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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2019 VOLUME 4

What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

Volume 4 delivers exciting new controls for your cross-platform mobile projects, including Chat, DatePicker, and TimePicker controls, plus new stacked line and 100% stacked line chart types in the Charts control.

Chat (Preview)

New control

The Chat control for Xamarin.Forms provides a modern conversational chatbot experience. It is a flexible control that shows a conversation between two or more users in a fully customizable layout.

Key features

  • Message types: Built-in support for various message types such as text, calendar, date picker, time picker, and hyperlink.

  • Message input area: Send messages to users by interacting with the built-in editor and the button at the bottom of the chat control.

  • Time break: Shows chat messages in groups based on the date and time the messages were created.

  • Typing indicator: Indicates the users who are currently typing.

xamarin forms chat control

Date Picker (Preview)

New control

The Date Picker control for Xamarin.Forms lets users quickly select a date and specify minimum and maximum dates to restrict date selection.

Key features

  • Displays different date formats.

  • Supports customizing header text, column header text, and background color.

  • Supports minimum date and maximum date restrictions.

  • Supports standalone and dialog modes.

Xamarin.Forms Date Picker

Time Picker (Preview)

New control

The touch-friendly Time Picker control for Xamarin.Forms lets users quickly select a time.

Key features

  • Displays different time formats.

  • Supports customizing header text, column header text, and background color.

  • Supports standalone and dialog modes.

Xamarin.Forms Time Picker

Charts

Stacked line and 100% stacked line charts

The new stacked line and stacked line 100 series in Xamarin.Forms Charts allow users to visualize the different series stacked together to show a cumulative value.

Stacked line charts

Dashes support for line series

This feature allows users to set a dashed line for line series.

Dashed line series

DataTable binding

This feature allows users to bind the DataTable collection to the chart series.

DataGrid

Load More view customization

This feature allows users to customize the size and opacity value of the Load More view.

Word Library

Mathematical equations

Word Library now allows creating and editing mathematical equations (MathML) in Word documents (DOCX and WordML).

Mathematical equations in Word documents

Autofit table content

Word Library now automatically adjusts table cell size based on its content.

Automatically adjust table cell size

ListView

Disable scrolling

This feature allows users to disable scrolling in ListView and render full-height content.

SelectionChanged command

This feature provides command support for the SelectionChanged event in ListView.

Maps

Render polylines, polygons and points from a collection of points

This feature allows users to render polyline, polygon and point shapes on maps using a collection of points.

Open street map with polyline shape.

Downloading tiles asynchronously

This feature allows users to downloading tiles asynchronously by using RequestTileUri event.

Masked Entry

ReturnType, ReturnCommand, and ReturnCommandParameter support

These features allow users to control the appearance of the keyboard’s Return button and execute a command when they press it.

Displaying a Clear Button

This feature is used to control whether a masked entry displays a clear button that allows the user to clear the text.

Clear button visibility

PDF Library

PDF/A conformance

Support provided to create PDF/A conformance documents. Using this library, the following types of conformance documents can be created.

  • PDF/A-1a
  • PDF/A-2a
  • PDF/A-3a
  • PDF/A-2u
  • PDF/A-3u

PDF/A Conformance.

Validate the incrementally saved PDF digital signatures

Improved the PDF digital signature validation algorithm to identify Incremental saving attacks (ISA).

Validate incrementally saved signatures.

Remove duplicate resources when merging PDF documents

Support provided to remove duplicate PDF resources such as image and fonts when merging PDF documents.

Remove the duplicate PDF resources.

Create Long Term Validation (LTV) when signing PDF documents externally

This feature allows you to digitally sign a PDF document externally with LTV.

Create LTV.

Create ZUGFeRD 2.0 PDF document

Support provided to create ZUGFeRD 2.0 PDF documents.

ZUGFeRD version 2.0.

SfSchedule

Resource view mode

Support for a discrete timeline view for each resource has been provided to enhance the viewability of appointments.

Resource view mode

Effects View (Preview)

UWP support

We have added UWP support for the Effects View control.

Effects View

Numeric Entry

ReturnType and ReturnCommand support

These features allow users to control the appearance of the keyboard’s Return button and execute a command when they press it.

PDF Viewer

This feature allows users to print PDF documents.

Import and export annotations support

This feature allows users to import and export PDF annotations in FDF and XFDF formats.

Rich Text Editor (Preview)

Placeholder support

This feature allows users to provide a placeholder for the Rich Text Editor.

Placeholder support in Rich Text Editor

Right-to-left (RTL) support

The Rich Text Editor control provides support to change the flow of the UI from right to left based on the culture of the device.

RTL support in Rich Text Editor

Focus and unfocus support in Xamarin.Forms for Android and UWP

This feature allows users to programmatically focus and unfocus the Rich Text Editor control in Xamarin.Forms for Android and UWP platforms.

Undo and redo support in Xamarin.Forms UWP

This feature allows undo and redo operations in the Rich Text Editor for Xamarin.Forms UWP.

Undo and redo support in Rich Text Editor UWP

Read-only support

This feature allows users to restrict editing in Rich Text Editor.

This feature allows you to insert, edit, browse, and remove hyperlinks in the Rich Text Editor.

Shimmer (Preview)

UWP support

We have added UWP support for the Shimmer control.

Shimmer

StepProgressBar

Right-to-left (RTL) support

The StepProgressBar control provides support to change the flow of the UI from right to left based on the culture of the device.

RTL support in StepProgressBar

Text Input Layout

Picker, date picker, and time picker support

Support added for input views such as a picker, date picker, and time picker in Android and iOS.

Excel Library

Macros

A macro is a set of programming codes that runs in the Excel environment to automate tasks. XlsIO allows you to create and edit macros in Excel worksheets using IVbaProject and save the worksheets in different formats such as XLS, XLTM, and XLSM.

Macros

Conditional formatting enhancement

Conditional formatting now allows you to highlight the following:

  • Top or bottom ranked values.

Conditional Formatting Top or Bottom Values

  • Values that are above or below average.

Conditional Formatting Above or Below Average Values

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