Our third Essential Studio volume release of the year has brought exciting updates to our award-winning suite, including a variety of enhancements across our existing controls, as well as some interesting new ones, such as a powerful data grid for Windows Phone. However, the focus of this release has been improving our enterprise mobile development tools and adding LightSwitch compatibility to several of our controls.
It’s also why we have enabled LightSwitch compatibility as an extension to some of our most popular controls. These Syncfusion control extensions greatly enhance a LightSwitch application’s appearance and functionality, a time-saving benefit to developers and end users alike. For example, our DataGrid extension provides extra features like grouping, filtering, sorting, and resizing, and is compatible with our Chart control for even more visualization options. Extensions are also provided for adding Microsoft Office themes and Windows shell navigation to your applications.
WinRT Grid users will now be able to use nested grids and incremental loading to improve performance and better organize large data sets. The Diagram control for WinRT has also completed beta testing, and is ready to use with your next touch-enabled project.
WinRT Diagram control
Other updates include the addition of interactive chart series and data points to the Chart control for WinRT, Windows Phone, WPF, and Silverlight. The Schedule control for WinRT, WPF, and Silverlight now includes sub-resources to speed up processing, and the use of Adobe PDF portfolios has been enabled in Essential PDF so you can organize your files more easily. In addition, our Windows Forms controls now include radial sliders and gauges to help visualize your data on any scale.
For an overview of everything included in this release, check out What’s New. If you have a current Essential Studio license, you can access the Volume 3 updates through your Direct-Trac account. If you are not a licensed user but would like to try these controls, download our free 30-day evaluation and let us know what you think.