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Letter Wizard, New Sample Applications Index

New Index of Sample Applications

Last Friday at around 10pm, I received a telephone call from a gentleman on the east coast of America, searching for a specific example program. He wanted to know how he could link from a TX Text Control document to a URL and open the URL in Microsoft Explorer.

After searching for about five minutes on our web site he had understandably run out of patience and grabbed the phone to call TX support. Once I had explained that all the sample applications that we have are published in our weekly newsletter and that he best search in the newsletter archive for the program that he was looking for, he found the solution to his problem within a few seconds.

This led me to think: Why not built an index of sample applications? We all know that we can follow examples better than long and boring texts, so here is an index of all the sample applications we have had in the newsletter over the past few months. Take a look for yourself at the result.

How To Implement MS Word Like Features. Part II: Letter Wizard

Continuing with our tutorial of how to implement Microsoft Word like features using TX Text Control, we are going to show you how to add a 'letter wizard' to your word processing application.

When it is finished, our letter wizard will allow the end user to efficiently and quickly create letters using information that he or she inputs in a form. The collected information is then inserted into the current TX Text Control document.

We shall be looking at the letter wizard over two weeks. Today, in the first of two parts, we are going to create the form which allow the input of data into TX Text Control.

We are going to use the TX Text Control's SelText methods to carry out this procedure. As only these easy-to-understand methods are going to be used, we have not published any source code here - for that, simply take a look at the file below for the complete listing.

Once the user has filled in each field on our form, he or she has all the data need to create the letter.

Next week, in the second step, we are going to show you how the single elements in the letter can be replaced.

The elements that we are currently using in this sample are inserted as plain text. Next week, we will show you how to insert these text fields as marked text fields, so that they can be edited at a later point in time. This has the advantage that it will be possible that the skeleton of the letter can be changed at any point after the marked text fields have been filled. Download the code now!

This example requires the Microsoft tabbed dialog control.

Weekly Worthwhile Site

This week's featured site contains a wealth of code snippets, classes, controls, and applications with full Visual Basic source code. What's more the guys at FREEVBCODE.COM even goes as far as testing all the code they receive to ensure that only the very best samples get published on their web site. They even add new code every day of the week! Do not miss their new discussion forum and Windows 2000 section. Visit them at:

The second featured site this week, offers software to produce "trendy, multimedia splash screens for your CDs" (to use their words). They have created several programs, two of which include CD AutoRun and CD DocRun. Have a look at what they have on offer at:

Best regards

The Newsletter Team

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