Starting from the installation, ClientUI configures your IDE to get you ready for development. Each control is automatically registered to Visual Studio Toolbox and Expression Blend Assets under Intersoft ClientUI tab group.
With ClientUI, you can develop better and faster without even looking at the XAML code. Interact with any user interface element directly on Visual Studio and Expression Blend designer surface. For example: you can actually select a menu item hosted inside a menu bar control, and expand the menu item to see the inside submenu. If you are using working with UXWindow, you can switch between window objects in design time, just like in the runtime. Additionally, use the Document Outline to view the entire layout structure and move between elements quickly.
ClientUI adds a time-saving feature to aid your development with controls like UXMenuBar, UXToolBar, UXDropDown, and more. The designer’s context menu feature contains a number of actions related to the selected controls. For example, select and right click on a UXToolGroup control will show additional commands for adding a new button, a new separator, or a new image button.
ClientUI extends its designer capability to take advantage of Visual Studio’s item placement feature. Based on the current selected item, you can quickly add multiple objects and Visual Studio will position them correctly. Consider a scenario where you want to have a toolbar with 5 buttons. With Smart Item Placement, you can use copy-paste to create 5 toolbar buttons. Visual Studio will arrange the objects accordingly – saving you from layout nightmare.
ClientUI simplifies the tedious layouting tasks with its Layout Adorner feature. It is a sophisticated designer feature in Visual Studio and Expression Blend that displays a visual cue to allow you easily interact and layout the user interface elements. When you select a DockPanel instance, you will notice the helpful cue indicating the dock position of the currently selected element. Click on the cue to move it around.
Default Content is an interesting feature which prefills the control’s content recently dragged from the toolbox. When you drag and drop a UXToolBar control, two UXToolBarButtons within a UXToolGroup will be created. This feature allows you to quickly understand the control structure and what to do next, edit the existing item or add more UXToolBarButtons.
ClientUI adds an intuitive designer extension that logically divides each control’s massive properties into understandable category, making it much easier to browse and find the control's properties.
ClientUI is also shipped with dozens of line-of-business project templates to help you get started faster. Combined with the rich development experience and rapidly ship deliver dozens of commercial projects with no delay.