Free GUI designer for Windows?
Does someone know of an update to date equivalent to MS' Dialog Editor to draw interfaces, ie. which would include the latest widgets like tabs or progress bar?
This topic has come up a few times and the nearest anyone got to was a mention of SmartDraw. I used the 30-day evaluation copy. It's a different issue that I only used it one time out of all the thirty days it was available to me. It stinks. YMMV.
Thx, but I use SmartDraw to draw diagrams, workflows, and such. I'm looking for a tool to draw actual, working dialogs, like MS' antiquated Dialog Editor, so as to make it easier to design UI's for Python scripts under Windows (I don't want to use builders based on wxWidgets.)
Oh! I just misread your post completely. Sorry!
Ah! you meant the VC++ resource editor and it's likes?
Yup, except I just need the GUI designer part, since I have no use for the whole shebbang (so no advice on buying VC++ or Delphi please :-)).
You don't specify your language requirement. There's one free for Python and wxPython called Boa Constructor.
Thx, but I was looking for something lighter, and that uses the native Windows widgets instead of wxWidgets or GTK, etc. Nothing fancy, since the actual code would have to be written with PyWin32 anyway.
Visio also does all the windows controls - very easy to use...
If I recall, I thought that there was a VB-like replacement for VC++ 6.0. It allowed you to specify forground/background color for each control, etc just like VB.
The Windows Platform SDK claims to provide a dialog editor. I bet it's no less or more crap than the one in VC++.
wxWidgets DOES use the native Windows widgets. It's just a wrapper around them...
Purebasic has a nice gui designer, and is quite reasonable at 59 euro.
Thx everyone for the links. The reason I'd rather avoid wxWindows, is that this increases the size of the distributables, and I'd rather something native that can run even on slower PCs.
(1) wxWidgets (not wxWindows, there was a name change after Microsoft kindly asked them to do so), ARE the native widgets sets, they're just a wrapper around them.
As part of http://www.lingolanguage.com I included a GUI designer that creates standard RC files. If you want you can use the GUI designer and ignore the generated code.
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