Creating COM add-ins / plug-ins for Outlook, Excel
Word, PowerPoint in .NET and Delphi

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Add-in Express for Microsoft Office - .NET and VCL editions comparison matrix


Add-in Express for Microsoft Office

Feature List

.NET Edition

Delphi VCL Edition

Environment

Platforms and run-time

Supported platform

.NET Framework

Win32/Win64

.NET Framework versions

2.0 and higher

Not required

Required run-time

Add-in Express Loader

Not required

Supported IDEs and programming languages

IDE

Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2010

Delphi XE2 - Delphi 10.1 Berlin

IDE Editions

Visual Studio:

Community

Professional

Premium

Ultimate

Enterprise

Visual Studio Express (2015 - 2010)

Delphi:

Professional

Enterprise

Ultimate

Architect

Programming languages

VB.NET

C#

C++.NET

Object Pascal

Supported Office applications and customization projects

Supported Office customization projects

Office COM Add-ins

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Office Smart Tags

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Excel Automation Add-ins

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Excel Real-Time Data Servers

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Excel XLLs

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Supported Office application versions

Outlook

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

Word

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

Excel

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

PowerPoint

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

Project

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

Visio

2002 - 2016

2002 - 2016

InfoPath

2007 - 2013

2007 - 2013

Access

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

FrontPage

2000 - 2003

2000 - 2003

Publisher

2003 - 2016

2003 - 2016

MapPoint

2002 - 2013

2002 - 2013

Integration with other Add-in Express products

Add-in Express for Internet Explorer and .net

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Office COM Add-ins

Programming Model

Version-neutral run-time

+

+

COM add-in specific visual designer

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+

Multi-hosted (shared) add-ins

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Multiple add-ins in one assembly

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Common Office customization

Visual designer for Office toolbars and menus

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Visual designer for the Ribbon UI

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Visual designer for native Office task panes

2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

Version-neutral advanced task panes for Excel, Word, PowerPoint

2000 - 2016

2000 - 2016

Application-level keyboard shortcuts

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+

Special components for intercepting of any built-in toolbar controls and menu items

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Using any controls (standard and any 3rd-party) on Office toolbars

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Outlook customization

Synchronous event helpers for Outlook object events: folders, items, item, etc.

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Special components and visual designer for Outlook Explorer toolbars and menus

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Special components and visual designer for Outlook Inspector toolbars, menus and ribbons

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Context sensitivity: binding toolbars, menus, ribbons and certain controls to folders, folder content types, form classes, etc.

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Special components and visual designer for Outlook option pages and folder properties pages

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Special components and visual designer for the Outlook Navigation Pane shortcuts

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+

Advanced view and form regions for Outlook

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Context sensitivity for advanced view and form regions: binding regions to folders, content types, form classes, etc.

+

+

Excel Plug-ins

Real-time Data Servers

Version-neutral run-time

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+

Special components and visual designer for Excel Real-time Data Servers

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+

Automation Add-ins (worksheet user-defined functions)

Version-neutral run-time

+

+

XLLs (worksheet user-defined functions)

Special components and visual designer for Excel XLLs

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Office Smart Tags

Programming Model

Version-neutral run-time

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+

Smart Tag-specific visual designer

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+

Smart Tag Customization

Run-time customization and visual designer for Microsoft Office Smart Tags

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+

Smart tag libraries: multiple static and dynamic smart tag recognizers in one project

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Security and Deployment

Security

Enforcing Office and Windows strict security

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Support of Microsoft Office Trust Center

2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

Application domain isolation

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Deployment

Multiple projects in one solution

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Deployment technology

Visual Studio integrated setup projects

InnoSetup autogenerated
scripts

Complete support of Wix setup projects

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Complete support of the ClickOnce technology

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Complete support of InstallShield setup projects

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Add-in Express for Microsoft Office and .net

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