Let me introduce myself first - my name is Stephen Rahnev and I am Technical Support Director here at Telerik.
I apologize if the Q2 2007 release of our controls appears to be below your expectations. I would like to assure you that we always strive to deliver the top wanted features for our controls (with every subsequent release) and at the same time include the most important enhancements/bugfixes which to facilitate the development as much as possible. On top of that, we are constantly working on performance and speed optimizations to enrich additionally the user experience and ease when operating with our controls on the web.
Our web grid is one of most commonly used controls from our RadControls suite and you probably guess that we receive numerous requests about new features almost every day. The practice is to log them in our database and later set their priority for implementation depending on the frequency of the requested functionality (mainly) and the feedback from our development team. That is why we decided to develop the frozen columns feature and export to PDF/CSV as main parts of RadGrid v5. You can see the rest of the new features for the major version of the product here
Of course, it is in our plans to enhance the filtering capabilities of our web grid and expose columns with embedded dropdown and calendar filters, new built-in column types using the controls from our RadInput suite, extended client-side object model along with other useful new aspects, however these will most probably appear in the RadGrid "Prometheus" version at the end of this year or in the beginning of the next one. Supporting both standard ASP.NET version of our controls along with versions based on ASP.NET AJAX (which stands for the "Prometheus" suite) inevitably consumes additional resources and time, however finally I believe that you will be content with the results.
The migration to "Prometheus" is surely a major decision and the process may not be smooth as it seems to be at first sight. That is why we are doing our best to explain why you can choose the controls from RadControls "Prometheus", describe in detail our future plans for development and include FAQ section on our site:http://www.telerik.com/products/aspnet-prometheus/what-is-radcontrols-prometheus.aspxhttp://www.telerik.com/products/aspnet-prometheus/faq.aspx
Additionally, we added comparison sheet for RadAjax ASP.NET vs Prometheus to expedite the migration process as much as possible:http://www.telerik.com/products/aspnet-prometheus/controls/ajax/RadAjax-aspnet-vs-RadAjax-prometheus.aspx
It is true, though, that RadControls "Prometheus" is still in Beta phase and fixes/updates are provided less frequently than those for our standard ASP.NET controls. This is going to change with the official release of RadControls "Prometheus", scheduled at the beginning of the next year.
Regarding the "Prometheus" support for our CMS Sitefinity:
Generally speaking, there should be no problems using the "Prometheus" counterparts of our controls in Sitefinity. I have consulted with our Sitefinity Product Manager and got a confirmation that RadControls "Prometheus" will become part of Sitefinity v3.2 when it is released in 2008.
To summarize, we will focus on developing new features for RadControls "Prometheus" while providing bugfixes and minor enhancements for the ASP.NET suite. I will appreciate if you share your thoughts/comments in this thread. Keep in mind that we will continue to value our customers' feedback and aspire to deliver more than expected as our slogan says.
Technical Support Director, Telerik
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