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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms


What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

The first release of the year enhances our Xamarin.Forms offering with customizable ink eraser thickness in PDF Viewer, the ability to move the cursor position programmatically in the Rich Text Editor, and support to convert a Markdown file to a Word document with Word Library.

Excel Library

Slicer support for Excel tables

Users can now programmatically create slicers for Excel tables to filter table data in Excel files. This feature provides a user-friendly interface that allows users to filter data quickly by selecting options from the slicer. With this new capability, users can quickly, more efficiently, and more accurately analyze and manipulate their data in Excel files.

Slicer in Excel in Xamarin.Forms

Excel-to-PDF conversion enhancements

Our Excel-to-PDF conversion has been updated to provide the following enhancements. These enhancements ensure that the Excel document’s appearance is maintained in the resultant PDF document:

  • Preserves gradient fill for cells and shapes.
  • Preserves cell formats that are applied through date-occurring conditional formatting.

Excel to PDF in Xamarin.Forms

PDF Viewer

Render digital signatures

Render digital signatures in existing PDF documents in a non-interactive way to avoid data loss while viewing. Signature integrity is preserved if no editing operation is performed.

Custom PDF rendering engine

Use a third-party rendering engine (like PDFium) to render the pages of a PDF document in the Xamarin.Forms UWP platform.

Render annotations in their stacking order

PDF Viewer renders annotations in their original stacking order (z-index) on a page.

Add and modify form fields programmatically

This feature allows users to add and modify form field values programmatically.

Adjust ink eraser thickness

This feature allows users to set and adjust the thickness of the ink eraser tool. This feature helps erase ink strokes more efficiently.

Xamarin PDF Viewer Ink Eraser Thickness

Rich Text Editor

Move cursor position

The Rich Text Editor supports moving the cursor position to the beginning or end of the content.

Word Library

Markdown-to-Word conversion

The Syncfusion .NET Word Library now supports converting an existing Markdown file to a Word document. Also, load images based on the image source path using an event while converting Markdown file to a Word document.

Markdown to Word in Xamarin.Forms

Find Word document elements

The Syncfusion .NET Word Library now supports finding Word document elements based on specified properties and their corresponding values.

For example, with this new functionality, you can find

  • An image with an alternative text (Alt text) value as “logo”.
  • The content control with type “plain text” and “first name” as the title.
  • Block content controls with “address” as the title.
  • Charts with type “pie” and “analysis report” as the title.
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