RAD Tool from the creators of DDT™
A complete, self-contained, visual design environment
No resource editors - No run-time DLLs - No BloatWare!
Choose from 31 standard controls plus custom controls
Instant test mode to immediately view your handiwork
Import designs from Visual Basic, Resources, even DDT
Select fonts, styles, foreground and background colors
Enable XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Visual styles.
User Interface design getting you down?
Here's the instant solution! With PowerBASIC Forms,
you'll visually create your GUI in just minutes. You'll
"Drag 'n' Drop" dialogs and controls, quickly create menus,
even import form design from a multitude of prior sources.
Then get clean, structured, DDT source code, ready to
compile for your application. Is it Bloatware? Not here.
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,
Stretchable Image Button
Check 3 State Box
Horizontal Scroll Bar
List View Control
Tree View Control
Tool bar Control
Rich Edit Control
Date Time Picker Control
Month Calendar Control
IP Address Control
Slider/Track Bar Control
Hot Key Control
Vertical Scroll Bar
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
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
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
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 embeded 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
Personal computer with an 80386 or higher processor
Any version of Windows from Windows 95 through Windows 7
PowerBASIC for Windows Compiler version 9.0 or later
A hard disk with 3 Mb available space
CD or DVD drive, or Internet connection, for installation