The Q1 2015 release of Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX is live and will help you build better and faster responsive web sites and apps with ease. It will enable you to export different types of content such HTML elements, HTML pages and even server controls to popular formats such as PDF, SVG and PNG. And that’s not all: with this release, you will be able to place side-by-side the Telerik AJAX components to those of Bootstrap on the same page, thanks to the new Bootstrap skin.
Let me share a bit more information in the sections below:
You will be able to build responsive web projects faster and easier than even before, leveraging new navigation control and features:
With this release, we introduce light rendering for a number of popular controls: Grid, AsyncUpload, Button, Input, OrgChart and Rating. The light rendering reduces the amount of markup the control renders, making it easier to customize. This decreases the overall size and complexity of each skin, including custom skins.
The following table and 3D rendering image show the differences between the classic and optimized lightweight renderings of RadGrid:
|Markup Size||10.1 KB||-|
|CSS Size||29.50 KB||23.70 KB|
|Image Sprite Size||8.64 KB||0 KB*|
* Lightweight rendering uses a custom font (TelerikWebUI) with icons, shared across all controls.
To turn on the new render mode simply set RenderMode="Lightweight":
For all fans of responsive web design, we are introducing two new getting-started resources:
Bootstrap skin: The new modern skin features design and metrics similar to the default ones of Bootstrap components, enabling you use Bootstrap components and Telerik Web Forms controls side-by-side.
And that’s not all: our plans are to provide the flexibility to apply the colors information of your favorite Bootstrap theme(s) to the Bootstrap skin of the Telerik AJAX suite. This will be possible in Q2 2015, with the introduction of a new Style Builder tool that will provide support for:
For a more detailed report of what's new in the Q1 2015 release, check the Release Notes. You can also download the latest version from here and play with the new controls and features in Visual Studio or online here.
Rumen Jekov (@Rumen_Jekov) started his career at Telerik’s ASP.NET team in 2004 as a tech support engineer and passed through the position of a team lead to a product manager. He has answered more than 51,500 tickets helping customers to achieve their goals. Presently, he is a product owner of Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX and a manager of the AJAX crew at Progress. Off work, he enjoys traveling across the globe, watching movies and tech shows, reading books and listening to podcasts.
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