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Path: ...!postnews.google.com!j27g2000cwj.googlegroups.com!not-for-mail From: "Adrian Davis" <email@example.com> Newsgroups: comp.lang.tcl Subject: ANNOUNCE: GRIDPLUS2.1 - A Grid/Tile Based Screen Building Tool For Tcl/Tk Date: 27 Feb 2007 01:21:55 -0800 Organization: http://groups.google.com Lines: 105 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: 220.127.116.11 Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" X-Trace: posting.google.com 1172568121 5234 127.0.0.1 (27 Feb 2007 09:22:01 GMT) X-Complaints-To: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 09:22:01 +0000 (UTC) User-Agent: G2/1.0 X-HTTP-UserAgent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322),gzip(gfe),gzip(gfe) Complaints-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Injection-Info: j27g2000cwj.googlegroups.com; posting-host=18.104.22.168; posting-account=P8vbnAwAAADyY6xDVi1__u6-QdGRgNjS GRIDPLUS 2.1 has been released and is available from: http://www.satisoft.com/tcltk/gridplus2 New and Enhanced Features ------------------------------------------ *) New GRIDPLUS "container" command mode to create a frame which can contain toplevel windows. *) New "gpselect" command to select a tablelist row or tree node. *) New "gpinsert" command to select a tablelist row or text line. *) The "gpmap" command can now also map array elements to GRIDPLUS widget values. *) The window command mode now has an "-in" option to put the window into a container. *) Variable Substitution now also works for the notebook layout. *) The text command mode now has an "-font" option to set the display font when not using tags. Changes ------------- *) The -title option for the GRIDPLUS layouts with a name ending with ".main" no longer sets the window title. Bug Fixes --------------- *) The Notebook now works in toplevel windows. *) The tablelist "-columnsort" now works. GRIDPLUS2: ==================== GRIDPLUS2 is a Tile based version of GRIDPLUS. Whereas GRIDPLUS Version 1 has features to control widget style as well as window layout - GRIDPLUS2 assumes that the Tile style engine facilties will be used to control widget styles. GRIDPLUS2 instead provides SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED screen layout/desgin functionality - which can further reduce the coding required to achieve the desired widow/ widget layout. One of the main enhancements is the new GRIDPLUS2 Widget Grid. With GRIDPLUS1 it was only possible to create one type of widget in a particular Grid (Buttons, checkbuttons, entries etc.). In order to mix widgets in a Grid it was neccessary to create additional Grids for the other widget types and then "embed" them into a parent Grid. The new widget Grid allows all of the GRIDPLUS widget types to be mixed in the same Grid. See http://www.satisoft.com.tcltk/gridplus2/readme-20.html for further details. WHAT IS GRIDPLUS: ==================== GRIDPLUS is a package intended to simplify GUI screen layout development for TCL/TK programmers. GRIDPLUS is the second in a series of packages aimed at producing a framework for development and distribution of "database" applications written in Tcl/Tk, but I feel that some of the packages may also be of more general interest. The first package ICONS, released 2002 (http://www.satisoft.com/tcltk/ icons), was originally developed to be used with GRIDPLUS. Firstly: GRIDPLUS is not a "Visual" design tool. GRIDPLUS is a "Grid" based layout system which builds on, simplifies and extends the existing grid manager. GRIDPLUS layouts are defined as a hierarchy of grids. Each cell in a grid consists of two elements. These will usually be a text label and some other widget such as an entry. It is also allowed to have just one element in a cell, or a cell which is empty. GRIDPLUS grids can also be stretched to neatly fill the cells in which they are positioned. While the GRIDPLUS grid can be used "native", GRIDPLUS commands/options exist to create grids of Buttons, Checkbuttons, Dropdowns (Comboboxes), Entries, Menubuttons, Links and Radiobuttons. All places where text can be displayed make use of the TCL message catalogue facility. In effect GRIDPLUS is much more than an alternative to the grid geometry manager, it provides most, if not all, of the facilities required to build complete screens/windows. Although aimed at producing data entry/update/display form screens for database applications, it may be useful for other tasks. GRIDPLUS also includes the following features:- *) Scrollable text widget. *) Scrollable tablelist. *) Scrollable tree widget. *) Basic notebook type widget. *) Simple drop-down menus. *) Simple method to specify widget traversal order when using the TAB key to navigate the screen. *) A group facility to enable/disable groups of widgets and menu options. *) Facility to include non-GRIDPLUS widgets in groups. *) Simple pattern/procedure based entry validations. *) Works with toplevel windows. *) ...and much, much more!! Best Regards, =Adrian=