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Code Writer App
A complete docking tool window and multiple document interface solution
Multiple Document Interface
.NET 3.5 or later
Source Code Available
Bundled in WinForms Studio
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Full-source demos and QuickStarts are included.
Configure the product using Visual Studio designer enhancements.
Two types docking windows are supported, called document and tool windows, each with their own purpose.
There are numerous features and options available so you can customize everything to fits your needs.
Tool windows can host any control and can be docked, floated, auto-hidden, or moved to an optional MDI area.
They can be dragged to new locations and attached to each other to form tab groups.
Complex hierarchies can be created and each control in the hierarchy has the ability to be resized via a splitter.
A tab group of tool windows that is docked in the main dock site can be unpinned to enter an auto-hide state.
When in this state, tabs for each tool window appears on the outer edges of the dock site.
Two grouped tool windows docked (left) and auto-hidden (right)
As the mouse moves over a tab, smooth animation is used to bring the related tool window content into view.
When the mouse and focus leave the tool window, it uses animation to slide back into place with only the tab visible again.
Document windows can host any control and are displayed in the MDI area.
They are intended to have a shorter lifespan, only while open in the UI.
There are some additional features for displaying filenames and read-only states.
When dragging windows around, dock guides are displayed to indicate the valid drop locations.
A preview of where the window will be placed is shown when the mouse is hovered of a single dock guide.
This makes it easy for end-users to know where a given window can be placed.
Each window or group of windows can be customized to allow or disallow certain drop targets.
The dock guides for a tool window
The Control key can be used to prevent the dock guides from being displayed.
Switchers appear when pressing keys like Ctrl+Tab and allow you to quickly navigate to an open docking window via the keyboard.
The switcher used for quickly jumping between windows
Code Writer App
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