Thank you for your feedback. You have touched on a topic that is with very high priority in our ToDo plans for improvement.
When we introduced RadControls for WinForms, we wanted to provide powerful way of styling our controls, that would differentiate us from the competition. Back then we did an extensive research on several styling implementations and on WPF and the end result was the Visual Style Builder (VSB) - a powerful application which had to support styling customizations, themes, animations, states, etc. In addition, it became a hybrid between a design tool (such Microsoft Expression Blend) and a developer tool (such as Visual Studio).
As time went by, and more people started to use the VSB, we started to see the "baby glitches" of the application - people found it overly complicated and hard to use, mostly because there is not enough documentation.
So, a couple of months ago we ran a survey
on what we can improve. The survey also covered a similar application we plan to introduce for our ASP.NET controls. The results gave us several very good ideas on how to improve the VSB and we have started working on these. The VSB will be simplified, will be more usable, and will come with new documentation and supporting videos on how to create the compelling UI we are advertising.
I sincerely hope that the new version of the VSB will help you achieve better UI than the current one. These improvements are scheduled to appear towards the end of the year, or early next year.
Until then we will need to help you fix the problems you are facing, so feel free to send us your comments and questions.
Here I am sending you a custom theme for RadTextBox with
a hidden border, Transparent ForeColor and Gray background when the text box is focused. Also find attached a sample project that shows RadTextBox with this theme. To achieve the affect when the TextBox is focused I am using the RadElement property IsFocused
(see the screenshot1).
I hope this helps.
All the best,
the Telerik team
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