ANN: PowerTools

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Mon Jun 27 14:59:12 EDT 2011

Oooh... it would be cool if I could set some default properties for other objects like a field or a button, and every time I create that object, the saved properties will be applied. Kind of like Style Sheets only applied to objects! I would pay GOOD MONEY for that! 

Something like right-click a tool for the first time, and the properties palette shows up only with no properties set yet, so that you could change only a couple things like font and size, and all other properties would be derived from the standard template when you created a new object. Ultimately perhaps even save multiple settings. 

This would dramatically help form generation. I suspect your first release does not do this, but perhaps in the future? 

I created a "field dropper" stack which polled an SQL database and allowed me to pick a column and "drop" it onto a card, but all the field properties were hard coded, so that I would maintain a constant look and feel for my forms. Your tools palette seems to be a better methodology. I will have to look into it. 


On Jun 24, 2011, at 9:13 PM, Mark Wieder wrote:

> Why bother? The tools palette has grown long in the tooth. The only
> change to it over the last ten years has been the addition of the
> datagrid. I always wanted to add my own controls to the tools palette
> but never could (I think Ken Ray has done something along this line as
> well <g>). And the graphics tools needed an update. For instance, each
> graphic and paint tool now remembers its settings - you can have
> different colors or patterns or gradients settings for each tool.

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