The Octopod for C/C++ is a completely visual RAD tool for Windows operating systems. The natural, drag-drop graphical environment is similar to the Visual Basic and Delphi.
The graphical designer supports Windows intrinsic controls as well as ActiveX controls. Version 3. 1 includes the support for BORLAND compiler, special wizard for Windows NT/2000 service programs and adds a number of enhancements of the IDE.
The Octopod editor introduces a new technology called CodeToolbox that allows developer to drag a snippet (small piece of source code) from the special `toolbox` directly into the code (thus emulating the visual way of creating the user interface).
The snippet is then written into the source code. In addition, the code editor has syntax highlighting; member and function listing while-your-type; online help for the function parameters and intelligent help sensing.
The IDE itself can compile the programs using four major compilers: MSVC, CYGNUS` CYGWIN, MINGW GCC and BORLAND. All compilers include easy-to-use project property dialog allowing individual compiler and linker settings.
The Octopod comes with the thin Win32 framework that has a strong support for COM/ActiveX technology. Using and making the ActiveX servers is greatly simplified using number of wizards, and it is implemented under all compilers.