What is Suite 6.0?
dhtmlxSuite 6.0 is a brand new version of DHTMLX UI library. It is compatible with the most modern browsers starting with IE11+. The library can be smoothly integrated with Angular, React, and Vue.js frameworks.
All the UI components are designed on the basis of Material style. The library enables complete customization of the interface via CSS.
The aim of developing a completely renewed Suite was to provide developers with a comprehensive yet flexible tool for building modern web apps with no limits to customization.
So, let’s have a closer look at the widgets included in the dhtmlxSuite 6.0 library. We have grouped them according to their purpose.
Layout Widgets: Layout, Tabbar, Window
These are the most basic components, which serve as the foundation of any user interface. dhtmlxLayout as a key part of the library makes it easy to arrange all other UI widgets on a webpage. Below you can see how various UI elements like a sidebar, toolbar, chart, and some custom HTML content can be organized using the layout component:
Data Processing Widgets: List, DataView, Grid, Tree, TreeGrid
The following group represents a range of widgets for working with data: arranging data in different views (list, dataview, grid, tree), filtering and sorting data, etc. The filtering and sorting functions, as well as managing data in all possible ways, are common for all of them due to the ubiquitous system of data processing via Data and Tree collection.
Data Visualization Widgets: Charts
Navigation Widgets: Menu, Ribbon, Sidebar, Toolbar
Form-Oriented Widgets: Calendar, ColorPicker, Combo, Form, Slider, TimePicker
These components can assist you in building diverse interfaces for multiple purposes. However, we’ve put them in the form-oriented group, as they are a perfect fit for creating complex forms and can be easily integrated with each other. Here you can check how dhtmlxForm may look like with a colorpicker, calendar, time picker, and simple file uploader attached:
dhtmlxCalendar can also be integrated with a time picker, which we created on the basis of dhtmlxSlider component:
Helpers: Popup and Message (Alert, Confirm, Tooltip)
These are little helpers that are crucial for creating any web interface. They represent different types of dialog boxes: popup windows, message boxes for showing notifications, alerts, confirmations, and tooltips.
Suite 6.0 vs The Previous Versions
Apart from the technologies described above, the new Suite 6.0 differs from the previous versions in size and components included.
The size of the newly released Suite 6.0 is 330KB, while its predecessor weighed around 1.3MB. The significant decrease in size contributes to building much faster web apps.
Meanwhile, other components have been introduced in v6.0 – dhtmlxDatePicker and dhtmlxTimePicker. The datepicker represents the integration of dhtmlxCalendar with dhtmlxPopup. The timepicker is a separate component, which can be easily used together with the calendar, forms, and other components.
Moreover, other DHTMLX products such as Vault, RichText, and Spreadsheet are now compatible with Suite 6.0, as they are built on the basis of its components and share the same API. That means you can use all of them together with dhtmlxSuite in one web app with no trouble.
Maintenance of dhtmlxSuite 5.1
Despite the launch of dhtmlxSuite 6.0, the previous version of dhtmlxSuite 5.1 will still be maintained. We’ll continue to release updates with improvements and support our current clients and their projects based on the versions of DHTMLX UI library up to 5.1. In the near future, we’ll release an update of dhtmlxSuite v5.2.
The reason for the coexistence of versions 5.1 and 6.0 is the absence of a straightforward migration path. Thus, we recommend our current clients to use dhtmlxSuite 6.0 for new projects focusing on modern browsers and technologies and leave versions up to 5.1 for existing projects or those where compatibility with older browsers is a necessity. Our technical specialists will support you in implementing the features you have in web apps built with the versions of Suite up to 5.1 using the new Suite 6.0 library.
dhtmlxSuite 6.0 Licensing and PRO Functionality
You may get acquainted with the whole library downloading dhtmlxSuite evaluation version and testing it for free for 30 days. During the evaluation period, you’re eligible to receive support from our technical specialists.
dhtmlxSuite is also available for open source projects under the GNU GPL v2 license and Standard edition.
Commercial projects require the paid license (Commercial, Enterprise, or Ultimate depending on your needs) with Professional edition. PRO edition of dhtmlxSuite 6.0 offers a special module for processing data (parsing and serialization) in the XML format that can be used with data processing and visualization components: dhtmlxGrid, dhtmlxTree, dhtmlxTreeGrid, and dhtmlxCharts.
The TreeGrid component is available in PRO edition only as an extension of dhtmlxGrid.
We invite all our users and clients to download and evaluate the new version of Suite UI library 6.0 and leave your feedback. The trial period is free for 30 days. Our technical support team will assist you in every step of your work with the updated components.