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VCL Styles Utils, Embarcadero Agreement and Delphi XE6

Embarcadero Agreement

As probably you know, a small part of the VCL Styles utils project was licensed to Embarcadero, via a non-exclusive proprietary license. This means which they can use, modify and distribute the code as part of the VCL, but the Copyright and the Open Source version of the project still belong us. So you can continue using this library in all the Delphi versions supported (XE2-XE6).

Delphi XE6

The VCL Styles utils was updated to support and avoid conflicts with Delphi XE6. Check the next image which show the Open Dialog styled using the New XE6 style Table Dark


Since now the main difference is that you can use the menu style hook which is included as part of the Delphi XE6 VCL Styles, or continue using the menu hook of the library, this is described in the Vcl.Styles.Utils.Menus unit.

{$DEFINE UseVCLStyleUtilsMenu}
{$IF CompilerVersion >= 27} // Use the XE6 menu syshooks by default
  {$UNDEF UseVCLStyleUtilsMenu} // comment this line if you want to use the VCL Styles Utils Menus Hooks instead

About the Styled Dialogs

Using the library is the only way to style the system dialogs, currently we support all the Common Dialog Box Types (Color, Find, Font, Open, Page Setup, Print, Replace, Save As).

Check the Common Dialogs styled using the Premium VCL Style Jet.


But not just the Common dialogs are styled, in fact any dialog (#32770 Class) which uses the windows common controls is supported (of course if the dialog had a owner draw control this cannot be styled). For an example take a look to the next images.

Prompt DataSource Dialog


Select User Dialog


Note: Some dialogs cannot be styled, because uses the undocumented DirectUIHWND control, these include the new (introduced in windows Vista) Open and Save As dialog and the Task Dialogs