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    Creating User Interface

    hi there, i was wondering if someone can help me to find how can i create a custom UI for executable applications.

    I wnt to create UI like the one in the Office2007 on maybe not that good but the only thing i want is to change the classic form of the controls... and design my out buttons and all that.

    i will be so glad if someone tell me how

    by the way, the language that i am working on is C#

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    Have you used custom user controls in VS 2005? I believe the Office 2007 ribbon (which I think you're referring to) is licensed by MS.

    There are companies that offer 3rd Party Office 2007 components:

    www.devcomponents.com/dotnetbar
    http://www.purecomponents.com/

    So far I haven't come across any free ones though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo_dk View Post
    Have you used custom user controls in VS 2005? I believe the Office 2007 ribbon (which I think you're referring to) is licensed by MS.

    There are companies that offer 3rd Party Office 2007 components:

    www.devcomponents.com/dotnetbar
    http://www.purecomponents.com/

    So far I haven't come across any free ones though.
    well ok, but i dont really want office components, it was just an example :S i want to design my own components shapes

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    You'll have to do that in Visual Studio. Lookup "custom user controls" in Google.
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    If you want to design your "own buttons and all that" I think you should look into Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and XAML. The MSDN site (msdn.microsoft.com) has a lot of documentation, guides, videos, blogs etc. to help you get started.

    You may also want to download a VS2008 or (a trial) of Expression Blend. The former does have support for xaml development, while the latter is a visual designer for xaml.

    Note: Windows Forms will not be advanced anymore by Microsoft. It is not a "dead" technology, but the emphasis in the future will be on WPF. Win32 is really a wrapper of the "old" win32 api (albeit a very good and robust wrapper). WPF is slated to completely take over the role of Win32 UI features (buttons, windows, drawing), thus eventually rendering Windows Forms irrelevant.

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    Thanks to all of you i will check all your recommendations


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