Next Generation RAD Tool from the creators of DDT™
Here's a video explaining how PBForms works:
Create stunning dialogs, add a splash of color, use the latest DDT from PB/Win 9 or 10. Choose from these standard controls, plus custom controls, too!
PowerBASIC Forms offers a complete design
environment, even a menu editor, tab order editor,
and version resource editor! So, how do you start? First,
you'll open a dialog, and size it to your needs. Add
a few controls, choose the fonts, select the colors,
add menus, accelerators, short-cuts, and you're well
on your way. Then generate your template and start adding
code. Of course, you'll use instant test mode to view
the final design, even before you compile it. But what
if you need to add an extra control, or change a size
or style? It's simple... just reopen the project,
as often as needed, and you're right back in business.
In fact, if you ever find you've really made a mess
of things, you can even request a completely new template
from your modified project. What could be better?
Need some information along the way? The help is extensive and right at your fingertips. Click a style... see an instant definition. Forget about reference manuals, with PowerBASIC Forms, you won't even need one!
So what about all your previous work? Have you spent months, even years, creating Visual Basic forms, Visual Studio resources, even hand-written DDT with PB/DLL or PBWin? Is all that work wasted? Of course not. With just a few clicks, you'll import all of that work, ready to compile and execute. There's no Bloatware here, and no wasted work, either!
An interesting option is the concept of "Favorite Styles". Dialogs and Controls may have thousands of possible size and style combinations. How do you choose the correct combination, and even more important, how do you remember that particular combination of size and bits next time? Finally, it's elementary. Choose some style bits, view the result in Test Mode. If it's pleasing, just give it a name, any name, and it's automatically saved for the future, ready for instant retrieval. Even better, one particular favorite can be chosen as the default size and style for each type of control and dialog.
How about menus? With the built-in menu editor, it couldn't be easier. Just type the text for each menu caption, ID names are created for you. Separator bars and popup sub-menus? Easy as choosing a radio button. If you know Visual Basic, you'll find the Menu Editor familiar, yet a welcome relief -- in fact, you'll design menus in just a fraction of the time it took before. You can choose accelerators (short-cut keys) like (Ctrl+N), (F4), and (Ctrl+Shift+T) by just pressing the desired keys.Then link menus to a dialog with a simple drag'n'drop.
Setting TAB Order
Tab order is important. It must be intuitive, yet it often changes during development. Maintenance used to be drudgery. But no more. The Tab Order Editor displays a small yellow numbered box in the upper-left corner of each control. Click controls in sequence, and the numbered boxes update. Re-order the entire dialog or a few controls... it doesn't get much easier.
Need to populate a ListView or TreeView control? Don't struggle with foundation code... it's now automatic. PB/Forms generates simple "helper functions" to handle these menial tasks. In fact, it even creates sample code to help manage ListBoxes, ComboBoxes, TreeViews, ListViews, and others.
Need a Resource? Know little about resources? Fine... that's automatic, too! All of your images, bitmaps, icons, and version resources are automatically embedded right here in PowerBASIC Forms. This simplifies your code while guaranteeing a single compact EXE. Need strings for a status bar or tooltips for a toolbar? They're auto-saved for you and embedded in the same final resource.
DDT Command Updates
PowerBASIC Forms 2.0 has been completely updated to support the new DDT commands in PowerBASIC 9 For Windows. Listview, Treeview, Progressbar, Statusbar, and Tab controls have all been updated. A new Toolbar control has been added to Toolbox with sample code to show how to add buttons with images. Fonts are now handled with CONTROL SET FONT, FONT NEW, and FONT END. #INCLUDE and #IF %DEF() metastatements have been updated to use the new #INCLUDE ONCE metastatement to ensure that no redundant code is added to the application. Callbacks have been updated to support the new CB functions. Also new is the ability to enable visual styles using a manifest file that is embedded in an application resource file.
Of course, in the "PowerBASIC Tradition", PowerBASIC Forms needs No Run-Times, No DLLs...
Absolutely No Bloatware Here!
Minimum System Requirements