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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms


What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

Our Xamarin.Forms suite continues to grow, as Volume 3 enables the Circular Gauge to be exported as an image, enhances the Busy Indicator with Material-type animation, and brings multilevel support to hierarchical collection data in the TreeMap.


Clear button support

Clear button support has been added to the Autocomplete control when loaded inside the Text Input Layout control.

Show clear button in Autocomplete

Busy Indicator

Material animation

The Busy Indicator control now features a Material-style animation.

Material animation type in Busy Indicator

Circular Gauge

Image export

Export the circular gauge to a file stream and various image formats.

Dragging events

Use the following events when the user drags the pointer:

  • ValueChangeStarted: Called when the user starts selecting a new value for the pointer by dragging.
  • ValueChanging: Called during a drag when the user is selecting but before there’s a new value for the pointer.
  • ValueChanged: Called when the user is selecting a new value for the pointer by dragging.
  • ValueChangeCompleted: Called when the user is done selecting a new value for the pointer by dragging.


Clear button support

Clear button support has been provided for the ComboBox control when loaded inside the Text Input Layout control.

Show Clear Button in ComboBox

Date Picker

Date format

The date format dd/MM/yyyy has been added.

Date format

Word Library

Paper source settings

Access and modify the paper source settings in a Word document with the FirstPageTray and OtherPagesTray APIs.

Shapes in RTF format

Preserve shapes in RTF-to-DOCX conversion and vice versa.

Shapes in RTF-to-DOCX conversion.

Word-to-PDF enhancements

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

  • Justify the text in a paragraph, like in Microsoft Word 2013.
  • Automatically detect font names from themes for East Asian text.
  • Draw double strikethrough and underline styles, like in Microsoft Word.

Image Editor

Hide the delete icon button

Hide or show the delete icon button in the Image Editor.

Color palette circle size

Customize the color palette circle size.

Zoom level

Zoom images programmatically.


Tap and pan events

New events when tapping and panning a map to draw and edit shapes.

Bring selected marker to top

Bring a selected map marker above all the other markers.

Masked Entry

Cursor position and position changing event

Set the cursor position for the Masked Entry control and use a new event that provides notification of cursor position changes.

Masked Entry cursor position support in Xamarin.Forms.

PDF Library


Render Pdf417Barcode in PDF pages and images.


Sign PDF documents externally using hash

Sign PDF documents externally using PDF document hash.

External digital signature

Detect blank PDF page

Find empty PDF pages in existing PDF documents.

Detect PDF conformance

Detect the PDF conformance of existing PDF documents.

Annotation import and export

Import and export annotations in JSON format.

PowerPoint Library

PPTX-to-PDF enhancements

PPTX-to-PDF conversion in PowerPoint Library has been enhanced:

  • Automatically detect font names from themes for complex script and East Asian text.
  • Use an API to define a fallback font for any Unicode character range. This fallback font is used to render characters that do not have glyphs in the original font.


Border thickness

Use the border thickness property to set the width of an element’s four borders.


Swipe all rows

Swipe all rows (table summary, group summary, caption summary, unbound) except header rows.

Rich Text Editor

Insert HTML text

Insert HTML text or raw text at the current cursor position.

Toolbar position

Switch the position of a toolbar to the top or bottom of the screen.

Rich text editor toolbar top position.

Tabbed View

UI virtualization

Loading the UI on demand to the view in Tabbed View control.


Multi-level support for hierarchical collection data

Users can display multiple-level tree map nodes when using a hierarchical data collection.

Multi-level support in Xamarin.Forms.

Excel Library

Excel to PDF enhancements

Excel-to-PDF conversion has been enhanced:

  • Convert Excel charts with images and shapes to a PDF or image.
  • Convert data bars and color scales of conditional formats to PDF.
  • Convert Excel form controls to PDF AcroForm fields or flattened images.

Excel to PDF enhancements.

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