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Webix 2.3: New UI Widgets, Typescript and Material Skin

Spring is a time of great changes and endless possibilities! This spring a new Webix version 2.3 has also brought plenty of useful updates and new features.

Webix team has been working hard on adding advanced features and responding to all the great feedback from the Webix Community. Version 2.3 comes with entirely new components such as Organogram and Barcode along with a fresh material skin, TypeScript support and other cool enhancements.

Material Design

Everybody talks about material design. First of all, people discuss it as it was developed by Google. Secondly, it looks really nice and simplifies end users’ work with apps. So Webix is also on-trend and now it can boast of its new attractive Material skin.

The interface of this skin is clean, clear and responsive, the colors for highlighting controls are bright. No excessive elements. Thus, end users will be entirely concentrated on the key issues of your app.

Webix Material Skin

Since version 2.3 it is possible to apply the Material skin to your web app built with Webix. This skin won’t be included in a library package but can be taken from a separate repository at github.com.
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Manage Your Customers with Webix CRM

Our company XB Software Ltd. has recently released its own CRM system that is mostly based on the Webix library. It is a necessary tool for most sales or service-related companies that are seeking to build and maintain strong relationships with existing customers as well as to look for new ones.

Webix CRM has a user-friendly Material Design interface and allows storing a client base of any size, preserving the history of customer interactions (emails, phone calls, etc.), grouping contacts by specific categories and more.

webix crm

Let’s learn about numerous Webix CRM functions in more detail.

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Animation in Webix UI

While providing many UI options, Webix is quite short of animations. It can be easily changed though. Let’s check how to add nice animation effects for different Webix controls.

Carousel, MultiView, TabView

TabView is one of two components that have a built-in support for animation. When you are changing the active tab, a new one is shown with some animation. You can use the animate property to configure the details of animation

Code of demo
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Using Third-party Libraries with Webix UI

Webix UI provides a lot of widgets, but it is just a tiny bit, as compared to the massive amount of different Open Source libraries. Fortunately, it is quite easy to wrap any custom library in Webix UI control.

Konva.js

As an example, I will use Konva javascript library.

Konva is a javascript library that adds interactivity to HTML5 canvas. You can draw things on the stage, add event listeners to them, move them, scale them, and rotate them independently of other shapes. Thus, high performance animations are supported, even if your application uses thousands of shapes.

Check the image below. It is an active Canvas object and you can try to drag-n-drop stars.



You can check full source code of the demo at http://konvajs.github.io/docs/sandbox/Elastic_Stars.html.

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How to Create Kanban Board with Webix

During the process of web development it’s highly important to organize the workflow and keep in touch with all members of the team. There are useful tools that allow visualizing all the stages of work and keeping track of each participant’s current workload. One of such tools is a popular Kanban board. It helps to control work processes and maintain steady progress, as you can see what stage of the project should be speeded up and which one is overloaded.

Webix Kanban Board is a great widget that can be used for creating powerful apps intended for managing the development process.

In this article we’ll describe the stages of creating a basic Kanban Board with the Webix library. Tasks on the board will be supplemented with tags, images and personal avatars for tasks’ assignees. There will be icons that allow opening a form for editing tasks. Besides, you’ll learn how to customize the styling of the board.

webix kanban board

You can check the live demo of the ready Kanban Board.

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