ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2014 VOLUME 2

Our newest release of the award-winning Essential Studio includes numerous updates, including a set of ASP.NET controls driven by HTML 5 and JavaScript, and a new suite of controls for universal Windows Store apps.

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ASP.NET

This is an all new suite of controls for ASP.NET Web Forms that contains over 40 controls, including a chart, grid, map, gauge, gantt, and many more. All the controls are rendered on the client-side to offer the best possible user interaction and performance. We have taken care not to compromise developer productivity by providing a rich design time experience, including the ability to data bind to server-side data sources. These controls combine the performance and richness of HTML 5 with the productivity of Web Forms.

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Grid Control

Essential Grid for ASP.NET is a feature-rich grid component that can handle large amounts of data. It is very easy to use and includes features like data binding, editing, filtering, grouping, paging, sorting, summaries, and row templates.

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Chart Control

Essential Chart for ASP.NET is a visually stunning charting component that is easy to use. It includes common chart types ranging from line charts to specialized financial charts. The chart control’s rich feature set includes data binding, multiple axes, trackball support, drill-down operations, and zooming.

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Diagram Control

Create custom diagrams by positioning shapes on the diagram surface using an automated layout algorithm or by building them from scratch. The Diagram control allows users to quickly and easily assemble a variety of diagrams, including flowcharts, organizational charts, mind maps, and floor plans.

WinRT (XAML)

More than 30 universal controls have been added to the Windows Phone and WinRT suites for building enterprise-grade Windows Store universal applications, including grids, charts, gauges, menus, calendars, editors, and many more. The user interface of the controls has been optimized for both tablet and phone interfaces. It also includes high-performance libraries that enable your applications to read and write Excel, Word, and PDF documents.

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Grid Control

The Grid control for universal apps is a high-performance grid component that has been built from the ground up to achieve the best possible performance, even on low-powered ARM devices. The user interface of the grid is optimized for both tablet and phone interfaces. It offers smooth and responsive touch scrolling, even when displaying hundreds of thousands of records.

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Range Navigator

The Range Navigator control provides an interface for selecting a specific range from a date or time axis in a chart. It is commonly used in financial dashboards to filter the time range for which data is visualized. The interface is optimized for touch interactions.

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Chart Control

The Chart control is a high-performance, visually stunning charting component that is also easy to use. It includes common chart types ranging from line charts to specialized financial charts. Charts can be annotated with various built-in tools to note important information. The control includes commonly used technical indicators, trend lines, and error bars for studying trends in data.

Windows Forms

The Windows Forms studio has received several significant updates, including the introduction of new maps, radial menu, rating, and hub tile controls. The appearance of the Chart control has also been significantly improved to adhere to modern design standards. Several real-world showcase samples have been added.

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Radial Menu Control

Create radial menus with customize colors, size, segment size, and layout. Use drag-and-drop support to easily build menus that link to important files.

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Hub Tile Control

Create Windows 8 hub tiles with custom tile titles, colors, text, and animations. Enable and disable pulsing and rotating animations. Create banner tiles. Easily incorporate application launchers into the Windows 8 visual style.

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Map Control

Essential Maps for Windows Forms is a powerful data-visualization widget that can be used to articulate data as a map. It is frequently used in financial dashboards for plotting sales across geography.

JavaScript

Our JavaScript libraries have also received several significant updates, including the introduction of a new tree grid control. Another important update is the inclusion of TypeScript definitions for all the controls, and a new tool for customizing and downloading only the necessary portions of the Essential Studio for JavaScript library. Several other controls like the chart, grid, gantt, and schedule have received significant updates as well.

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Polar and Radar Charts

Polar and radar charts are now available for JavaScript. Both chart types are used to plot values in a 360-degree area and feature support for line, column, and area series.

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Schedule Control

Resources can be created in the schedule, enabling appointments to be grouped and sorted into categories. Individual appointments can be assigned multiple resources.

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TreeGrid Control

The Tree grid control can be used to effectively visualize self-referential hierarchical data. It has support for all the common grid functionality like sorting, editing, column resizing and column customization.

Other updates

All the other platforms including ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Silverlight, and Windows Phone have received several updates as well. Some of the highlights include the introduction of three new 3-D chart types in all XAML platforms, a new calculate control for WinRT and Windows Phone, and much more.

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3-D Charts

Create 3-D scatter, line, and area charts to present your data in more dynamic ways. With ordinary charts, data must be presented in two dimensions, limiting your options for presenting it in dynamic, visually pleasing ways. 3-D charts add depth to presentations, and can be rotated to showcase data in new and interesting ways.

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Schedule Control

Create custom schedules with a flexible MVC wrapper. Features such as multiple time zones, 12 and 24-hour format, customizable localizations, appointment templates, local and remote data binding, and much more allow you to create schedules that are tuned to an exacting degree.

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Gauge Control

The circular gauge supports logarithmic scales for displaying very large value ranges. Users can customize the interval of the scale to use any base number. Smart labels can be used to abbreviate logarithmic scale labels, such as using K to note thousands and M to note millions, to maintain an uncluttered appearance inside the gauge.