Rather, we felt that we need a more modern and minimalistic look, one that is more innovative, even corporate. As a result, as of Q3 2009 the WinForms Tools use the Office 2007 Black theme in out tools. Enjoy!
The new skin in the Visual Style Builder emphasizes the details of the control you are editing, making it easier to use:
The GridView property builder got the most attention. Not only it looks excellent with the Black skin on, but there are several profound changes in its functionality:
The RadTreeView property builder has an updated design that matches the rest of the tools. There are no new features, but the new skin definitely looks more polished:
Although we are working on extending this tool's functionality for Q1 2010, we decided to give it the "black theme" treatment for consistency:
The final tool that received the new treatment is RadControlSpy - a helpful tool, which now looks as modern as it is functional:
Nikolay Diyanov Diyanov is the Product Manager of the Native Mobile UI division at Progress. Delivering outstanding solutions that make developers' lives easier is his passion and the biggest reward in his work. In his spare time, Nikolay enjoys travelling around the world, hiking, sun-bathing and kite-surfing.
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