2018 Volume 1 is Live

It’s here: Essential Studio 2018 Volume 1 has arrived! You can download the latest and greatest update right now by logging in to your Direc-Trac account.

Leading this update is the official release of Essential JS 2, our next-gen suite of JavaScript controls. Written from scratch in TypeScript to be lightweight, responsive, modular, and touch friendly, it is the only JavaScript toolkit you will ever need. As of Volume 1, it offers more than 35 controls, including ever-popular grid and charts, as well as new schedule, map, and date-time picker components.

Essential JS 2 chart component

Coordinating with the release of Essential JS 2 are our toolkits for Angular and React. Both are built on Essential JS 2 to provide the light weight and great performance developers expect from these libraries, and provide more than 35 components for building stunning web apps. New ASP.NET Core and ASP.NET MVC components built on Essential JS 2 have also been released

On the mobile side of things, all our Xamarin suites offer five new controls: a pop-up, data form, masked text box, tab view, and progress bar. These additions will help you capture information you need from your users, and give you the visualization tools you need to communicate information to them. In addition, the autocomplete control for Xamarin now supports multiselection, and the PDF viewer supports ink annotations. For UWP, we’ve added a new spline range area chart type, swim lanes for the kanban control, and customization to the toolbars in the image editor.

Masked text box for Xamarin

For the desktop, we’ve released a blazing fast, next-gen data grid control for Windows Forms. Yes, we know our previous WF data grid was one of the fastest on the market, but we can explain. This new one provides new benefits like even better performance, touch friendliness, and a lightweight structure. Even though it’s brand new, it provides a depth of features usually found only in a very mature, long-supported product: grouping, filtering, summaries, and Excel exporting just to name a few. In addition to the new data grid, we’ve also released eight new Windows Forms controls, including a button, form, tooltip, date-time editor, Smith chart, and more. For WPF, we’ve added new features like a spline area range chart type for the chart control, details view template support for the data grid, and swim lanes for the kanban control.

New data grid for Windows Forms

Though this post has been jam-packed with new features and controls, it only skims the surface of Essential Studio 2018 Volume 1. Do yourself a favor and take a deeper dive by checking out the entire What’s New page on our website. You can download all of the Volume 1 updates by logging in to Direct-Trac, and if you’re not a Syncfusion user yet, you can always download a 30-day free trial.

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