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NOV User Interface for .NET Features

NOV UI for .NET - Features Overview

NOV UI for .NET includes 70+ high-quality controls for building premium User Experiences for Windows and macOS X applications. Below is a brief overview of the main types of widgets included in the suite:


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Nevron Open Vision's Ribbon is a widget that lets developers easily enrich their applications with Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI. NOV Ribbon is fully customizable and scales its child widgets automatically based on the available area. The resizing of the Ribbon is fully customizable as well.

NOV Ribbon consists of the following main elements:
  • Application Menu
  • Ribbon Tab
  • Collapse Button
  • Additional Content
  • Ribbon Group
  • Dialog Launcher
  • Ribbon Wrap Flow Panel
  • Ribbon Stack Panel
  • Ribbon Button
  • Ribbon Split Button
  • Ribbon Menu
  • Ribbon Gallery


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Buttons are widgets typically used to perform a specific action when clicked. NOV features a complete set of buttons that can contain arbitrary content (i.e., other widgets). The main types of buttons include:
  • Standard buttons
  • Repeat buttons
  • Toggle buttons
  • Check boxes
  • Radio buttons
  • Split buttons
  • Other buttons

Color Pickers

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Color pickers are widgets that allow the user to pick a color by modifying one or all of its color components through a visual interface.
  • Palette Color Picker
  • Luminance Color Bar
  • Hue Color Bar
  • Saturation-Brightness Color Box
  • HSB Box Color Picker
  • HSB Wheel Color Picker
  • Color Box

Command Bars

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NOV implements advanced command bars that mimic the commanding logic of Microsoft Office 2003, Visual Studio, etc. NOV command bars can contain any other widget and support many advanced features. Specific subtypes of commands bars include:
  • Menu Bar
  • Tool Bar
  • Status Bar


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Container widgets are used to contain other widgets and provide different adorner features to their content.
  • Group Box
  • Pair Box
  • Uni Size Box
  • Splitter
  • Tab
  • Document Box
  • Scroll Content
  • And many other...

Context Popups

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Context popups are Popup Windows opened that are opened in a context fashion. Context popups are usually used for:
  • Context Menus
  • Custom Context Popups

Drop Down Edits

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Drop down edits consist of a specific editing area and a drop down button located at the right side. When the drop-down button is clicked, the drop-down edit opens a popup window, which assists the user with the editing. Notable drop-down edits are:
  • Combo Box
  • Date Time Box
  • Color Box
  • Split Buttons

Layout Panels

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Layout panels are used to arrange content. The layout panels included in NOV have unique features that are a product of our long-term dedication to automatic layouts.
  • Panel
  • Single Visible Panel
  • Dock Panel
  • Stack Panel
  • Wrap Flow Panel
  • Table Flow Panel

Range Based Widgets

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Range-based widgets are widgets that display a range and a current value. Notable range-based widgets are:
  • Scrollbars
  • Slider
  • Numeric Up Down
  • Progress Bar

Text Visualization and Editing

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The NOV Label and Text Box widgets allow for the visualization and editing of Unicode text. They are based on our proprietary managed Typography and are the only Label and Text Box in the .NET world that can guarantee 100% identical text quality and speed in all environme
  • Label
  • Text Box
  • Auto Complete Text Box

List Box

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The NOV List Box presents the user with a list of items he can choose from. The items of the NOV List Box can be any other widgets. Supported are single and multiple selection modes.

Tree View

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The NOV Tree View is used to visualize a tree hierarchy. Users can navigate the hierarchy visually by expanding and collapsing certain tree branches. The items of the NOV Tree View can be any other widgets.

Top Level Windows

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Top-level windows are windows that are opened on top of other windows in the specific presentation layer windows stack. The Top Level Windows of NOV is virtualized. NOV Top Level Windows features full control over the window frame and title bar and can be opened in a modal fashion. Top-level windows are usually used for:
  • Popups
  • Dialogs


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NOV widgets are styled with CSS. NOV initially comes with the following themes:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP Blue
  • Windows Classic (with all color scheme variations)
  • macOS X Lion
  • macOS X El Capitan
  • Nevron Dark
  • Nevron Light

Miscellaneous UI features

Miscellaneous UI features that apply to all types of widgets include:
  • Borders – implementing the W3C borders specification, with many additional enhancements.
  • Commanding – an extensive framework for implementing diverse commanding logic in Enterprise applications.
  • Tooltips – virtualized support for tooltips with many advanced features.
  • Cursors – virtualized support for cursors.
  • Clipboard – virtualized support for the clipboard.
  • Drag and Drop– virtualized support for drag and drop.

Customer Quotes:

QUOTE I really like the fact that standard windows icons are provided with the NOV Ribbon example, avoiding the need to recreate the wheel and giving a more professional appearance. Using the provided Visual Studio NOV solution, it is fairly straightforward to add custom icons with a few extra simple steps. The gallery of C# examples for all controls makes it easy to create custom layouts. For the handful of customizations I could not find in the examples or user forums, the tech support responses got me going within a day. UNQUOTE

Jay Wilson
K2realm, LLC