How To: Create a Digital Gauge (Design-time)

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This is the third tutorial of the XtraGauges Getting Started series. It will guide you through the process of creating a Digital Gauge and adjusting its common settings.

This tutorial consists of the following steps.

  1. Prerequisite
  2. Load the Required Gauge Preset
  3. Specify the Digital Gauge Main Properties
  4. Add a Layer Effect
  5. Add a Custom Label and Customize its Appearance
  6. Result

Step 1. Prerequisite

Create a new Windows Forms Application (Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 or 2019) or open an existing one, add a GaugeControl and run its Preset Manager (as you would do it for circular or linear gauge).

Step 2. Load the Required Gauge Preset

The Preset Manager contains lots of style presets allowing you to quickly customize the gauge appearance.

Let's apply the Cosmic style preset to the digital gauge.

  • To do this, select this style on the right list of the Preset Manager. After that, you can click either this preset or the Load button below.

    GaugeTutorial_CosmicModel

The digital gauge appears on the form window with an appearance corresponding to the chosen style preset.

Let's change the current preset style (e.g., to Dark Night).

  • To do thos, click the smart tag and select Change Style, as shown below.

    GaugeTutorial_ChangeStyle

  • Then, in the invoked the Style Chooser manager, select the Dark Night style and click OK.

    GaugeTutorial_StyleChooser

Step 3. Specify the Digital Gauge Main Properties

  • Let's customize a digital gauge. For this, locate the property window and set the gauge properties as follows:

Then, the Form should look like the following.

Lesson 3_ FormView

Step 4. Add a Layer Effect

  • To add a visual effect to the digital gauge, locate the smart tag and click Add Effect Layer, as shown below:

    GaugeTutorial_EffectLayer

Now the Digital Gauge control should look as shown in the image below.

Tutorial_Gauge with Effect Layer

Step 5. Add a Custom Label and Customize its Appearance

  • Finally, add a label to the gauge. To accomplish this, locate the smart tag and click the Add Label option.

    DigitalTutorial_AddLabel

  • To customize a label on the gauge, it is necessary to locate it on the form and select Run Designer via the smart tag. See the image below.

    GaugeTutorial_RunLabelDesigner

  • In the invoked designer, change the label's font, position and text, as shown below. Then, click the Ok button.

    DigitalTutorial_LabelDesigner

Then, you will see the following confirmation window.

Lesson_GaugeDesignerConfirmation

NOTE

The confirmation window occurs in the Gauge Designer every time the current layout is changed.

  • click Yes to confirm the operation, as shown above.

Step 6. Result

Run the application to see the result.

DigitalTutorial_Result