January 28th, 2010
GUI 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.
With 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.
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!