SftBox/OCX 5.0 is fully upward compatible to version 4.5 and older versions. Please see "Upgrading To Version 5.0" for information about upgrading your projects to use this new version.
New In Version 5.0
SftBox/OCX 5.0 no longer provides help documentation integrated with development tools in various custom formats - instead documentation is located at https://softelvdm.com/Documentation/SftBox OCX 5 0, which allows for continuous documentation updates without the need to release a new product version. Web access is required to access the product documentation.
HTML samples have been removed - Use of SftBox/OCX with Internet Explorer is no longer recommended - Cabinet files are included with SftBox/OCX 5.0. This is the last release supporting Internet Explorer. Future releases will no longer include cabinet files for support of Internet Explorer.
Sample solutions for Visual Studio 2015, 2017, 2019.
Now includes 64-bit controls in addition to the 32-bit controls. This is most useful for all managed .NET applications compiled for "Any CPU" and for native C++ and MFC applications compiled as 64-bit applications.
The file Softelvdm.OCXHelperV2.dll (required for managed .NET applications) no longer needs to be registered for COM Interop, simplifying distribution and installation of end-user applications - XCOPY deployment of this file is now possible.
Cell merging is now supported, where the contents of a cell can merge into an adjacent cell (on the right), including the cell colors, fonts and graphics attributes (see Column.Merge, Column.MergeInto).
The DropDown.BackColor has been expanded to allow a default setting and to control the background color of a semi-transparent drop down button (Windows Vista and up).
The Save/Load methods now support saving/loading data in a user-specified file.
The source files OLEConvert.cs or OLEConvert.vb are no longer needed - a new component (SftHelperComponent) is now available that assists in ActiveX to .NET transitioning, allowing for easier handling of .NET Color, Image and Font types.
Installation and usability changes for Visual Studio .NET 2003, 2005, 2008 - User-definable installation options allow the control to be automatically added to the Toolbox.
Various corrections to help file syntax.
Help integration for Visual Studio 2008.
Support for Visual Studio 2005 with .NET Framework version 2.0 SP1 and above.
Support for C/C++ applications using DEP (Data Execution Prevention).