Yesterday, we released version 2.0 of the Interop Forms Toolkit, one of several Visual Basic Power Packs we have developed over the past year that help bridge the gap between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic 2005.
The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 allows developers to display .NET Forms and Controls from within a Visual Basic 6 application. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 extends well beyond the 1.0 version we released in September of last year – developers can now include .NET UI code and functionality within existing Visual Basic 6 forms and in all kinds of Visual Basic 6 applications, including MDI applications.
The new release, which is fully supported by Microsoft, also includes more comprehensive documentation and simplifies deployment with a redistributable toolkit runtime. Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are available for downloading for free from http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads and are designed to work with both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio codename “Orcas”. Other Power Packs include:
· Microsoft PrintForm Component 1.0, which brings back the ability to easily print a Windows Form. Just lay out the Windows Form exactly as you want it and your users can print the form as a quick report.
· Microsoft Printer Compatibility Library 1.0, which allows projects that used the Printer and Printers Collection in Visual Basic 6.0 to be upgraded without having to re-write your printing logic.