<b><a id="_7cbc6ccff9f_HomePageDays_DaysList__ctl0_DayItem_DayList__ctl1_TitleUrl" href="/rgreen_msft/archive/2004/07/14/183242.aspx">VB Power Pack Update</a></b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font face="Verdana" color="navy" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: navy"><?xml:namespace prefix = o /?><o:p>

<span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><font color="#000000">It’s been a little over a month since we shipped the Power Pack. As of this morning, the controls have been downloaded <b>17,401</b> times!! And there are more than 100 members of the Power Pack Workspace ([link](http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces/workspace.aspx?id=167542e0-e435-4585-ae4f-c111fe60ed58)<font color="#000000">). Nathan Blecharczyk, an intern on the VB team for the summer, has been added as an Owner to help manage the Workspace. <o:p></o:p></span></o:p></span></span>

The community has contributed the following releases to supplement the controls:

  • BlendPanel with shadow. Added a blend panel that draws a shadow behind it.
  • Power Pack Installer. It installs the assembly and a couple of the documentation files.It will also automatically add the VbPowerPack controls to the "Customize Toolbox" dialog so you do not have to browse for the assembly, simply select the controls you would like to add to your toolbox.
  • **Power Pack for VS 2002.** Build and use the controls in VS 2002.

In addition, there are community-based localization efforts underway. The first success is a Russian version of the Power Pack (link). There have been 162 downloads of this so far.

Looking for more info on the controls? Check out [the power pack article ](http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dv_vstechart/html/vbpowerpack.asp)on MSDN.

Oh, and just in case the name makes you think otherwise... these controls work from C# too πŸ™‚