Users - what's your real-world experience with windowless?

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  1. Daniel Billingsley
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    Posted 27 Jul 2010 Link to this post

    I'm asking for practical experience and advice from those of you that have set windowless mode in order to use this control.  Have you actually noticed any differences, and if so what?
  2. Kiril Stanoev
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    Posted 30 Jul 2010 Link to this post

    Hi Daniel,

    The articles bellow throw more light on the pros and cons of setting windowless to true.

    Limitations of Windowless mode for Silverlight

    Silverlight Performance Tip: WindowLess is an Anomaly

    The rule of thumb is - if you don't need it, don't use it.

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  4. Daniel Billingsley
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    Posted 30 Jul 2010 Link to this post

    Yeah, I've read all those articles.

    The question is more for opinions on what "if you don't need it" means.

    Say I have a desired feature that would be easy to implement with the HtmlPlaceHolder.  Should I try to find another way to do it, and only resort to this if there's absolutely no other way and the feature is an absolute requirement?  Or is Windowless not that big a deal in real life?
  5. Kiril Stanoev
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    Posted 02 Aug 2010 Link to this post

    Hello Daniel,

    Well, basically depends on the type and size of the application. If you application uses animation extensively then Windowless mode is not recommended since it will cause a performance penalty. For smaller applications, Windowless is fine. One tip I'd like to give here is: If you want to display a local HTML page in RadHtmlPlaceholder (i.e. use the HtmlSource property) then it is better to use our RichTextBox control instead of HtmlPlaceholder, since RichTextBox does not require Windowless. However, if you display an external page (i.e. you are setting the SourceUrl to some external url like http://www.google.com) then you should be using the HtmlPlaceholder since the RichTextBox does not support external pages.
    I'd also like to hear of anyone else's feedback.

    Kind regards,
    Kiril Stanoev
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