The Amethyst Flex Designer - customization
In my last blog post I wrote a bit about some of the problems we’ve had to solve in order to make the Amethyst Designer (which is a Flex application) work as though it were a native part of Visual Studio. Our aim has always been to make the design and coding of Amethyst Flex (ActionScript/Flash) applications work just as seamlessly as the design and coding of standard Visual Studio applications such as VB/WinForms, say, or C#/WPF.
Just to bring you up to date with one of the things we are working on at the moment, here’s a couple of screenshots to illustrate the latest Designer properties selectable from the Visual Studio Options dialog. In addition to grid size and height and the option to snap controls to the grid, we have now added a Grid Style property (dotted or solid) and the option to snap to alignment bars. Alignment bars are lines that appear ‘on the fly’ as you move or resize controls. They show which edges align with other controls and they have a slight ‘stickiness’ to make it easy to align the edges of interactively.
Anyway, here is a view of the Designer (in the background) with the solid grid drawn in regular 20 pixel increments. In the foreground I’ve loaded the Options dialog to make some changes.
I’ve decided to set the grid a height of 25 and a width of 15, make it dotted and turn on ‘snap to alignment bars’. This is how the Designer now appears...
We still have a few more things to add to the Amethyst Designer prior to its first beta release which is expected during the next few weeks. As always, when a new public beta is available it will be announced here on the blog.
Is there an email list that one can sign-up for notifications of news/beta releases?