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


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

Deliver more functionality with Tablix report item support in Report Designer, change tracking in Word-to-PDF conversions, and PDF export support for Gantt and TreeGrid.

Report Designer

Tablix report item support

Display paginated report data from a dataset in cells that are organized into rows and columns. Included are the following features:

  • Row and column grouping.
  • Total support for row and column groups.
  • Filter and sort expressions support for groups.
  • Cell customization support.
  • Cell merging support.
  • Support to insert report items such as text boxes, images, lines, and subreports in tablix cells.
  • Visual cues to indicate the row and column groups.

Tablix report item showcase report.

Essential DocIO

Update field enhancements

Essential DocIO now allows updating the AutoNum and Set fields in a Word document.

Restart numbering in lists

Essential DocIO now allows numbering in lists to be restarted in the Word documents while performing mail merge and merging multiple Word documents.

List restart numbering

Hyphenation in Word-to-PDF and Word-to-image conversions

Essential DocIO now allows hyphenating text in a Word document while converting it to PDF or image format.

Hyphenation in Word-to-PDF conversion

Track changes in Word-to-PDF conversion

Essential DocIO now allows showing revision marks in a generated PDF when converting Word documents with tracked changes or revisions.

Tracked changes in Word-to-PDF conversion

Word-to-PDF enhancements

Essential DocIO now provides the following features in Word-to-PDF conversion:

  • 30% improvement in conversion performance.
  • Improvements in text size calculation to paginate Word documents properly.
  • Preservation of rotated images.
  • Option to embed complete or subset font information for TrueType fonts.
  • PDF conformance level PDF/A1B or PDF/X-1a:2001 for long-term archiving.
  • Preservation of complex script text.


PDF export

Export the Gantt contents to PDF.

Essential PDF

OpenType font

Add text to a PDF document using OpenType font.

OpenType font in PDF.

PDF/A-1b conformance

Create a PDF/A-1b conforming document.

Create PDF/A-1b conformance.

Essential Presentation


Add, edit, and remove connectors in PowerPoint files.


Report Viewer

SQL Server Reporting Services 2017(SSRS)

Support has been added to render reports from SQL Server Reporting Services 2017.

Parameter globalization

The report parameter user interface and processing support has been enhanced to work with multiple cultures.

Report Viewer parameter globalization

Trend line chart

Now trend line can be added to the chart by using custom attributes of the chart report item.

Report Viewer trendline chart

HTML in reports

The text box report item now supports rendering HTML data.

Assembly references in expressions

Added support for using .NET library functions in expressions with assemblies references.

Tree Grid

PDF Export

Export the Tree Grid contents to PDF.

Essential XlsIO

Excel to PDF

Excel documents can be converted to PDF. This converts Excel files with data, styles, rich-text, Unicode characters, conditional formats, pivot tables, tables, shapes, images, text boxes, page setup options, page breaks, print area, headers, and footers.

Excel to PDF

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