Touch screens, and Android, and iOS oh my!

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  1. Sam Tran
    Sam Tran avatar
    85 posts
    Member since:
    Nov 2006

    Posted 15 Jun 2012 Link to this post

    We use telerik for our ASP.Net app, but we use a different suite, DevExpress for our Winform development.

    They are touting numerous enhancements to their ASP.Net controls to make them more touch and mobile friendly:
    http://www.devexpress.com/Subscriptions/DXperience/DXv2/index.xml?page=48

    They don't mention at all what technology they are using (html5, jquery, etc.)

    Now I know telerik is pushing the KendoUI for mobile/touch apps, but my question is:

    Will there be any enhancements to the existing ASP.Net AJAX suite to better support touch/mobile?

    For example, we use all the telerik themes in our app, and none of them work really well on an iPad.
    The main issue being the hit area for elements are too small,
    trying to activate a RadMenu, move a RadWindow, expand a RadCombo...all require your touch be really precise or you never get it.

    The Metro theme is a little better, but not much.  It looks wonderful...it just still has the same difficulties with touch precision.

    All of our clients are asking for better mobile compatibility.  And while I wish my application was in a better state so that I could use the KendoUI, it's too large and old to do quickly.

    But if your ASP.Net AJAX suite better supported touch like DevExpress, I think it would help a lot of your users like myself bridge the gap between now and implementation of KendoUI.

    I'm going to give their demos a workout tonight and if they do indeed work better on my test bed of tablets...I think you guys need do something to keep up!  You always have! 

    Thanks

  2. Iana Tsolova
    Admin
    Iana Tsolova avatar
    3388 posts

    Posted 19 Jun 2012 Link to this post

    Hi Sam,

    Through the past 2 years or so we are constancly adding more and more improvements in the controls so we make them work better on mobile devices. For instance if you are using the latest version of the controls you should have no issues with the RadGrid, RadListView and RadTreeList. There you should be able to scroll, resize, reorder columns, and drag and drop items seamlessly. Other controls also have improvements and improvements for the rest are coming with the next few versions.
    Another major thing we did with Q2 2012 is the MetroTouch Skin - Skin designed for usage on mobile devices, with bigger fronts and sizes for the clickable objects. More information about it is available in this blog post.
    Therefore I suggest that you try it and let us know what are the outstanding issues you find so we can consider improving the components behavior as soon as posible.

    Greetings,
    Iana Tsolova
    the Telerik team
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