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What's New in Essential Studio for WinForms


What's New in Essential Studio for WinForms

Improve your WinForms apps with Volume 3’s latest features: MaskEditor column support in the DataGrid control, PDF documents that can be signed externally using a hash, and annotations that can be imported to or exported from a PDF document in JSON format.


Masked edit column

A new column to manipulate the masked text. It provides an easy and reliable way of collecting user input and displaying standard data in specific formats.

Masked edit column on winforms datagrid

Set style for cell editor

Allows users to style the editor, which loads on editing, for an elegant look and feel.

winforms datagrid shows editor with styling

Word Library

Paper source settings

Access and modify the paper source settings in a Word document with the FirstPageTray and OtherPagesTray APIs.

Shapes in RTF format

Preserve shapes in RTF-to-DOCX conversion and vice versa.

Shapes in RTF-to-DOCX conversion.

Word-to-PDF enhancements

Word-to-PDF conversion has been enhanced in Word Library:

  • Justify the text in a paragraph, like in Microsoft Word 2013.
  • Automatically detect font names from themes for East Asian text.
  • Draw double strikethrough and underline styles, like in Microsoft Word.


Custom filtering

Options to search all columns or specific columns in MultiColumnComboBox.

Filtering items on all columns based on search text.

PDF Library


Render Pdf417Barcode in PDF pages and images.



Convert existing PDF documents to PDF A2B, A3B conformance.

PDF to PDF A conformance.

Sign PDF documents externally using hash

Sign PDF documents externally using PDF document hash.

External digital signature.

Detect blank PDF page

Find the empty PDF pages in existing PDF documents.

Annotation import and export

Import and export annotations in JSON format.

PowerPoint Library

PPTX-to-PDF enhancements

PPTX-to-PDF conversion in PowerPoint Library has been enhanced:

  • Automatically detect font names from themes for complex script and East Asian text.
  • Use an API to define a fallback font for any Unicode character range. This fallback font is used to render characters that do not have glyphs in the original font.

Excel Library

Excel to PDF enhancements

Excel-to-PDF conversion has been enhanced:

  • Convert Excel charts with images and shapes to a PDF or image.
  • Convert data bars and color scales of conditional formats to PDF.
  • Convert Excel form controls to PDF AcroForm fields or flattened images.

Excel to PDF enhancements.

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