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I'm looking for a control for Visual C++ (MFC) that will do the following:

I have several child windows permanently open within my MDI application. For the sake of discussion lets call the permanent windows the RedWindow, BlueWindow. What I want to do is to allow the user to take anyone of those windows (lets say the BlueWindow) and dock it in another window (lets say the RedWindow). After the operation I want the user to see two tabs located at the bottom of the window that was just docked to. In my example above the tabs should be seen from the RedWindow.

The tabs would then allow the user to select between the two windows. I also want to allow the user to remove the docked window back into separate windows as well. And I want to be able to handle more then 2 docked windows. In my case I'll need around 5 dockable windows.

I hope I am being clear on this, if not I'll try to elaborate further on what I mean. Anyways, does anyone know of a control that can do this? I don't care if its free or commercial, though I prefer free. I just need it to function like I said above. The control should be compatible with the app I'm developing, in this case it's a Visual C++ (MFC) app so .Net controls won't work.
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That library looks nice but I don't see what I'm looking for from the demo examples. Here is a link showing some pictures of what I need: http://www.geocities.com/maglight2000us/index.html

Hopefully that will make things clearer
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Wow, that's a lot of money for that tool kit rcarlan. I was figuring $200 or lower. Any other suggestions?
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Yes, it's not cheap. But you know what they say: you (usually) get what you pay for.

The last two companies I worked for have both been using this library for their Windows development. A lot of goodies in there and it can certainly speed up GUI development. For non-GUI work, there are other libraries out there, certainly cheaper if not necesarily better (Boost comes to mind). However, as far as MFC extensions goes, I don't think you can do better than Stingray OT. Comes with all the source code, too - which makes it very easy to futher extend or modify the functionality. I'm not advocating changing their implementation, but it's certainly a lot easier to extend classes when they are not just black boxes.

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