Customize Outlook toolbars, To-Do bar, Outlook bar,
Navigation pane with custom Delphi forms
Outlook is a featured application for Add-in Express
Given that Outlook is the most popular business application for the majority of Office developers, Add-in Express offers several advanced features for Outlook customization, namely:
Advanced Outlook View and Form Regions
A particularly in-demand feature provided by Add-in Express is Advanced Outlook View and Form Regions specially designed for advanced customization of the Outlook GUI. Using these regions you can embed any Delphi forms practically into all Outlook windows:
The main Outlook window in the picture above has three additional panes, My Links, Alerts and Sales Report, that are typical VCL forms embedded by Add-in Express using Advanced Outlook Regions. With Add-in Express you can build your custom Delphi forms into nearly all Outlook windows and panes as well as:
The Outlook GUI is based on two window types: the Explorer window shows the content of folders, the Inspector window displays a specified item. Add-in Express allows customizing toolbars and ribbons for both window types using special toolbar and ribbon components. These components consider all specificities of behavior, navigation and synchronization between Outlook windows. By using the Add-in Express components you free yourself from the necessity to track context and do constant reconnects when switching between Outlook windows. Every time you refer to your toolbars, you can be sure they exist in the currently active context whether it is the active Explorer window or one of several opened Inspectors.
As for the Ribbon UI on the Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013 Inspector windows, Add-in Express supports customizing ribbons for all contexts and ribbons such as OUTLOOKMAILREAD, OUTLOOKMAILCOMPOSE, OUTLOOKAPPOINTMENT, OUTLOOKTASK, TabSetTextBoxTools, TabSetEquationTools, TabSetDiagramTools, etc. Please note, you don't code ribbons and context, you specify them via the corresponding properties of Add-in Express components.
Another popular feature of Add-in Express is the ability to bind your custom toolbars and menus or the specified controls to certain Outlook folders. Outlook-specific components publish special properties that bind the component (a toolbar or a toolbar control) to the Outlook folders specified by their names or by their content. The picture below shows that a toolbar will be shown for all mail and task folders. In the same manner you can arrange different sets of controls on one toolbar or different sets of toolbars for different Outlook folders . No coding is required, simply use the appropriate properties of toolbar and control components.
Other Outlook-specific features
Add-in Express for Office and Delphi VCL provides a number of other features especially for Outlook developers.
Outlook option and property pages
You can use Add-in Express to add custom tabs to the main Outlook Options dialog as well as to the Properties dialog of some particular folders. No coding is required either. Also, you can use an Add-in Express template to create a custom form for the option page and choose the form in the corresponding property of the add-in module.
Outlook Solution Module
Outlook 2010 and 2013 allows developers creating a navigation module containing a set of folders of different types: Inbox, Drafts Contacts, Calendar, Journal, Notes, and Tasks. Add-in Express allows creating such a navigation module at design time.
At run time, Add-in Express adds the corresponding navigation module to the Navigation Pane. When you unregister the add-in, Add-in Express removes the navigation module and leaves the folders intact.
Add-in Express has a special component for customizing the Navigation Pane with your custom groups of shortcuts. The component provides a visual designer for shortcut groups and shortcuts and makes all work with shortcuts easy and no-coding.
Outlook-specific events and event helpers
A lot of Outlook-specific events are available through a special event helper component without manual creating of event sinks, helpers or components. All Outlook events that are directly accessible from the Outlook events component are listed below.
See a step-by-step example showing how you can use Add-in Express for Office and Delphi to create a slick Outlook add-in UI with custom ribbons, toolbars, menus.