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Introduction

This is a user interface toolkit mainly for audio plug-ins (VST, AudioUnit, etc). Based on the XML definition of the plug-in UI, VSTGUI includes an embedded editor (UIDescription Editor) which allows the developer to create a plug-in UI just by drag & drop of the UI element.

First developed in-house by Steinberg Media Technologies (around 1998) for their first VST plug-ins. Later added as binary libraries to the official VST SDK. Since May 2003, VSTGUI is open source, and is hosted now at GitHub https://github.com/steinbergmedia/vstgui.

The last official release version of VSTGUI is always included in the VST 3 SDK.

Example of the VSTGUI UIDescription Editor

Example of the VSTGUI UIDescription Editor (embedded editing WYSIWYG)

Check the folder "vstgui4" of the SDK!

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Related pages:

VSTGUI Forum

Visit Steinberg's VST Developer Forum in order to get help with development, submit bug reports, request new features and connect to other VSTGUI developers:

https://sdk.steinberg.net

VSTGUI on GitHub


https://github.com/steinbergmedia/vstgui

VSTGUI License

BSD style

VSTGUI LICENSE
(c) Steinberg Media Technologies, All Rights Reserved

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification,
are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

* Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, 
this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
* Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation 
and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
* Neither the name of the Steinberg Media Technologies nor the names of its
contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this 
software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED 
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. 
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, 
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, 
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, 
DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF 
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE 
OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Tutorials for VSTGUI

Use VSTGUI to design a User Interface
This tutorial explains how to use VSTGUI. VSTGUI comes with a WYSIWYG editor that allows you to create stunning user interfaces for your plug-in.

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