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  • Blog Post: Custom Control webcast sample

    Hello again, For those of you who went to my webcast this morning, thanks for coming. There was a request for the project I was working on during the demo. I don't have it lying around but I created one that is pretty much identical and it can be found here:
  • Blog Post: Webcast

    For those of you who follow the InfoPath blog, this won't be new information. (It was posted here: ) I have a webcast on the 29th on create custom controls using InfoPath via ActiveX. I won't be covering ActiveX itself, but will go over the...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Hands-on Lab 6 ... the Visual Basic 6.0 version

    On MSDN, InfoPath has hands-on labs. The ActiveX control lab was one that I was responsible for. Since it has been posted, there have been a few requests for the Visual Baisc 6.0 equivalent (instead of C++) because that seems to be the prefered way of ActiveX control creation for many to this day. Due...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 Available!

    Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 is now available! Link: There are two files, here's a description of the differences: Office2003SP1-kb842532-client-enu.exe : You should download this...
  • Blog Post: 4th type of custom control binding

    Ok, I said there were three types of custom control binding: simple binding, stream binding and node binding.... ok, so I kind of lied.... there's a fourth type... sort of... If you don't pick a Value property, then it won't give you a choice of binding. This is the fourth type.... no binding.
  • Blog Post: Why does my ActiveX control say that it needs to be marked as safe for initializing?

    InfoPath custom controls can use a subset of ActiveX controls. This subset must implement IObjectSafety for it to work in InfoPath (you won't even be able to add it if you don't have this). For those writing Visual Basic 6.0 controls, take a look at this article on how to do it:
  • Blog Post: Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part III - Node Binding)

    Continuing (from Part II ) on, we will discuss the third type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Node Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field or Group (any data type)“ in the drop down of the custom control wizard). What happens...
  • Blog Post: Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part II - Stream Binding)

    Continuing (from Part I ) on, we will discuss the second type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Stream Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field element with custom data type“ in the drop down of the custom control wizard). Remember...
  • Blog Post: Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part I - Simple Binding)

    Over the last year and a half, the InfoPath team has been working on the SP1 release. If anyone's seen the list of features, you'll notice that there are new features with a service pack release. The feature which I've worked on mostly was the custom control support. Basically allowing developers to...
  • Blog Post: Some great examples from the community

    For those looking for InfoPath resources beyond stuff directly from Microsoft, has some good examples which you can find here:
  • Blog Post: "Introducing Microsoft® Office InfoPath™ 2003" book

    Recently, this book was released. It's one of the first ones to cover the additional features for InfoPath Service Pack 1. There are a lot of new features in SP1 (see list of features ). I haven't actually read the book yet but I've heard good things about it from within MS. Link:
  • Blog Post: InfoPath newsgroups!

    For those who need help with InfoPath related questions, a good place to always go to is the public newsgroups. The newsgroup you'll be looking for is microsoft.public.infopath. Here's a link for those who don't have a newsgroup reader set up:
  • Blog Post: Distribute an InfoPath Form Template to Offline Users

    Distribute an InfoPath Form Template to Offline Users seems to be a pretty big scenario for a lot of people. I guess it seems a little foreign to me because I'm always connected :). Anyways, for those looking for a solution on how to get this to work. Here's a KB article:
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Custom Controls that don't fire OnPropertyChange Notifications

    InfoPath has a really powerful feature to allow users to create their own custom controls for InfoPath forms. One requirement that is fairly essential for controls to work in InfoPath is that the controls must fire OnPropertyChange Notifications so that InfoPath knows to grab the information. The unfortunate...
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