Announcing New
Iron Speed Designer Version 5.0 Features!


PDF Reports. Want to email a table to someone? Just click the new “PDF Report” button to generate a PDF report that can be emailed and printed! PDF Reports use design themes so they look great, and you can easily customize report layouts with simple XML configuration files. Plus, the reports obey the user-selected filter, search and sort criteria, so what you see is what you get. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature. .NET Framework 2.0/3.0 applications only.)
Microsoft Excel Export. Export formatted data directly to Microsoft Excel in an Excel-readable XML file that reduces the need to format data after import. Just click the Export to Excel button to open the report directly in Microsoft Excel. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature.)
Improved ASCII CSV Export. The ASCII CSV Export feature now exports only those columns displayed in the associated table panel. What you see is what you get!

Advanced Application Features

Interactive search. See a dropdown list of matching terms as you type. The suggestion list is easily configured both globally and for individual controls. (Enterprise Edition feature. .NET Framework 2.0/3.0 applications only.)
Improved design theme layouts. Updated page styles use screen real estate more efficiently so your applications display more information above the fold.
Automatic foreign key linking. Foreign key fields in Show Table and Show Record panels are automatically linked to the appropriate Show Record or Edit Record page, depending on your configuration preference. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature.)
Quick Add for dropdown lists. Quickly add new items to dropdown lists. After saving the newly added record, you are returned to the original page and the dropdown list is refreshed with the new entry. (Enterprise Edition feature.)
Quick Edit for record panels. Go directly from Show Record pages to Edit Record pages with just one click. (Enterprise Edition feature.)
Range filters for tables. Automatically generate date and numeric range filters without further configuration.
Go to Page. Jump straight to a specific table page.
Copy record. A single click pre-fills an Add Record page so you can edit the new record before saving it to the database. (Enterprise Edition feature.)
Refresh table data. Get the most recent data from your database with one button click. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature.)
Reset table filters. One button click clears all filter values, search criteria and sorting criteria. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature.)
Delete table rows. Quickly delete individual table rows with this new table row button.
Save and New button speeds data entry. Enter multiple records quickly. The new Save and New button adds the current record to the database and clears the input fields, all without leaving the page. (Enterprise Edition feature.)
Limit long text fields for improved layout. The FieldMaxLength pass-through attribute limits the amount of text displayed in a table or record panel.

Security Features

URL parameter encryption. Encrypting URL parameters masks critical primary and foreign key values from hackers. (Enterprise Edition feature. .NET Framework 2.0/3.0 applications only.)
Configurable component-level security. Component-level security can be applied to all .NET controls generated by Iron Speed Designer, including text boxes, dropdown lists and checkboxes. The component-level security mechanism sets the control’s ‘visible’ property, which you can set programmatically at run-time as well. (Professional & Enterprise Edition feature.)

Application Generation Options

Extensive feature generation control. With over 75 configurable attributes, the new Application Generation Options dialog helps you create large applications that require little additional configuration. Configurable options include:
  • Quick Add for dropdown lists
  • Quick Edit for record panels
  • Foreign key linking
  • Table and record panel styles
  • Table and row buttons
  • Filter placement
  • Menu styles
  • Large list selector threshold
  • Page size
  • Enable Section 508 compliance
Simplified application creation. The Application Wizard now waits until you click ‘Finish’ to perform all application generation steps, including creating application folders, style sheet copying and HTML layout page generation.
Page generation templates drive application generation. V5.0 uses template-based page generation to create HTML layout pages in addition to the template-based code generation introduced in V4.0. Merging page and code generation allows new page types and application features to be added quickly to the templates.

Improved Configuration and Customization

Automatically generated attributes simplify configuration. Iron Speed Designer now automatically generates popular pass-through attributes for date, number and dropdown list controls. Go directly to the Attributes tab in the Properties dialog to configure individual controls.
Simplified stored procedure calling. Call your own custom stored procedures with just two lines of code! Also included are new Code Customization Wizard templates for calling your custom stored procedures.
Faster start-up. Like Microsoft Visual Studio, no application is opened when starting Iron Speed Designer, so you can switch applications quickly.
C# sample applications. Sample applications are available in both C# and Visual Basic .NET.

Iron Speed Designer Version 5.0 System Requirements

Running on multiple machines. For your convenience, you can install Iron Speed Designer on multiple computers; however, it may be used only on one machine at a time by the licensed user. You may move from one machine to another by simply de-activating Iron Speed Designer on the first machine and re-activating on the second.

.NET 2.0 required to run Iron Speed Designer. Iron Speed Designer V5.0 requires .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0 on your development machine to run. However, you can still generate .NET Framework 1.1 applications as well as .NET 2.0 and 3.0 applications.

Upgrading to Iron Speed Designer Version 5.0

Applications created with earlier versions of Iron Speed Designer will be converted automatically to Version 5.0 with these caveats:
  • Iron Speed Designer's Migration Wizard will migrate many of your code customizations. However, code customizations written for Versions 1.X, 2.X and 3.X require migration by hand.
  • The Version 5.0 code customization model is the same as Version 4.0. No code customization changes will be required for applications built in Versions 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3.

Please see Application Migration for instructions on how to migrate applications created with earlier versions of Iron Speed Designer.

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