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The new Intersoft Studio 2013 is here!

Finally, the wait is over! We’re very excited to announce the new Intersoft Studio 2013 release today. You can start your download here. I strongly suggest you to take a few minutes to read the press release which includes a number of important announcements – such as the Intersoft’s branding and edition changes as we’re expanding our portfolio to new market segments. You can also discover new products that are released in this milestone, and several new joint product bundles that are made available through collaboration with our partners.

Despite of the two-month delay, we trusted that the 2013 release truly worth the wait. It’s a commit of nearly 15 months of extensive research and development, putting together everything we do best across the existing lineups – from ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF – to the new mobile development lineup. We’re pleased to announce our first version of Mobile Studio which marks a truly important milestone in our roadmap. Next, we also delivered the new Reporting lineup which is a huge addition to the existing Silverlight and WPF portfolio. Furthermore, we did not skip the ASP.NET lineup – four major upgrades are introduced in this release, making the mark of HTML5 support on all existing ASP.NET components.

On the much awaited Mobile Studio, we’re very excited to complete the first milestone which includes comprehensive cross-platform development toolset supporting four leading mobile platforms at once – iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. We’ve successfully unified the development experiences on both Mac and Windows which enable you to work with a single solution on both operating systems without worrying the references or compatibility issues. And for the first time in our release history, we shipped the most comprehensive product guide consisted of 300 pages covering the best practices, walkthroughs and concepts for building highly scalable enterprise mobile apps. We also shipped nearly 150 samples across all the four platforms. And yes, we now provided installers for both Windows and Mac OS, so you can start building great apps with the environment and tools you love the most.

The following screenshots show the three installer options available starting from the 2013 release. The first is the Mobile Studio for Mac, while the second and third is the installer for Windows. While most customers who build ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF and mobile apps will likely choose the Premier installer, developers targeting mobile-only platforms will find the new Mobile Studio installer more compelling.

Mobile Studio for Mac OS

Premier Studio for Windows

Mobile Studio for Windows

You’ll also appreciate the time-saving Crosslight Project Wizard for Visual Studio 2012 which lets you create Crosslight-enabled solution in a single click away. We shipped four project templates with customized themes/layout that you can easily choose from the Wizard. And suddenly, you can simply press F5 in Visual Studio and see native mobile apps in action. In few minutes time, you can already start building your own business mobile apps and show it off to your users. Too good to be true? We heard that, and it’s time to proof it yourself. Find out more information about Crosslight here.

CrosslightWizard

In addition to many new exciting product lineups, the 2013 release also ships redesigned ASP.NET live samples and hundreds of new features and enhancements across existing lineups. For details, please check out What’s new in Premier Studio 2013.

Beyond product launches, the 2013 release puts together massive branding, identity and market positioning changes to the company in holistic way. The WebUI Studio Premier branding is no longer relevant as we’re entering the mobile segment now. As such, I’m pleased to announce the new Intersoft Premier Studio. These changes, along with the brand-new Mobile Studio joining the board, exhibits fundamental adjustment to all our infrastructure such as licensing, packaging, and online store. This leads to new direction and redesign to the company’s logo – as well as complete website revamp to deliver an authentic Intersoft’s user experiences to our customers.

Intersoft Website Redesign, New Store Experience, and more

Along with the website redesign of over hundreds of pages, we also introduced new Intersoft Account portal which unifies the Intersoft ID with the Intersoft Social ID. So, instead of logging into two different sites, you can now just sign into a single Intersoft Account portal and access your licenses, download the licensed products, review purchase history, print invoice, and access to your support and forum activities. Experience it yourself, head to the new Intersoft home as your starting point, then try signing into Intersoft Account portal, or visit 2013 Tour to check out the new release.

Intersoft's new Account Portal

In summary, a lot of energy has been put to make this release happen – from the development team to the designer and marketing team – doing their best to make great products. We’d like to thanks all our customers and partners who have contributed valuable feedback and thoughts to make the 2013 release the most impactful release ever.

Last but not least, enjoy the new Intersoft experiences, and download your copy of the new Studio here.  We hope you love the new 2013 Studio as much as we love building it!

Best,
Jimmy

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New in 2013 R1: WebScheduler 4

In my previous post, I shared about numoerus powerful and rich UI components that will show up in our next 2013 release for ASP.NET. In this post, I will continue to share about the next product lineup that will get major improvements in the upcoming release. Many of you have demanded new features and improvements in our flagship WebScheduler control such as better support for daylight saving in all view types, faster rendering performance, HTML5 and support for latest browsers such as IE 10 and Firefox 20.

We’re pleased to announce that the next release will include WebScheduler 4 which is strongly focused on core scheduling features and latest browsers support. It’s noteworthy that it will also sport the new modern UI with a host of enhancements and new features inside.

Better Daylight Saving Time (DST) Support

One of most anticipated feature requests that we received is to make better support for DST in WebScheduler. Our team has been hard at work and focusing to make DST support a reality in the next WebScheduler release which takes account a vast array of scenarios. By default, WebScheduler will automatically detect the DateTime settings in the server and apply it as necessary. This means that all you need to do is upgrading your project with the new WebScheduler assemblies – and you’re all set. There’s no additional settings that need to be configured.

New Modern UI Theme

In this release, you’ll be also seeing the new Modern UI visual theme. Beyond just simple CSS styling, many of the WebScheduler UI elements were completely revamped to match the Modern user experience, such as the addition of the accent-colored element, redesigned layout, and all-new icon set that conform to the Modern user interface standards. Please see the following screenshots in below.

The New Modern Default Style

As you can see, WebScheduler now have much cleaner look – from the tabs, calendar, to every grid lines and event. You might also notice that the event doesn’t depend on the background color anymore. The resources and event are now associated with each accent color that makes the content outstanding and beautiful. Of course, the Modern design is so much more than just styling, it also requires fundamental changes to the element structure and rendering.

In the next few screenshots, you can see that all views and elements are consistently redesigned to match the Modern visual theme.

The simple, clean and elegant UI Callout

The simple, clean and elegant UI for Callout when you select an event.

Month View

The year view gives stronger focus on content – thanks to the accent color usage in the Modern visual theme.

Year View

Only DayView, WeekView and SplitView apply the accent color at the top border side. For the rest of views event, the accent color will be applied at the left border side.

Timeline View

Agenda View

Split View

The TimeLine, Agenda and SplitView are beautifully designed in the Modern theme. Notice that all elements are rendered pixel-identically for the most elegant user experiences.

Modern EdittingForm UI

Last but not least, the built-in editing form will also receive the new Modern visual theme which will surely bring the entire scheduling experience to the next level.

With this new WebScheduler among many other major product upgrades lining up in the upcoming release, we will continue to deliver the best-of-breed ASP.NET components that boost your application development time and add great values to your apps with stunning user interface and powerful functionalities.

I hope you loved what we have to offer so far, and let me know if you have any feedback or questions.

Cheers,
Handy

Announcing Intersoft 2013 Product Roadmap

We’ve recently completed the product planning and strategy for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year. There are a lot of new exciting direction in our product lineup which is exactly what I want to share in this blog post. Many of our roadmap will be based on your feedback – thanks for participating with our 2013 product survey. If you haven’t aware with the survey, please click here to participate and let your voice be heard.

Flashing back at a glance, 2012 was such an amazing year as we delivered hundreds of new controls to various .NET development platforms. We delivered major line-of-business controls which include a high-performance tree list, a multitude of data-aware controls such as pageable combobox, multiple selection combobox, innovative query builder; Windows 8 style navigation controls as well as the industry’s first charting suite with full MVVM and data binding support. In addition, all flagship ASP.NET components have been updated to support latest browsers, and several have been redesigned to support HTML5.  As you can see, it was really one of our most aggressive releases in our release history.

As you may have aware, all our product lineup so far (until 2012 R2) are mainly based on Microsoft’s .NET technology and strongly focused on line-of-business application development for the Web and Desktop platforms which include ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF. To the date, we’re proud to empowering hundreds of thousands developers worldwide with an indispensible toolset that enables them to build .NET based business applications easily, quickly, and rapidly.

While the web and desktop platforms will still be around in the foreseeable future, we learnt that the software development landscape and paradigm has shifted aggressively to target mobile devices. Of course, that’s not a new story as the mobile development ecosystem has existed since the advent of iPhone and Android devices. Back at those times, most apps were targeting consumers – and there are very little needs or demands in the business or enterprise spaces for mobile apps. However, based on our extensive research and development since the past year, and based on the demands from our enterprise customers, we’ve seen the light shed on the mobile world. Read on.

Enter the Mobile World

At Intersoft, our ultimate mission is to create incredibly powerful and easy-to-use tools that enable rapid business application development. From ASP.NET, Silverlight to WPF – we’ve accomplished our mission very well. This year, we will continue our development journey to the other side of the world – the mobile development world. I’m very excited to announce that the mobile tools development will now become our priority and we’re committed to deliver successful mobile tools – just as we’ve successfully delivered hundreds of ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF tools.

Why entering the mobile development world, you might ask. There are a number of reasons why we finally decided to jump into the mobile bandwagon, but I’ll try to keep my answer simple: because it’s the future of computing. Sure, people will continue to use their PC at home (as in Gates vision “One PC at every home’s desk”), but today people no longer spent most of their time on the PC – thanks (or blame) to the powerful ARM-based mobile devices that allows you to do many productivity tasks on the go.

The same paradigm has now entered the small and medium business as well as larger enterprises. Ask yourself this question, why would you need a PC on your office desk if you can login to your corporate network and check your sales reports, signing documents, review executive dashboards and many more – all with the small mobile device in your hand? Furthermore, with low-cost and affordable mobile devices today, businesses have started to reveal the benefits and advantages of mobile over PC such as reduced TCO and maximized employees productivity. As businesses increase their interest and demands on mobile, that will mean one thing in the end: increased demands on business mobile application development

Ultimately, that will simply mean one thing to you: get yourself ready for mobile development. And to us: get ready to deliver mobile tools for rapid business apps development.

Mobile Development Challenges

As a third party .NET vendor, it makes sense to choose the easiest and closest route to enter the mobile development, and that would be definitely the Windows Phone or WinRT since both are still based on .NET platform. The main problem, however, is the relatively slow adoption rate which makes it less appealing on the business side. This is understandable because enterprises cannot control what mobile devices their employees and consumers use. Most requirements that we heard from our enterprise clients will be to support at least two of the most owned mobile devices. Needless to say, that will definitely fall to iOS and Android based devices. As we see it, one of the biggest challenges here is multiple mobile platforms support, just like multiple browsers support in the Web development.

Obviously, we all loved .NET and C# which has been our mother language for decades. And also to the Silverlight and the great MVVM pattern that allow us to layer our applications in a way that enables truly scalable and extensible architecture. As you discover the mobile development, you will find horrible platform divergences and unfortunately none of your favorite skills are applicable in these mobile native platforms, for examples, iOS uses Objective-C while Android uses Java. Alternatively, you may want to resort to HTML5 – only if your users afford mediocre and compromised user experiences.

If you’re Silverlight or WPF developers, you may feel – at a glance – reaching the bottom of your career. You might be unfamiliar with Objective-C or Java, yet you hated JavaScript. It’s a rather difficult choice – go learn Objective-C, Java and WinRT; or anxiously waiting for new clients wanting to build Silverlight apps. None of these choices sound appealing.

But wait a second, what if it’s possible to write native iOS and Android apps leveraging exactly the same .NET skillset that you already accustomed to? And takes it even further, what if you can build iOS and Android apps using your favorite Silverlight-style data binding and MVVM pattern? That would be too good to be true, you might think. If such “possibility” exists, that will not only save your careers and make your development life a lot easier, but more importantly, it opens up a whole new opportunities to explore and a lot of potential business apps that you can contribute for the world.

Frankly speaking, we’ve been extensively researching to look for that “possibility” in the past years. We were silent and seemingly have no progress whatsoever when it comes to mobile. That’s because we want to ensure everything before we gave you that shed of light, the news of the existence of that “possibility”. We’re almost there, read on.

Introducing Crosslight

So here we are. I’m honored to be the first to announce our mobile tool project codename “Crosslight”. Yup, Crosslight. As if it’s the reborn of Silverlight, Crosslight enables you to use the same Silverlight and MVVM skillset to create cross-platform mobile applications. And so that’s how the name was coined. I tend to think the philosophy this way “The light to the cross-platform mobile development”.

If you’ve developed MVVM-based Silverlight apps using our ClientUI library, you’ll find pretty much the same thing in Crosslight. You’ll find delegate command, event aggregator, IoC container, and everything you loved about MVVM such as ViewModel, and converter. So far, we’ve managed to revive many of the data binding capabilities found in Silverlight such as two-way data binding, converter, nested property path binding, collection binding, item templating and more – and we have recreated all those capabilities to both iOS and Android platforms.

At the end, you’ll be able to create business apps that are not only targeting iOS and Android, but also targeting Windows Phone 8 and WinRT. I hope you’ve got it clear at this point, Crosslight is all about modern mobile development, from iOS, Android, to Windows Phone 8 and WinRT. Along the way, we will be also introducing our new technology partner who provides non Microsoft implementation of .NET that makes Crosslight a reality. Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement.

We believe that the best and the right direction for the mobile development is to build mobile apps using the native SDK of each platform – instead of hybrid HTML5 apps. Now that you can build amazing mobile apps with C# and MVVM, there are no reasons for not building one with native SDK which offers the best, uncompromised user experiences.

Soon – hopefully before the end of March – you’ll be able to beta testing Crosslight and start building your first cross-platform, MVVM-based mobile business apps.

Silverlight, WPF, ASP.NET and HTML5

Now that we’re going to have Crosslight, what’s going to happen to Silverlight and the rest of .NET platforms? Needless to worry, we’re highly committed to the existing platforms who make the most of our customer base. We will continue to make new best-of-breed components for Silverlight and WPF – particularly the new Reporting lineup which has been in development since last year. This reporting lineup is huge and noteworthy – because we’ll bring in new technologies that weren’t possible previously. That’s mainly because most reporting players in the market didn’t build their Silverlight/WPF reporting product from the scratch, but simply porting from .NET 2.x based which used old and outdated techniques.

On the ASP.NET lineup, this year we will have major upgrades to all our ASP.NET components. And when we say “all”, we really mean it. This simply means that all ASP.NET components will be redesigned to support HTML5 and CSS3, including WebEssentials, WebInput, and WebTreeView. Also expect new version of WebScheduler with improved day light saving and time zone support, as well as new version of WebTextEditor with IE10 support and much more.

Wrapping up

At this point, you can see for yourself that 2013 is going to be a very exciting year for all of us. The new Crosslight, and new tools across Silverlight, WPF and ASP.NET will keep us busy enough throughout the year. In the upcoming 2013 R1 release, we will be the first vendor to offer toolset with the broadest platforms support– ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and WinRT.

This is probably the longest product roadmap blog that I’ve ever wrote so far. But I hope you enjoy reading and learning our roadmap, and hopefully it gives you insights about our direction, where we will spend our time and effort the most, and what you will receive as part of your on-going annual subscriptions. So the next thing that you should do is checking your account and make sure your Premier subscriptions are up-to-date for the rest of the year.

To find out more details about our 2013 roadmap, please logon to Intersoft Developer Network using your Intersoft ID to read the complete details about the upcoming products as well as the release schedules. After logged on, bring up the Home window, then click on the link in the Announcement section to open the product roadmap window.

For prospect customers who are interested in our 2013 roadmap, please send your email to sales@intersoftpt.com to request a copy. We’ll send you a copy of NDA to be signed in order to receive the roadmap details.

Best,
Jimmy

WebFileUploader: Store Uploaded Files in Database

Last year I posted an article which showed how to store the files which are uploaded using UXFileUpload (ClientUI control for Silverlight and WPF) in database. In this article, I will show a similar scenario which can be done using WebFileUploader, a member of Intersoft Solutions ASP.NET controls.

WebFileUploader is an easy to use; high performance and advanced file upload component which allows you to upload multiple files without page refresh. WebFileUploader uses 100% HTML technology for all its features, and fully supports all modern browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. Using 100% HTML technology means that WebFileUploader doesn’t require Flash plug-in to support multiple files uploading and many other features.

This scenario, to store the uploaded files in database, can be divided to two parts. The first part is to configure WebFileUploader for IIS application; and the other part, using server-side code to process uploaded files and store them into database.

To configure WebFileUploader for IIS application

Some configuration is needed in the web.config to run WebFileUploader in IIS. The list below shows how to configure WebFileUploader for IIS 7 application.

  1. By default, ASP.NET application restricts maximum request length to 4 MB. To enable our application to accept larger files, please configure the maxRequestLength in web.config to higher value. The maxRequestLength value is measured in kilobytes. Here is a snippet to increase your file size to 100MB.
    <configuration>
      <system.web>
        <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="102400" />
      </system.web>
    </configuration>
  2. Add WebFileUploader handler to <handlers> section under <system.webServer>. Here is the snippet.
    <add name="WebFileUploaderHttpHandler" verb="GET"
      path="WebFileUploaderHttpHandler.axd"
      type="ISNet.WebUI.WebTextEditor.WebFileUploaderHttpHandler, ISNet.WebUI.WebTextEditor"
      preCondition="integratedMode" />
  3. Add WebFileUploader module to <modules> section under <system.webServer> in our project web.config. Here is the snippet.
    <add name="WebFileUploaderHttpModule" preCondition="managedHandler"
      type="ISNet.WebUI.WebTextEditor.WebFileUploaderHttpModule, ISNet.WebUI.WebTextEditor" />
  4. Set maxAllowedContentLength to a higher value, which is measured in bytes, to 100MB in web.config. This attribute specifies the maximum length of content in a request. The default value is 30000000, which is approximately 28.6 MB.
    <system.webServer>
      <security>
        <requestFiltering>
          <requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength="104857600" />
        </requestFiltering>
      </security>
    </system.webServer>
  5. Unlock the mode override in applicationHost.config. Open IIS 7 application configuration file, the default location is in C:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config, and change the overrideModeDefault to Allow.
    <section name="requestFiltering" overrideModeDefault="Allow" />

Save the changes and then try to upload a file. If WebFileUploader has been successfully uploaded the file to the designated folder, it means that we are on half way to achieve the goal and ready to proceed to the next step.

Using server-side code to process uploaded files and store them into database

A database, called Files.mdf, is added into the App_Data folder of the web project. This database has Files table which consists of following fields.

Column Name Data Type Allow Nulls
Id uniqueidentifier False
FileData varbinary(MAX) True
OriginalName nvarchar(50) False
DateCreated datetime False

A Stored Procedure, sprocFilesInsertSingleItem, will be used to insert a single item of file into Files.mdf database.

INSERT INTO Files
(
	Id,
	FileUrl,
	FileData,
	OriginalName
)
VALUES
(
	@id,
	@FileUrl,
	@FileData,
	@originalName
)

Next, we are going to use the OnAfterUpload server-side event of WebFileUploader. It is the server-side event which fired when a file upload is succeeded. Generally, there are three processes to be performed on this event.

  • Read and manipulate the uploaded file using FileStream class.
  • Invoke and execute sprocFilesInsertSingleItem stored procedure to store the uploaded file on Files.mdf database.
  • Delete the specified file from the UploadPath folder.
protected void WebFileUploader1_AfterUpload(object sender, ISNet.WebUI.WebTextEditor.WebFileUploaderFileEventArgs e)
{
    byte[] fileData = ReadFile(e.WebFileUploadInfo.Path + "\\" + e.WebFileUploadInfo.FileName);
    string originalName = e.WebFileUploadInfo.FileName;

    using (SqlConnection mySqlConnection = new SqlConnection(@"Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS;AttachDbFilename=|DataDirectory|\Files.mdf;Integrated Security=True;Connect Timeout=30;User Instance=True"))
    {
        // Set up the Command object
        SqlCommand myCommand = new SqlCommand("sprocFilesInsertSingleItem", mySqlConnection);
        myCommand.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

        // Set up the ID parameter
        SqlParameter prmId = new SqlParameter("@id", SqlDbType.UniqueIdentifier);

        Guid id = Guid.NewGuid();
        prmId.Value = id;
        myCommand.Parameters.Add(prmId);

        // Set up the FileUrl parameter
        SqlParameter prmFileUrl = new SqlParameter("@fileUrl", SqlDbType.NVarChar, 255);

        prmFileUrl.Value = DBNull.Value;
        myCommand.Parameters.Add(prmFileUrl);

        // Set up the FileData parameter
        SqlParameter prmFileData = new SqlParameter("@fileData ", SqlDbType.VarBinary);

        prmFileData.Value = fileData;
        prmFileData.Size = fileData.Length;
        myCommand.Parameters.Add(prmFileData);

        // Set up the OriginalName parameter
        SqlParameter prmOriginalName = new SqlParameter("@originalName", SqlDbType.NVarChar, 50);
        prmOriginalName.Value = e.WebFileUploadInfo.FileName;
        myCommand.Parameters.Add(prmOriginalName);

        // Execute the command, and clean up.
        mySqlConnection.Open();
        bool result = myCommand.ExecuteNonQuery() > 0;
        mySqlConnection.Close();
    }

    File.Delete(e.WebFileUploadInfo.Path + "\\" + e.WebFileUploadInfo.FileName);
}

private static byte[] ReadFile(string filePath)
{
    byte[] buffer;
    FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);

    try
    {
        int length = (int)fileStream.Length; // get file length
        buffer = new byte[length];           // create buffer
        int count;                           // actual number of bytes read
        int sum = 0;                         // total number of bytes read

        // read until Read method returns 0 (end of the stream has been reached)
        while ((count = fileStream.Read(buffer, sum, length - sum)) > 0)
        {
            sum += count; // sum is a buffer offset for next reading
        }
    }
    finally
    {
        fileStream.Close();
    }

    return buffer;
}

That’s it! Now the files uploaded by WebFileUploader control will be stored in database. It’s pretty easy and straightforward, don’t you think so?

WebFileUploader

Click here to download the sample and feel free to drop me a line in the comment box if you find this post useful.

WebUI Studio 2012 R2 Installer Refresh

Today, we have posted an update to the WebUI Studio 2012 R2 installer which addressed a few glitches related to samples and installation. In addition, the installer “refresh” also includes newer product builds across ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF tools for enhanced cross-platform compatibility and improved reliability. It’s highly recommended to install WebUI Studio 2012 R2 using the latest installer which you can download here.

The installer “refresh” includes numerous updates that are focused around the new technical samples for Silverlight and WPF. In case you didn’t aware, we now include comprehensive technical samples starting from this release. The difference with the live samples is that technical samples are strongly focused on the product features – and there are no fancy stuff such as decorator graphics or complex styling – so you can quickly and easily discover the “how-to” and knowledge to implement a particular feature of the new products.

If you haven’t seen the technical samples yet, now is a good time to take a look at it. It’s installed by default, and can be found in the Intersoft WebUI Studio program group under the respective platform group. In this release, the technical samples include over 150 samples for charting and 40 samples for the other new products such as Query Builder, Property Grid and BreadCrumb.

Each feature of the new product is covered in each separate sample, making it easy for you to learn the context of a particular feature. With simple interface and intuitive navigation, getting around with the samples is easy and fast – you should try it for yourself.

ClientUI Technical Samples (Silverlight)

Note that the technical samples is available in both Silverlight and WPF platform with the same codebase. The WPF samples demonstrate that the same features available in Silverlight are also working flawlessly in WPF – from the basic features to the animation and user experiences. Here’s the screenshot for the technical samples in WPF.

ClientUI Technical Samples (WPF)

Again, the technical samples is installed by default when you install WebUI Studio for Silverlight and WPF, so there’s no additional download needed. It can be found in the Intersoft WebUI Studio program group under the respective platform group.

I hope you enjoyed the comprehensive learning resources we added in this release. Any questions or feedback are highly welcomed. Thank you for reading!

2012 R2 Online Samples and Documentation Updated

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed building apps with our tools in the past year, and we look forward to work with you again in 2013! We’ve plenty of exciting new products that we’re planning in this new year, and we’ll update our roadmap shortly in the next few weeks.

In case you missed the news, we’ve shipped the 2012 R2 volume release last month. You can download it here, and check out the what’s new list here. In addition to the new products listed in the “what’s new” list, the R2 release actually ships much more new features and enhancements that weren’t listed in the website. For instances, we also introduced sophisticated “cell locking” feature in UXGridView, brand-new theme manager, performance improvements in all combobox-variant controls, new usability feature in UXRibbon, and much more.

Where can I see all the new features and enhancements, you might asked. It’s in the documentation that you can access online today. The online product documentation features lightweight navigation interface similar to those in Help Viewer. You can easily browse through each topic from the left-side tree navigation, or from the breadcrumb at the top.

ClientUI Online Documentation

I’ve compiled several interesting topics that I think you should check out:

In addition to the online documentation, we’ve also recently updated the online samples for ASP.NET. The online samples now reflect the latest release which includes all-new WebDesktop samples demonstrating HTML5 and CSS3 support. In addition, many of the samples have been updated to the latest Modern UI styles.

ASP.NET Live Samples

Among dozens of WebDesktop controls that receive full HTML5 support, one that is quite noteworthy is the WebPaneManager control which undergone major surgery in order to achieve “fluid layout” that works in HTML5 browsers. If you’ve worked with layouting in HTML5, I trust you already foresee the difficulty level to create “fluid layout” that supports dynamic width/height, not to mention the support for nested groups and resizing and other UX features. Luckily, you can easily achieve complex layout now using the enhanced WebPaneManager control. See the following screenshot for example.

WebPaneManager supports fluid layout in HTML5

The beauty of the new WebPaneManager is that it’s very lightweight – thanks to the revamped layout from TABLE to DIV, and more importantly, it supports combination of fluid and static width/height – all without requiring scripting! This means that when users resize the browser, they’ll see real-time response. We haven’t seen a control with such capabilities thus far in the market, so we’re pleased to be the first delivering such innovative controls to you.

Well, you can check out the WebPaneManager samples and the rest of updated ASP.NET online samples here. Enjoy!

Best,
Jimmy

ClientUI 8 Goes RTM with Redesigned Live Samples

Finally, the wait is over! The new WebUI Studio 2012 R2 release is here with tons of new exciting tools and templates that will surely boost up your development productivity. Despite of the slight delay, I trust the new release worth the wait. First off, we don’t just release new controls to add to your toolbox, we also ship a number of new templates to help you quickly getting started with your projects. Furthermore, we’ve added over 175 new technical samples and over 75 new reference samples – all with brand-new look and feel and completely redesigned user experiences. With these inspiring samples, we wanted to help you unleash your big ideas and creativity and take them to the next level.

Alright, before we gone too far, here are some important links that you’ll need for this new release.

All-new, Completely Redesigned Live Samples.

In addition to many new controls we shipped in this release, we’re pleased to announce the all-new ClientUI live samples with completely redesigned user interface. It’s now featuring larger screen real estate, clean and modern design that allows one to focus better on content, and more intuitive navigation. And for the first time since its first debut 4 years ago, all controls now perform 70% faster than before – thanks to the continuous performance tuning and memory usage optimization.

More importantly, the new live samples puts some of the new R2 controls in action, so you can see how they can be leveraged in your own apps. I’m particularly referring to the new breadcrumb navigation control which completely redefines the overall navigation experiences. Combining hybrid address bar and menu functionality into an elegant user interface, you can now perform navigation in a simple “point-and-click” manner. Let’s take a look at the overview of the redesigned live samples below.

Introducing the all-new ClientUI live samples

And because we loved this intuitive navigation control so much, we decided to release it as a standalone reusable control to our valued customers. Feel free to unleash your big ideas and make it work your own way. Desktop application developers may rejoice! The navigation control is also available in WPF version, so you can be the first to build Windows 8 Explorer style business applications! We also shipped a WPF project template that leverages this versatile navigation control. More on that later.

In addition to the intuitive navigation, you can notice a whole new user experience that our designer team have put into this new live samples, for instances, it sports the improved CoverFlow with realistic depth shadow, better coverage on What’s New and Featured section – thanks to the fluid design allowing you to see more items in larger screen and adapts to reduced items in smaller screen.

Fluid design and improved CoverFlow

And now to the core part, the entire sample canvas has been revamped as well. Unnecessary toolbars and buttons are gone, fancy gradients are wiped out, options and other navigation elements are centralized to a collapsible pane. Embracing on the modern design, it’s now possible for us to create beautiful, full-screen user experience. See the following screenshot for details.

Experience beautiful, full-screen samples.

Enough said, visit the new ClientUI live samples now and experience it for yourself.

In this blog post, I only scratched the surface of the new exciting stuff that we delivered in this release. We’re fully passionate about design and user experiences that balance very well with functionality – and we carefully put that into the engineering process. That said, you can find that all our controls are engineered with thoughtful user experiences, in addition to the rich features and functionalities of course – that’s what sets us apart from other products in the market.

Last but not least, enjoy WebUI Studio 2012 R2! Hopefully this release comes just in time, so you can play around it now and make some planning for your big ideas in the next year. Again, here’s the link to download in case you haven’t done so, and make sure you check out the complete what’s new list here.

All the best,
Jimmy