Increasing business value through blazing performance and functional richness
September, 17 2007, NEWTON, MA
– Telerik, the leading vendor of tools and components for professional .NET development, is pleased to announce the availability of the Q2 2007. This end-to-end .NET toolset features - RadControls for ASP.NET, RadControls for WinForms, RadControls “Prometheus” and Telerik Reporting. The highlights of the Q2 2007 release are substantial performance optimizations, new time and data management tools, as well as support for enterprise-level solutions.
Blazing speed is a key characteristic of the RadControls “Prometheus” suite - the successor of RadControls for ASP.NET. The “Prometheus” components are built entirely on top of ASP.NET AJAX, utilizing its common programming model leveraging completely the power and flexibility of the novel Microsoft web framework. The Q2 2007 release includes a major update of Telerik’s flagship web component – RadEditor, which historically has been considered the industry standard for WYIWYG content editing.
“The problem that all feature-rich editors inevitably face is slow loading and sluggish operation, caused by the heavy client-side scripts that need to be loaded each time” – says Valeri Hristov, Product manager, Telerik ASP.NET division. “For the Q2 2007 release we’ve reengineered RadEditor from the ground up, utilizing the latest Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX technology and years of experience with browser-based HTML editing. We introduced semantic rendering and reduced significantly the script size. The results are self explanatory – RadEditor is now 76% faster on all major browsers making it the fastest-loading HTML editor on the market”.
Another major novelty in the “Prometheus” suite is the addition of Telerik’s scheduling component – RadScheduler. Following best practices from both the Web and desktop worlds, RadScheduler delivers rich Outlook-style scheduling functionality combined with the usability innovations pioneered by Google Calendar.
RadScheduler “Prometheus” encapsulates day, week and month views in a single control, thus sparing deployment and configuration overhead. The flexible architecture of the component allows for effortless customization through single-property skinning mechanism and support for any type of data source.
Telerik’s dedication to offer the industry-best selection of time management tools for .NET, has resulted in another valuable addition to the company’s offering: RadCalendar for WinForms. This lightweight, yet highly advanced date input component offers a comprehensive feature set, including an integrated date picker, zoom, multiple dates select, multi-month view, and support for RTL calendars. All this comes on top of the unique WPF-like interfacing capabilities that stem from the underlying RadControls for WinForms framework.
Another advantageous supplement to Telerik’s Windows Forms suite that distinguishes the product is the new enterprise-level CAB support. Telerik CAB Enabling Kit for RadControls for WinForms Q2 2007 comes with a sample Finance Application modeled after Microsoft's WPF WoodGrove Finance Application.
Along with the increased business value of the suite, the new volume of Telerik RadControls for WinForms demonstrates new standards in user experience by offering stunning WPF-like visual effects and top-notch performance.
“It’s incredible indeed, what our team managed to achieve with classic Windows Forms. These WPF-like visual capabilities available out-of-the-box allow Windows Forms developers to add animated transparencies, rotation and scaling, alpha-blending, item motion and so on”- says Vassil Petev, Project Manager, Telerik WinForms division. “Profiting from such interface richness is no-longer bound to tedious learning process, expensive and risky software rewrites. The best thing about RadControls for WinForms is that in fact you get the WPF appeal without the WPF itself.”
In its core, however, RadControls for WinForms remains a powerful set of controls for business applications, which covers even the most demanding scenarios. The data visualization and presentation functionality of the suite has been enriched with a new version of the Chart component. RadChart for WinForms Q2 2007 comes with a number of novel features and enhancements such as new financial Candlestick chart type, scalebreaks, support for spline curve areas and intelligent labels.
The same level of advanced functionality is also available in new version of the web charting control RadChart for ASP.NET. Its new rendering engine optimizes the performance and produces a polished chart image. The web suite also features another updated data component – RadCombobox which features a substantial optimization of the client-side code to result in an easy to maintain and consistent client behavior.
But as the highlight of the new ASP.NET volume comes the major new version of RadGrid. With its client-rich functionality, the component perfectly blurs the line between Win and Web user experience. Among the novelties in the new version are full support for the ASP.NET 3.5 LinqDataSource control and the Web Client Software Factory; frozen columns for handling wide content, improved drag-and-drop behavior and impressive performance optimizations as well as export to PDF and CSV formats.
When speaking of data presentation and export the product that attracts attention is Telerik Reporting. What sets this tool apart from the competition is the ease of use and developer friendliness. You can build and style reports without writing any code and without prior knowledge of report generators. Wizards, expression builders, CSS-like styling are offered to effectively take development experience to a new level. On top of this, the Q2 2007 release introduces an abundance of unique features – codeless databinding, sophisticated data processing (Top N, Top %), grouping, sorting, filtering - all possible without a line of code. True conditional formatting with visual expression builder is also available. Reuse of existing reports is made easy through converters from Crystal Reports and Active Reports.
Pricing and Availability
The price of the RadControls for ASP.NET + WinForms + Telerik Reporting Subscription is $1299 per developer seat and the license comes with a Gold Support Package (up to 24h response time), full C# source code, redistribution rights and free updates for the latest products for 1 year. All the tools work without license keys and can be freely deployed on an unlimited number of development, testing and production servers. A step-by-step self-paced tutorial and hundreds of code samples are provided to accelerate your learning.
For more information, please visit:
RadControls for ASP.NET
RadControls for WinForms
Telerik is a leading vendor of development tools and components for Microsoft .Net. Developers from most of the Fortune 2000 companies, many of the world’s leading educational and non-profit organizations and thousands of consultants rely on Telerik products to build applications with unparalleled richness, responsiveness and interactivity.