FoxControls is a set of custom-designed Delphi components that provide enhanced (or fixed) visual effects over their standard Delphi VCL counterparts, chief of which are transparency and having either a 3D or flat look.
The root of these controls came about during the dark, early January morning hours when I was hunting the internet for a transparent TGroupBox, TCheckBox and TRadioButton control for Delphi. The rest of the FoxControls components came along over time as specific needs for them arose.
FoxControls was developed for use with Delphi 4, 5 and 7 applications running under Windows XP. The FoxControls components are not guaranteed to function correctly under other operating systems or versions of Delphi.
Despite the many hours spent making these controls into what they are today, parts of older, base code have their roots in pieces of public domain source code. In the intrest of free source sharing among other developers the FoxControls are being released into the public domain. They are being provided AS-IS with no warrenty whatsoever.
The following grid lists the new (N) or fixed (F) properties for each of the FoxControl components compared to their standard Delphi counterparts:
(please refer to HISTORY.TXT for additional added properties specific to individual components)
Alignment (either TAlignment or TLeftRight) - For edit controls this sets the text alignment, for check controls this sets the positioning of the check box or radio button
AutoSize (Boolean) - Why Delphi never included this I have no idea. Setting AutoSize = True auto-sizes the component's width to the caption text
Border (fbLowered, fbNone, fbRaised, fbSimple) - Adds a raised, lowered, or simple border around the component
BorderColor (TColor) - Defines the border color when Border = fbSimple
BorderVisible (bvAlways, bvWhenFocused) - Sets displaying the border permanently or only when focused<
CheckColor (TColor) - Sets the color of the checked part of the component
CheckStyle (fs3D, fs3DJumbo, fsFlat) - selects one of three styles to draw the selected check type
CheckType (fcCheck, fcCircle, fcCross) - Selects one of three pre-defined check mark glyphs
Ctl3D (Boolean) - Toggles drawing the component either 3D or flat
Color (TColor) - Defines the color of the component's rectangle
FocusHighlight (Boolean) - Allows the component's color to change when focused
GroupIndex (Integer) - Allows for multiple groups of FoxRadioButtons to occupy the same parent control without having to use a FoxGroupBox
HighlightColor (TColor) - Defines the color of the component when focused and FocusHighlight = True
HintSecondLine (String) - Provides for a second line of hint text
HotTrack (Boolean) - Allows component to become highlighted and text to change color when the mouse moves over it
HotTrackFontColor (TColor) - Defines the color of the component's font when mouse moves over component and HotTrack = True
Raised (Boolean) - Gives a radio button a raised look when unchecked
ReadOnly (Boolean) - Blocks users from changing the component's state
Transparent (Boolean) - Makes the component's background transparent
TransparentCenter (Boolean) - Makes the component's radio button or checkbox interior transparent
Transparency (Byte) - Enables variable transparency / alpha blending (value of 0 to 100) of the component's background
WordWrap (Boolean) - Allows a component's caption to span multiple lines (AutoSize must be False, same as TLabel functionality).
The FoxControls would not exist today were it not for the generous and mutual sharing of source code among developers on the internet. As such the FoxControls are public domain as well. Some of the source code fragments used in the initial construction of the FoxControls are credited below:
The TFoxCheckBox and TFoxRadioButton components were originally based on the freeware component TPCheck version 3.10
Copyright © 2000-2001 by Peric
http://www.ptt.yu/korisnici/p/e/pericddn/ (which has apparantly been taken over by PDJTools)
The TFoxRadioButton Paint event and sibling handling code was taken from Sgt. Galen Smallen/Jason Looney's freeware TRANSRAD component.
The transparency code for TFoxEdit, TFoxMemo and TListBox was taken from:
Some of the TFoxButton code is based on:
Thanks go to Marcelo Galvêas for aiding in ongoing internal improvements for compatiblity with newer versions of Delphi.
|FoxControls for Delphi|
|FoxControls version 2.00|
(Please see the included README.TXT file before installing)
|FoxControls Version History||View|
|FoxControls Demo Application||Download|