Virtual Keyboard, Syntax Editor and much more - check out everything that's new in the R1 2020 release of Telerik UI for WinForms.
When it comes to a good beginning of a new year, there is no better way than to start it with a new release. I am thrilled to announce that two of the most-wanted controls by our customers, RadVirtualKeyboard and RadSyntaxEditor, are now available in the Telerik UI for WinForms suite. Truck route API for RadMap, Content controls in RadRichTextEditor and the automatic populating of the Quick Access/Favorites items from the Windows FileExplorer in our file dialogs all also contribute to another packed release for our feature-rich WinForms suite.
The happier our customers are, the happier the year would be 😊
RadVirtualKeyboard control is a software component that allows the input of characters without the need for physical keys. The interaction with the virtual keyboard happens mostly via a touchscreen interface but can also take place in a different form in virtual or augmented reality.
On a desktop computer, a virtual keyboard might provide an alternative input mechanism for users with disabilities who cannot use a conventional keyboard, or for bi- or multi- lingual users who switch frequently between different character sets or alphabets, which may be confusing over time. Although hardware keyboards are available with dual keyboard layouts (e.g. Cyrillic/Latin letters in various national layouts), the on-screen keyboard provides a handy substitute while working at different stations or on laptops, which seldom come with dual layouts.
RadVirtualKeyboard will serve the need of a virtual keyboard with consistent theming for each WinForms application with Telerik UI for WinForms controls. It comes with predefined layouts and support for defining custom layouts. The save/load layout to XML functionality and the system language synchronizations just make the virtual keyboard a nice addition to every application that provides users’ input on a touch device.
RadSyntaxEditor is a useful text editor control which provides a built-in syntax highlighting and code editing experience for popular languages. It allows users to create custom syntax highlighting of keywords and operators of their own language.
It comes packed with syntax highlighting, code outlining, undo/redo operations, intelliprompts, find and replace functionality and much more.
RadMap supports the Bing Maps Truck Routing API. It provides travel routes which take truck attributes such as size, weight, type of cargo and many others. This is important as not all trucks can travel the same routes as other vehicles.
Structured Document Tags enable users to add specific semantics to a part of the document: restricting input, modifying editing behavior etc. The content controls in RadRichTextEditor can be defined on Block, Inline, Row or Cell level. The content controls can contain other content controls as well.
Currently, RadRichTextEditor only visualizes the value of the content controls and there is no UI that allows you to interact with them. The import and export operations will work with Office Open XML (docx) and XAML formats. When exporting to other formats the content stored in the content controls will be preserved.
The Quick Access/Favorites items from the Windows FileExplorer will now be automatically shown as child nodes in the Custom Places’ tree nodes of our File Dialogs. Currently, it is only applicable for Windows 10 and .NET 4.0.
Last, but not least, as of R1 2020, .NET Core 3.1 is also supported. We addressed 50+ issues reported by our customers and introduced browse editor and breadcrumb examples in the Demo application.
Want to learn more about our upcoming release? Join Telerik's R1 2020 release webinar on January 21st and learn more about other desktop goodie-goodies we have in store for you!
You can learn more about Telerik UI for WinForms via the product page. It comes with a 30-day free trial, giving you some time to explore the toolkit and consider using it for your current or upcoming WinForms development.
We would love to hear what you think, so should you have any questions and/or comments, please share them to our Feedback Portal or in the comment section below.
Desislava Yordanova is currently a Technical Support Engineer, Principal in the Telerik UI for WinForms team. She joined the company in 2013 after graduating from Telerik Academy. Desislava holds a master’s degree in Computer Systems and Technologies from the Technical University in Sofia. Apart from her job, she is keen on snowboarding and travelling. You can find Desislava on LinkedIn.
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