The Evolution of WebUI
World Wide Web, also known as the web today has improved dramatically since its invention back in 1983 and has also evolved several times over since the Internet took off back in 1995. The original objective of the web was to provide information in static, older tabular layout. Today, most Browsers ( which is the key to the web ) have been significantly improved so as to enable the capability to develop richer web pages that offer better user interactions, minimized postbacks and more.
Intersoft Solutions, with its latest offering in Web User Interface product line is proud to announce a new breakthrough product and a whole new perspective in User Interface development which redefines the WebUI and once again is leading the evolution of WebUI. The latest innovation in WebUI,
WebDesktop.NET, will enable you to build the future web applications of your dream today.
Introducing WebDesktop.NET® - The desktop on your browser
WebDesktop.NET® is the next generation in advanced UI controls designed to help you build future applications. WebDesktop includes everything you need to develop advanced ASP.NET applications which has the appearance and behavior of desktop applications and the desktop itself. That means, WebDesktop is not only offering the richness of desktop's controls, but also has high-level details of desktop implementation enabling you to create advanced Windowing system similar to Windows or MacOS. What's more, it even offers the capability to display shell-level notification similar to MSN Messenger or Outlook 2003 through its highly customizable WebNotification component which is built on the top of high performance OnTheFly-Postback architecture.
By incorporating WebDesktop.NET, end users will experience a much better navigation system similar to the operating system they have been familiar with for years and developers will be even more productive and get fresher ideas to implement Richer Internet Application which was not possible to do before.
WebDesktop.NET is the among the first WebUI product in the market which is specifically designed to run only on Visual Studio 2005 and takes advantage of powerful design-time features as well as native ASP.NET 2.0 feature.
WebDesktop.NET is a collection of 13 various advanced components listed in following table.
The unique generic callback component introduces pure callback functionalities, instead of only acting as a wrapper or as medium to render server control to client. Built on the top of Intersoft's renowned OnTheFly-PostBack architecture, FlyPostBackManager enables you to call the server-side method residing in a WebForm class or a WebService (ASMX) from client side without sacrificing your security. FlyPostBackManager is able to receive and parse any complex type of object returned from the server side, either it is a DataSet object or your own serializable custom object.
The first kind of its type, WebNotification is built on the top of FlyPostBackManager and closely integrated with WebDesktopManager to enable you to develop a shell-level notification system right into your web apps. WebNotification allows specific server code to be invoked asynchronously at specified interval and upon success condition, it will display the assigned data and actions available in the context. With it, you could develop extremely rich and responsive applications similar to Outlook 2003 or MSN Messenger, and the possibility to develop new kind of applications.
Like no others, WebExplorerPane is the exact replica of Windows XP Explorer Pane enabling you to offer smooth user experience for navigation or commands functions. The WebExplorerPane has exactly the same behavior as the desktop version, from its animation style, animation speed with fading effects, gradient colors to images customization. WebExplorerPane also employs TrueShape for round corner "look and feel" without using images, ClickAndSelect and ClickAndEdit as in other members of WebDesktop.NET family.
DesktopManager enables you to create high performance and powerful Desktop with built-in windowing navigation system and shortcut icons, extensive keyboard navigation support, customizable taskbar configurations, high performance window switching and resizing, configurable window state, ClickAndEdit™ designer experience and combinable 50+ advanced configurations.
The first of its kind, WebToolBar introduce s several new breakthrough technologies such as TrueShape™ and TrueDock™. WebToolBar is able to behave exactly in the same manner as the desktop's ToolBar, such as multiple rows docking on four edges, hide more items when the width has exceed ed boundaries and customizes dialog box for extremely rich level of user personalization.
PaneManager allows you to easily create any kind of layout from simple horizontal layout to complex Outlook-like layout. This is done by using nested WebPane in hierarchical concept. The component comes with an advanced powerful Editor which enables you to apply a common layout from predefined template with only a mouse click away!
Intersoft's innovative WebTab incorporates ClickAndEdit™ architecture enabling you to click on a TabItem and edit the content right away inside Visual Studio designer environment. No longer do you need to create separate views or multiple views or other traditional approach es which limits your productivity! WebTab is also the first product with TrueShape™ that renders round corners without images . You can now design any style with any color you wanted with unlimited possibilities!
Use StyleManager to free designers from having the needs to work with Visual Studio or development IDE! StyleManager enables designers to design the styles and themes of any product of Intersoft WebUI Studio.NET through standalone WinForm application and later seamlessly integrate the themes into the designated web application. StyleManager is built on the top of Theme Architecture and Serialization feature offered in WebUI.NET Framework.
Offers menu functionalities with capability to display perfectly on either vertical or horizontal positions. Unique features including feature to display the menu outside of browser boundary for Internet Explorer browsers, highly customizable styles and appearance as well as high performance client side rendering. The Menu can also be configured as ContextMenu to be assigned as context menu for other components.
A versatile splitter component for your table layout. WebSplitter is a true splitter component which can be used independently and applied to your existing layout. WebSplitter offers automatic cell splitting scenario supporting rowspan and colspan, as well as intelligent resizing mechanism enabling accurate unit measurement which return the original unit type. WebSplitter automatically integrated in WebPaneManager component for resizing functionality.
Tightly integrated with WebDesktopManager, WebDialogBox enables you to easily create modal or normal dialog box on the top of DesktopManager. Developers can easily specify which buttons to appear and specify the DialogResult as in WinForm applications. The incorporated ClickAndEdit™ feature enables developers to easily design the dialog box at design time, or simply construct the DialogBox at client side programmatically.
An advanced navigation pane component offering the richness of desktop navigation in every detail of styles and behaviors. You can use WebNavPane to create Outlook 2003 like navigation pane where end users can specify the visible navigation bars by dragging the splitters or though built-in context menu. You can choose to use built-in Items collection for the navigation item or use your own control through Custom Template.
Unique Button component to complement the WebDesktop.NET a consistent look&feel and behaviors. WebButton is equipped with the easiness to invoke client side events or predefined client side actions such as closing window, calling a method in WebService through FlyPostBackManager, or to invoke your own codes in onclick event. WebButton has consistent dynamic styles enables style interactivity in entire applications.