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What's New in Essential Studio for WPF


What's New in Essential Studio for WPF

New features for the tree grid, PDF viewer, diagram, and syntax editor controls enhance your projects for the desktop.

Tree Grid

Built-in row drag and drop

Support has been added for dragging and dropping rows within a tree grid or between two tree grids. This feature also allows the dragging of rows from and to any other control.

PDF Viewer

Layer support

The layer support in PDF viewer allows the user to toggle the visibility of individual and groups of layers in the PDF document to view, print, save, and export as images.



  • Separator support for context menu.
  • Undo and redo support for connector, annotation, and port editing.
  • Undo and redo can be performed for custom actions.
  • Selection-based zooming support.

Printing enhancements

  • Quality improvement.
  • New dialog to control page size, margins, and orientation.
  • Headers and footers.

Essential XlsIO

Group shape support

XlsIO now allows grouping multiple shapes into a single grouped shape. This is used to apply shape settings to all the shapes in a group at the same time. All grouped shapes can be ungrouped at once or a specific shape can be ungrouped.

AutoShapes support in Excel to PDF conversion

Excel documents with AutoShapes can now be converted to PDF.

Pivot Table layout enhancement

Supports additional layout option to repeat data of specific fields or all fields.

Excel chart styles

By setting the style ID between 1 and 48, the chart style can now be changed easily. The default style ID is 2.

Copy and paste enhancement

Skips blank cells while copying data from source range to destination range.

Essential PDF

PDF to PDF/A-1b

Convert existing PDF documents to PDF/A-1b documents.

Custom metadata

Add custom metadata to PDF documents.

Document timestamp

Add timestamp to PDF documents without using certificates.

Digital signature flattening

Flatten the digital signature fields in existing PDF documents.

Auto resize the text of text box fields

Automatically resize the text of text box fields.

Adding annotation to the PDF layers

Add annotations to the PDF layers.

Essential DocIO

Word-to-PDF enhancements

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

  • Preservation of the embedded fonts from a Word DOCX document in the resultant PDF document.
  • Editable form fields such as text boxes, check boxes, and drop-downs in the Word document are now converted to their equivalent AcroForm fields in the resultant PDF document.
  • Headings in the Word document are now converted to PDF bookmarks in the resultant PDF document.
  • Word documents are now converted into 508 compliant accessible PDF (Tagged PDF) documents.
  • Customization of font substitution with an option to set the alternate font stream.

Strict Open XML documents

Essential DocIO now allows you to open and save Strict Open XML format (*.docx) documents.

Syntax Editor

Print the documents loaded in the syntax editor. Display a print preview to review the documents and customize the page settings before printing.

Masked Edit

Support has been provided for optional, negative lookahead, and positive lookahead regular expressions.

Pivot Grid

Excel-like Layout

Users can now visualize the pivot grid’s appearance to be similar to the grid in Microsoft Excel.

Keyboard Accelerator Support

Allows users to interact with the built-in dialog windows and context menus by using access keys.


Seconds support

Provides support to visualize tasks in terms of seconds in the chart.

Essential Presentation

Animation support

Support to create and edit animations in PowerPoint presentation.

Report Designer

Localization enhancements

Improvements have been made to the report designer resources for localizing all static content, including: report item wizards, data creation dialogs, property dialogs, context tab, property grid, report data pane, and expression editor.


Appearance enhancements

Built-in themes such as Office 2016-inspired themes, Metro, and Blend have been included to change the appearance of the control.

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