Get ready for the latest update on our Progress Telerik products for mobile and desktop as we unveil the highly anticipated R2 2023 release.
We are thrilled to share the exciting features and improvements that await you in R2 2023 from our Progress Telerik mobile and desktop UI component libraries. So, sit back, relax and keep reading to stay in the loop!
Prepare for an exhilarating update in R2 2023 as Telerik UI for .NET MAUI unveils a series of exciting enhancements. I am thrilled to introduce six brand-new controls: Calendar, PDF Viewer, Chat, SlideView, RichTextEditor and TreeView, each designed to empower your app development journey. In addition, we have taken steps to refine and enrich our powerful DataGrid control, unlocking even more possibilities. Let’s have a sneak peek at the most interesting stuff we have for you in this release.
The new addition to the UI for .NET MAUI family is the Calendar component. It allows you to select single or multiple dates by navigating easily between decades, years and months. The control is culture-aware by providing globalization support. It also provides support for scrolling and navigation, blackout dates and much more.
Here is a list of the main features of the control:
For more information on getting started with the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI Calendar control, visit the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI documentation.
One of the highly requested components for our UI for .NET MAUI suite was the PDF viewer. I am happy to share that it is now available with our latest release. This component empowers the users of your application to directly open and view PDF documents within their mobile or desktop app, eliminating the need for any external software installation or switching between different applications. You can visualize PDF documents that include images, shapes, different colors, ordered and bulleted lists and more.
Here are some of the key features to look for:
For more information on getting started with the PDF Viewer control, visit the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI documentation.
The Chat control in Telerik UI for .NET MAUI empowers you to build contemporary chat experiences in your .NET MAUI apps. It smoothly integrates with popular chatbot frameworks and effortlessly facilitates peer-to-peer conversations.
The component offers a diverse range of customizable message formats like cards, pickers and suggestions. It also enables you to effortlessly replace forms with an instinctive conversational UI. You can modify messages and cards to include text, images and other elements or incorporate details such as message timestamps, sender/recipient names, avatars and much more.
For more information on getting started with the Chat control, visit the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI documentation.
The new SlideView component provides a visually appealing and interactive way to present information or showcase visual content. Whether your goal is to create an image gallery or improve navigation within your .NET MAUI application, the SlideView component offers a comprehensive set of features and customizable options to fulfill your requirements.
Here are some of the key features to look for:
For more information on getting started with the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI SlideView control, visit the documentation.
The Telerik UI for .NET MAUI RichTextEditor control empowers users to generate rich textual content using a comprehensive array of tools. These tools simplify the creation, editing and formatting of text, paragraphs, lists, hyperlinks and various other elements.
The Telerik UI for .NET MAUI RichTextEditor control comes with a multitude of editing capabilities, including:
It also has an integrated ToolBar, which effortlessly connects to the commonly used commands provided by the control.
For more information on getting started, visit the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI RichTextEditor control documentation.
The new TreeView component in UI for .NET MAUI allows you to visually represent hierarchical data in a collapsible and expandable tree structure. It provides users with an intuitive way to navigate and explore complex information, such as folder structures, organizational charts or category hierarchies.
Here are some of the key features to look for:
For more information on getting started, visit the Telerik UI for .NET MAUI TreeView control documentation.
The Telerik UI for .NET MAUI DataGrid control introduces the Empty Template functionality. This feature enables you to inform your end users when the control has no data to display.
You can bind your .NET MAUI DataGrid to a DataTable and have access to all the cool features. You can add, remove, select, edit item(s) and update DataGrid’s ItemsSource. You can also perform commands and operations like filtering, sorting, grouping and selection.
As you may be aware, Microsoft officially discontinued .NET 6 support for .NET MAUI back in May. We are announcing that our plans align with this change, and we will be ending our support for .NET MAUI in .NET 6 in November—this should give you extra time to get off .NET 6 and onto .NET 7/8.
This transition marks an exciting milestone as we prepare to welcome the arrival of .NET 8, which will bring a host of new features and enhancements. Rest assured that during this period, we are actively working to ensure a seamless transition and guarantee an official and robust support system for .NET 8, which we will be ready to launch alongside its official release.
To get an overview of all the latest components, features and improvements we’ve made, check out the release notes for the product: Telerik UI for .NET MAUI (Release Notes).
RadSlideView is a flexible navigation control that allows you to slide between different views, thus providing an interactive navigation. With it, you can build a gallery display to show your images and content efficiently.
RadPipsPager lets the user navigate a linearly paginated collection using glyphs also known as pips.
The two controls work seamlessly with one another to enhance the navigation experience in your applications.
They also share some of their main features:
You can find more information about the new components in their respective documentation sections:
Get ready to elevate your app’s aesthetics and create a masterpiece with the most innovative addition to the R2 2023 Release—a new, high-density (or compact) layout option for the Windows 11 theme. Designed for information rich UI and similar specialized scenarios, this new theme mode brings a stunning and sleek look to your WPF apps.
While functionality and behavior have not changed and remain consistent across the two size and density options, the default heights and offsets have been updated for all controls to support both density options.
For more information on getting started with our latest theme, visit the Telerik UI for WPF documentation.
No more moving pane restrictions between docking instances. Users can now create a group of dockings in which moving and docking panes are not limited, no matter if dockings are nested or side by side. This enables powerful UI rearrangement abilities in applications with multiple dockings in a single view.
For more information on getting started with this powerful feature, visit the Telerik UI for WPF documentation.
To better cover well-known scenarios in text or code editing from VisualStudio or NotePad++, we added more search options in the search panel. MatchCase, MatchWholeWord and Regex settings will give your users the powerful search experience they expect.
The LocalDataSourceProvider now allows you to display nested properties of the objects in its ItemsSource in a hierarchy similar to how DateTime properties are visualized in the RadPivotFieldList.
Nested properties can be utilized to create a report in the same manner as non-nested ones.
You can enable this functionality by setting the new EnableHierarchy property of the LocalDataSourceProvider to True. Then you will be able to provide a nested property path as the PropertyName of a group description.
<pivot:LocalDataSourceProvider x:Key="dataProvider" EnableHierarchy="True"> <pivot:LocalDataSourceProvider.RowGroupDescriptions> <pivot:PropertyGroupDescription PropertyName="Customer.Company.Industry" /> <pivot:PropertyGroupDescription PropertyName="Promotion" /> </pivot:LocalDataSourceProvider.RowGroupDescriptions> </pivot:LocalDataSourceProvider>
To see this in action, check out the PivotFieldList demo in the WPF Examples application.
Here is also a list of other popular features we updated for you in this release:
We are excited to announce that we are extending our support to include the preview versions of .NET 8. While .NET 8 is still in the preview phase, we understand the eagerness to explore its capabilities. We have thoroughly tested our components and have made sure they are compatible with the latest preview releases.
The R2 2023 release comes with a brand-new Heat Map control, a dark Visual Studio 2022 theme, modernized Scheduler appointments, LineNumbering in the RichTextEditor and a ton of other improvements.
RadHeatMap is here to help you visualize numeric data in a meaningful and straightforward way. It uses a two-dimensional layout with indicative colors to represent data. Each entity is represented by a colored rectangle and the applied color maps to the magnitude of its numeric value. At a glimpse, you can spot trends and easily compare different data items.
The component comes with many features like intuitive API, databinding, unbound mode, different colorizers, labels, selection, tooltips and screentips, and custom painting.
For more information on getting started with the HeatMap control, visit the Telerik UI for WinForms documentation.
Yet another member of our family of dark themes is coming. We are expanding this collection because we know that many of you are fans of the dark side. As its name suggests, the theme is inspired by Visual Studio 2022 and its dark mode.
For more information on getting started with our latest theme, visit the Telerik UI for WinForms documentation.
We’ve always strived to create modern components and designs. It was about time for the RadScheduler look to completely change. New appointment styles are coming to RadScheduler—they are fresh, bold and modern. The styles vary from one theme to another, matching its general look and feel.
RadRichTextEditor has a new handy feature—line numbers. The numbers are displayed at the beginning of each line and, if needed, can work independently in different paragraphs, sections or pages. They are quite popular in legal documents, scripts or medical records.
For more information on getting started with this powerful feature, visit the Telerik UI for WinForms documentation.
.NET 8 is still in preview but it’s getting increasingly stable. We’ve also played with this new runtime and so far, could not isolate issues with the components. If you are adventurous enough or want to experiment, Telerik UI for WinForms has you covered.
Besides the highlights above, the 2023 R2 release comes with plenty of other enhancements. I will name just a few that will improve your Telerik UI for WinForms experience:
RadTimeBar is a time-bound DataVisualization control. Its chief purpose is to allow lightweight scrolling and navigation through large periods of time. Additionally, the control exposes intuitive API which allows for both declarative and programmatic manipulation of the control.
The component provides the following features:
For more information on getting started, visit the Telerik UI for WinUI TimeBar control documentation.
In the R2 2023 release, our main focus revolved around Telerik UI for .NET MAUI. However, we are delighted to share that we fulfilled one of the most highly requested features for our Xamarin’s DataGrid component.
This powerful addition allows you to effectively communicate with end-users when the DataGrid control contains no data to display. By utilizing the Empty Template feature, you can provide informative and visually appealing messages (or even images!), enhancing the user experience and ensuring clarity.
With the highly anticipated R2 2023 release, we are thrilled to present a plethora of enhancements that span the entire suite. Let’s dive into the highlights of the Telerik Document Processing Libraries, where exciting improvements await:
In the latest update, the PDF Processing library introduces a valuable addition: an image compression setting. This setting empowers you to define the desired compression level when exporting images. You now have the flexibility to choose between Default, None and FlateDecode compression options, ensuring optimal output quality.
Moreover, we are pleased to announce a new default implementation for the ImageUtils’ JpegImageConverter and ImagePropertiesResolver, leveraging the powerful capabilities of the SkiaSharp library.
Now, you have the ability to import rich text and seamlessly extract it as plain text, eliminating any formatting elements. This enhancement simplifies your data processing workflows, allowing you to focus solely on the textual content. Say goodbye to complex formatting concerns and embrace the ease of extracting and working with plain text using the SpreadStreamProcessing library.
In the R2 2023 release, the Document Processing team prioritized an extensive range of bug fixes, aiming to deliver a higher level of quality for the library and enhance overall performance. There were 20+ bug fixes in the PDF Processing library alone.
Discover all updates across Telerik UI for Blazor, UI for ASP.NET Core, UI for ASP.NET MVC, UI for ASP.NET AJAX, UI for WPF, UI for WinForms, UI for WinUI, UI for .NET MAUI and UI for Xamarin and ThemeBuilder.
Join the Livestream Release Party on release day, June 7, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET to hear the release news and hang out with dev friends.
The live webinars and Twitch sessions are a great opportunity for you to ask questions before and during the webinars. We’ll be waiting to hear from you on Twitter—just use the #heyTelerik and #heyKendoUI hashtags. Another great option is the live chat during our release session on CodeItLive, our Twitch channel.
Yoan has 9+ years of experience at Progress/Telerik. During these years he passed through different positions in the company, including being a developer for the WPF and Silverlight team, and he is now the Product Manager for UI for Xamarin and UI for MAUI. In his free time, he likes reading tech blogs, chilling and exploring the world.
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