New NetAdvantage supports CAB

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
The first volume of NetAdvantage 2006 (Infragistics’ toolset for building the presentation layer of commercial-class Windows Forms, ASP.NET, and tablet PC applications) is already available, and supports Visual Studio 2005, 2003, and 2002. New in this version is support for the Microsoft Composite UI Application Block framework so that you can also develop UIs for enterprise-level smart-client applications. Other new features are HTML Editor and Spell Checker controls, which make it simple to add multi-language rich text editing and spelling user interfaces to ASP.NET applications. In addition ASP.NET application performance can be improved with its AJAX-enabled Tree control, and an optimised Grid control, which reduces HTML download size. It also incorporates a Link Editor and List View controls for creating Windows Forms. With this release Infagistics becomes the first tools vendor to support Microsoft’s Composition Application Block (CAB), a new framework for delivering desktop-based, smart client applications. CAB is a framework similar to SharePoint WebParts, which can be used to create smart clients with composable user interfaces.

Infragistics no longer offers COM controls as part of NetAdvantage. Although customers who currently own a NetAdvantage subscription still have access to the COM controls, future NetAdvantage subscriptions and renewals will be subject to the new license agreement. UltraSuite 3.0, containing COM controls that will provide developers the ability to create familiar, easy-to-use interfaces with the look-and-feel of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, Windows Explorer and Windows XP is already available for outright purchase and the UltraSuite source code will be available as a separate purchase later in the year.

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