Our third major release of the year is here! Check out what's new in Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX - from new RadHtmlChart features to updated internal references and more.

I'm sure you all have started to feel it. That special feeling that comes around three times a year: the R3 2018 release is here! I'm sure you've been reading all of the new information for all of the various Telerik products, but I wanted to dive specifically into Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX and see what is new in R3 2018!

New Functionality in RadHtmlChart

One of our more popular components within Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX is our RadHtmlChart component. This control provides a quick way to display data either as a SVG or Canvas element.

With the R3 2018 release we implemented one of the most popular feature requests for this component: the ability to define axis label position. This might sound a bit vague, so I think the best thing to do is just show you some before and after pictures to give you a better idea of what this looks like:


See how the labels are kind of mixed in with some of our bar chart items? It may be hard to read. With the new configuration option we can simply define that we want to display the labels at the bottom of our chart area instead:


Much easier to read the values, don't you think?

Beyond this feature we also resolved over 25 of the most reported issues with the chart component, ensuring that the R3 2018 release brings the most stable version of the RadHtmlChart yet.

Upgrade to Internal Kendo UI References

A small peek behind the curtain for those of you that may not be aware, some of the Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX components are based on our jQuery UI components from Kendo UI. Of course, all of these components have been thoroughly written to ensure that they fit with the ASP.NET AJAX framework, so many of you might not have noticed that this was even a thing.

I mention this because while we've been working on some other items within Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX over the last couple of releases, we haven't upgraded the internal Kendo UI reference in a while. With the R3 2018 release we upgraded the internal Kendo UI scripts to the latest version, which came with a huge set of improvements. This alone resulted in over 75 reported issues being resolved across our Spreadsheet, client-side PDF export library, Gantt component, and our HTML drawing framework.

Feedback Wanted!

With every release we're always looking to hear from you! Feel free to comment in the section below, or vote for and add items to our feedback portal.


Want to see all of this, and the rest of our .NET tooling, in action? Sign up for the LIVE Telerik R3 2018 release webinar. This is happening on Tuesday, October 2nd at 11 a.m. ET. My colleagues in the Developer Advocate team will be diving in to the latest and greatest within the Telerik product collection. Seats are limited, so grab yours today!

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Carl Bergenhem
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Carl Bergenhem

Carl Bergenhem is the Product Manager for Kendo UI. Throughout his time at Telerik/Progress he has covered the entire portfolio of products offered, but mainly spent his time in the web development arena covering ASP.NET Ajax, ASP.NET MVC, and JavaScript-based products. He’s passionate about web technologies and tries to stay on top of all JavaScript libraries and frameworks relating to Kendo UI, developing with jQuery, Angular, React, and Vue.js on a regular basis. In his free time Carl enjoys slaying virtual monsters, snowboarding and playing his guitar.

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