Telerik UI for WinForms R2 2018: A Powerful and Versatile UI Toolkit for Windows Forms Applications
Telerik UI for WinForms is a comprehensive suite of over 140 UI controls and components that enable you to build modern, beautiful, and high-performance desktop applications with ease. Whether you need a grid, a chart, a scheduler, a spreadsheet, or anything else, Telerik UI for WinForms has it all.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the new features and improvements that were introduced in the R2 2018 release (version 2018.2.515) of Telerik UI for WinForms.
Conversational UI: A New Way to Interact with Your Users
One of the most exciting additions to Telerik UI for WinForms is the new RadChat control, which allows you to create conversational UIs for your applications. Conversational UIs are interfaces that mimic natural human conversations, using text, voice, images, buttons, cards, and other elements. They can be used to provide information, assistance, entertainment, or any other purpose that requires user interaction.
With RadChat, you can easily integrate chatbots powered by Microsoft Bot Framework, Google Dialogflow, IBM Watson, or any other service that supports the activity protocol. You can also create your own custom chat logic using the rich API of the control. RadChat supports various message types, such as text, image, suggested action, hero card, carousel card, and custom card. You can also customize the appearance and behavior of the control using themes and events.
RadImageEditor: A Full-Featured Image Editing Control
Another new control that was added to Telerik UI for WinForms is RadImageEditor, which enables you to edit images in your applications with ease. RadImageEditor provides a rich set of tools and options for manipulating images, such as crop, resize, rotate, flip, zoom, pan, undo/redo, and more. You can also apply various effects and filters to enhance your images, such as blur, sharpen, contrast, brightness, hue/saturation, invert colors, grayscale, sepia, and more.
RadImageEditor supports importing and exporting images in various formats, such as BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and GIF. You can also extend the functionality of the control by creating your own custom tools and commands.
Other Improvements and Fixes
Besides the new controls, Telerik UI for WinForms R2 2018 also includes many other improvements and fixes for existing controls and components. Some of them are:
RadCalendar: The WeekEnd property of the CalendarCellElements should be set to false for all cells when ZoomLevel of the header is different than Day.
RadChartView: The CartesianGridLineAnnotation is not clipped when zoom and pan is performed.
RadDataFilter: One should know the editor parent type (field or filter) in the EditorInitialized event.
RadDateTimePicker: Year is not properly autocompleted when you enter '2050' and the AutoCompleteYear is enabled.
RadDock: Maximized floating windows should be restored to their Normal window state when started dragging.
RadDropDownList: Incorrect selection of items with duplicated text but different values when opening and closing the popup with the keyboard.
RadForm: Setting the FormBorderStyle property to FixedToolWindow clears the taskbar icon.
RadGanttView: Item can be still moved by dragging even if the GanttViewDataItem.ReadOnly property is set to true.
And many more...
Telerik UI for WinForms R2 2018 is a powerful and versatile UI toolkit that offers a wide range of controls and components for building modern desktop applications. With the new RadChat and RadImageEditor controls, you can create engaging and interactive user interfaces that will delight your users. You can also benefit from the many improvements and fixes that were made to existing controls and components.
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