The final major release of RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX for this year brings new controls, embedded Metro skin and a plethora of new features for the existing controls to the table. The Q3 2011 Beta preview which has just been uploaded on the site (both for TRIAL and COMMERCIAL users) grants a direct access to the pre-release bits to play with them at your disposal. Read on to learn more about the Beta:
The Premium Telerik AJAX component set grows with a couple more controls - Org Chart and Social Share.
In addition, we are shipping a new Metro skin modeled on par with the Metro design guidelines and part of the new Telerik.Web.UI.Skins assembly, introduced in Q2 2011. Furthermore, an official coverage for the latest versions of the FireFox and Chrome browsers as well as FIPS support is delivered. On top of that, now you can drag and drop grid, listview, treelist and treeview items on mobile touch-enabled devices, with the scheduler following them for the official Q3'11 release.
Finally, we introduce a very handy design-time feature for our AJAX controls in VS 2008/2010, i.e. the ability to auto-attach client event handlers by selecting a new or existing handler method for this purpose:
Grid group header/footer templates and performance optimizations - our leading AJAX web grid gets one more functionality to its feature arsenal: group header/footer templates. Moreover, the grid grouping performance has been vastly improved in a variety of scenarios. In some of them the performance boost leads to 10x to 100x faster loading times, or even more! Stay tuned for a separate blog post on this subject in the upcoming weeks.
Editor Insert video url dialog and RibbonBar toolbar modes - the editor control receives handy insert video url dialog that allows you to configure how the video will be visualized and played in the editor content area (in terms of aspect ratio, dimensions, etc.). RibbonBar toolbar modes are introduced with this release as well.
Image Editor features - the AJAX image editor introduced in the previous Q2 2011 release accommodates several new features, such as insert image in image, toolbar modes, zoom edited image with mouse wheel, keyboard support, enhanced accessibility, etc.
Drag and drop upload - our AsyncUpload now allows multiple file upload with drag and drop on browsers which already support this feature (like the newest versions of FireFox and Chrome).
RibbonBar features - the AJAX RibbonBar now incorporates contextual tabs, quick access toolbar and very neat keyboard support.
Keyboard support and PDF export for TreeList - two major features for the TreeList control that augment its accessibility and provide the option to export its structure in PDF format.
Button template - a brand new RadButton functionality that allows you to define it in a complete custom manner by means of a template container.
The SharePoint 2010 AJAX web parts we have are not left overlooked in this release, too. SPRadGrid supports more content types and exposes public UI for save/restore grid settings on a per user basis. Additionally, the SPRadGrid and SPRadListView web parts binding is optimized to gain better performance and two new SPRadEditor live demos (for lists and web parts editing scenario) are added on our SharePoint 2010 demo site.
The Q3'11 live demos, documentation and release notes are available at: Live Demos | Documentation | Release Notes
And if all this is not enough for you, we are saving a few more thrilling features for the official Q3 2011, down for mid November :) Until then we will be glad to hear your comments on the Q3 2011 Beta bits either by commenting this blog post or posting your feedback in the AJAX Q3 2011 Beta forum. We are all ears!
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Stefan Rahnev (@StDiR) is Product Manager for Telerik Kendo UI living in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been working for the company since 2005, when he started out as a regular support officer. His next steps at Telerik took him through the positions of Technical Support Director, co-team leader in one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and unit manager for UI for ASP.NET AJAX and Kendo UI. Stefan’s main interests are web development, agile processes planning and management, client services and psychology.