Posts Tagged ‘Ribbon’


PrimalPad 2014: User tools are back

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
With the 2012 release of the ever popular PrimalPad, our portable PowerShell and VBScript editor, we switched to the now almost ubiquitous ribbon user interface. One thing that disappeared because of that was the custom user tools menu. Mostly because, well, there was no menu to edit anymore. The “User-defined Tools” ribbon group is pre-filled with the Windows Registry Editor, the Control Panel and the Computer Management plug-in, just to not have an empty group stare back at you. Click on the launch button in the group to edit the tools to your desire. Launch button Tool edit dialog As…   More »

PrimalScript 2014: Introducing Restore Points

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
We have all done it. We started messing with code and changed it to the point where it just won’t work anymore. If you employ some kind of version control or backup you usually have some kind of previous version to save the day, but that really depends on how diligent you are with checking files into source control. Oh yeah, I know you wished you had made a copy of that file before you started messing with it. PrimalScript 2014 does that for you now, so stop worrying. The Backup properties now have additional settings, all turned on by…   More »

PrimalPad gets a 2012 refresh

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Our “no installation required” PowerShell, VBScript and JScript editor got a 2012 face lift. Now sporting the becoming more commonplace ribbon interface, the new 2012 version is available for download from in the “Community Tools” folder Available in 32 and 64 bit it joins the previous version rather than replacing it. So if you like the previous style with menus and toolbars better, we still have it for you.…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 8)

Monday, May 14th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Last time we looked at the new code navigator on top of the source code views in PrimalScript 2012. Today we’ll have a look at the other tabs on the new ribbon interface. There are four additional tabs that are always available: View This is the place where you can show or hide all the secondary windows, or things you switched of by accident. Most items are pretty self-explanatory. The Debug console only applies to PowerShell, so don’t expect that to be available when  you are debugging VBScript. ‘Call Stack’, ‘Variables’ and ‘Watch’ become visible automatically when you start debugging,…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 4)

Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
In the last post we completed our look at the Home tab of PrimalScript 2012's new ribbon interface. In this installment we will examine the File menu. Located to the left of the Home tab, the "File" tab doesn't reveal another ribbon tab but rather opens what is commonly called a "backstage view" This menu includes full sized views as well as regular menu topic which usually open secondary dialogs if selected. By default this view opens to the Recent file lists, which offer a new feature in 2012. Users who have used PrimalScript's start page are familiar with the…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 3)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
So far we introduced you to the PrimalScript 2012 Ribbon interface and the first 4 categories in the Home tab. Today we take a closer look at the remaining 4 items.   Platform The platform selector lets you choose between 32 and 64 bit, provided you are running a 64 bit operating system. Otherwise it is quite obviously nailed to 32 bit and won't do anything. It determines the platform you want to use for executing and debugging scripts. So if you have 32 bit VBScripts and 64 bit PowerShell script, here is where you change the target.STA (Single Thread…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 2)

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Last time we introduced you to the PrimalScript 2012 Ribbon interface. Today we take a closer look at the Home tab, which is the default tab visible and, if we got it right, on which you will spend most of your time. The Home tab has 8 categories. Four of those we will examine a bit closer today. Clipboard This category is a standard in virtually all Ribbon interface applications. Cut, Copy, Paste and Erase shouldn't need any explanation. The little arrow on the Copy topic gives you access to the "Append" topic which adds the current selection to the…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Yes, you read correctly, there is a PrimalScript 2012. In this blog series we will introduce you to everything that is new, improved or changed in this version. Let's start with the most obvious change: The user interface! Yes, a Ribbon interface. We know that many of you will cheer, some of you will say "Big whoop" and some will reel in utter disbelief. Before any of you start sending us emails, please give it a moment, look at it and try it out. We have spent a considerable amount of time during this re-design to streamline access to the…   More »

New poll: Should the next version of PrimalScript use a Ribbon interface?

Monday, November 14th, 2011 by Alex Riedel
Look to the right, there is a new poll. Some of you have come to love it some of you loath it: The Ribbon interface used in Microsoft Office 2007 and above. Windows 7's Paint has it. Windows 8 will have it for Windows Explorer. PrimalForms had it from the beginning. Some find it offers easier access to common functions, some claim it makes it easier to discover functionality. Yet others despise the look and don't want the screen real estate wasted in that manner. Compare the user interface area of PrimalScript 2011 and PrimalMerge 2011:     Please use…   More »