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    [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    So I was reading the Windows 7 blog and Microsoft just released a bunch of APIs for beta testing and I was wondering if anything could be made of them as an extension, particularly a Ribbon extension. Dunno, just interested in seeing an extension like that. Make things more professional or something, I don't know.

    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/09/10/announcing-new-tools-for-it-professionals-amp-developers-transitioning-to-windows-7.aspx

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    wxWidgets is having a very nice Ribbon class made for it for the Google Summer of Code. I wonder if that'd be a better choice?

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    Would wxWidgets really be a good choice? I mean, it would probably require a few extra DLL's, and I don't think Winapi and wxWidgets mix very well.

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    It would work on all versions of Windows though, which might be worth the effort. It does work in a different way on the outside, but in fact you could strip that away and make it work with WinAPI.

    Disclaimer: I haven't used wxWidgets for about 5 years...

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    I think a ribbon extension would be very cool to have for many MMF2 app developers (such as myself), so I'm gonna go and bump this thread.

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    Not exactly sure what Windows Ribbon does, can anyone explain it to me?

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbon_(computing)

    Personally, I don't see the point when a custom version can be coded easily.

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    Considering that ribbons do not obey to system themes, this could easily be done with Active System Boxes and Active Objects.

    Please note that Ribbons make your application require 2x more mouse clicks, significantly increase the time required to learn your application, and needlessly reduces screen estate.

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    Yes, but it's so pretty.

    What about some of the other Windows APIs like multitouch?

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    Re: [Request] Ribbon extension and more?

    "Please note that Ribbons make your application require 2x more mouse clicks, significantly increase the time required to learn your application, and needlessly reduces screen estate."

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    The design advantages in application when it has been through through, for instance in MS-Word, are really significant. I don't think it is true to say it requires 2x mouse clicks, as it is taking things away from menus and sub-menus and it most certainly increases the time spent to learn the application. And it is better than 30 toolbars.
    [/opinions-stated-as-fact]

    My initial reaction was to dislike it, and I got really confused using it, but watch this video. It is really worth listening to the whole thing as you can see why, in this case, it is a really really good thing. This video converted me!

    On the other hand, I really don't think many applications made in MMF will benefit from it. It's a lot more niche that it seems, I think.



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