Ribbons - Gain Without The Pain
If you are in the habit of building or customising Excel 2007
Ribbons, there is an indispensable new tool that has just hit the market. Andy
Pope has released his RibbonX Visual Designer, which can be found here.
I have blogged previously
about how I find cutting XML tedious, and the inadequate tools available, so
this is a more than useful addition to make ribbon design and coding simpler. It provides a
GUI to facilitate the Ribbon build, simple point and click rather than the tedious
line coding. The big advantage of this approach is that you can see the hierarchy
of your ribbon, and visualise what it will finally look like. To make it even
better, there is a preview option, which will build a workbook and inject the
XML so that you can ACTUALLY SEE what it will look like.
The tool adds a group to the Developer ribbon tab (so make
sure that you make this visible)
and here is a screenshot of the designer, with a few example controls added.
In addition, you can load an existing workbook, and amend
its ribbon. It has many other goodies which I won’t list here, check out the
link above to read about them all.
As I said, a great tool, and at a good price - free!