Thanks for your opinions. All are welcome although you sure Syncfusion aren''t paying you? :P To be fair I have been very satisfied with Syncfusion in many ways. In fact part of the reason that we are so frustrated right now is that we really don''t want to give Syncfusion up! We have invested a lot of time with Syncfusion because we do like the products. They are certainly feature rich, sexy and versatile. On performance, however, there are some definite performance worries, mainly centered around application startup. We know the virtual grid is slick. Getting back to startup though, I challenge you to create a basic form in .Net, add some menus and build the app, then test the startup time on a *cold* application restart. By cold I mean restart you computer then start the app. Do the same thing with an identical app with Syncfusion on it, then the same thing again with a Syncfusion competitor. Then you''ll see what I''m on about. 4-5 seconds extra startup time is not acceptable, but it is what all of our developers and internal testers are seeing. When it comes to a warm start then there''s nothing in it due to the paging performed by the OS. We write applications that are likely to be started up once or twice a day, and that use case dictates that cold start is an issue for us. It might not be for your applications and that''s fine.
I also note the reply from Syncfusion staff to this thread. Let''s hope we can have a resolution soon.
>Sorry David, but I feel that I have to counter some of your statements. I''m not associated with Syncfusion in any way other than being a very satisfied customer. I use the Tools (menus, popups, docking, etc), Grid, Edit and will be looking at incorporating the Excel writing and Charting soon. Syncfusion''s products are extremely flexible, well designed, and fast (grids esp). Sometimes it seems that things make it into general release too quickly (the tree preview comes to mind), but I''ve been guilty of that as well. As far as performance goes, it has been excellent. Customer support is also excellent; incidents posted to Direct-Trac are addressed the same day in most cases. In conclusion, Syncfusion is doing an exemplary job of providing a flexible, fast, good-looking suite of controls that are well supported.
>Best of luck finding a better solution...