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What’s New in Essential Studio for ASP.NET Core

Essential Studio for ASP.NET Core boosts its offerings with a brand-new pivot client, combo box, and date-range picker.

File Explorer

New control

The file explorer component is an interface for managing the file system through any web application. It allows the user to perform the most common file operations, including browse, open, create, rename, copy, paste or move, delete, and file searching.

Key Features

  • Windows Explorer-like functionalities and appearances.
  • Handy file operations (copy, paste, move, and delete).
  • File download and upload.
  • File type restriction.
  • Easy UI customization.
  • Different layouts (grid and tile views).
  • Context menu support.
  • Built-in image viewer support.
  • Keyboard navigation.
  • Right-to-left alignment (RTL) support.
  • Localization support.

Combo Box

New control

The combo box component allows the user to type a value or choose an option from a list of predefined options. When the arrow icon that accompanies this component is clicked, the drop-down displays a list of values from which the user can select one.

Key Features

  • Data binding: Allows binding and accessing the list of items from local or server-side data sources.
  • Grouping: Supports grouping of logically related items under a single or specific category.
  • Sorting: Supports sorting list items in alphabetical order, either ascending or descending.
  • Filtering: Allows filtering list items based on a character typed in the component.
  • Templates: Allows customizing the list items, selected value, header, footer, category group header, and no records content.
  • Accessibility: Built-in accessibility support helps provide access to all the component’s features through the keyboard, screen readers, or other assistive technology devices.

Date-Range Picker

New control

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

Key Features

  • Dates can be selected from a pop-up window.
  • Predefined custom ranges can be set for easier selection.
  • Localization can be implemented.
  • The control is mobile friendly.


New control

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

Key Features

  • Users can navigate to a specific page.
  • Users can navigate to previous, next, first, or last pages.
  • Localization can be implemented.
  • The control is mobile friendly.

Pivot Client

New control

The pivot client control allows the visualization of both OLAP and relational data in pivot grids and pivot charts embedded within it. It also provides a UI option to drag fields, filter them, re-arrange them, and create pivot views at run time.

Key Features

  • Bind the control with relational data sources along with Microsoft Analysis Services databases and XML/A data sources.
  • Build OLAP/pivot reports by placing elements in different axes of the pivot client. Reports can be prepared on the fly.
  • Use the toolbar’s various options for exporting and manipulating the OLAP/pivot report such as add report, new report, remove report, etc.
  • Save reports for later use.
  • Apply localization.

Spell Checker

New control

The new spell checker control finds and highlights misspelled words, typically by comparing them to a stored list of dictionary words.

Key Features

  • Highlights misspelled words based on user-customized style.
  • Ignores alphanumeric, mixed case, and uppercase words as well as URL links.
  • Ignores specific collections of words using a user-customized dictionary.
  • Displays all possible suggestions based on the user-specified count.
  • Renders with optimal user interface on phone, tablet, and desktop.
  • Evaluates one or more HTML elements such as div, span, textarea, and input elements.


Search indices for multicolumn pop-up

Display format and search fields in the multicolumn autocomplete control can now be differentiated, allowing users to search any number of fields in the suggestion list without modifying the selected text format.


Axis label breaks

Provided support for displaying axis labels on multiple lines.

Show outside data labels

Partially visible data labels can now be displayed inside the chart area.

Automatic label format for date-time and date-time category axis

The label format for the date-time and date-time category axis can be updated automatically based on the interval type.

Data Manager


The anti-forgery token can be used to help protect the application against cross-site request forgery. It generates a hidden form field (anti-forgery token) that is validated when the form is submitted.

Additional data operations

IN and NotIN filter operations have been provided for specifying multiple values in a WHERE filter.


User handle alignment

Support has been added to customize the user handle position with a desired location.

Port enhancement

Ports can now be dragged to reposition them.

Symmetric layout

Symmetric layout is an automatic layout used to arrange the diagram in a circular and symmetrical fashion.

Label interaction

Interaction support has been provided for labels. They can be selected, dragged, resized, and rotated.

Essential DocIO

Clone and merge enhancements

An option has been added to restart or continue list numbering when merging Word documents.

Server filtering

This feature filters a data source when text is typed in the search box. Filtering is done based on the collection that contains matchings item from the entire data source.

Server filtering: Remote data

Server filtering: Local data


Resource allocation view

The Gantt control now provides support for a resource allocation view. Using this view, the user can interpret tasks occurring on same dates and the over-allocation of resources in a project.

Sequencing tasks

It is now possible to display tasks with serial or sequence number based on the row order.

Multiple row selection

It is now possible to select multiple rows and perform indent and negative indent actions.

Column filtering

It is now possible to filter specific fields or columns in the Gantt control.

Expand/collapse records at levels

The Gantt control now provides support for expanding and collapsing records at specific levels.


Hierarchy export

Support has been added to export multiple hierarchy levels in the grid control for PDF, Excel, and Word file formats.

Add current selection to filter option in Excel filter menu

The add current selection to filter check box is now displayed while searching, allowing users to add the currently selected or cleared check box list data along with already-filtered data in the grid.

Between operator option in menu filter

The between operator option has been added in the menu filter for filtering grid records based on the specified range.

Export template column

Export the grid with template columns in Excel, PDF, and Word file formats.

Export details template

Export the grid with the details template in Excel, PDF, and Word file formats.


External drag and drop

The Kanban control now supports drag-and-drop operations between the Kanban board and other controls.

Kanban column without data source

Kanban columns can be rendered without binding a data source and an option has been included to add new cards dynamically.

Essential PDF


Security support allows users to create or load a password-protected PDF document.

PNG support

Support has been added to draw PNG images in PDF documents.


Excel exporting of appointments

Supports exporting the appointment collection in Excel format, along with field customization to export only the specified columns of the appointment data.

Auto-scroll viewable area while dragging appointments to the edges

Auto-scroll support is added now, so that while dragging an appointment to the top or bottom edges of the viewable area, the schedule will scroll accordingly.

Persisting scroll position on refresh

The scroller position on the schedule can be persisted now, even after refreshing the entire layout.

Printing appointments with background color

Appointments can be now printed with proper background color.

Displaying specific date collection

Additional support to display only the user-specific date collection is included, which can be of a periodic date range collection or a different date collection.


Button support

A button that can be hidden has been added to allow increments and decrements to the slider value.

Tree Grid

Stacked header

The tree grid control now provides support for stacked column headers.

Header context menu

The tree grid control now provides support for context menus for column headers.

Excel filtering

The tree grid control now provides support for an Excel-like menu for filtering column values.

Toolbar Filtering

It is now possible to filter tree grid contents using toolbar filtering.

Essential XlsIO


XlsIO allows the user to secure their Excel documents with the following abilities:

  • Encrypt and decrypt Excel documents with a password.
  • Protect Excel documents from unwanted changes to their structure.
  • Protect worksheets and the contents of locked cells.

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