Building on mature frameworks and advanced functionality, WebUI Studio 2016 continues to deliver innovative features and leverage many cutting-edge web technologies and front-end trends built for modern browsers. This release includes major version for all 40+ WebUI components which have been redesigned from the ground-up to support the new unified theming framework which provides a streamlined styling across all WebUI components. WebUI Studio 2016 is also designed to provide first-class support for modern browsers today such as Chrome, Safari and Edge.
At the core, many WebUI Studio components have been architecturally improved by minimizing server-side dependencies and strongly focusing on client-side capabilities, allowing it to rapidly evolve with the advancement of web technologies. This release adds full support for external CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation. Unlike the previous versions, every WebUI component is now style-able through CSS, including static, dynamic and interactive elements.
More importantly, this release adds a new beautiful modern theme that you can apply with the simplicity of xcopy. Beyond just basic styling, the modern theme includes comprehensive styling for more than hundreds of UI elements available in WebUI components.
This page guides you through the new features and enhancements available in WebGrid 10. Click the links below to jump to the section of your interest.
- WebUI Framework 4
- WebGrid 10
- WebCombo 7
- WebInput 5
- WebDesktop 5
- WebEssentials 4
- WebScheduler 5
- WebTextEditor 3
- WebTreeView 2
- Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10 Support
- Backward Compatibility
- Latest Browser Support
- New WebUI Unified Theme Project Template
- New WebUI Samples
- Updates and fixes in this release
WebUI Framework 4
At the core of WebUI Studio is the WebUI Framework which provides the foundation, server and client frameworks, editors, and design patterns for all WebUI components. New in this release, WebUI Framework 4 delivers major updates and new features to set a new foundation for WebUI components. One of the biggest updates is the introduction of unified theming which allows you to use external CSS framework to streamline all styles used in all WebUI components.
In addition, WebUI Framework 4 also delivers a multitude of new APIs and significant improvements to overall performance, stability and reliability. For more information, see WebUI Framework 4 Release Notes.
WebGrid 10 is a major release that sports a completely redesigned user interface based on the new Unified Theming framework introduced in the WebUI Studio 2016 release. Building on its advanced functionalities, WebGrid 10 leverages the latest web technologies and front-end trends optimized for modern browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Edge. The new WebGrid lets you rapidly add powerful data presentation to your ASP.NET web project with simple drag-drop, while delivering beautiful design that naturally suitable to modern web applications today.
In addition, WebGrid 10 introduces a new ColumnSet Designer for accelerated development experience, improved data editing reliability, faster runtime performance, and much more. For more information, see WebGrid 10 Release Notes.
WebCombo 7 combines the most advanced input selection features with the latest modern UI design based on Unified Theming framework, making it the most versatile combobox component in the industry. The new WebCombo release continues to provide a vast selection of combobox functionalities not found in other JS-based components, such as multiple columns result, type ahead auto completion, and smart window positioning. This release also adds support for latest modern browsers like Chrome, Safari and Edge, as well as providing backward compatibility for older browsers.
For more information, see WebCombo 7 Release Notes.
Completely redesigned with the new modern theme, WebInput 5 offers ultimate data entry functionality from simple input to advanced masked input. Every little detail of the input element has been revamped to match the latest presentation trends in the industry which include the text box style, date time editor style, and calculator editor style. To achieve pixel-perfect design across various modern browsers, the element markup and rendering have been significantly improved with the most recent HTML5 and CSS3 standards.
For more information, see WebInput 5 Release Notes.
WebDesktop 5 is a revolutionary release that transforms traditional web apps into gorgeous, ultra-sleek multiple document interface. The new release sports unified modern theme for all 15 user interface components included in WebDesktop. Major design overhaul can be seen in flagship components such as WebDesktopManager, WebPaneManager, WebToolBar, WebExplorerPane and WebNavPane. Reimagined with timeless industrial-standards design and equipped with scalable SVG icons, WebDesktop 5 has everything you need to build beautiful and modern web apps, fast and easy.
For more information, see WebDesktop 5 Release Notes.
Power-packed with essential components for modern web development, WebEssentials 4 joined the UI revolution along with the rest of WebUI components released in 2016 release. The WebListBox now supports clean and professional look such as those featured in modern navigation apps, while WebSlidingMenu has been remodeled with iOS-style navigation menu. In addition, WebRibbon has been reimagined with modern styles which is beautifully aligned with the entire WebUI unified visual semantics. All WebEssential components are now leveraging SVG icons for pixel-perfect and scalable design, taking web user interface to the next level.
For more information, see WebEssentials 4 Release Notes.
WebScheduler 5 is the most significant release since its inception, featuring a completely re-engineered user interface for the most sophisticated scheduling experience. Over hundreds of elements and interaction styles – from the header, toolbar, events to callout and editing form – have been redesigned with clean and spacious layout, and modern appearance. Building on the state-of-the-art WebUI modern theme, every scheduler view now leverages SVG icons for the most sharp, pixel-identical interface. A new version of editing form is also available which leverages HTML5, Bootstrap, and WebUI modern theme, which provides an ultimate editing experience.
For more information, see WebScheduler 5 Release Notes.
WebTextEditor 3 comes fueled with beautiful aesthetics conforming to the new WebUI unified modern theme. Every user interface element has been meticulously redesigned to create the most sophisticated editing experience which naturally integrates a built-in spell checker and real-time file uploading. Joining the UI revolution in this release, the new WebTextEditor also sports modern styles applied to all elements, from the toolbars, text editors, task panes to popovers and status bars. That's not all, the media gallery, table designer, and image editors have been dramatically improved for faster performance and built for latest browsers including Edge, Safari and Chrome.
For more information, see WebTextEditor 3 Release Notes.
WebTreeView 2 combines already powerful hierarchical data functionality with the new WebUI unified theme – perfect for today's modern web applications. Every glyph and control resource have been updated with SVG icons for the sharpest, pixel-perfect presentation on any screen resolutions. Joining the rest of WebUI members in this release, WebTreeView 2 comes with improved performance, stability and reliability as well as support for latest browsers.
For more information, see WebTreeView 2 Release Notes.
Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10 Support
WebUI Studio 2016 includes improved IDE integration and tooling support with enhanced support for Visual Studio 2015. In the previous releases, you are required to run Visual Studio 2015 with administrator privilege when using WebUI components. In this release, administrator is no longer required, allowing you to use WebUI components with standard user privilege. In addition, this release also adds better support for Windows 10.
All WebUI components in the 2016 release remain backward compatible with existing projects created with previous version of WebUI. This means that you can safely upgrade your existing projects to the new release without concerning on compatibility issues. In existing projects with classic styles, the WebUI components will continue to render the styles with the classic approach.
When your project is configured with unified theme, the defined WebUI controls will start to render with the new theme across all pages in the application. To upgrade your projects to leverage the new WebUI modern theme, please see Applying Unified Modern Theme in WebUI Application.
Latest Browser Support
WebUI Studio 2016 is strongly focused to provide high-performing UI components that work and look great in the latest version of major browsers. With the new modern theme and supercharged frameworks, WebUI components now render pixel-identical design across various browsers. It's also building on advanced capabilities available in modern browsers today such as SVG.
The supported browsers in WebUI Studio 2016 are:
- Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11
- Safari 9
- Chrome 48
- Firefox 44
New WebUI Unified Theme Project Template
With the introduction of unified theming, this release adds a new web application project template with unified theme configured. Integrated to Visual Studio, you can quickly jump start a modern WebUI project from this project template.
The project template features:
- Pre-configured theming configuration with unified theming enabled.
- Pre-compiled CSS files for Bootstrap and WebUI modern theme.
- A sample page that shows a combination of WebUI components in unified theme.
To get started with the new project template, see Creating a New WebUI Application with Unified Modern Theme.
New WebUI Samples
WebUI Studio 2016 ships with a comprehensive set of new samples to demonstrate many of the new features and capabilities in the new release. Instead of reusing the existing samples, we've decided to create a brand-new sample project which is simpler and more straightforward. The new sample project also eliminates many cosmetic boilerplate found in existing samples.
In general, the new WebUI samples are designed toward these goals:
- Based on Web Application project format.
- Provides updated best practices and guidelines that align with the latest ASP.NET technology.
- Lightweight, simple, and easy to learn.
- Provides modern style references for all 40+ WebUI components.
- Streamlined experience, just select a sample and view in browser to run. Nothing else to be configured.
To check out the new WebUI samples, please find the WebUI.Unified.Samples under under the Windows Start Menu > Intersoft Premier Studio 2016 R1 > WebUI group.
Updates and fixes in this release
This release includes the following updates and bug fixes: