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Version 2.0

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Reviewed:  1 review
Downloads: 7273
Change Set: 77988
Released: Aug 9, 2011
Updated: May 29, 2012 by Lck
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Release Notes

This is the (long awaited) version 2.0 of the Windows Forms Aero Controls for .NET 2.0 project. It contains a Windows Control Library with controls that mimic some of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 native controls and modules that exploit some of Aero's advanced GUI features.
Please note that the major version change is not due to major additions to the library, but instead because of breaking changes and the renaming of the DLL library file.


The release zip file contains the following files:
  • WindowsFormsAero.dll
  • WindowsFormsAero.xml (IntelliSense documentation)
  • WindowsFormsAeroDemo.exe (Demo app)

You can add the library (WindowsFormsAero.dll) as a reference to a project and start using it. You can also add the controls to the Vistual Studio toolbox in order to place them into the WinForms designer via drag&drop.

What's in this release

  • Controls
    • ShieldButton
    • ComboBox with cue banner
    • CommandLink
    • ListView
    • ProgressBar
    • TextBox with cue banner
    • TreeView
    • ThemedText label (Text on glass effect)
    • SplitButton
    • VerticalPanel
    • HorizontalPanel
    • LabeledDivider
    • SearchTextBox
  • Modules
    • DWM module (Live thumbnails and glass sheet effect)
    • ThemedText module
    • Task Dialog module (alternative to classic Message boxes)
  • Support
    • OS support (checks if Vista libraries are supported)
    • Glass sheet helpers

Reviews for this release

The ThemedLabel control works great, but the ComboBox, ListView, and TextBox controls don't seem to function any differently than the regular Windows Forms controls they inherit from. The text is still rendered incorrectly (translucent) on a Glass form, so it is not legible. The main reason I tried to use this was to get various controls' text to render properly, but it does not.
by triynko on Feb 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM
Yes, only the ThemedLabel control is supported on glass. Other Windows Forms Aero controls (TextBox with cue banner, split buttons and so on) use the default Windows Forms rendering which is not compatible with glass. To avoid this problem, you'll have to create a glassless area for your interactive controls.
Reply by Lck (N/A) on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM