ElasticForm is a non-visual component designed to provide screen resolution and font size independence of a form and automated resizing of all visual components of a form as it resizes. ElasticForm also adds additional run-time control of your form. The following list enumerates the automatic controls that ElasticForm places on your form:
Screen and font size resolution independence. This simply means that the initial size of your form (as a percentage of the screen size) remains constant as the application runs in computers with different screen resolutions (e.g. 800x600, 1024x768, etc) and different font sizes (small fonts at 96 dpi, large fonts at 120 dpi, or custom-size fonts).
ElasticForm offers different options on how to apply resolution independence.
For example it will
- apply full resolution independence;
- suppress resolution independence;
- suppress resolution independence up to the point that the form fits on the screen and apply resolution independence past that point.
As the form resizes, ElasticForm will automatically resize proportionately all the visual components of the form. This is a much more advanced process than that provided by property Anchors provided by most visual VCL components, as it includes font resizing, cell size resizing of grids, etc.
ElasticForm allows various options for resizing grids. For example, it will resize the grid cells in proportion to the form resizing, or it will disable resizing the vertical size of the cells to allow more rows shown when the grid size increases, etc.
ElasticForm is commonly added to a form at design. However, it can also be created at run-time if your application demands it.
Compatibility: Delphi 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2005, 2006, 2007;
C++Builder 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6