I'm pleased to inform you that we have just shipped our first public beta for the RadControls for WPF control suite. The beta contains three controls: RadGridView, RadCarousel and RadCalendar, and a lot more are scheduled to join those three in the near future.
The distribution should be available in your Client.net account if you are a registered customer. Download it, play with it, and give us all the feedback you got. And of course, visit us next week at Microsoft TechEd 2008--I'd love to have a chat and show off some of our WPF and Silverlight goodness.
Oh, and one last thing--don't forget to read through the release notes below.
The Telerik WPF Team
RadControls for WPF Beta 1
- Powerful data binding
- Truly lookless and completely stylable controls.
- Rich built-in and themes.
- Remarkably flexible hierarchy model
- In-place data editing and built-in data validation
Powerful data binding
Rich customization of UI layout
Data organization: grouping, sorting
- RadCarouselPanel - can both host standalone controls and
be used in conjunction with any WPF items control like a ListBox or a
ListView to spice up its appearance.
- UI virtualization -
to optimally utilize system resources, the RadCarouselPanel will only
display UI elements for the currently visible items when used in an
RadCarousel - a fully functional data bound control taking full
advantage of the performant LINQ-based Telerik data engine.
Selection and current item support that enable data binding scenarios from XAML only.
Slick animations - with RadCarousel any numeric property can be animated, thus creating exciting user experience.
Data items presentation can be autogenerated thus allowing you to
quickly display your business objects inside your application.
Rich item customization through styles, templates, and animations.
Scroll support: intelligently detect when placed in a scrollable
container and automatically navigates when the user uses the scroll
bars or the mouse wheel.
Custom animation paths support - any path can be used for item
movement. This allows designers to create the best path for the
situation at hand in Expression Blend.
Flexible control points specification mechanism tightly integrated with
visual effects like scaling, opacity, skew transforms.
- Date selection
- Some scrolling performance issues when using grouping
- The sample data sets have not been optimized for size and that causes large initial download for the sample XBAP application
The Grouping/Aggregates example load a large data sets and is prohibitively slow when run as XBAP.
High CPU load when using layered windows (Window.AllowsTransparency=True or Window.WindowStyle=None) in your app. This is a Windows/Microsoft .NET issue that will be addressed in .NET 3.5 SP1