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What’s New in Essential Studio for UWP

Developing applications across the Windows ecosystem becomes even easier as Essential Studio for UWP adds a new picker control, axis scale break for charts, and style customization support for the Gantt control.


New control

The new picker control is used to pick an item from a list of items that can be customized or templated with a custom view. This control can also be opened as a dialog.

Key Features

  • Multicolumn
  • Header View
  • Footer View with Default Buttons
  • Item Template
  • Custom View


Axis scale break

Axis scale break support has been provided for chart control.

Scatter segment dragging

Dragging support has been provided for scatter segment when editing its data values.


Annotation enhancements

Interaction support is provided for annotations. They can be selected, dragged, resized, and rotated.

Annotations can be automatically rotated based on the segments they are aligned with.


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 EPUB Support

DocIO now allows converting Word documents to EPUB files.


Digital Signature

Digitally sign documents such as .pfx files using PKCS#12 certificates with private keys.

Tagged PDF

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

PDF Viewer

PDF Viewer now allows users to add and manipulate popup annotations in PDF documents.

Pivot Client

Relational data sources

The pivot client supports visualizing relational data in embedded pivot grids and pivot charts. It also provides a UI option to drag fields, filter them, and create pivot views at run time through the PivotTable Field List.


Support to insert columns

Presentation now allows inserting columns in tables in PowerPoint presentations.



Styling support to customize grid header, timescale, predecessor connectors, task labels, and resource labels.

Events and methods

New usability events and methods have been added.


Support to localize the static text in the control.



Support to localize static text in the 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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