The new Point & Click web design tool - the Control & Theme Designer - presents a ground breaking simple, intuitive developer/designer interface to creating advanced, customized, and creative customer-facing Web user interfaces (UIs) without any need to code in HTML and CSS.
The new tool will allow to easily create custom themes for Visual WebGui applications or download complete themes. New themes created by Gizmox that would give your Visual WebGui application familiar, cool looks are going to be available for download. Here are some examples of the themes that you should expect to see when 6.4 Preview is released demonstrated by screenshots of the same control with a different theme each time.
You can also get more information through the following resources:
- Video: Theme Customization with the new Designer
- Article: Visual WebGui new web design tool simplifies DHTML graphic design
- Tutorial: Basic usage of the new Visual WebGui Theme & Control designer
Learn how a Delphi based desktop logistics system was taken and ported into a new solution that is Web based and can integrate with Mobile Devices.
The article specifies the requirements for that project and the development process of the UI part which was carried out by a single programmer over a period of 3 months using the Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform. This is believed to be about half of the time it would have taken using other web technology.
"Giving us visual WinForms programming experience for the Web, Visual WebGui was the answer to our requests. We have developed various solutions using .NET and we were able to reuse most of that code and provide a solution that looks and performs very similar to a desktop application... What impressed us immediately was the responsiveness of the solution compared to other products that are based on other web technology," " Enrico Pavesi CTO of Nexus Informatica.
One thing that all web designers need is a good HTML editor. Plus with the economy the way it is the right price is FREE. Well, over at DevelopersVoice they have put together a good list of the best free HTML editors.
Below is an excerpt from the post.
There is also support for Adobe AIR, Apple iPhone, PHP, and Ruby on Rails development, which comes via additional development plugins.
Pros: Complete IDE, many plugins
Cons : Complicated, developer oriented
Homepage : http://www.aptana.com/studio/
Download : http://www.aptana.com/studio/download
Size : 131 MB License Type : Unrestricted Freeware OS : Windows, Mac, Linux
Free HTML editor
Kompozer is an open source web development tool built on NVU. The project strives to fix bugs in the NVU project and added new features to it. Both the HTML editor as well as the CSS editor has so far be fixed and updated as part of the Kompozer project - and many more changes are scheduled. Apart from that the main feature set is exactly as in NVU. And one of the most important features is still that editing take place in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode allowing you full control of layout as you work with your web design.
Pros: full featured WYSIWYG editor
Cons : not updated , Last release 2006
Homepage : http://kompozer.net/
Download : http://kompozer.net/download.php
Size : 7.6 MB License Type : Unrestricted Freeware OS : Windows 98 – Vista
Free HTML editor
You can read the full post here.
The visual Control & Theme Designer web design tools introduced in version Visual WebGui 6.4 version allows to create cool new designs and themes and also custom controls. The new 'how to' tutorial shows how simple it is to create a Visual WebGui custom control with the new designer tool.
This 'How to' is divided into two parts whereas the first part demonstrates the creation of the programmatic part of the water mark text box control and the second part shows how to add the design time of the control.
View the full tutorial here:
Design Visual WebGui custom controls with the new Control & Theme Designer
The Theme & Control designer enables developers and designers to create or edit controls and to make custom themes in the simplest most efficient way. The Theme & Control designer consolidates all the resources that build up the control into one place and allows to visually manage, edit and custom the design of the UI using point & click and without having to write HTML/CSS code.
View the Basic usage of the new Visual WebGui Theme & Control designer tutorial and learn how to edit images that make up a standard button and quickly transform it to Mac styled buttom.
A new case was published on visualwebgui.com showcasing why TYCON chose Visual WebGui RIA Development Platform as the core platform for the Web UI in their.
Using Visual WebGui allowed TYCON to deliver the new Telemdicine Second Opinion solution faster than expected saving time and resources due to the easy and quick implementation process of the existing WinForms code. The original plan to convert the WinForms generated code to web was a 5 month/man effort. With Visual WebGui TYCON completed the job using only 1 developer for 1 month.
"With Visual WebGui we were able to build an agile and secure web user interface that meets the requirements of our customer in terms of functionality and time-to-market Interface" Ariel Schwindt CEO of Tycon S.A.
Read the full showcase: A Telemedicine Second Opinion application developed on Web with 1 developer in 1 month
Visual WebGui released a short video as a sneak peek of the new version and its major new features - the Theme & Control Designers although a preview version of Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform version 6.4 will become available in a couple of weeks.
The new designers which will be available with the upcoming 6.4 Preview version enable simple and quick customization of controls and themes thus enabling developers/designers to create rich, branded, and engaging customer-facing UI's.
Gizmox announced that Visual WebGui RIA & Cloud Platform version 6.4 will be released as a preview version in the beginning of May.
Since 6.4 includes many major, all-new features Gizmox decided to release it as a free Express Studio Preview version first, allowing Visual WebGui developers & community the opportunity to try it as soon as possible and experience its remarkable potential and value.
In the meantime, 6.3.x which is now a stabilized version continues to be offered as a pre-release version. This will also give the devoted Visual WebGui developers community the opportunity to benefit from Visual WebGui's pre-release discount for a bit longer. Gizmox is offering a free upgrade to 6.4 for perpetual licenses and will reset the subscription period to start when the 6.4 version is stabilized and offered commercially.
For those who would like a taste of the next version Gizmox will soon release a free preview of 6.4. Visual WebGui 6.4 discovers a leap forward in Visual WebGui's evolution and it will literally change the way you develop and design Rich Internet Applications. The new version combines the ease of Visual WebGui drag-and-drop application development with graphically-engaging visual designers to build Web UI's. The 6.4 preview brings a new dimension of collaboration between development and UI design tasks enabling simple and productive customization and creation of rich, branded, creative customer-facing Web 2.0 like UI's. This is enabled by new Control & Theme Visual Designers that add up to the Form designer and integrate with existing design software such as Photoshop, Expression Blend, Flash CS, and more to enable the most efficient developer and designer collaboration when customizing and creating new themes and controls. Both Theme and Control Designers provide easy management of the entire project's resources and the integrative capability to edit those resources.
Visual WebGui 6.4 also introduces a new scalability server extension allowing multi-users usage scenarios. The Cluster Server also provides important redundancy to Visual WebGui web applications.
Stay tuned for more information, samples and downloads to be released this month on Visual WebGui News...
Torq Software decided to allow web access to the internal systems so that they can be accessed by more field agents and clients via the internet with a manageable impact on the processor and bandwidth usage footprint.
The team chose Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform and soon enough discovered how easy it was to start developing Visual WebGui screens due to the fact that it uses the same GUI designer technology that was already used to develop the Windows Forms version of the application.
It was relatively easy to develop the screens for the application as the existing Windows Forms UI was used as a guide. Even though Visual WebGui was still in a beta form, the overall development was simple and quicker than expected. "Not having to learn ASP.NET in its entirety meant that we could leverage our existing knowledge for most part to produce an effective application" Said Apolon Ivankovic. Deployment turned out to be relatively easy as well and only required the team to learn the basics of IIS deployment.
To read the entire showcase click on the following link:
Debt Collection Management System Web UI developed in less than a month
A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published:
A Linux (Mono) Web based OS Deployment tool completed in just 2 weeks
The company needed to develop a solution which would operate as an OS Deployment tool that is customized for the needs of their Datacenter according the specific design parameters given.
The team decided not to use PHP but to use Mono (mod_mono) with Visual WebGui because of the short timeframe they had for deploying the solution and since Visual WebGui provided the easiest and quickest graphical development possible.
The web development process was straight forward. While the final goal was well defined, some of the concepts and functions were being defined while coding the solution. The Visual WebGui unique approach enabling easy integration of UserControls and intuitive graphical development allowed for this unstructured development cycle which led to an extremely shortened process as stated by Axel Westerhold: "Because of the easy graphical development environment and the integration into Visual Studio we were able to roll out the product within 2 weeks."