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What's New in Essential Studio for WinUI Controls

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2022 VOLUME 3

What's New in Essential Studio for WinUI Controls

This release enhances our WinUI suite with new Busy Indicator and Rating controls, Excel exporting in DataGrid, and auto-append support for AutoComplete and ComboBox.

Busy Indicator (New)

The Busy Indicator control for .NET WinUI is used to display a predefined built-in animation when an operation runs in the background of the application and the user is waiting for its completion. The Busy Indicator can be customized in terms of size, color, duration, and content.

Key features

  • Animation types: Seven different animation types.
  • Duration: Customize the animation duration.
  • Size: Customize the size of the indicator.
  • Color: Customize the indicator color.
  • Content: Display a customizable indicator that shows the loading progress of the content.

Busy Indicator control in .NET WinUI.

Rating (New)

The .NET WinUI Rating control is used to provide or view ratings on a numeric scale for any service provided, such as movies, applications, products, and more.

Key features

  • Precision: Set an accuracy level for ratings.
  • Customization: Customize the rating items’ style, size, and more.
  • Template: Add rating items as images, paths, font icons, and other elements.
  • Read only: Limit user selection and only allow viewing of the rating value.
  • ToolTip: Show the value of the rating on hovering over the control.

Rating control in .NET WinUI.

AutoComplete (Preview)

Auto-append UI

The AutoComplete control now provides an auto-append UI like Windows 11. The AutoComplete control provides both an auto-append UI with text selection and auto-append text with a faded text color.

Auto-Append in WinUI AutoComplete Control.

ComboBox (Preview)

Auto-append UI

The ComboBox control now provides an auto-append UI like Windows 11. The ComboBox control provides both an auto-append UI with text selection and auto-append text with a faded text color.

Auto-Append in WinUI ComboBox Control.

DataGrid

Date support in filter row

DataGrid now allows you to filter date values through the filter row.

Excel exporting

DataGrid now allows you to export the grid data to Microsoft Excel.

PowerPoint Library

PowerPoint-to-PDF conversion enhancements

Preserve structure tags in converted PDF documents for accessibility (PDF/UA or 508 compliance) support.

PowerPoint to PDF in WinUI

Radial Gauge

Pointer overlay

Show the overlay effect around the marker pointer when interacting.

Pointer overlay support for WinUI Radial Gauge.

Pointer elevation

The shape marker pointer can be elevated to render with a shadow behind it.

Pointer elevation support for WinUI Radial Gauge.

Ribbon (Preview)

RibbonComboBox

The RibbonComboBox component has been included for the Ribbon control. It adapts to normal, simplified, and overflow layouts.

RibbonComboBox in WinUI Ribbon Control.

Ribbon animation

Ribbon has been updated with interactive animations in the following areas:

  • While switching ribbon tabs, tab content is loaded with animation.
  • While switching the layout between simplified and normal or vice versa, tab content is loaded with animation.
  • While resizing the window, Ribbon items adapt to the available size and these transitions are animated.

Animation in WinUI Ribbon Control

Word Library

Word-to-PDF conversion enhancements

Wavy, wavy heavy, wavy double, and double underline styles render as they are in the input Word document.

PDF Library

Create PDF digital signatures with LTV using a time-stamp URL

Long-term validation, or LTV, means that all the information needed to verify the digital signature is embedded within the PDF file.

Now, the Syncfusion WinUI PDF Library digitally signs a PDF document with LTV using a time-stamp URL only. All the necessary details such as certificate chain, OCSP, and CRL can be downloaded from the given URL and embedded into the PDF document.

PDF digital signature enhancements

  • Provided support to get OCSP and CRL details from existing digitally signed PDF documents to verify the LTV.
  • Provided an API to choose between OCSP and CRL to validate the LTV in a PDF document.

PDF Redaction

Redaction is the process of permanently removing sensitive or confidential data from a PDF document. Now, the Syncfusion WinUI PDF Library supports true PDF redaction. It can redact text, annotations, and form fields from a PDF document.

Redact PDF

External OCR engine

The Syncfusion OCR processor library uses the Tesseract OCR engine by default to extract text from scanned PDFs and images.

Now users can change the default OCR engine to external OCR services from Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google, and more.

HTML-to-PDF conversion enhancement

  • The Syncfusion HTML-to-PDF converter now uses the Chromium Blink rendering engine by default to convert HTML pages to PDF documents. The Blink rendering engine supports all the modern features supported by Google’s Chrome browser.
  • You no longer need to set the path for Blink binaries. By default, it is copied to the bin folder while installing the HTML-to-PDF converter NuGet packages.
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