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What’s New in Essential Studio for ASP.NET

Essential Studio for ASP.NET expands its offerings with the addition of a new date range picker, spline area chart types, and ruler support for diagrams.

Date-range picker

New control

The date-range picker is a new ASP.NET wrapper component that allows a date range to be picked from a set of predefined or custom date-time ranges in an application.

Key Features

  • An option to select dates from a pop-up window.
  • An option to set predefined custom ranges for easier selection.
  • Localization support.
  • Mobile friendly.


StackingSplineArea and 100% StackingSplineArea series

New series types, stacking spline area and 100 % stacking spline area, have been added to the chart.

Datalabel Saturation

Support has been added for displaying the data label text according to its background color.

Multiple Spline Types

The chart control now supports multiple spline types for spline series.

Data Manager

Web API batch edit

The data manager supports Web API batch operations. Web API batch editing is a unique feature where requests to add, remove, and change are handled altogether at once rather than as separate requests for each operation.

Queryable data operations

The data manager allows a query to be executed against a specific data source by using queryable data operations. It can perform IQueryable server-side operations such as filtering, paging, and sorting.


Ruler support

Ruler support has been added to the diagram control.

Drag limit option for labels

Support has been added to align labels when dragging them so their relative position is retained after resizing their host objects. An option to restrict dragging labels within a certain limit has also been added.

Multiple parent layout

Visual representation and performance of layouts with multiple parents have been improved.


Content Control Support

DocIO now allows creating and modifying content controls in Word documents and provides a way to design documents with the following features:

  • Create a form-like user interface.
  • Prevent users from editing the contents of a content control.
  • Bind content to XML data.

Word-to-PDF Enhancements

  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents to PDF in Azure websites.
  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents with rotated images to PDF as they appear in the Word document.
  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents with mirror margins to PDF as they appear in the Word document.


Root folder configuration

Support has been added to access the root folder of the application and display alternate text in that root folder.


Work week

The Gantt control now provides support for changing the work week in a project.

Validate taskbar editing

It is now possible to validate the editing of taskbars linked with predecessors.

Resource units

It is now possible to map the resource units at initial load for the resources assigned to a task.


Provided support to change grid page size dynamically by using the page-size drop-down in pager.


Status show/hide option

Feature to show/hide cards based on key value mapping. It can group cards using key values and can toggle the display.

Mask Edit


The mask edit control now provides support for globalization in all supported cultures.

See Demo.


New control

The pager is a new ASP.NET wrapper component that allows navigation between large amounts of data which is sectioned as pages. Includes an easily customizable UI.

Key Features

  • Option to navigate to required page.
  • Option to navigate to previous/next/last/first page.
  • Localization support.
  • Mobile friendly.


Compress existing PDF document

Reduce the file size of an existing PDF document.

Tagged PDF

Provide accessibility support by allowing user to create PDF/Universal Accessibility (PDF/UA) or section 508 compliant PDF document.

PDF Viewer

Handwritten signature

The PDF Viewer allows you to add your signature to any PDF document and save it as a standard PDF file.

Pivot Grid

Load on demand (Relational DB)

Load on demand support allows data to be retrieved only on drill-down operations, improving the performance of the control.

Paging (Relational DB)

Paging splits large records into separate segments to view data easily. It also improves the performance of the pivot grid.

Group by date type (Relational DB)

The pivot grid categorizes date-type fields and groups them based on year, quarter, month, and day formats.

Sort by date type (Relational DB)

The pivot grid supports sorting date-type fields in ascending or descending order.


Support to insert columns

Presentation now allows inserting columns in tables in PowerPoint presentations.

PDF and image conversion enhancements

Presentation now allows PowerPoint presentations with rotated and nested group shapes to be precisely converted to PDF or image formats.

Radial Slider

Localization support

Radial slider ticks and values can be localized based on selected culture. Enables customizing culture-based values.

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Add/Edit Appointments Inline

The user can now create or edit appointments inline through a single click made either on the scheduler cells or on the existing appointment’s subject text. Pressing the enter key after the new subject text is typed into the inline-created text box will save/update the appointments appropriately.


Support for charts with discontinuous ranges

The spreadsheet control can now import charts with series as discontinuous ranges or as series of points.

Tree Grid

Text wrap

The tree grid control now provides support for text wrapping in cells.

Load On Demand data binding

The tree grid control now provides support for data binding using the “Load on Demand” approach.

Command columns

It is now possible to perform CRUD actions and custom actions using the command column in tree grid.


It is now possible to print tree grid content.

Edit template

The tree grid control provides support for editing cell values with custom editors using edit template.

Column priority

The tree grid columns are now made responsive using the column priority.


Text Overflow

Text overflow support has been provided for labels in the treemap control.


Filter Enhancements

  • XlsIO now allows the user to sort filtered data by text, number, cell color, and font color.
  • Provides the ability to filter data based on custom text filter.

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