The control is shipped with a rich set of themes that allow you to easily build slick interfaces with the look-and-feel of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Office 2010, Outlook, etc. The themes can be easily switched using a single property.
In addition to the built-in themes, all RadControls for WinForms come with a feature we call Theme Color Blending, which allows for tweaking the color scheme of a theme, without the need to redo the theme from scratch. The updated color scheme is applied to all Telerik WinForms controls that you are using in your application for a fresh new look. Or you can build a new theme from scratch to fit your exact visual demands by using the Visual Style Builder productivity tool.
Telerik RibbonBar is also capable of displaying rich text formatting by using standard HTML tags, such as <i>, <b>, and <u>. This is supported on a framework level.
Due to business globalization, the need for multi-lingual applications is a must. Telerik Windows Forms RibbonBar supports all RTL languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic. Full localization of its strings is also supported.
Unlike some ribbon implementations, Telerik Windows Forms RibbonBar was built with ease-of-design in mind. You can build an entire ribbon by manipulating the tabs, chunks, and controls directly on the VS design surface, without writing any code. Some of the other capabilities are:
Telerik RibbonBar is compliant with the Microsoft Office 2007 User Interface Design Guidelines and Office 2010 User Interface innovations, meaning that it supports the ribbon interface, and all of its elements and specifications, namely:
Office 2007 UI Office 2010 UI
RadControls for WinForms supply all controls that you will need in a ribbon bar. This means reduced learning curve, because you will not need to learn new tools if you have already worked with the RadControls suite. Since all controls are based on the Telerik Presentation Framework, they come with extensive design-time support, tremendous customization options, and extensive theme support. These controls are:
In addition to the Application Menu that follows the Office 2007 UI Guidelines, RadRibbonBar offers Backstage View built according to the Office 2010 RibbonBar design principles. To complete the Office 2010 look of the menu, our Office 2010 themes implement the rectangular blue button specific to the Office 2010 style.
In case you like the functionality that the Backstage View provides, you will be happy to know that this functionality is covered by a separate control outside RadRibbonBar. This control is RadPageView and you can see its BackstateView in action here.
Telerik RibbonBar's Start Button provides convenient access to "application menu" that displays actions performed on the entire document, form, or application, such as Save and Print. It also provides a list of recent documents, access to form options, and the ability to exit the form or application.
The Start Button is based on RadApplicationMenu, which is Telerik counterpart of the "application menu" introduced with Office 2007 as part of Microsoft’s Ribbon UI. Since it is a available as a stand-alone product, it comes with intuitive design-time support, many extendability features, and theme support. RadApplicationMenu is fully compliant with the 2007 Microsoft® Office Fluent™ User Interface Design Guidelines.
The Telerik Windows Forms RibbonBar control enables you to build user interfaces similar to the “wave of the future” ribbonbar used in Microsoft Office 2007/2010. This feature ensures your applications will look up to date with the Microsoft applications your users are familiar with.
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