Much later than planned I have released an update of ExplorerListView. The changelog is as long as a novel. Most changes are new features available on Windows Vista. No less important is the implementation of the interface for the upcoming ShellBrowser control. I’ve also fixed many bugs.
Support for Windows 98, ME and NT4 has been dropped because my compiler doesn’t support those systems anymore. But Windows 7 is already supported.
I’ve released a minor update of EditControls. Not much has changed. OLE drag’n’drop has been improved a bit and it is possible to set the Appearance property to “Default” now (HotKeyBox and IPAddressBox only). Also this is the first release supporting Windows 7.
I’ve released version 1.2.1 of the TabStrip control. It’s a bugfix release, but also the first one that supports Windows 7.
I’ve finished two new controls: A date-time picker and a calendar. If you’re tired of the no-themes-support of the corresponding controls from Microsoft, you should give the new controls a try. Of course they also support Unicode, drag’n’drop and so on.
The controls are my hobby and I’ve not much spare time, so don’t expect too many releases in 2009. But I’ll release a highly updated ExplorerListView control soon. The next new controls (among ShellBrowser) will be ComboBox, DriveComboBox, ImageComboBox and ListBox.
Oh, by the way, DateTimeControls officially supports Windows 7 Beta 1.
EditControls has had another bug. The MultiLine property of the TextBox control could not be changed after control window creation – or better: the change had no effect. The control now destroys and recreates itself if this property is changed.
Two bugs have been found in EditControls 1.3.0. If you put a TextBox (or any other of the controls) onto a VB6 UserControl and put several instances of this UserControl onto a VB6 Form, you could set focus to the TextBox controls by pressing the TAB key, but once the TextBox had the focus, pressing the TAB key didn’t move the focus to the next control.
The other bug had to do with Aero drag images and occured on Windows x64 only. If you dragged data from a 64 bit application over the controls (which are 32 bit), the drop description of the Aero drag image didn’t reflect the current drop effect. Everything worked fine if the drag source was 32 bit, too.
Version 1.3.1 fixes both bugs.
The last release of ExplorerTreeView 2.0 was Beta 4 and it was 3 years ago!! Time for an update, I guess.
So here’s the first release candidate of 2.0. The changelog is long – very long. The biggest changes are the Vista support and the interface for the upcoming ShellBrowser control. There are also some changes that break compatibility, but that’s why I called the previous releases beta. Support for multiselect, background images and Windows 98/ME/NT4 has been dropped.
I thought about also providing the last build compatible with 98/ME/NT4 like I do with the other controls. But I made too many important bugfixes after the upgrade to Visual Studio 2008, so there would not be much use for this build.
Some final words about ShellBrowser: The treeview part of this control is finished (needs testing though). The listview part of it needs some more love, but there are good chances that we’ll see a first beta release before the end of the year.
Another day, another two releases: TabStrip 1.2.0 and TrackBar 1.2.1. While both controls have seen several bugfixes, TabStrip has also got some new features regarding OLE drag’n’drop.
Of course support for Windows 98, ME and NT 4.0 has been dropped for both controls.
Here are three more releases. EditControls 1.3.0 brings some new features for the TextBox, namely the read-only properties LastVisibleLine, LineHeight and TextLength. There’s also a new VB6 sample which demonstrates how to display line numbers. It’s not perfect, but a point to start from.
ProgressBar 2.1.1 and StatusBar 1.1.1 are bugfix releases.
The drop of support for Windows 98, ME and NT 4.0 that I mentioned in the last news, applies to these releases, too.
While updating the website, I’m also uploading new versions of my controls. The first ones are Animation 2.1.1 and ButtonControls 1.3.1 – two bugfix releases. I’ve dropped support for Windows 98, ME and NT 4.0 because I’ve upgraded to Visual C++ 2008 and the new compiler doesn’t support these systems anymore. If someday I have MUCH spare time, maybe I’ll install Visual C++ 2005 again, just to provide up-to-date versions for Windows 98, ME and NT 4.0, but that’s not very likely to happen.