgrade

Download GUI Design Studio version 3.6 now and install it over your existing version. If you have purchased a license, your existing key will continue to work.

Version 3.6 is fully compatible with projects and files created in earlier versions but certain features, such as the new Calendar elements, will not be recognized by earlier versions of the software so be careful if sharing projects with others who haven’t yet upgraded.

Leave a comment to let us know how you get on and what you think of the latest release. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions!


One Response to “GUI Design Studio 3.6 Released With New Calendar Elements”

  1. john says:

    Interesting software. Great article. Keep it up!