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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2020 VOLUME 2

What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

For Xamarin.Forms, we’ve added a new Signature Pad component, WPF support for the Avatar View and Badge View components, support for error bars and box-and-whisker plots in the Charts control, and more.

What's New for Xamarin.Forms SfSignaturePad widget | Syncfusion

Signature Pad (Preview)

The Xamarin.Forms Signature Pad control is used to capture and save signatures in an application. This control displays the drawing path that varies based on writing speed, providing a real pen effect.

Key features

  • Minimum and maximum width of a stroke can be customized.
  • Stroke color can be customized.
  • ImageSource format is supported.

SignaturePad

What's New for Xamarin.Forms SfAvatarView widget | Syncfusion

Avatar View

The Avatar View control now supports WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

AvatarView

Charts

ErrorBar chart

The new ErrorBarSeries in Xamarin.Forms allows users to visualize the variability of data and indicates the errors or uncertainty in the reported values.

ErrorBar chart

BoxAndWhisker chart

The new BoxAndWhiskerSeries in Xamarin.Forms depicts groups of numerical data through their quartiles. The lines in the chart represent variability outside the upper and lower quartiles.

BoxAndWhisker chart

Word Library

Table of contents

Allows updating the table of contents in a Word document.

Update table of contents in Word document

Security

Encrypt a Word document with a password and open an encrypted Word document with the valid password.

Encrypt and decrypt a Word document

SEQ fields

Word Library now allows updating SEQ (sequence) fields in a Word document.

Update a SEQ field in a Word document

Track changes enhancements

Word Library now provides the following features in tracked changes preservation:

  • Move-to and move-from revisions are preserved in Word documents (DOCX and WordML).
  • Move-to and move-from revisions can be accepted and rejected.
  • Style and section property tracked changes are preserved in Word documents.
  • All tracked revisions in a Word document can be accessed through an API.

Track changes enhancements

FirstColumn and LastColumn in bookmarks

Word Library now provides FirstColumn and LastColumn APIs to define the column range for bookmarks inside tables in Word documents.

Mathematical equations in Word-to-PDF conversion

Word Library now preserves mathematical equations (MathML) when converting Word documents (DOCX and WordML) to PDF.

Mathematical equations in Word-to-PDF conversion

Maps

Marker virtualization

This feature allows users to virtualize a large number of markers when zooming and panning maps.

PDF Library

Redact annotation

Mark the words or areas to be redacted with the Redact Annotation. Redact_PDF_ocument

Cloud style annotation

Create a shape annotation with the cloud style. Cloud_style_annotation

PowerPoint Library

Extract OLE object

PowerPoint Library now allows extracting embedded OLE objects from a PowerPoint presentation.

Extract OLE object from a PowerPoint presentation

Badge View

Xamarin.Forms for WPF

WPF platform support has been provided for the Badge View component.

WPF Badge View image in Xamarin.Forms.

Chat

Image messages

Support to display images as messages in a chat.

Image Message in Xamarin.Forms Chat

Card messages

Display a list of interactive cards containing an image, title, and description as messages in the Chat control.

Card Message in Xamarin.Forms Chat

Attachment button

Display custom buttons in the editor area to support media attachments in the chat.

Attachment Button in Xamarin.Forms Chat

Load more messages

This feature allows you to load messages both automatically and manually (by tapping the load more button) when scrolling to the top of the list of messages.

Single-line messages

Allows you to restrict users from typing multiline messages in the editor.

Sticky keyboard

Choose to show or hide the keyboard after a message is sent.

DataGrid

Cell selection

Support to select individual cells of the DataGrid.

Xamarin.Forms DataGrid cell selection

Data pager theme support

Customize the data pager’s appearance using predefined dynamic resource keys and built-in light and dark themes.

Xamarin.Forms pager dark theme

PDF Viewer

Asynchronous PDF loading and cancellation

This feature allows users to load PDF files asynchronously and cancel the loading operation while it is in progress.

Customize the position of handwritten signatures

This feature allows users to customize the position of handwritten signatures when the “Done” button on the built-in signature pad is tapped.

Disable annotation interaction

This feature allows users to disable selecting, moving, and resizing annotations.

Tiled rendering in Android

This feature allows users to render the PDF pages using the tiled layer approach in Android to reduce memory consumption.

Enable or disable built-in toolbar dynamically

This feature allows users to enable or disable the built-in toolbar dynamically at runtime.

Runtime refresh

Refresh the Popup control in a view for value changes and size changes.

Rich Text Editor

Save image as base64 in HTML text

This features allows users to retrieve an image as base64 in HTML text.

Default font size and font color

This feature allows users to set the default font size and font color of the Rich Text Editor.

Default Font Color and Size

Placeholder customization

This feature allows users to set the font size, font color, and font family for placeholder text.

Placeholder Customization

Dark theme support

You can apply a dark theme to the Rich Text Editor using predefined dynamic resource keys.

Dark Theme

Excel Library

Export Excel data to JSON files

Essential XlsIO supports converting Excel data to JSON files by simply saving the workbook using the SaveAsJson method. This support includes the features to save,  

  • a workbook as a simple JSON file or a JSON file with XML schema
  • a workbook to JSON
  • a worksheet to JSON
  • a range to JSON
  • a stream with the above features

Excel to JSON

Export Excel notes to PDF

Essential XlsIO provides support to export Excel notes to a PDF document that will be displayed similar to the worksheet cells or at the end of the worksheet.

Excel to JSON

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