wxFormBuilder 3.02.03 Beta
Intuitive and well-structured interface
Although packed with an abundance of editing an analysis tools, the interface manages to sport a pretty clean and organized look. The center area serves as your preview sections, with tabs that display corresponding code generated for C++ or Python, as well as side panes which provide quick access to created elements and specific options.
Various preset objects to use
As mentioned above, no coding knowledge is required to design visual aspect and functions while using the application. Components you can include in your project are delimited by tabs that hold common buttons and text fields, additional objects, containers, menus, toolbars, layout, as well as the basic window forms.
Thorough customization options
Editing on the other hand, can only be properly done after some time spent getting acquainted with dedicated features. Interacting with objects you place in the workspace is slightly limited to adjusting window size, selection and only a few more options.
For greater detail and functionality, a handful of values need to be adjusted in the properties panel. Each object comes with a specific set of characteristics that can be handled, such as text style, positioning, visibility and more.
Define events and triggers
Depending on the type of form or application you want to build, you sooner or later end up in the events section. This is where actions and consequences are managed, but some degree of knowledge is required to provide the necessary commands for when a button is pressed, for example.
The application does not come equipped with a personal compiler, so the only useful output is programming code. All your actions generate a piece of text that you can later on use either in C++ or Python. This allows you to easily embed forms or even parts of applications in your projects.
To end with
All in all, wxFormBuilder can come in handy if you need to create specialized forms but don't really have a solid programming knowledge. All sorts of customizable buttons, layouts, menus and toolbars can be added with a single mouse click, while the generated code can easily be integrated into more complex apps or compiled into a final form.
Reviewed by Mircea Dragomir, last updated on October 22nd, 2014
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- Several toolbars can be inserted directly into AUI-managed frames.
- Added "Load From Embedded File" for bitmap properties.
- Added missing import for wx.aui.AuiToolBar class.
- Added support for wxArtProvider.
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