As of Q1 2010 we replaced the old version of the Visual Style Builder tool with a new one, which utilizes a new theming mechanism (also introduced as of Q1 2010). As a result, all previous themes work with the new theming mechanism, however they cannot be edited with the new Visual Style Builder right away. You will either need to:
- load the style settings created in the old VSB and convert them to Repository Items in the new Visual Style Builder,
- use the corresponding themes built with the new Visual Style Builder (provided by Telerik),
- use your current themes with the old VSB as shown in this KB article.
In addition, the new Visual Style Builder is now a stand-alone application only. It is not available in the Smart Tag of the controls, because it can now edit all controls at once, rather than just one at a time. Since we cannot start the VSB for just one control from the Smart Tag (as was the case with the old version), we have removed the option to start it from the Smart Tag. You can start the new VSB from:
- the new extensions menu in Visual Studio (Telerik -> RadControls for WinForms -> Visual Style Builder)
- from the Start menu -> Telerik -> RadControls for WinForms -> Visual Style Builder.
If you wish to create a theme for a RadControl, you should simply open the Visual Style Builder, select the control and style it. Our help contains information regarding how to use this new tool. There are a couple of examples that should help you start using it: Getting Started with the new Visual Style Builder
Also note that as of Q1 2010 SP1 we managed to release new version of the Breeze and Desert themes based on the new theming mechanism - this means that you will be able to open them and modify them in the new Visual Style Builder. We also prepared a brand new theme based on the Office 2010 appearance. You can extract these themes from our assemblies by using the File -> Export Built-In Themes option from the menu of the Visual Style Builder.
I hope this is helpful.
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