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What's New in Essential Studio for WPF


What's New in Essential Studio for WPF

WPF developers have plenty to enjoy in 2023 Volume 3, including enhanced Diagram stencil features, selective text redaction support in PDF documents, and an HTML-to-PDF converter upgrade to Chrome 114.0.5735.199.


Symbol duplication in stencils

This feature allows users to duplicate stencil symbols by dragging them while holding the Ctrl key. This is possible within the same symbol group or across different symbol groups. Users can clone symbols from one group and paste them into another.

Symbol duplication in stencils.

Symbol selection mode in stencils

This feature allows users to customize the selection mode of the symbols in the stencil. Users can perform a single or multiple selection of symbols.

Symbol selection mode in stencils.


Theme support for forms and dialog boxes

This feature includes built-in theme support for the following forms and dialog boxes in Spreadsheet:

  • Data Validation window
  • Delete window
  • Find & Replace window
  • Format Cells window
  • GoTo window
  • Insert window
  • Protect sheet window
  • Unprotect sheet window
  • Protect workbook window
  • Unprotect workbook window

PDF Viewer

Delete annotations

The WPF PdfViewer now provides an option to delete annotations either on a specific page or the entire PDF document. This option helps users to remove unwanted annotations from the document.

Show annotations on a page in the organize panel

This feature provides an option to display or hide annotations and form fields on PDF pages.

PDF Library

PDF-to-image conversion

This PDF-to-image converter library converts PDF documents to images without opening the document in the PDF Viewer control. It supports various customizations, such as setting a transparent background and removing annotations from a specific page or range of pages.

Pdf-to-image conversion logo.

Digital signature enhancement

The following enhancements have been made to the digital signature functionality of the PDF Library:

  • An API to get the OCSP/CRL details from the embedded timestamp.
  • Extract images from the digital signature in the PDF document.

Text-only redaction

Users can selectively redact text within a PDF document. This means that graphics or images beneath the text will remain unaffected by redaction. This is particularly useful when users wish to conceal text overlaid on an image without impacting the image in any way.

Remove document information

Users now have the option to effortlessly eliminate document details like title, author, subject, keywords, and other metadata information.

Retrieve image rotation information from a PDF document using the OCR processor

Users can obtain image rotation angles from the OCR processor after performing OCR on a PDF document. With this functionality, users can easily identify rotated images within the PDF and make necessary adjustments to straighten them.

HTML-to-PDF conversion enhancements

The following enhancements have been made to the HTML-to-PDF converter:

  • Users can add HTML content as a header and footer within the converter.
  • Users can now include their own custom CSS and JS while converting HTML to PDF.
  • BlinkBinaries has been updated to the latest version [114.0.5735.199] for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
  • Users can recycle the browser process between conversions to improve performance during HTML-to-PDF conversions.

PowerPoint Library

Convert PowerPoint animations to images

The .NET PowerPoint library allows you to convert PowerPoint slides into images based on the sequence of entrance animations applied to each element in the slide. With this, you can showcase the converted images as a slideshow in your custom PowerPoint Viewer.

Convert PowerPoint animations to images in WPF

Word Library

Compare Word documents

The Syncfusion .NET Word Library allows you to compare two DOCX-format documents and highlight the changes, such as insertions, deletions, and formatting, as tracked changes. With this feature, you can easily identify the changes between two versions of a document.

Compare Word documents in WPF

Excel Library

What-If Analysis with Scenario Manager

The Excel (XlsIO) library now supports the scenario manager in what-if analysis. This allows you to create scenarios with different sets of values for specific cells in the worksheet, and then apply those scenarios to see how the results change.

Users can do the following using the scenario manager.

  • Create scenarios with different sets of values and apply them to view the forecast results.
  • Protect or hide the scenarios to prevent users from changing them.

What-If Analysis with Scenario Manager in Excel document

Threaded comments

The Excel (XlsIO) library now supports threaded comments, allowing multiple users to add comments or reply to the existing comments in an Excel document. This feature is useful for collaborating with Excel documents and to get feedback from others.

Threaded comments conversation in Excel document

Excel to PDF enhancements

The following enhancements have been made in the Excel to PDF conversion.

  • Gradient fill support in the data bar type conditional formatting.
  • Support for converting threaded comments.

Data bar gradient fill in Excel to PDF conversion

Excel to image enhancement

The Excel (XlsIO) library now supports auto shapes during the Excel to image conversion. All the supported shapes in XlsIO will be preserved in the converted image.

Autoshapes in Excel to image conversion

Visual Studio Extension

New feature

WPF Template Studio

Syncfusion is excited to introduce the new WPF Template Studio extension, a powerful tool designed to streamline WPF application development. With an intuitive project wizard, developers can easily create feature-rich WPF applications using Syncfusion components.

WPF Template Studio

To learn more about the WPF Template Studio, refer to this documentation.

WPF item template enhancements

The Syncfusion WPF item templates have been enhanced to seamlessly incorporate Syncfusion controls and their robust features directly into WPF windows. This enhancement simplifies the development process.

WPF Item Template

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