Thank you for writing and for the kind words.
Adding references to our assemblies would not convert the controls in your project(s) automatically. Doing so will only allow you to use our controls inside the projects. Currently there is no way to convert standard controls to RadControls
and vice versa. The reason being that our controls and the standard controls are build using two different concepts. Although both share the same base technology (WinForms) they are not directly interchangeable. We are doing our best to keep the parts of our API that match standard controls' API the same but there is much more functionality and flexibility in our controls which requires a richer API as well.
The way to perform the transition would be to do it manually, control by control. There are some cases where changing the type of a control (e.g., Label -> RadLabel) is possible but in more complex scenarios (e.g., DataGridView -> RadGridView) that is not the case. One more thing to consider is that we try to cover the full functionality of the standard controls but there might be scenarios that are not fully covered or are handled in a different way. Should you run into trouble converting any control or functionality you can always ask questions in our forums or open a support ticket to get advice and help.
I hope this will be useful. Should you have further questions, I would be glad to help.
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