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    Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Good afternoon everyone,

    I'm working with a Access-based program, which has a pretty interface. I have some access to the source code but its just too blown up. But there's something I REALLY like about the program:

    The program doesn't work with pop-up windows, more likely it opens everything maximized in the Access window. Now no matter what screen resolution I have the fields grow and shrink with the window. Most interestingly are the listboxes which show all entered Customers for example. The expand over the full screen width and when I change the window size those boxes shrink with 'em... interesting!

    WHat I really want is a way to have a full-screen layout for at least two resolutions (800*600 + 1024*786).

    Something else: I like the interface designs from http://www.aadconsulting.com/. But they are really expensive and I only want an idea of how they got in that beautiful direction. (again those menus resize nicely)

    Dennis

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    There are several utilities/add-ins that will resize forms/controls automatically. See for example:
    Microsoft Access Form Resizer for MS Access Forms (shareware)
    Resize MS Access Forms with ShrinkerStretcher from Peter's Software (commercial; you can download a functional but limited demo)

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Yeah but again shareware, I thought there could be a freeware source for a very rough solution. Thx for the shareware anyhow

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Perhaps you can use the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Form scaling/resizing tool from Downloads for the Access Developers Handbook. I haven't tried it myself, but the handbook is excellent, so I'm sure the tool is too.

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Sounds useable to me. Thanks Hans I'll get back to the forums when I got further in development.

    Dennis

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Dennis,

    I've been researching the same scenario with respect to Screen Resolution and was curious as to what your final solution was.
    Cheers,
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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Well "final solution"...

    I tried both versions from the developers handbook and from jamie's software (both free). And I wasn't happy with either one. I have to admit that I stopped looking into the topic. The problem:
    I was trying alot of things with the version from the developers handbook. And all worked pretty good but there was always one flaw I couldn't get to work correctly: Some of my elements didn't get repositioned correctly. Trying around for ages didn't give me the right "beautiful" solution and I finally stepped away from the all-resolution solution and switched back to optimizing for 800*600. I know where my application is used and it doesn't make really sense to support multiple resolutions. My only goal was actually to make the whole thing "look better" and not have 3 windows floating around over the screen...

    Anyways some things I really liked about those resizing options -> they made even textboxes bigger. I am thinking of implementing this at another point of the app.

    Try poking around with teh developer's edition first. It is pretty easy to use and you can apply resizing options quickly.

    Dennis

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    I worked on an Access 97 database where the developer had used a product called Shrinker Sizer. It worked pretty OK on the 97 database. It was my job to move the database to Access 2000. There were so many references to the tool I had to purchase the new version for Access 2000 and spent a lot of time making it work. There was a lot of documentation with the product but no support. I also have just gone with the 800X600 as I still have a lot of users still using that resolution. Makes a lot less work for me in the long run.

    Carla

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Carla & Dennis,

    Thanks for reviving your original post. I've tried and run into many of the same problems. This probably won't work everywhere, but I told the client to spring for some new, up-to-date monitors that could handle the higher resolutions, because that would be cheaper than paying me to screw around trying to accomodate their ancient equipment and maintaining ever-occuring problems. Did I mention that I don't have a lot of clients?

    Thanks again,
    Cheers,
    Andy

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    Re: Builing a beautiful User Interface (2003)

    Yeah thats one of the commercial products available. But you're right it's a lot of references and reworking everything must REALLY be a mess [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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