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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2020 VOLUME 4

What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

Enhance your cross-platform mobile apps with new Xamarin features in Volume 4, including auto tab header width support in the Tabbed View control, blurred overlay background support in the Popup control, and subscript and superscript support in the Rich Text Editor.

Autocomplete

Auto drop-down placement

Support has been provided to place the drop-down at either the top or bottom of the control based on the available space.

AutoDropDown

ComboBox

Auto drop-down placement

Support has been provided to place the drop-down at either the top or bottom of the control based on the available space.

AutoDropDown

Xamarin.Forms WPF platform support

Xamarin.Forms WPF platform support has been provided for the ComboBox component.

WPF platform

Word Library

Metadata properties

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

Update word count

Updates the count of paragraphs, words, and characters in a Word document.

Word-to-PDF enhancements

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

  • SkiaSharp version has been upgraded from 1.59.0 to 2.80.2.
  • Draw list numbers in Spanish format during Word to PDF conversion.

Image Editor

Circular cropping

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

Circle cropping support in Xamarin.Forms.

Disable dragging for shapes

This feature allows users to enable or disable dragging for a selected shape.

Masked Entry

Select all text on focus

This feature allows users to select all text when the control is focused on.

Select all text on focus support in Xamarin.Forms.

Read-only text support

This feature allows users to prevent text from being modified in the Masked Entry.

Numeric Entry

Comma separator on focus

This feature allows users to enable the comma separator for the input values when the control is focused on.

Comma separator on focus support in Xamarin.Forms.

Read-only text support

This feature allows users to prevent text from being modified in the Numeric Entry.

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:

  • SkiaSharp version has been upgraded from 1.59.0 to 2.80.2.
  • 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.

Range Slider

Border color and rounded corners

Border color and rounded corners support has been added to the Range Slider.

RangeSlider

Chat

Event support for message interactions

Allows users to listen to events for the following message interactions: • Tap • Double tap • Long press

Item converter

Binds the ItemsSource with a collection of data objects and converts those data objects to the message object required by the chat control.

DataGrid

Customize border for specific cells

Customizes the border of a specific cell based on the criteria.

Set style properties in XAML

Sets the style for each element of a DataGrid in XAML.

Blurred overlay background

Users can show the blur effect on an overlay background.

Blurred overlay background in Xamarin Forms Popup.

Rich Text Editor

Subscript and superscript

Subscript and superscript support has been provided in the Rich Text Editor.

Rich text editor Subscript and Superscript.

Step ProgressBar

Dark and light themes

Dark and light themes support has been provided in the step progress bar.

Dark Theme Step progress bar.

Tabbed View

Auto tab width support

Provides support to render the Tabbed View control’s tabs based on the text size.

TabView

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.
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