After a much longer testing phase than expected, the newest release of XE Plus Pack for Delphi XE6 and Delphi XE7 is now available for download.
The main new feature for Release 17 is the ability to quickly generate and apply all of the required icon and splash images required for a mobile (iPhone or Android) application.
This new feature is called Image Generator and is accessible from the Project menu in the IDE. It is only available when a FireMonkey project is loaded within the IDE.
You have the ability to add use three elements to compose your splash images.
- App Icon
- Company Logo
Once the images have been generated, you can review the final creations before applying the images to the correct elements in the active project. The images are applied for All Configurations. It does not support selecting whether to apply the images to Debug and/or Release. An enhancement for the next release – if deemed necessary.
The details of the design can be save to an “xeppsettings” file in the same folder as the project. Currently this is a binary file, however it will be changed to an XML or text readable file for easier use with source control.
More information about the Image Generator expert will be available soon.
View Units Dialog
An enhancement has been made to the View Units dialog which is updated due to the Visual Forms feature. This new dialog now gives the option of viewing either the selected files thumbnail (if available) or all available thumbnails. Additional options will be added to the View Units dialog in future releases.
To toggle the thumbnail view mode, use F8.