dzObjectInspectorFix for Delphi 2007

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Feb 122022

The Delphi 2007 IDE has an annoying bug that causes the width of the name column in the Object Inspector to shrink over time so that it is no longer possible to actually read the property names. I have no idea what causes this and it doesn’t happen in any of the more recent IDEs. It might well be an effect of one of the other plugins I have installed (GExperts, cnPack, IDE Explorer, DDevExtensions and the Ide Fixpack).

The dzObjectInspectorFix plugin fixes that annoyance by periodically checking the width of that column and setting it to the configured minimum (Default: 150 Pixels).

To install this plugin follow these steps:

  1. check out the source code from the SubVersion repository at
  2. Load the package in to the Delphi 2007 IDE
  3. Compile it
  4. Install it (right click on the package and select “Install”)

There should now be a new entry “ObjectInspectorFix” in the Tools menu which allows you to configure the plugin.

Given that it was so easy to fix that but, I really wonder why I didn’t write that plugin 10 years ago.

Discussion about this post in the international DelphiPraxis forum.

 Posted by on 2022-02-12 at 16:04

GExperts 1.3.20 experimental twm 2022-01-30 released

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Jan 302022

COVID-19 is still going strong, even 2 years after it was first discovered. We’re on the Omicron variant now and nobody knows what new variants the near future may bring. I got my vaccination jabs in 2021-06-08 (AstraZeneca), 2021-07-17 (Biontech/Pfizer) and a booster 2021-12-09 (Moderna). As you can see, I survived all of them for at least a month 😉 Side effects were limited to some mild headache that lasted for about 24 hours.

On the bright side: I have been working from home basically through the whole pandemic and I like it (my wife does too). I even managed not to put on too much weight, but using an exercise bike for 30 to 45 minutes a day takes much more effort than simply cycling to work and back. And I miss flying to the south on vacation.

But I digress:

The new GExperts version still supports all Delphi versions back to Delphi 6 (with the notable exception of Delphi 8) and even the Delphi 11 version is no longer in Alpha state (but it’s still beta, there will be glitches!). Support for per monitor DPI awareness should now work (in Delphi 11, and definitely better than in the IDE itself).

There are even a few new features:

And of course a few bug fixes.

As always: Report and any bugs you find (or contribute bug fixes) and also file feature requests or maybe even contribute implementations for these features.

Head over to the GExperts download page to get it.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2022-01-30 at 17:46

dzBdsLauncher 1.0.8 released

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Jan 222022

I just released dzBdsLauncher 1.0.8. It now, in addition to the already existing checks, will also examine the full filename of a .groupproj file for hints on the Delphi version.

E.g. it will correctly determine the following file names to mean Delphi 2009:

  • UnitTestsGrp_BDS2009
  • UnitTestsGrp_D2009
  • UnitTestsGrp_Delphi2009
  • UnitTestsGrp_RS2009

It also examines the directories that contain the file, e.g.
d:\source\MyProject\packages\2009\MyProjek.groupproj .

 Posted by on 2022-01-22 at 13:04

Per monitor DPI aware stand alone GExperts Grep

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Jan 152022

I have just finished making the stand alone GExperts Grep to really be stand alone, that is: It no longer needs the GExperts DLL but contains all the functionality in one executable. It has also been compiled with Delphi 11 Alexandria so it should be per monitor DPI aware.

Another feature is the ability to integrate itself into the Windows Explorer popup menu. Simply open the Options on the Grep Search dialog.

And set the appropriate check marks.

The first one adds an entry to the context menu of the tree view on the Windows Explorer’s left hand side tree view …

… and to the context menu of the background of the right hand side panel.

The second one adds an entry to the context menu of folder entries of the right hand side panel.

You can download it here.

This release is part of the preparation for the GExperts 1.3.20 release which I plan to do within a few weeks. It will still be a Beta for Delphi 11 (but hey: No longer Alpha) but a regular release for all other Delphi versions.

If you find any bugs, please report them!

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2022-01-15 at 16:48

Drag and Drop from the GExperts Grep Results

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Dec 312021

Another episode from the series “GExperts features that I didn’t know about”:

It’s possible to drag an entry from the GExperts Grep to any other Windows program, e.g. to the Explorer, which will copy that file to the directory it was dragged to, or to an editor which will open that file.

I just now found out about this because I wondered why it was using Anders Melander’s DropSource unit (version 3.6 from 1999, maybe I should have a look if an update is possible).

Btw: I’m about to make the stand alone Grep tool a real stand alone executable that does not require the GExperts DLL (and its package dependencies). The reason is that I can’t find the cause for an Access Violation that happens in the Delphi 10.4 and 11 DLLs when opening the Grep window from an external program. It’s somewhere in the OnCreate event handler of TDockableForm, for which the source code is not available, so it’s difficult to debug.

 Posted by on 2021-12-31 at 15:36

Registration problems in Delphi Praxis solved

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Dec 162021

There was a technical problem with the software of the international Delphi Praxis forum which prevented many new user registrations. This has now been solved, so creating new user accounts should be possible again.

Here is Daniel’s announcement:

We have solved a technical problem which was due to a misconfiguration of the software. Some – but not all – newly created user accounts were not activated, but intended for manual activation by the admin. Unfortunately, there was no notification and since not all accounts were affected, there were indeed constant new registrations. This way, this bug could remain undetected for too long.

I am very sorry for those who waited in vain for an activation.

Unfortunately, in the queue of accounts that have not been activated, in addition to regular users, you will also find the usual amount of spam bots that every forum has to deal with. Separating these groups cleanly from each other and manually activating only the real users is unfortunately an impossibility.

With this in mind, I made the hard decision to remove all queued accounts. The way is now free for new registrations and I would like to ask all interested people to register again. At the same time I apologize for the double effort.

Verification is now done – as usual with most forums – via an email containing a confirmation link.

See you there.

 Posted by on 2021-12-16 at 10:03

Small improvements to GExperts

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Dec 122021

Some of the experts in GExperts have seen small improvements lately:

The Goto expert now allows incremental search in the list by typing in the number field. This feature was contributed by Achim Kalwa.

The Grep search expert now takes the name of the currently selected control on the form designer if it is opened while the form designer is active. Again, this feature was contributed by Achim Kalwa. The idea was from Peter Panettone.

The Todo expert now has a filtering function. The idea was from Peter Panettone, who also provided an implementation. Unfortunately I had to reimplement it because his code did not work with older Delphi versions.

Thanks again to everybody who contributes to the project. I might take a while to commit such changes but I try to do my best.

 Posted by on 2021-12-12 at 16:21

Toolbars in GExperts for Delphi 11 dialogs are now scaled

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Nov 272021

Just a quick info on the state of GExperts for Delphi 11:
I went through all the dialogs and now the toolbars and also the icons in the menus should be scaled properly. They don’t really look nice because they are simply enlarged using the method Ćœarko Gajić described, but I don’t really want to spend time on redesigning them all.

 Posted by on 2021-11-27 at 17:39

GExperts 1.3.19 Alpha 2 for Delphi 11 Patch 2

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Nov 262021

Embarcadero has released a second patch (called November Patch) for Delphi 11 which seems to fix several issues that blocked further progress on GExperts for Delphi 11. So here it is, fresh out of the compiler: The second Alpha version of GExperts for Delphi 11.

Please keep in mind: This is not even a Beta version! There will be bugs and these will not only be UI glitches but functionality failures!

You have been warned!

You will most likely need the Delphi 11 November patch for GExperts 1.3.19 Alpha 2 to work. I have not tried it with the unpatched IDE and I won’t support it.

If you still want to try it, you can download it here.

Please report any bugs on SourceForge!

There are no updates for older Delphi versions yet, but you can always get the sources and compile your own DLL.

Also, if you want to try and fix some bugs in the Delphi 11 version yourself, see the link above. I’ll gladly accept patches.

 Posted by on 2021-11-26 at 12:11

There will be no GExperts release for Delphi 11

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Nov 072021

After wasting days and more days of my valuable spare time on trying to get the high DPI display problems sorted out for GExperts for Delphi 11, I give up now.

I’ll wait for Delphi 11.1 or at least some additional patches before I spend any more time on this.

If somebody else wants to give it a try, feel free to do that. You know where the source code is.

 Posted by on 2021-11-07 at 14:23