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Getting Started with the Ribbon library - MUGUKI User Group Meeting 2016

An introduction to how to get started with the MapBasic RIBBONLib for integrating MapBasic applications into the Ribbon of MapInfo Pro 64 bit.
Besides showing how to add controls to the interface, I have also added answers to some of the questions that I have come across in the last year related to the RIBBONLib

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Getting Started with the Ribbon library - MUGUKI User Group Meeting 2016

  1. 1. Getting started with the Ribbon Library Peter Horsbøll Møller November 2016
  2. 2. This will help you getting started with the Ribbon Library to develop MapBasic applications for the new ribbon based MapInfo Pro 64 bit.
  3. 3. Prerequisites: Download and install: - MapInfo Pro 16.0 64 bit - MapBasic 16.0
  4. 4. The Ribbon library is a custom made MapBasic module which is part of the broader mbLibrary. It makes it easier to integrate the most common controls into the Ribbon using MapBasic.
  5. 5. Get the MapBasic Library - mbLibrary You can get the MapBasic Library from •
  6. 6. Get the Ribbon Example Application You can get the Ribbon Example Application from: • Community Download: • library-for-mapbasic
  7. 7. Unzip the Ribbon Library Sample Application Sample tables Icons for the ribbon Full source code
  8. 8. Running the RibbonExample
  9. 9. ”How can I use the Ribbon Library in my own MapBasic project?
  10. 10. Create a new file structure Create a new base folder Create a sub folder for your MapBasic source code Base folder Source code
  11. 11. Add the mbLibrary modules Copy the Library folder from the RibbonExample to your source code folder Or better: Copy the files and folders from the folder mbLibrary from the MapBasic Library to the Library folder here Base folder Source code Library
  12. 12. Use your preferred text editor to create a new Mapbasic source code file for your application Save it to the mbcode folder as type .mb, eg. MyFirstRibbonApp.mb Insert these lines as a start: Create a main source code file (.mb) Include the RibbonLib header file Include some MapBasic header files Will show the new Notification
  13. 13. Adding an EndHandler To make sure your application tidy up after itself, add an EndHandler to your application Compile with MapBasic 16.0 Call the EndHandler of the RibbonLib
  14. 14. Use your text editor to create a new Mapbasic Project file for your application Save it to the mbcode folder as type .mbp, eg. MyFirstRibbonApp.mbp Insert these lines as a start: Link with MapBasic 16.0 Create a MapBasic Project file (.mbp) Name of final MapBasic application Compiled libraries to be included Your compiled module
  15. 15. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  16. 16. ”How do I create a newTab and add a Group to it?”
  17. 17. Add a newTab to the Ribbon 1. Check if theTab already exists 2. If not, add it Adding the new Tab Does it already exist? Internal name of the tab Caption of the tab, shown on the ribbon
  18. 18. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  19. 19. 1. Check if the Group already exists 2. If not, add it Add a Group to theTab Adding the new Group Does it already exist? Internal name of the group Caption of the group, shown on the ribbon
  20. 20. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  21. 21. How do I add a Button to my new Group?
  22. 22. Adding a button to a group First you add a new button to the group Then you set the look and behaviour of the button, such as caption, tooltips and icon Modular level arrays Adding a new button Defining its look and behaviour Getting its Control ID for later use
  23. 23. The handler of the button This handler is designed to manage several buttons calling it as it determines the ID of the button clicked by the user Get the ID and calculate the item number Now do the work Requires MAPPERLib
  24. 24. Adding the MAPPERLib module Include the header file in your source code And include the compiled module in your MapBasic project file Include MAPPERLib.def Include MAPPERLib.mbo
  25. 25. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  26. 26. Adding multiple buttons Add more elements to the arrays Loop the elements
  27. 27. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  28. 28. ”Can I use my own images on the buttons?”
  29. 29. Using custom images You can refer to internal MapInfo images, see the MapBasic User Guide, Glossary, List of Embedded images for a list of all images You can also refer to individual image files on disk, eg. in a sub folder of the application directory Currently you can only refer to images in an asssembly if it’s located in the MapInfo Pro installation folder. We are looking into improving this. Internal MapInfo image Image file on disk
  30. 30. Defines for Internal images In the mbLibraries folder in a a file called MI_ICONS_X64.def you can find defines for the internal images of MapInfo Pro 64 bit. The file is included in the source code for the Ribbon Sample application in the Library folder
  31. 31. Can I also make a Button checkable? Or even modify the image on the Button?
  32. 32. Create a Button and make it toggleable Any Button can be checked so there isn’t a special CheckButton control Use a modular variable to hold the index of the button Let’s remember the index of the control Set the Control to be ”toggleable”
  33. 33. Create the handler and let it toggle the button We are using two modular variables.One to hold the current state of the button and another to hold the index of the button Change the state of the button (checked/unchecked) Here we change the Tooltip and the image of the button
  34. 34. ”Can I hide controls, groups and tabs? Can I select a certain tab?”
  35. 35. Hiding elements You can change the visibility of the elements on the Ribbon. Hide a tab Hide a group on a tab Show a control using the index Hide a control using the names
  36. 36. Selecting tabs You can select tabs to give these focus. This could be useful if you load a tool and want to make sure the user notices that you created some tools on a certain tab
  37. 37. What about splitbuttons? Can I create these, too?
  38. 38. Add a SplitButton with a SplitButtonGroup Start by adding a SplitButton control. Then set the icon of the SplitButton to match the icon of the first button to add to it later. Also set the handler of the SplitButton to match the handler of the first button, too.This will be the default action of the SplitButton Finally, you can add a SplitButtonGroup Adding the SplitButton Adding a SplitButtonGroup Set icons Set handler
  39. 39. Adding buttons to the SplitButtonGroup And then you can add the buttons to the SplitButtonGroup This is similar to adding buttons to a Group on aTab Adding the Buttons Specify icons, tooltips and handlers ControlID – needed in the handler
  40. 40. The handler/subprocedure The the ID of the control Did the user use the initial button or did he select one from the list?
  41. 41. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  42. 42. Can you talk a bit about Context menus?
  43. 43. Working with Context menus – Alter Menu Context menus, aka. right click menus, are not new to the Ribbon interface. You can use the classicAlter Menu statement to add menu items to an existing context menu.
  44. 44. Working with Context menus - RibbonLib You can also use the RibbonLib to add ContextMenuItem controls to Context menus – and add images to these as well.
  45. 45. But the Map MiniToolbar can’t be modified, right?
  46. 46. Adding to the Map MiniToolbar You can alos add controls, buttons or toolbuttons, to the map mini toolbar to make certain tools easy accessible for the user when working in a map window
  47. 47. Inserting a StackPanel Adding a Tool_Button Specifying a built-in command
  48. 48. ”How can I easily integrate my application in theTools window?”
  49. 49. Tool Manager – Addin procedures Each tool can publish information Sub •AddIn_About •AddIn_Help •AddIn_DefaultCommand Function •AddIn_Name() •AddIn_Description() •AddIn_Version() •AddIn_ImageUri() Help File Aboutbox End Description Version Image Name Default Command activated thru double click
  50. 50. The ProgramInfo module These standard subprocedures and functions have been added to the ProgramInfo module Include the header file for this module in your application module Include the ProgramInfo.def file
  51. 51. Configure the ProgramInfo module Specify the values for ProgramInfo to use in the dialogs You can use the functions from ProgramInfo to get to the values, such as the application name via PRGIGetApplicationName() Specifying values for ProgramInfo Use functions from ProgramInfo to get to the values
  52. 52. Include compiled modules in your project You need to include several extra compiled modules in the MapBasic project file Reading/writing configuration files Managing files and folders Working with map windows Aboutbox and programinformation Handling strings i different languages Working with strings
  53. 53. Run the application in MapInfo Pro x64
  54. 54. Do I really have to use the RibbonLib for integrating my application into the Ribbon?
  55. 55. Other options The RibbonLib helps you integrate your application into the Ribbon interface using only MapBasic (and some .NET methods). You can achieve the same by using the methods declared in IMapInfoPro.Def Or by using the MapInfo Pro .NETAPI from a .NET language such as C# Our partner,AGIS, has developed a visual Ribbon Designer SDK which lets you do this in a visual designer.
  56. 56. What did he just talk about?
  57. 57. Summary We have looked at • Getting the RibbonLib • Creating a MapBasic project • CreatingTabs and Groups • Creating Buttons • Using your own images • Creating checkable Buttons • HidingTabs, Groups and Controls • Creating SplitButtons • Working with Context Menus • Modifying the Map MiniToolbar • The newTools window • Other options for designing the interface
  58. 58. Questions? Peter Horsbøll Møller |