Today we released the Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Power Pack - a free set of Add-Ins, Components, and Tools that makes it even easier to develop great VB applications!
In this first release we have two components (to download just click on the links):
Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0- This toolkit is aimed at simplifying the use of Visual Basic.NET WinForms within a Visual Basic 6 application. The toolkit is targeted specifically at providing tools and guidance for performing a phased migration of a VB6 forms-based application to VB.NET. The goal of a phased migration is a production release at the end of each phase that has both VB6 and .NET forms running in the same VB6 .exe process.
Microsoft PrintForm Component 1.0 - The PrintForm component is designed to bring back the ability to easily print a Windows Form. With this the new PrintForm component you can once again layout the Windows Form exactly as you want it and allow your users to print the form as a quick report.
We plan to release additional components for the Power Pack in the coming months, and your feedback is an important part of the process. Is there a specific component you'd like to see? Let us know by submitting your suggestions and voting for your favorite ideas at http://connect.microsoft.com/vbasic.
This forum is for questions specifically related to these two components (and the others that we'll be releasing in the coming months.