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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2018 VOLUME 4

What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

Volume 4 adds new Button, Border, Backdrop, and other controls, predefined dynamic resource keys for mass theming, and form-filling and editing support in PDF Viewer.

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Common

Theme Support

Now, you can easily theme all the controls using predefined dynamic resource keys.

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Backdrop

New control

The new Backdrop control is composed of two surfaces, a back layer and a front layer. The back layer displays actions that will update the front layer’s content.

Key features

  • Integrates with the Xamarin.Forms ContentPage and supports seamless navigation and toolbar customizations.
  • Back layer height automatically adjusts based on its content, and provides an option to expand the content to fit the screen.
  • Curved and flat edge shapes for the front layer with corner radius customization options.
  • Smooth animations for revealing and concealing the back layer content.

Backdrop

Badge View

New control

Badges are used to notify users of new or unread messages, notifications, or the status of something. They can also be used in conjunction with lists to represent the stage of an item, such as New, Old, or Preview.

Key features

  • Customize the badge background with predefined colors.
  • Choose predefined notification icons for badges.
  • Position the badge text around the badge content.
  • Use animations for badge text.

Xamarin.Forms BadgeView

Border

New control

The new Border control is a container control that allows you to apply borders, background, border width, and corner radii.

Key features

  • Customize the background, border width, and border color of the Border control.
  • Implement a circular image.
  • Customize all the edges with different corner radii.

Xamarin Forms Border control.

Button

New control

The Xamarin.Forms Button is a custom button control with UI customization, toggle states, and theme support. You can set icons, background images, and corner edge radii and customize the appearance for different visual states using the visual state manager.

Key features

  • Easily customize a button as an outline, flat, circle, or icon button.
  • Use visual states such as pressed, normal, checked, and unchecked.
  • Display an image as the background for the control.
  • Display custom content in the button control.
  • Use a toggle button.

Button

Chips

New control

The new chip control presents information in an interactive and customizable layout. The new chip group control arranges multiple chip controls in a variable layout and groups them to make selections.

Key features

  • Preferred layouts can be used to arrange chip elements.
  • Has support to add input views in a group.
  • Single and Multiple selection.
  • Command support.

Xamarin.forms Chip control

Parallax View

New control

The new ParallaxView control binds the scroll position of a foreground element (e.g., a list) to a background element and moves the background element at a different speed.

Key features

  • The speed of the parallax scroll can be customized.
  • Horizontal and vertical orientation support.
  • Built-in integration with SfListView and SfRotator
  • Any control that implements the IParallaxView interface can be bound.

ParallaxView

Essential DocIO

Update field enhancements

Essential DocIO now allows updating the AutoNum and Set fields in a Word document.

Restart numbering in lists

Essential DocIO now allows numbering in lists to be restarted in the Word documents while performing mail merge and merging multiple Word documents.

List restart numbering

Hyphenation in Word-to-PDF and Word-to-image conversions

Essential DocIO now allows hyphenating text in a Word document while converting it to PDF or image format.

Hyphenation in Word-to-PDF conversion

Track changes in Word-to-PDF conversion

Essential DocIO now allows showing revision marks in a generated PDF when converting Word documents with tracked changes or revisions.

Tracked changes in Word-to-PDF conversion

Word-to-PDF enhancements

Essential DocIO now provides the following features in Word-to-PDF conversion:

  • 30% improvement in conversion performance.
  • Improvements in text size calculation to paginate Word documents properly.
  • Preservation of rotated images.
  • Option to embed complete or subset font information for TrueType fonts.
  • PDF conformance level PDF/A1B or PDF/X-1a:2001 for long-term archiving.
  • Preservation of complex script text.

Essential PDF

OpenType font

Add text to a PDF document by using OpenType font.

OpenType font in PDF.

PDF/A-1b conformance

Create a PDF/A-1b conforming document.

Create a PDF/A-1b conformance.

PDF Viewer

RTL

RTL support changes the flow of the UI to right-to-left based on the culture of the device.

RTL

Form filling and editing

Form filling and editing support allows users to fill and edit form fields present in the PDF document.

Form Filling and Editing

Handwritten signature

Handwritten signature support allows users to add, edit, and delete handwritten signatures in the signature form field present in the PDF document.

Handwritten Signature

Essential Presentation

Connector

Add, edit, and remove connectors in PowerPoint files.

Connector

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Calendar

Inline and agenda view customization

Support to customize inline and agenda view events using template and template selector.

Inline view customization in Xamarin.Forms SfCalendar

Chart

Straight line support in data marker connector

Change the connector of a data marker to a horizontal line in circular charts. At present, the connector line of a data marker is rendered based on the angle of the respective segment.

Xamarin.Forms circular series connector line type support

Plot range column chart type with single Y value

A typical range column chart requires two values, high and low, but this feature allows users to plot the range column chart with a single y-value. This is possible when the y-value is considered the delta value for a range column chart, and the segments are arranged at the center of the chart area.

Xamarin.Forms range column single y-value support.

Series selection support

Highlight an entire series by touching anywhere on the series.

Custom axis

Add an axis to the chart without mapping it to any series. This is typically used to duplicate a y-axis and display it on the opposite side of the y-axis. The axis can always be kept in the UI even though the respective series is removed or added at runtime.

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DataForm

Change multiline text editor height

Increase or decrease text editor height based on user input to improve readability in multiline text editor.

Multiline text editor support in Xamarin.Forms SfDataForm

Customize validation message

Support to customize validation messages using templates in DataForm.

Validation message customization in Xamarin.Forms SfDataForm

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DataGrid

UnboundRow

Display additional rows which are not bound to the underlying data source using the unbound row functionality.

Xamarin Forms DataGrid with Unbound Row

RTL support

DataGrid control provides RTL support to change the flow of text to a right-to-left orientation.

Xamarin Forms DataGrid with RTL Flow Direction

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Diagram

Virtualization

Virtualization enables faster rendering by loading the diagramming objects available only on the visible area. Remaining objects will be loaded when they come into view.

Auto scroll

This feature allows users to automatically scroll the Diagram whenever a node or connector is moved beyond the visible boundary.

Xamarin.Forms SfDiagram auto scroll

Relative positioning for annotation

This feature allows users to arrange annotations in relative positions.

Xamarin.Forms SfDiagram relative position for annotation

Image Editor

Image quality improvement

Save an image without losing its original quality.

Kanban

DataTemplateSelector support for card template

Customize the data template of cards based on DataTemplateSelector.

Xamarin.Forms Kanban data template selector support.

RTL support

Change the left-to-right alignment of the Kanban Board to right-to-left (RTL).

Xamarin.Forms Kanban RTL support

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ListView

Pushing sticky group header

Support to push the sticky group header when another group header leads (e.g., Contact list in Android and iOS device).

Xamarin.Forms ListView pushing sticky group header

RTL support

ListView control provides RTL support to change the flow direction of text from right to left in vertical orientation.

Xamarin.Forms ListView Right to left

Maps

Tooltip support for maps

Tooltip support has been provided to the shapes, markers, and bubbles of a map’s shape layer and the markers of a map’s tile layer. The tooltips feature animation and template support for customization. Tooltips are used to show information about the shapes, markers, and bubbles when the end user taps the map elements.

Numeric Entry

Range support

Restrict the Values to within a specific range by setting the Maximum and Minimum property values.

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Schedule

RTL support

Provides right to left flow direction support in Schedule control.

RTL support in Xamarin.Forms SfSchedule

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Text Input Layout

RTL support

This feature allows users to change the alignment of the Text Input Layout control to right-to-left (RTL).

RTL Text Input Layout

Container customization

The None container type can be used in addition to the Filled and Outlined types, where the hint and input view will be positioned compactly without any background decorations for the container.

Text Input Layout with None Container Type

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TreeView

RTL

Support to change the flow of text to the right-to-left direction in TreeView control.

RTL Flow Direction

On-demand loading

Support to add nodes on demand when the expander is tapped in TreeView control.

RTL Flow Direction

Essential XlsIO

Excel to PDF

Excel documents can be converted to PDF. This converts Excel files with data, styles, rich-text, Unicode characters, conditional formats, pivot tables, tables, shapes, images, text boxes, page setup options, page breaks, print area, headers, and footers.

Excel to PDF

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