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What's New in Essential Studio for WPF

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2020 VOLUME 4

What's New in Essential Studio for WPF

Volume 4 expands our WPF tools with a new Badge control, production-ready Scheduler and StepProgressBar controls, a new Office 2019 high-contrast white theme, and a new ribbon and improved stencils for Diagram.

Common

.NET 5.0 support

Syncfusion WPF controls now support .NET 5.0.

Preview to production-ready controls

The following controls have been developed to meet industrial standards and now marked as production-ready controls for WPF:

  • Scheduler
  • StepProgressBar

Theme Studio

New Office2019 High contrast white theme

A new office2019 high contrast white theme support has been provided for both framework and Syncfusion controls.

Office2019 High Contrast White

System theme

The system theme has been updated to generate both framework and Syncfusion controls from ThemeStudio.

New Badge Control (Preview)

The new WPF Badge control is used to notify users of messages via a simple, elegant badge view. The Badge control will be loaded with predefined shapes and contextual color variants. It can be easily integrated with other controls like Button, Ribbon, and Listview.

WPF Badge control used for a mail box.

Scheduler

Load on demand

Load appointments on demand for the visible date range with the loading indicator. Loading appointments on demand improves loading performance ranging multiple years.

Load on demand in Scheduler.

Appointment reminder

The Scheduler alerts you with reminders at specified time periods before an appointment’s start time.

Appointment reminder in Scheduler.

Timeline views

View timeline day, timeline week, timeline workweek, and timeline month views without dynamically switching among day, week, workweek, and month views on the timeline.

Timeline views in Scheduler.

Merge adjacent view for special time region

Merge adjacent special time regions and show them as a single region instead of showing them separately for each day in week and workweek views.

Special time region in Scheduler.

Recurrence helper methods

Get the appointment occurrence of a specific date from the pattern of appointments and get the pattern of appointments from a specific appointment occurrence.

Theme color support

Appointment background, foreground, and dragging time indicator colors can be customized based on the theme.

Theme color support in Scheduler.

Diagram

Diagram ribbon

The new Diagram Ribbon component is a predefined, fully customizable, and ready-to-use ribbon control that provides the UI for the most common features and settings of the Diagram control and its elements. These features and settings include saving and loading diagrams, printing and exporting to an image, formatting text within diagram shapes, customizing the appearance of diagram shapes, and more.

Diagram Ribbon control

Stencil feature improvements

The following enhancements have been made to the stencil feature:

  • Provided support to search for symbols from the collection of symbol groups and categories.
  • Provided support to specify a title for the stencil.
  • Provided support to switch the symbol filter display mode to either combo box or list view.
  • Provided support for compact and expand stencil display modes.

Diagram stencil feature improvements

Display mode

Users can opt for compact and expanded mode displays of the drawer menu.

Items and ItemsSource support

Users can populate the drawer using Items and ItemsSource collections.

Hierarchical menu

Supports hierarchical display of items in the drawer.

Predefined item types

Users can now populate the drawer menu with predefined item types such as Tab, Button, Header, and Separator.

DisplayMode_WPF

Ribbon

Application Menu

The Ribbon control provides application menu support that contains standard commands based on the Windows Explorer. The menu appears when a user clicks the file or backstage button.

WPF Ribbon application menu support

Placement support for BackStage

Previously, the BackStage opened and closed only when the ribbon was placed within the RibbonWindow. Now, it opens or closes within any window or placement target specified by the users. BackStage also opens under the Ribbon tab or occupies the window or placement target’s entire client area.

WPF Ribbon placement support for BackStage

Different Animation support for BackStage

Previously, the BackStage opened and closed with scale transition only. Now, provided different types of animations such as fade, scale, and zoom and support to customize the animation duration.

RichTextBox

@Mentions

Select a person from the suggestions shown automatically by typing the @ symbol, followed by their name.

Automatic suggestion in RichTextBox.

Step ProgressBar

Secondary content

Secondary content support has been provided for the step progress bar.

Secondary content Step progress bar.

Excel Library

Enhancements in XlsIO

The following enhancements were done in the XlsIO library.

  • An event is provided to control the data export from Excel to DataTable.
  • Long-dash line pattern is now supported in Excel charts.

Word Library

Metadata properties

Accesses metadata properties of a Word document used in the SharePoint document library.

Word-to-PDF enhancements

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

  • Draw list numbers in Spanish format during Word to PDF conversion.

PDF Library

EAN-13 and EAN-8 barcodes

Render EAN-13 and EAN-8 barcodes in PDF pages and images.

EAN barcode

Read and edit JavaScript PDF actions

Read and edit JavaScript PDF actions from the PDF document.

PowerPoint Library

Language for text part

Access and modify the language property of the text in a PowerPoint presentation.

PPTX-to-PDF and PPTX-to-Image enhancements

PPTX-to-PDF and PPTX-to-image conversions have been enhanced in PowerPoint Library:

  • The fallback font is used to render characters that do not have glyphs in the original font during PPTX to image conversion.
  • Draws gradient line for shapes during PPTX to PDF and image conversion.
  • Draws gradient fill with transparency for shapes during PPTX to PDF and image conversion.

DataGrid

Synchronize data operations of ICollectionView

Synchronize the data operations, such as filtering, sorting, and grouping, of an ICollectionView bound to a DataGrid.

TreeView

Delete selected nodes

This feature allows users to delete one or more selected nodes by pressing the DELETE key on a keyboard.

Circular ProgressBar

Corner radius

Corner radius support has been provided for the circular progress bar.

Corner radius circular progress bar.

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