Smart FieldPackEditor.Net

VisualHint, a company specializing in the creation of elaborated and usable custom controls from scratch, is pleased to announce the release of its second product: Smart FieldPackEditor.Net 1.0. After addressing Microsoft PropertyGrids shortcomings, it is DateTimePickers turn to receive a facelift.

The Windows Forms DateTimePicker is one of the most criticized within the developers community. It offers no flexible rendering, no support for a null/DBNull value, poor API (e.g. there is no way to select a field or open/close the dropdown month calendar), no custom fields, and more.
Well, Smart FieldPackEditor.Net is finally the solution you have been looking for. It indeed offers a solid framework to develop any rule-based fields editor and one of its first derived class is the DateTimePicker.

The objective here was not to create just another DateTimePicker based on its Microsoft equivalent or on a TextBox (masked or not) with fancy graphics la vista. The real objective was to simply create the best and most versatile DateTime editor available on the market!

The Windows Forms DateTimePicker is one of the most criticized within the developers community. It offers no flexible rendering, no support for a null/DBNull value, poor API (e.g. there is no way to select a field or open/close the dropdown month calendar), no custom fields, and more. Well, Smart FieldPackEditor.Net is finally the solution you have been looking for. It indeed offers a solid framework to develop any rule-based fields editor and one of its first derived class is the DateTimePicker. The objective here was not to create just another DateTimePicker based on its Microsoft equivalent or on a TextBox (masked or not) with fancy graphics la vista. The real objective was to simply create the best and most versatile DateTime editor available on the market!

A few examples of the new features that FieldPackEditor has to offer are: a flexible content, look and feel; Nullable value; Data binding for the control, for field packs as well as for individual fields; A ready to use inplace DateTime editor for the DataGridView plus an adapter for the PropertyGrid; A complete keyboard interface with autocomplete fields and automatic jumps to the next field; Buttons, icons and custom fields; Support for right to left languages and more! With this control you will even be able to develop your own editors for durations, frequencies, geographical positions and any other data that can be arranged into rule-based fields (ip address and latitude/longitude editors are supplied).

Don’t miss the four screencasts that demonstrate what can be done with this original framework.

Smart FieldPackEditor.Net 1.0 is available on September 5, 2007, from http://www.visualhint.com. Prices start at $49 (U.S.) per license, with quantity discounts available.

About VisualHint
VisualHint is a private company, owned by Nicolas Cadilhac, a software engineer with more than 10 years experience in software development, specializing in the creation of complex graphical user interfaces. The company also publishes Smart PropertyGrid for .Net and for MFC (now free for personal and commercial use).

Contact:
Nicolas Cadilhac
Web: http://www.visualhint.com
Email and Support: http://www.visualhint.com/helpdesk