ASP.NET MVC: 7 New Extensions! (What's new in 13.2)

ASP.NET Team Blog
21 November 2013

Check out the 7 new ASP.NET MVC extensions that we're introducing in the next major release, 13.2:

1. FormLayout

The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC FormLayout extension delivers a comprehensive form design feature set. Use the FormLayout to easily create form layouts of any complexity by combining the order and hierarchy of the provided layout elements. To create a well-designed form capable of editing Model class instances, simply add the FormLayout to the View and bind its layout item to the Model class fields.

Much like the DevExpress ASP.NET WebForms Layout engine, this new MVC extension supports the following features:

  • Data Binding
  • Seamless Integration with DevExpress Data Editors
  • Support for Third-Party Components
  • Help Text Rendering
  • Tab and Group Box Containers

2. Grid Lookup

A highly requested extension will now be available in 13.2. The GridLookup editor combines the functionality of the DevExpress DropDownEdit and GridView extensions for ASP.NET MVC to allow end-users to easily select values from a drop-down grid containing lookup items. The GridView extension is seamlessly embedded into the editor's drop-down window, providing the editor with a powerful customizable data-processing and data-representation functionality.

Like the DevExpress ASP.NET AJAX Grid Lookup, this new MVC extension supports the following features:

  • Multiple record selection
  • Advanced filtering options
  • Binding to large Datasets
  • Support for item templates

3. ImageGallery

The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC ImageGallery extension displays image collections using a tabular layout with dynamic layout adaptation, an integrated pager and a built-in image slider.

  • Loads images from a folder
  • Automatic thumbnail generation
  • Touch gesture support
  • Responsive layout
  • Endless paging support - more images are loaded when scrolling the page or by clicking the 'Show more items' button
  • Template support

4. Rating

The RatingControl extension is used to visualize end-user ratings. It also provides end-users with an intuitive interface to rate content by allowing them to select item images ("stars" by default) that represent the user’s rating.

This new MVC extension replicates the features of its WebForms counterpart and includes the following options:

  • Customizable titles for each extension item
  • Customizable number of items (stars)
  • Customizable item fill if the extension value is a fractional value
  • Customizable item images
  • Read-only mode support

5. TokenBox

The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Token Box editor provides the ability to auto complete values from a predefined list. An end-user can select a value from the dropdown window list or type it manually.

6. Ribbon Control

The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC Ribbon extension helps you introduce the look, feel and behavior of a ribbon based UI in your application.

Learn more here.

7. Custom Color Picker

Ok, this is technically not a new MVC extension but we've added some great new functionality to it. And seven is a much better number than six. :)

The DevExpress ASP.NET MVC ColorEdit extension allows end-users to set a color of web elements with ease. You can type the value directly into the editor's text box, select a color from the color palette in the editor's dropdown window, or use the optional color picker to select a custom color. End-users can specify colors by typing directly within the edit box by using longhand or shorthand hexadecimal notation (HEX) for RGB color values (#f0f, #D8D8D8, etc.), or by using standard HTML color names ("red", "green", etc.), which are then automatically converted to color codes.

Best MVC Suite

DevExpress offers over 50 MVC Extensions now. These native ASP.NET MVC extensions help you deliver a beautiful and functional user interface for you ASP.NET MVC websites.

Download a free and fully-functional version now:

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