LMD DesignPack

Latest Version: 2017.7

Introduction

LMD DesignPack is a collection of 10 native VCL components that can be compiled into your application royalty free. It contains controls which help you to enhance your projects with advanced designing features - either by adding object inspector like controls, extended form/control designers or diagram like objects. See LMD IDE-Tools 2.0 general enhancements overview for a list of DesignPack 5 related additional features.

Features

  • 9 components for adding design features to your applications;
  • Provides object inspector like component, form designer and diagram based controls;
  • TLMDDesignManager control: Connect designer control(s) with object combobox/property inspector to set up designable forms with almost no code;
  • TLMDObjectComboBox control: Delphi object inspector like object combo box;
  • Support of ASCII/binary DFM format for saving/restoring form data;
  • Full sourcecode of library;
  • Extensive demo projects demonstrating advanced features - even a report designer is basically included;
  • Free updates via Internet
  • A Site License covers unlimited number of developers in same organization at one location
  • Free technical support via forum (forum.lmd.de), e-mail, fax or mail
  • Also available as part of LMD IDE-Tools or LMD VCL Complete.

New in version 5

  • It is now possible to design forms (TCustomForm descendants) in the TLMDDesignPanel. This allows to develop BDS like IDE user interface.
  • New designer ShowRootResizers property allows to show mouse handles to resize the root inside design panel.
  • New global components modification notifications feature allows to synchronize shown in Design Pack controls content without any links between controls. Useful e.g. if for example you move some Vcl control by the designer, the Left and Top property values will be automatically updated in the property inspector. Or: if you rename some Vcl component in property inspector, the object combo box will automatically update shown component name.
  • The global components modification notifications allow to detect when components located inside module root are modified. New TLMDModule.OnCompsModified event can be easily used to detect such modifications, instead of several old events of designer or property inspector.
  • The global components modification notifications allows to provide more correct notifications, finding correct module for the modified component. Imagine that you edit by the property inspector the TClientDataSet component from one module that refers to the TDataSource component from another module. Since the property inspector can edit linked data source component properties (by expanding DataSource property) it is important that as a result of such modification a second module will receive the notification, but not the first one.
  • All design pack controls are now closely oriented to work with designer. So, EditorWindows has been removed from all controls except the TLMDDesigner. All other controls will automatically search for the appropriate designer in cases when the editor window manager is required. There are no connection to service provider required, because it is always possible to map editing control to its module (designer).
  • New TLMDModule.OnGetLoadingCompRef event added to allow to dynamically load modules in the presence of inter module component links. The Vcl allows to do this only starting from Delphi 2005, so this event is not available in Delphi 7.

New in version 4

  • Unicode support for NT-based systems!
  • Support for Frames and Frame children - including saving/loading roots with frame-copies and inherited from base-frame event handlers. Most notable feature is capability to load forms with frames at run-time without creation of dummy frame instances.
  • Alignment lines support for design areas - helpful feature to align controls when they are moved or sized (even possible when controls are inserted).
  • The Designer control supports now saving/restoring of Lock state.
  • Component captions for non-visual controls
  • The designer supports grouping of controls. to handle compound controls as single object (which can be moved/resized/deleted).
  • The TLMDServiceProvider component represent services architecture for simplifying development of extensible applications.
  • And other minor new helpful additions like predefined form for representing the structure of a design module or integration code for LMD IDE-Tools support. E.g. designer, property inspector and component tree components now have the ability to display useful default popup menus. Also they can just link popup menu components by adding default items automatically. This feature is used to fill popup menu with Delphi like component editor verbs in designer and component tree.
  • Combined helpfile for all IDE-Tools packages (IDE Integration package, Designpack, ScriptPack and SyntaxEdit).

Screenshots

Database Form Designer

See below a screenshot of the Database FormDesigner, which allows designing of forms with a specific set of database controls.

Property Inspector demo

In Property Inspector demo various advanced features like different styles, property categories, custom property editors, filtering etc. are demonstrated.

New Alignment Lines feature

In Form/Control-design mode alignment lines are now displayed when control is moved/resized

Components

TLMDDBDiagramm
The TLMDDBDiagram class represents a more specialized variant of TLMDDiagram component. It is usually used to visualize relationships of database tables, similar to the table relationship diagrams e.g. known from MS Access.
TLMDDesigner
Use TLMDDesigner to make enduser design features similar to the form designer in Delphi IDE available. The control can be used in two ways: At first as stand alone control to set a form in "design mode" or used in connection with TLMDDesignPanel. A TLMDDesignPanel control acts as container for any TWinControl descendant for which runtime design features should be made available.
TLMDDesignPanel
The DesignPanel control is required if you want to use TLMDDesigner in connection with a TWinControl descendant (instead of using the "form designer" mode). This control does not provide any design features itself, it handles only the control for which design feature should be enabled (e.g. adds scrollbars when design area extends dimensions of TLMDDesignPanel etc.).
TLMDDiagram
The TLMDDiagram component allows display of boxes which can be linked to each other, so that relationships between different items can be made visible.
TLMDPropertyInspector
The TLMDPropertyInspector control simulates functionality of the object inspector which is known from the Delphi / CBuilder IDE. With a couple of mouse clicks and a few lines of code you can integrate advanced design features into your applications. In addition the component provides a powerful interface which allows simple integration of own property editors or extended features.
TLMDDesignManager
Use TLMDDesignManager to connect designer control(s) with object combobox and property inspector components. Thus creation of a designer with object inspector like features is simplified, because almost no synchronization code is required.
TLMDObjectComboBox
ComboBox like in Delphi object inspector, allowing display and selection of controls in the current designer.
TLMDDesignObjects
TLMDDesignObjects is a component for representing object collections. Instances of this class can be connected to several LMD DesignPack components and play different roles. Like DB-aware Delphi visual controls automatically communicate with datasets, Design Pack controls communicate with TLMDDesignObjects collections.
TLMDModule
The TLMDModule component represents within DesignPack the designing-module where several module-related functions and events are centralized. Those utilities are used by other DesignPack controls or by the streaming system.
TLMDServiceProvider
The TLMDServiceProvider component is used to organize a service architecture in IDE-Tools applications.

Downloads

Description Date Available Files
LMD DesignPack Trial

Standalone version. Demo projects included.Exe-Demos provide compiled version of example projects.Please find documentation package in LMD IDE-Tools section.

This is a LMD 2017 release and should not be used at the same time with older release packages.

Delphi XE2 (and better) release contains 32bit + 64bit support. Latest ServicePack required for XE2 + XE6 releases.

Installation problems? Read the corresponding Package Installation Wiki entry.

Terms of use (Trials) / License Agreement / Support Topics

October 13, 2017
LMD IDE-Tools Helpfiles

Helpfiles for LMD IDE-Tools, DesignPack, ScriptPack and SyntaxEdit.
Besides that Tutorials in CHM format for Schemes creation (SyntaxEdit), ScriptPack and DesignPack.

January 24, 2017

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