The Q1 2014 release of UI for WinForms is packed with some great new controls and cool new features. Let’s take a quick look at what this release has to offer.
RadDataEntry makes its entrance to the UI for WinForms control suite. This versatile control will save you loads of time by automatically generating a data entry form based on an underlying data source. You no longer have to painstakingly lay out simple data entry forms, let this control take care of this for you. RadDataEntry handles the CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) to the data source automatically. On top of this, you retain full control over how the form gets rendered. You can specify how many columns of fields you want to have displayed as well as other visual attributes like the width of the data entry controls and the directional flow of the form. A rich event model gives you even more flexibility where you can include things like data validation or swap out an automatically generated editor. RadDataEntry also has ErrorProvider support as well as an integrated validation panel where you can conveniently display any error messages.
I know what you’re asking. Since when will I ever need to edit and maintain a single object? What do I do when I’m working with a collection of data and I need to move between records in my form? Luckily Telerik UI for WinForms has you covered in this scenario as well. RadBindingNavigator is another new control being introduced in Q1 2014. RadBindingNavigator is a familiar looking navigation control that allows the user to move between objects in an underlying data source, as well as initiate the creation of a new object, or delete an existing one. Simply pair the RadBindingNavigator with the same binding data source and they become automatically connected.
As an application matures, sometimes the ability to add another field or another section to a form becomes unwieldy and downright difficult. Many times user experience is made to suffer as you make your form elements smaller and smaller to just fit another section in. Other times, you may just want a cool and slick way to have portions of your window move in and out of sight as they are needed, like a hide-away navigation bar. Introducing RadCollapsiblePanel that can help you accomplish both of these goals. RadCollapsiblePanel can contain any number of controls and is the easiest way you can accomplish an expandable and collapsible form section. You can even customize the expansion direction, animation, and animation speed as well as the header positioning.
Print and distribute hard copies of your charted sales projections at your next meeting. RadChartView has been enhanced to include Print and Print Preview functionality. A new series type has also been added to the control so that you are now able to produce StepLine charts.
Now you can add spell checking functionality to textbox controls. Equipped with a large dictionary, RadSpellChecker can identify misspellings and will flag them with a red squiggly underline. By right-clicking on a flagged word, you can choose to replace the word with one of the word suggestions, choose to ignore the flagged word, or add the flagged word to the dictionary.
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