Hi Svein Thomas,
Thank you for your feedback.
We are constantly trying to improve the VSB performance and usability. But we need to keep the balance between a very powerful tool that has tons of options and one that is easy to understand right from the get go.
If you want to edit the XML directly, you just need to select File >> Save As
and uncheck the "Save as package
" checkbox at the bottom of the dialog. The theme will them be saved in XML format for every control you have edited.
The repository items are there so people can edit things in one place rather than in every control separately. We try to put as much of the styling info in repository items as it is not very easy to look at every element and every state.
I am glad that your issue was solved. If you have any other issues or feedback do not hesitate to contact us.
the Telerik team