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Free .net controls

Starving student here.

Does anyone know of any free (or almost free) .net controls similar to either the "Side Bar Control" or "BubbleBar Control"  (#10 and #11, respectively, at

The entire suite is pretty inexpensive, but I'm just looking for something like those two controls, without being kicked out of the house by the wife for spending a few bucks on something intangible (and therefore unnecessary, to her) :P

While we're at it, any other nice and free or almost free .net controls you can think of?

NicePanel is one example:
StarvingStudent Send private email
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I'm sure you can find some free implementations of a sidebar at code article sites, but DotNetBar has the only buble bar I've ever seen. I've been using DNB since v1.0 and have been extremely happy with both it and the regular updates and additions. It is well worth the $189 for the quality and variety of the controls in my opinion.

Out of curiousity - how were you thinking to use the BubbleBar control? It's kind of cool but I haven't been able to see where it could be used.
--Josh Send private email
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I was going to use it inside an MDI form (if possible) to launch the various parts of my case management app for law firms (i.e. contacts, files, e-mail, etc).

Thanks for the response!
StarvingStudent Send private email
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
If you want free, something here might be of use:
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
That looks like it's basically a ripoff of the Dock, and the Dock sucks:

Please note that is a 14-year veteran of human interface work at Apple, saying the Dock sucks because it is difficult to use, not a Windows or Unix bigot saying it sucks because Windows or Unix doesn't have it.

So, you may want to rethink your choice of control, in which case you may no longer have a problem finding a free version.
David O Send private email
Friday, February 24, 2006

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