Ribbon designer, menu and toolbar designers for
Office Excel, Outlook, Access: VB.NET, C#
You use visual designers and components instead of coding
Add-in Express offers you a component-centric programming model. It contains plenty of Office-specific components, wizards and in-place designers that make your Office plugin development fast and easy. In general, you use visual designers and special components to:
You don't use visual designers only to write your applied code. In other words, Add-in Express implements all things required by supported technologies, you concentrate your efforts on the applied code only.
Below you can see an example of two visual designers for the most popular Office components: Ribbon UI and Toolbar designers. The Ribbon UI designer is for designing your own Office 2007, 2010 and 2013 ribbon tabs, the Toolbar designer is for creating Office 2003 - 2000 command bars.
With Add-in Express you can forget about manual authoring of XML for your ribbons. Add-in Express has several Office Ribbon components such as the ribbon tab component with a visual designer. Using this designer you can customize Microsoft Office ribbons with your own tabs in a way more comfortable than creating Ribbon XML.
Office 2013, Office 2010 and 2007 applications deliver several ribbons including ExcelWorkbook, WordDocument, AccessDatabase and PowerPointPresentation. You can create custom Office ribbon tabs and add them to any context of the ribbons. The Add-in Express Ribbon UI designer groups ribbon tab controls in a treeview, provides a flexible way to design your ribbon tabs, and performs XML schema-validation on the fly. The RibbonTab component supports all types of Office 2007, 2010 and Office 2013 Ribbon controls including regular and button groups; regular, edit, combo and check boxes; buttons and split buttons; labels and dropdown lists; galleries and menus; separators and dialog launchers. All Ribbon controls can be created and customized through the designer.
Add-in Express offers you the same way for constructing Office 2000-2007 toolbars. It includes a special toolbar component with a visual designer for its Controls collection. To customize the add-in toolbar, just run the Add CommandBar command of the add-in module, select the added component and click on its Controls collection on the Properties window.