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LMD 2020 Minor releases: LMD 2020 History
- 1 General
- 1.1 Support for IDEs and operating systems
- 1.2 Component Installers (code signing)
- 1.3 64bit support (Delphi XE2 and higher)
- 1.4 Package naming conventions
- 1.5 LMD 2020 DevUtil
- 1.6 NG 2020 Complete included in any LMD VCL Major product
- 1.7 LMD 2020 Reg Utility
- 1.8 Free access to Git repositories for LMD VCL Complete / NG Complete 2020 customers!
- 1.9 New subscription model and new customer area
- 2 Package Changes
- 3 Changes/Enhancements since initial LMD VCL 2019 release
- 4 Archive
Support for IDEs and operating systems
- Supports any Delphi/C++Builder VCL release version 6 or better (including new Delphi/C++Builder 10.3 Rio).
- Including 64bit support for XE2 and higher! The next Delphi/C++Builder release will be supported almost immediately after public availability.
- Supported IDEs
- Delphi 6 and better
- C++ Builder 6 and better
- Delphi 2005.NET - Delphi 2007.NET
- Turbo (2006) Professional versions for Delphi, C++ and Delphi.NET
- All corresponding Studio Products (BDS 2006, CRS 2007, CRS 2009, RAD Studio 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4 etc.)
- Supported operating systems
- Win2K and better
For recent Delphi/C++Builder releases LMD VCL package support same platforms as the VCL which is included in the IDE (e.g. Delphi 2009 officially supports Win2k or better only). [Top]
Component Installers (code signing)
All component installers are now dual signed with SHA1/SHA2 certificate.
64bit support (Delphi XE2 and higher)
All packages were ported to 64bit.
Exception: Compatibility controls (dcllmdlegacy) can not be used in 64bit applications.
Package naming conventions
Sinde LMD VCL 2012 package names have been changed to be more consistent with VCL naming convention. LMD version number and IDE version number were removed from package names. Runtime package names are prefixed now with "lmdrt", design-time package names with "dcllmd". Some examples of generated package file names are: lmdrtdocking.dcp, lmdrtdocking.bpi, lmdrtdocking.lib, dcllmddocking.dcp, dcllmddocking.bpi, dcllmddocking.lib. IDE version suffix is still included in generated "bpl", e.g. lmdrtdocking_260.bpl for Delphi 10.3 Rio.
This change simplifies porting projects (supposed they are compiled with run-time packages) to another IDE version. Since package references contain neither IDE version nor LMD platform version, migrating to a future IDE version requires almost no changes.
LMD 2020 DevUtil
The DevUtil tool was updated (e.g. with Delphi/C++Builder 10.3 Rio support) and improved. It is now easier than ever to switch between different workspaces (sets of component packages), even leaving the current IDE is no longer required!
NG 2020 Complete included in any LMD VCL Major product
All major products (LMD VCL Complete, LMD-Tools, LMD IDE-Tools and LMD ElPack) include full license of NG Complete - our latest and most up-to-date VCL controls. Besides the already known NG ConnectionPack, SerializerPack, HTMLPack, DialogPack and ValidatorPack the brand new NG Drag&DropPack is included, which simplifies Drag&Drop operations within but also outside your projects enormously. [Top]
LMD 2020 Reg Utility
Since 2016 release NG Controls uses same license scheme like LMD VCL product line. Thus you can review on your machine available licenses for both LMD VCL and NG products via the RegUtility. Since version 2013 RegUtility installer copies all files to the %APPDATA%\LMD Innovative folder (instead of system folder in previous releases). As known from previous releases the new reg utilities recognize earlier license files (regardless whether they are stored in system or appdata folder), so that only one reg utility is required for current and previous licenses. [Top]
Free access to Git repositories for LMD VCL Complete / NG Complete 2020 customers!
We moved our sources to new git-based project structure. All VCL/NG Complete 2020 customers receive free access to the Git repositories (based on GitLab). Visit your customer area and use the displayed link in your 2020 license to connect to GitLab. SSO with credentials for customer area is supported). This new feature replaces the old SVN access option, which was a paid add-on. Please note that this is an optional additional way to access sources - like before you can retrieve sources for allof our products via separate source installer. Check also Quick overview for more info. [Top]
New subscription model and new customer area
We received some criticism for our old update policy (especially observing the very fast Embarcadero release cycle and our yearly updates).
Old update policy included free minor updates with same major version number - until next major release was available. We offered only for VCL Complete packages subscription models.
Following changes were introduced with 2016 licenses:
- Each full- or update purchase includes now a one year subscription (free-of-charge)
This one-year subscription refers to major version updates. If a new major version is released within subscription period, you'll receive automatically new version free of charge. VCL Complete customers will receive even fully new LMD VCL products released in subscription period.
- Minor updates with same major version number are handled like before:
These updates are always free of charge for all major (products LMD-Tools, ElPack, IDE-Tools, etc.) and standalone packs. These updates are placed in our protected download areas and can be downloaded free of charge - anytime (using your registration utility).
- What happens when subscription expires?
Subscription period refers only to the right receiving free major version updates.
If your subscription expires, your licenses behaves like before (free minor updates until next major release, perpetual use of the current license).
- How to renew
Renewals for existing licenses will be applied as extension period to the end of your previous subscription (for example, if your subscription expires 11-Dec-2016, renewing will give you updates until 11-Dec-2017). If your existing subscription has been expired for over three months, you will receive major updates for at least 9 months from the date of renewal. Please note that the term “subscription period” refers to major updates only. As usual product licenses never expire, minor updates with same major version number are always included free of charge and so on.
- Will I receive notification mails to renew?
We send you notification emails before subscription expires. If you don’t want to receive them, check your profile page and uncheck option “I want to receive mails about my licenses expiration”.
- Early renewal discounts and update pricing
We honour early renewals. Check your profile page to receive personal offers. Within one year (after subscription period expired) you can renew your subscription for a special renewal rate. After that standard price applies. Upgrade orders (from pre-2016 releases) as known before (to start initial subscription period) will be possible until end of 2016.
To reflect new changes we introduced a new customer area, where customers can review and check license status at one single place.
[+] RAD Studio 10.3.3 Rio support for all main products and packages
[*] LMD DevUtil updated to support RAD Studio/Delphi/C++ Builder 10.3.3 Rio
[*] VCL Styles support has been improved further in LMD-Tools, LMD ElPack, LMD GridPack, LMD IDETools and LMD HtmlPack.
[*] High DPI support has been improved further (beyond LMD DockingPack) using the enhancements in latest Delphi/C++Builder releases
[*] Support for IDE Themes in Delphi/C++Builder 10.2.2 and better. In previous Delphi release light and dark theme were added and support those in many LMD designtime editors:
LMD VCL settings in dark theme
LMD string property editor in light theme
LMD ScriptPack import in dark theme
[-] Shared: x64 compatibility fixes.
HTML Controls (LMD-Tools and LMD ElPack)
All HTML controls now support the following events:
- OnImageNeeded (old version with TBitmap parameter available for LMD ElPack only)
- OnImageNeededEx (new version with TPicture parameter for LMD HTML render engine, now also available in ElPack)
Besides that all controls (except exotic ones like menus, hints - in which support is limited, e.g. no popup-menu) support link properties (which spcecifiy appearance or additional link features):
[+] Published Html related properties and events:
[+] New Timeout (in milliseconds, zero - means no timeout) property and OnTimeout event (allow to redefine timeout ModalResult, including mrNone support) for TLMDInputDlg component.
[+] Added support for Detect Windows Server 2020 in LMDSysIn unit.
[+] TLMDFontSizeComboBox: new FontSizes property in which a comma separated list of custom font sizes can be specified.
[+] TLMDStatusBar: OS and VCL-Styles visual appearance improvements.
[+] TLMDStatusBar: new panel kinds: spCapsLock, spNumLock, spScrollLock, spDateTime.
[+] TLMDStatusBar: Data-aware panels: spDBState, spDBField.
TLMDStatusBar with VCL Styles support
TLMDStatusBar - new component editor
TLMDStatusBar - updated Panels editor
[*] TLMDDatePicker and some other controls: button captions localization (Ok, Cancel, Today, ect).
[*] TLMDComboBox: Color property support. Frame and button visual improvements.
[-] TLMDComboBoxExt diabled button look bug fix.
[-] TLMDPNGImageList design-time editor bug fix: incorrect images drawing in images list.
[-] LMDProgressBar: Bevel.StyleOuter default value dfm saving bug fix.
[-] LMDStatusBar: Refreshing control after Panel.Bevel change bug fix.
[-] Minor fixes for MegaDemo.
[-] TLMDSpeedButton & TLMDButton vitual image list workaround.
[+] Published Html related properties and events:
[+] TElDateTimePicker: New UnassignedText property.
[+] TElCurrencyEdit, TElFloatSpinEdit: New DecimalSeparator and UseSystemDecimalSeparator properties have been added.
[*] ElTree modifications for high dpi support
[*]TElCheckbox/TElRadioButton: Transparent mode is now enabled automatically when VCL Styles are turned on.
[-] ElXTree.HeaderSections.BeginUpdate doesn't prevent the tree from updating on the screen bug fix.
[-] ElTree item editor color combo boxes bug fix.
[-] ElMemo scrollbars drawing bug fix.
[-] TCrMD5.MD5_Hash_File works only if file isn't read-only bug fix.
[-] VCL styles related TElPanel border drawing bug fix.
[-] TElCheckItem small bug fix.
[-] TElDateTimePicker: Bold/Italic font styles layouting bug fix.
[-] TElCellCheckBox: long text clipping bug fix.
[+] OnComponentInsertedEx event has been added which provides a reference for inserted component.
[+] New ClipboardOptions property in designer, which allow to disable cut/copy/paste operations.
[-] SyntaxEdit: CSS syntax scheme bug fix.
[+] VCL Styles support for TLMDButtonBar, TLMDExplorerBar, TLMDSectionBar.
[+] TLMDExplorerBar: StyleElements support have been added.
[+] VCL Style support in demos.
LMD SectionBar with Styles support
LMD ExplorerBar with Styles support
[-] TLMDExplorerBar scroll bar bug fixes.
[+] Pin/Unpin context menu items in dock-panel component editor.
[-] RAD Studio 10.3 designtime bug fix (pin/unpin/close buttons behavior).
[-] Floating dockpanel doesn't resize correct (multi monitor DPI) bug fix.
[-] Floating forms maximization in high DPI multi-monitor systems bug fix.
[-] AV (EurekaLog) bug fix.
[*] Importer files for 10.3 (Rio) updated.
[-] x64 related modifications.
[-] Global const memory leak bug fix.
[-] TLMDRefine search Unicode related bug fix.
Changes/Enhancements since initial LMD VCL 2019 release
- LMD VCL 2019 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2018 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2017 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2016 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2015 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2014 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2013 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2012 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2011 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2010 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2009 - What's new
- LMD VCL 2007 - What's new