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We’re excited to share more about our updates to Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX in our most recent release.

Hey developer folks, it’s time for another release with new UI components, features and tooling for your ASP.NET AJAX applications. The Telerik R2 2021 release brings new Switch component, multiple Gantt enhancements such as Planned vs Actual, support for multiple templates for custom content rendering, online technical training available for both active trials and license holders and more.

Read the dedicated release blog post ahead and find out more about the new Telerik web forms UI components.

New Switch UI Component

The Switch UI component for ASP.NET AJAX allows users to toggle between checked and unchecked states. Originally coming from performing a toggle of settings on mobile devices, it has become the de facto standard for all types of applications.

The Switch component can be easily customized via CSS including layouts (such as Square, Fluid and Elastic), backgrounds and icons. It also exposes events, rich client-side API, 20+ prebuilt skin design options, RTL support, and built-in keyboard navigation and accessibility.

User settings window shows toggles for Notifications - RadSwitch with cutom background and icons, set to on; Send notifications, set to off; Always visible, set to on; and Display real name, set to off.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX Switch UI Component

Gantt Component Enhancements

Planned vs Actual

Using the built-in Planned vs Actual feature of the UI for ASP.NET AJAX Gantt, users can easily compare planned task time versus actual execution time. The comparison of actual time against its initial baseline happens with a switch of a button and provides visual clue if a task is ahead of schedule, on time or being delayed.

Reviewing tasks under Software validation > Implementation > Architecture shows the actual start and actual end dates, and a visual representation of the allotted time vs the time it took, which shows red where it took an extra day.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX Gantt Planned vs Actual

Gantt Custom Content with Templates

In R2 2021 we added multiple templating options to customize the Gantt web forms component content—Column & Column Header, View Header, Toolbar and Task Tooltip Templates. You have full flexibility over what can be rendered—text, images, icons or components.

On the left are summarized percentages by title and manager, and a calendar view of the same is on the right. Each manager has their own color and photo.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX Gantt Column Template

Hovering on one of the managers brings up a tooltip with the title, name, and start and end dates and times.

Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX Gantt Task Tooltip Template

Telerik ThemeBuilder Updates

With the current release, we added several components to the Telerik Sass Theme Builder—PivotGrid, MultiColumnComboBox, MultiSelect, Drawer, Chat, PdfViewer and more to help you elevate your custom skin designs.

Progress Telerik Sass ThemeBuilder: UI for ASP.NET AJAX has two options: Start Theming (Select a Telerik theme for a base), and Import Theme (Upload your customized them). Start Theming is selected.

Telerik Sass ThemeBuilder

Online Technical Training

To speed up the onboarding process and help you get started developing web forms and apps faster, we’ve unlocked the Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX online training for everyone with an active trial or license. The training has an approximate duration of two hours and includes several modules that help you learn at your own speed and interest.

To get started with the Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX technical online training, visit our learning portal with All Progress Products Virtual Classroom Courses or jump directly to Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX Online Training.

New Features in Telerik Document Processing

The R2 2021 release brings something new and to those of you who are using Telerik Document Processing within their ASP.NET AJAX apps. In the latest distribution package you will find Telerik.Documents.Flow.FormatProviders.Doc NuGet that will allow you to import .doc file format, and then manipulate, convert and export it to any of the other supported format providers.

Telerik Forums Revamp

Along with adding new web form UI components and features, we also revamped one of the favorite places that developers love hanging out—the Telerik Forums. Check out the complete story of why and what in the dedicated blog post.

Telerik and Kendo UI Forums Hub

Telerik and Kendo UI Forums Hub

Download UI for ASP.NET AJAX Now

Download and try a trial version of Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX, or if you are an active license holder you can just grab the latest and greatest from the “Your Account” page. Share your thoughts with us on our Feedback Portal, and help us shape the future of UI for ASP.NET AJAX.

Download UI for ASP.NET AJAX

Special Twitch Sessions & Webinar

Be sure to sign up for the Telerik R2 2021 release webinar and live Twitch sessions to see the newly released components and features in action:

  • Telerik R2 2021 Release Webinar on Tuesday, May 18 I 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
  • Live Twitch session on Wednesday, May 19 I 9:00 – 10:30 am ET (Blazor, WinUI, Xamarin)
  • Live Twitch session on Thursday, May 20 I 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET (Blazor, WinUI, Xamarin)

Reserve Your Telerik Webinar Seat

Thank you for your continuous support and happy coding.


Maria Veledinova
About the Author

Maria Veledinova

Maria Veledinova is Product Manager for Telerik UI .NET Web components - Blazor, ASP.NET Core, MVC and AJAX. She has experience in the field of product development and transformations of organizations towards forward-looking, innovative and impactful software products. Maria believes that behind every great product along with the cutting-edge technology stands challenging the status quo, close collaboration with the customers, and spirit of experimentation. Follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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