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What's New in Essential Studio for WPF


What's New in Essential Studio for WPF

The 2021 Volume 1 release brings Fluent light and dark themes, reveal animation, and high-visibility focus visuals for keyboard navigation to the WPF control suite, plus PDF invoices with ZUGFeRD 2.1 compliance.


.NET 5.0 toolbox support

Previously, the toolbox was supported only via NuGet. Now, support is provided for the toolbox via installer.

Preview to production-ready controls

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

  • Badge
  • TextInputLayout

Theme Studio

New fluent light and dark themes

New fluent light and dark themes have been implemented for both framework and Syncfusion controls.

WPF fluent theme.

Skin Manager

Size mode

Skin Manager has a SizeMode API to change the default control sizing to add more space around the inner elements, to make them easier to tap.

Size mode in Skin Manager.

Keyboard visual feedback

Skin Manager now supports high-visibility visual feedback when navigating with the keyboard. High-visibility keyboard feedback is enabled by default in fluent theme and you can enable it for other themes, also.

Keyboard visual feedback in Skin Manager.

Scroll bar mode

Now, Skin Manager has scroll bar mode support to enable a Windows 10-like compact scrollbar in 13 themes supported in Theme Studio. Compact scroll bar mode is enabled by default in fluent theme and you can enable it for other themes, also. Compact scroll bar mode shows a thin layer of thumb until users hover over the scroll bar area.

Scroll bar mode in Skin Manager.

Numeric input controls

Spin button

You can now increase or decrease values using the spin button in all numeric input controls (IntegerTextBox, DoubleTextBox, PercentageTextBox, and CurrencyTextBox).

WPF Numeric Editors with Spin Button

SubItems will be displayed in the popup when the drawer menu is collapsed in compact and extended display modes.

WPF SideBar Mennu

Keyboard navigation

Navigation between menu items in the Navigation Drawer can be done using the tab and arrow keys in the keyboard.


MVVM support to expand nodes

Nodes can be expanded or collapsed on loading or at run time by binding the property to ViewModel.

Cancel editing

Users can cancel editing by pressing the “Esc” key. This reverses the currently edited value and returns it to its original value.

WPF TreeView Editing

Editing on tap

Users can edit nodes by tapping or double-tapping them.

WPF TreeView Editing on Tap

Text Input Layout

Combo box and autocomplete input view

This feature allows users to add the framework and Syncfusion combo box and autocomplete input views, such as ComboBox, ComboBoxAdv, and SfTextBoxExt, to the Text Input Layout control.

WPF Text Input Layout with ComboBox

Property Grid


Property grid now loads faster using UI virtualization and container recycling.


Text box shape with top and bottom wrapping style

Preserve the text box shape with top and bottom wrapping style while viewing a Word document in RichTextBox.

Preserve text box shape with top and bottom wrapping style in a Word document

PDF Viewer

This feature renders the file link annotations in PDF files and allows file navigation through the event.

Ink eraser tool

Users can erase the unwanted parts of free hand drawings (ink annotations).


QAT support for custom items

Any kind of custom control, such as combo box, text box, radio button, check box, etc. can be displayed in the Ribbon bar and QAT.

WPF Ribbon custom items support



The default appearance of the tooltip has been improved for better UI, including the tooltip arrowhead and animation. WPF Charts with Tooltip

Word Library

Remove style

Removes a style from the Word document.

Word-to-PDF enhancements

Custom shapes

Preserves custom shapes in DOCX to PDF conversion.

Preserves custom shapes in Word to PDF conversion

PDF Library


Create ZUGFeRD 2.1 compliant PDF invoices.

ZUGFeRD 2.1.

Deferred signing

Digitally sign PDF documents with a deferred signing method. Now, PDF documents in the server can be signed with a client signature.

Elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA)

Digitally sign PDF documents with the advanced ECDSA algorithm.

PowerPoint Library

Embed a binary file as OLE

Embeds the binary files as an OLE object in PowerPoint documents.

Display OLE object as an icon

Displays the embedded OLE object as an icon or content in PowerPoint documents.

Radial Gauge

Animation duration

This feature allows users to set the duration for pointer animation.

Circular ProgressBar

Buffer state

Uses a secondary progress indicator when the primary task depends on the secondary task. This will allow users to visualize both primary and secondary tasks’ progress simultaneously.

WPF Circular ProgressBar


Diagram Ribbon enhancement

Apply a professional look to the diagrams with themes and variants from the Design tab. A theme in SfDiagram is a set of colors and effects that can be applied to a drawing with a single click.

WPF Diagram Ribbon with Fluent Theme

Overview improvement

Zoom in or out of the diagram from the Overview control by moving the slider or clicking zoom in or out buttons.

WPF Diagram Overview control with zoom options

Image Editor

Circular cropping

This feature allows users to crop an image in a circle or ellipse shape.

WPF Image Editors with Circle Cropping

Smith Chart

Access the Smith Chart’s center, radius, and area boundary values

This feature allows users to access the Smith Chart’s center, radius, and area boundary values.



Fluent, Material, Office2019 themes support are provided for the Spreadsheet control.

WPF Spreadsheet with MaterialLight and Office2019Black themes

Display ToolTip

The Spreadsheet Ribbon displays information about each command using a tooltip.

WPF SpreadsheetRibbon with tooltip

Tab Control

Auto scrolling

Tab autoscrolling makes it easy to rearrange a tab from one place to another when there are several tab items.

Auto scroll tabitems when item are reordered in TabControlExt


Tooltip duration

This feature allows users to set the duration for tooltip animation.

Visual Studio Extensions

Item Template

The Syncfusion Item Template provides an easy-to-use wizard to add the Chromeless Window and Ribbon Window in WPF applications. Syncfusion WPF window provides an option to customize the window title bar quickly. It also comes with various built-in themes to present an appealing user interface.

Syncfusion Item Template

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