When we started developing the Windows Forms Scheduler we knew that we could make the data binding process much simpler. The data binding process is entirely codeless, giving you the freedom to spend your time on other tasks. A Data Source property is available directly in Scheduler’s ActionList, which you can use to specify the SchedulerBindingDataSource component which will be used as a data source in RadScheduler. You can find more information in the Codeless Data binding in RadScheduler for WinForms Q2 2009 blog post:
Telerik Windows Forms Scheduler is designed to take advantage of powerful provider architecture. It uses the Provider Design Pattern to allow for easy integration into existing applications. This also allows it to connect to various data sources.
Built with usability in mind, Telerik Scheduler grants the user with familiar Microsoft Office-like UI and behavior, which means that no learning is required to work with the control. In addition to the Appointment Capabilities above, it offers a slew of end-user features:
Creating and editing appointments with Telerik Windows Forms Scheduler is easy and is done with just a few mouse clicks. The component provides the end user with the freedom to set his/her status for the particular appointment (busy, free, tentative, unavailable), as well as the ability to choose a color-coded category which relates to the appointment (business, personal, vacation, etc), much like he/she would do in Microsoft Outlook.
All appointment dialogs can be tailored to the application’s specifications. Since all Scheduler dialogs are build with Telerik WinForms controls, they can easily be tweaked, customized and extended with new controls and features to fit any custom scenario.
The Windows Forms Scheduler control by Telerik uses a single control to display the Day, MultiDay, Week, WorkWeek, Month and Timeline Views. This feature ensures simplified deployment, much better flexibility and saves the need to write or modify the logic behind for all different view controls to make them work as one control. Added to that, you can set your preferences from one place to apply to all views.
A separate Scheduler Navigator component allows for quick switching between the available scheduler views (Day, Week, Month), and to toggle weekends on/off. It also navigates back and forth within a view and shows the current dates in a fully customizable and localizable Date Header. RadSchedulerNavigator can easily be bound to a RadScheduler instance both in the Visual Studio Designer and in runtime:
RadScheduler supports Time Zones, which allow events and tasks to be displayed in different time zones - a feature which many international businesses will find very convenient.
With the help of RadDesktopAlert for WinForms your users will not miss out on important information and events. The control ensures that the user will be able to track all deadlines and tasks by means of Outlook-style notifications that automatically pop up on the screen. The control can be flawlessly integrated in your WinForms based application and allows you to fully customize the content of the reminder message by offering support for images and HTML-like text rendering. Telerik Desktop Alert is also fully themable and exhibits advanced features like multi-monitor support, screen alignment, fade-in and fade-out, pinning/unpinning, and auto-close through a rich collection of events and a convenient API.
RadScheduler comes with built-in printing support which enables the end-users to print their calendars right away.
We’ve made the printing support feature-rich, and full of useful tweaks that will produce the right results even for the most pretentious end-users. Here are the printing features that RadScheduler supports:
RadScheduler provides rich design-time support functionality making customizations and configurations very easy. Some of the key capabilities are:
The iCalendar is the industry-standard format, designed to transmit calendar-based data, such as events, meeting requests and tasks to other internet users, via email, or sharing files with an .ics extension. RadScheduler supports iCal by allowing you to import and export appointments in iCalendar format and hence exchange your data with scheduling applications that support iCalendar data, such as Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar. Most Scheduler fields can be exported to iCal, such as appointment's subject, description, date/time, recurrence settings, and even time zones.
The control is shipped with a rich set of themes that allow you to easily build slick interfaces with the look-and-feel of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Outlook, etc. The themes can be easily switched using a single property.
In addition to the built-in themes for the scheduler navigator, each appointment can be fully customized, including but not limited to its status indicator (busy, tentative, etc), its background (indicating the category it belongs to), text format and positioning, and date/time indicators.
All RadControls for WinForms come with a feature we call Theme Color Blending, which allows for tweaking the color scheme of a theme, without the need to redo the theme from scratch. The updated color scheme is applied to all Telerik WinForms controls that you are using in your application for a fresh new look. Or you can build a new theme from scratch to fit your exact visual demands by using the Visual Style Builder productivity tool.
The Scheduler control by Telerik allows you to define custom resources that can be assigned to the appointments. Custom resources let you associate additional information with your appointments, where the information for each field can be selected from a limited number of possibilities. For example you can load the appointments of different users on a single scheduler by simply choosing the name of the user. The same applies for various resources such as meeting rooms, team events, etc.
Because custom resources have a limited number of values, RadScheduler can group appointments based on the resources associated with them. For example, you can book different facilities for a variety of events. Resource Grouping is supported in all views.
Telerik Scheduler, Reminder and SchedulerNavigator provide full localization support. RadReminder also offers support for Right-to-Left languages. See Localization and Right-to-Left Support for the full list of Telerik Windows Forms controls supporting RTL languages and localization.
A first-rate scheduling component should offer intuitive, simple, and familiar interface, to help the user review all events in a fast and efficient manner. Telerik Windows Forms Scheduler provides simplistic, but powerful interface, following closely the established UI standards:
RadScheduler's dialogs and menus are fully localizable through a simple and intuitive localization provider. In addition, the control automatically formats the dates and times by reading certain values from the machine's regional settings, so you will never have to worry about different date/time configurations. If needed, you can easily override this by setting a specific culture for the scheduler.
By using RadReminder for WinForms you can enables end-users to track different tasks, deadlines and events in an Outlook®-style pop-up dialog. The reminder offers very familiar and friendly interface by showing the appointment details and providing the user with the ability to take action on each reminder, such as snooze and dismiss. It offers simplified development experience, and provides extended customization capabilities through a rich collection of themes, events, and extensible API. Support for RadScheduler for WinForms is built-in, but Telerik Reminder can be used as a stand-alone control or in conjunction with other Telerik Windows Forms controls.
RadReminder features at a glance:
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