Sneak Peek: New ASP.NET Editors’ Features and Demo for 2009 volume 2!

23 June 2009

Image: ASPxEditors Demo Menu Check out this list of new controls and features for ASP.NET editor controls in the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release.

First, the common ASP.NET editors like the textbox, combo box and others are finally get their due respect. Yes, these ASP.NET editors, or ASPxEditors, will have their very own demo section in the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release! Preview the editors online or send out direct links to management as you convince them about how much you need these features.

We needed the new demo because the ASPxEditors packs so much functionality with new controls and exciting features:

New ASP.NET ColorEdit Control!

Image: New ASPxColorEdit Control

This slick new control displays a set of colors so that you and your users can customize website pages.

Here’s technical breakdown:

  • ASPxColorEdit has the Color property whose type is System.Color
  • Client-side methods available: GetColor / SetColor
  • ASPxColorEdit works with both color codes(#ff00ff, #D8D8D8) and standard colors (red, green, silver)! The standard colors are converted into color codes
  • ASPxColorEdit is a text editor with a dropdown window

The power of suggestion! The ASPxColorEdit was implemented from your suggestions in the support center. Thanks and keep em coming.

New ‘Drop-down Edit’ Control !?!

Image: New ASPxDropDownEdit Control 

Another new control in 2009 volume 2 is the ASPxDropDownEdit. The DevExpress ASP.NET team have created a new derived editor to support custom popup windows. These custom popup windows allow you to easily embed things like the ASPxGridView.

DropDownEdit vs ComboBox

The ASPxDropDownEdit is not a combo box control. Instead, it's really a textbox with a dropdown window template. Place just about anything into this window template. For example, by using the ASPxDropDownEdit, create an extended lookup control (with editing) using the ASPxGridView or implement a folder selection dropdown using the ASPxTreeList.

Styles for NullText and Focused Event

Image: New Features - NullTextStyle and FocusedStyle

By adding the NullTextStyle and FocusedStyle properties, you’ll have more control of your ASPxEditors’ look and feel at runtime.

Display Format for all ASP.NET Editors!

Image: DisplayFormat for all ASPxEditors

All the ASPxEditors now support the DisplayFormat property including the combo editors! Here’s the full control list: (ASPxTextBox, ASPxButtonEdit, ASPxMemo, ASPxSpinEdit, ASPxDateEdit, ASPxComboBox, ASPxDropDownEdit)

Multiple-Selection List Box and Combo Box!

Image: Multiple Selection ListBox Image: Multiple Selection ComboBox

The ASPxListBox control will now provide three selection modes:

  • Single – Allows end user to select only one item
  • Multiple - End users can select several items at once by using the mouse and keyboard keys: Shift (to select a range of items) and Ctrl (to add an item to a current selection)
  • Check Column - provides multiple selection by using a specific checkbox column (end users don't need to use the Ctrl and Shift keys).

Using the new ASPxDropDownEdit control and the multiple selection list box, you can easily create a dropdown(combo box style) check list box of your own.

With all these sweet new controls and features, I’m very excited about the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release. Which of these controls and features are you most excited about?

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31 comment(s)
Mervin Katjouanga

Good work guys! Just yesterday I had to figure out a work-around for not being able to select multiple items in my listbox. I'm very excited about that. Also excited about the dropdown edit control.

23 June, 2009
Mark Brindle

Fantastic. Great work!

23 June, 2009
John Rychter

I'm very glad to see multi selection for list box and combo box. NullTextStyle and FocusedStyle very nice additions.

Just one thing... I cannot come up with  scenarios where I would need editable dropdown. Mehul, can you?

23 June, 2009
Chris Walsh [DX-Squad]

Omg omg omg!!  Get excited!

23 June, 2009
Shawn Oles

Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you.  I cant wait. this is great news.

23 June, 2009
Alberto Cortes

Nice, Very Nice. It´s a great job!!

23 June, 2009
Christopher Todd

Awsome! I can not wait!! I supose I will be redoing some pages in the next few months.

23 June, 2009
Steve Sharkey

So often the big new controls/components are a "that looks nice... how can I incorporate that in a project" but these "small additions" are so often the "I will be using that in all projects from now on and it will save me huge amounts of time and improve my apps no end" features.

Excellent additions keep it up!

24 June, 2009
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24 June, 2009

when is this scheduled to come out?

24 June, 2009
Pete Coales

The dropdown edit is nice but is really only a 'cleaner' implementation of the mulit-column drop down list workround you guys gave us before coming up with the real thing.

What would be really good would be for you to allow us to specify a 'contains' search method when typing into a drop down rather than the current, standard 'starts with' and then extending the new multi column implementation to allow multi columns to search.  For example be able to type 'adam' and it find 'Adam Jones', 'Mary Adams' and 'Stewart McAdam'...

Here's hoping!!!

24 June, 2009

Multi-check & select drop-downs...I hope this make it into the WinForm controls (VCL expressquantum grid has this too).

24 June, 2009
Mike Fitzgerald

The new controls look really nice.  Great idea for the "contains" option in the drop down from Pete Coales.

25 June, 2009
Hal Roseman

Really cool feature looking forward for volume2 release.

25 June, 2009
Joe Barone

I'm really glad that the multi-select combo box made it into this release.  Great work.  This is one that I'll be using a lot.

30 June, 2009
Chris Kent

Looks great!  Very excited about some of these changes.  This product has been a great investment for us and you guys keep making it better!

The contains feature for the combobox would be great!

2 July, 2009
Joe Hendricks

Fantastic work!

2 July, 2009
asp dot net programming

Really Very nice features.

6 July, 2009

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16 July, 2009

when do you think it will come out vol 2 version ?!?

17 July, 2009
Sean Lange

Thank you for the dropdown edit!!!! I have been making my own version of a dropdown datagrid for a long time using an empty dropdown, a borderless popup control anchored on the dropdown and filling the popup with a datagrid. This will save me tons of time.

I am also very excited about the Multiple-Selection List Box and Combo Box. This is something that my users have been asking for for a long time.

30 July, 2009

I really need Multiple-Selection List Box and Combo Box!


13 August, 2009

We're just about to release v2009.2 and it would be a good idea to have an "accumulator"

20 August, 2009

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27 August, 2009

Great !

The Multiple Selection in List Box is really helpful for me.


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