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Update: AlphaControls v8.32 Beta released10.05.2013
New: Published 'Dark Metro' skin30.04.2013
Author: Serge Goncharov
Download: Dark Metro
Size: 33.3 Kb
Tutorial: Adding skins to existing project01.04.2013
Two main ways exists for adding skins:
1. Using of standard components
This way is more easier in most cases and allows to see a result after few minutes of work. Therefore, we first consider it. For a sample will be used an existing demo-program from Demos directory in BDS2005. Sources of this demo may be downloaded there.
After first compiling of this project we will receive a window where form and all controls have standard looking.
All we need now is ...
Update: AlphaControls v8.31 Beta released27.03.2013
Published 'FM' skin
Author: Graf Sascha
Size: 58.8 Kb
Tutorial: Skins creation. General information
Only unpacked AlphaSkins may be loaded to the skin editor. For unpacking and loading of packed skin (*.asz) use the "Unpack and open" button in the ASkinEditor.exe. All skins in unpacked state contains two main files :
So, for a new skin creation needed ...
Tutorial: TsAlphaHints component
Controls a drawing of tooltips in the application with or without skins. To get this component working, it is enough to place him to the main form of application. He has one basic style already, this style is configured and used as default. That's all! Hints will be drawn automatically now while the Active property is True.
A variety of styles may be made by changing of component settings. For managing styles there is a special design-time editor of the Templates property.
Unlike TsHintManager component, the TsAlphaHints manager can draw hints with any shape. TsHintManager is obsolete and remains in the package for compatibility. Component TsAlphaHints more promising and preferable to use.
The component can apply user defined styles, and can use styles defined in the current skin, if it is active. The UseSkinData property should be enabled for using of styles from skin. Each skin has the 'HINT' section, where defined a data which used for drawing.
ShowHint and HideHint procedures may ...
Tutorial: TsAlphaImageList and TsVirtualImageList
This component is an analogue of standard TImageList component, but there are some significant differences:
Update: AlphaControls v8.30 Beta released21.03.2013
Tutorial: TsSkinProvider component
This component manages skinning of each separate form where he is placed. Despite the fact that it is created automatically (if TsSkinManager.SkinningRules.srStdForms is True), it is recommended to put this component on the form in design-time. This contributes to better controlling of the form, improves an animation of forms showing and many other operations. Also, this component contains many additional settings that help to influence the best skinning of the form on ...
Tutorial: TsSkinManager component
Component is designed for centralized management of program skinning process. For work of this component is enough to define a skin and set the Active property to True.
There are two ways of skins deploying with the application ...
Update: AlphaControls v8.20 Stable released01.03.2013
Tutorial: Standard and third-party components
To allow support of a 3rd-party control within your project, the control must be declared in the SkinManager.ThirdParty property. Use a special design-time editor for a handy adding of required controls.
List of currently supported components (increases ...
Tutorial: Important stuff
Here are a several simple tips, the implementation of which can significantly improve the behavior of the skinned application:
1. Use the TsSkinProvider in all forms, where possible. It manages the drawing of form-owner. If the TsSkinProvider component is not placed on form in design-time, then it will be ...
Tutorial: First application with AlphaSkins
How to use AlphaSkins properly? Consider the simplest example :
1. Create a new application
2. Put the TsSkinManager component on the form, let's call him as sSkinManager1
3. Add at least one skin to ...
Tutorial: Installing questions and issuesBelow we try describe the main questions that may arise during installation of components and recommendations for addressing them.
Tutorial: Installing the Alphacontrols package
If you have a previous version of the package already installed, you should remove it using the following method.
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