Friday, December 02, 2005

The "Floating Designer" - for "Die Hards"

Yesterday evening I have been at the Munich Delphi User Group meeting, and we had a look at the new Borland Developer Studio 2006. One question came up asking me, whether one could have back that old floating designer, as it has been in Delphi 7 and prior versions. Knowing the person asking is using Borland Delphi 2005 I was a little surprised, since it has been officially supported there too. Anyway, here you go, if you want to have that old style as well.
BDS 2006 looking almost like Delphi 7

Now, if you really want to use that view, you need to go to the Tools menu and go to your options dialog. Within the environment options go to VCL-Designer and uncheck that "embedded designer" option. (Note that the screen shot is form the German version.)
BDS 2006 looking almost like Delphi 7

Note: this option works for VCL applications only, not for WinForms and ASP.NET applications. But hey, if you want to stick to that layout, you are probably ignoring .NET anyway.


Blogger Eric Fortier said...

I just tried to use the floating designer, but it's very slow when moving forms around. It's not unuseable, but it's slow.

Maybe it has to do with updating the property editor while processing the windowmove message, as the editor's tool window flashes when it's redrawn as we move the form.

4:42 PM  

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