Updated: 16.10.2016

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 created automatically when form is opened in run-time. But when it is created automatically then initialization occurs quite late, behavior of the component can be worsen in this case. Simply put, always remember to add a TsSkinProvider wherever possible.

2. Where possible, try to Use the controls in the AlphaControls package in preferrence to their standard counterparts. Components from the package are specially optimized for use with skins. They are faster, there is no flickering when form is resized, and tend to have a 'better' rendering for animation. Also, components from the AlphaControls package have many additional features, which can significantly extend the scope of their usage over their standard component alternatives.

3. All components from AlphaControls package have a SkinData property. Changing the SkinData.SkinSection property can change a look of the component. For example, TsPanel has 'PANEL' as it's default value in the SkinData.SkinSection. This section defines a look of a raised panel. By modifying this property to 'PANEL_LOW' we can get a lowered panel. "GROUPBOX" provides a transparent panel with a frame. Fully transparent panel can be obtained by setting the "CHECKBOX" value. You can experiment and find the section from the standard list which is most suitable for the current component. All standard sections have same behaviour for all skins.