With respect to previous versions of the control, internal design has been changed in order to support a more object-oriented approach during the development of applications: this has caused some of the control's properties and methods to become obsolete. These obsolete properties and methods should not be used in new development projects. They have been maintained internally for backward compatibility only and they will not be documented here nor supported in the future. Furthermore, these obsolete elements will not be displayed by Intellisense and, in Visual C++, will not be inserted inside the wrapper class.
The following is the full list of obsolete properties and methods with the current alternative you should use from now on.
Obsolete data structures
SURFACE_COLOR_DESC and the TEXT_DESC data structures are now obsolete because they were used only by methods that are now obsolete (*).
Obsolete enumerated values
COLOR_GRADIENT_HORIZONTAL, COLOR_GRADIENT_DIAGONAL and COLOR_GRADIENT_VERTICAL are now replaced by COLOR_GRADIENT_LINEAR in combination with the LightDirection property (**).
(*) Obsolete starting from version 7
(**) Obsolete starting from version 8
(***) Obsolete starting from version 9