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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

ESSENTIAL STUDIO 2019 VOLUME 3 Beta Release Icon

What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.Forms

Volume 3 delivers some major new features for your cross-platform mobile projects, including more than 10 new controls in Xamarin.Forms for WPF; a new Rich Text Editor control; and new Avatar, Shimmer, and Effects View controls.

Common

Xamarin.Forms for WPF (Preview)

We have provided WPF support for Xamarin.Forms for the following controls:

  • ListView
  • Scheduler
  • Border
  • Button
  • Chips
  • Switch
  • Radio Button
  • CheckBox
  • Gradient View
  • Segmented Control
  • Text Input Layout

Material design support

We have provided Material design support for the following controls:

  • Accordion
  • Autocomplete
  • Button
  • Calendar
  • CheckBox
  • Chips
  • ComboBox
  • Expander
  • ListView
  • PDF Viewer
  • Picker
  • Popup
  • Radio Button
  • Range Slider
  • Scheduler
  • Switch
  • TreeView

Rich Text Editor (Preview)

New control

Rich Text Editor for Xamarin.Forms is a WYSIWYG editor that provides a great user experience for composing or editing rich text content from your Xamarin.Forms applications. Users can format their content using standard toolbar commands.

Key features

  • Apply formatting such as bold, italics, and underline.
  • Create bulleted and numbered lists.
  • Apply font color and background color to content.
  • Customize text size and selection.
  • Cut, copy, and paste content.

Xamarin.Forms Rich Text Editor

Avatar View (Preview)

New control

The Avatar View control for Xamarin.Forms provides a graphical representation of a user’s image. The view can be customized by adding an image, gradient background, group view, and more.

Key features

  • Displays initials, images, and font icons.
  • Supports customizing border color, background color, and corner radius in the view.
  • Includes avatar characters as built-in vector images.
  • Supports adding up to three images or initials in a single view.
  • Supports different types of visual styles.
  • Supports gradient backgrounds.

Xamarin.Forms Avatar View

Effects View (Preview)

New control

The Effects View is a container control that provides modern effects like ripple, selection, scaling, and rotation out of the box. Users can render these effects through touch interactions like touch down, touch up, long press, and also by calling the API.

Key features

  • Highlight and ripple animations.
  • Selection effect with built-in support for notifications during selection state changes.
  • Scale down, scale up, and rotation effects.

Xamarin.Forms Effects View

Shimmer (Preview)

New control

The Shimmer control can be used to improve the responsiveness of an application by showing a modern shimmer effect when the data is being loaded in the background. This control will come with six built-in shimmer types.

Key features

  • Six built-in shimmer types for easy integration.
  • Support for custom shimmer types.
  • Shimmer effects from multiple directions.

Xamarin.Forms Effects View

Charts

Plot series based on index or value in a category axis

This feature allows users to plot series based on the index or value in a category axis.

Arrange by Index

Chips

Chips support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

The Chips control support is provided for WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

DataGrid

DataTable binding

This feature allows users to bind the DataTable collection to DataGrid. All data operations (sorting, grouping, filtering, and summaries) are supported, including CRUD operations.

Load custom view in edit mode

DataGrid allows users to load any custom view to the template column in edit mode. Load edit template in xamarin data grid cells

Disable selection or navigation to columns

This feature allows you to disable the selection of or navigation to a column. So, interactions or navigation will no longer be recognized and cells in that column will be disabled.

Rectangular shape of numeric buttons in data pager

Users can give the numeric buttons of a data pager a rectangular shape. rectangle buttons for xamarin page navigation

Vertical border support for summary rows

This feature allows users to show vertical borders in summary rows (caption, group, and table summaries).

Word Library

Custom table styles

Word Library now allows creating and applying custom table styles in Word documents (DOCX and WordML), and preserving them in DOCX-to-PDF, Word-to-image, and Word-to-HTML conversions.

Custom table style

Rotation support for shape, text box, image, and group shape

Word Library now allows rotating shapes, text boxes, and group shapes in Word documents and preserving them in DOCX-to-PDF and Word-to-image conversions.

Rotation support for shape, text box, image, and group shape

Watermark preservation support in Word-to-PDF conversion

Word Library now preserves watermark elements in Word-to-PDF conversion.

Watermark preservation in Word-to-PDF conversion

Image Editor

Image filter support

The image filter support enables you to apply effects to an image. You can apply the following effects either from the toolbar or code.

  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Contrast
  • Brightness
  • Sharpen
  • Blur

Xamarin.Xamarin Image Editor color filter support.

Support to add read-only text

This feature allows users to restrict the text pop-up preview window when tapping the text to add read-only text.

Disable resizing support for text, shapes, and custom views

Provides support to disable the resizing option for text, shapes, and custom views.

Masked Edit

Support to display password characters with a delay

This feature allows users to display password characters with a specified delay when entering text.

Xamarin.Forms masked edit password character delay support.

PDF Library

PDF digital signatures with CAdES

Digitally sign PDF documents with an advanced digital signature standard called CAdES (CMS Advanced Electronic Signatures).

Signatures with CAdES.

Validating PDF digital signatures

Validate digital signatures in existing PDF documents.

Validate digital signatures.

Encrypt only file attachments

Encrypt only file attachments in a PDF document.

Encrypt only attachments.

Find corrupted PDF documents

Find out whether a PDF document is corrupted or not.

Find corrupted PDF.

PopupLayout

Padding

Set padding in the pop-up view. Users can add some padding when showing a pop-up instead of manually setting the height and width based on screen size.

Animation improvements

Popup’s default animation has been improved. You can feel the difference in animation effects from previous behaviors. Also, an animation easing option has been provided to control animation’s speed.

Button

Button support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

The Button control support is provided for WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

Image position

This feature allows users to align the position of the image at the top and bottom.

CheckBox

CheckBox support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

The CheckBox control support is provided for WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

DataForm

Autocomplete editor

Complete text in a simple way based on the characters the user has entered before. Users can choose or append a suggestion from the drop-down.

Autocomplete editor

Floating label layout support for DropDown editor

We’ve improved the design of the drop-down editor and integrated it with the Text Input Layout control, which provides floating and assistive labels, and leading and trailing icons.

Floating label layout support for DropDown editor

Customization

  • Customize the background color of the editor view in floating label layout.
  • Users can hide the helper text in floating label layout.

Background color support and Hide helper text support

PDF Viewer

Single page view

This feature allows users to display one page at a time and supports navigation of pages horizontally.

Single page view

Load encrypted PDF document

This feature allows users to load password-protected PDF documents.

Minimum zoom customization

This feature allows users to customize the minimum zoom value.

RadioButton

RadioButton support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

The RadioButton control support is provided for WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

Scheduler

Support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

We have provided support for the WPF platform in the Xamarin.Forms Scheduler control.

Appointment display mode

Display appointments in the Scheduler’s month view, like in Outlook, to greatly enhance the readability of the content.

Appointment display mode

Auto height support for time intervals

Automatically adjust the time interval height based on the available screen space in schedules’ day, week, workweek, and timeline views.

Auto height support for time intervals

SegmentedControl

SegmentedControl support for WPF in Xamarin.Forms (preview)

The SegmentedControl control support is provided for WPF platform in Xamarin.Forms.

Auto scroll support for selected segment items

This feature allows users to scroll to the selected segment item when changing the selected index.

Visual Studio Extensions

Project template

Quickly create responsive Syncfusion Xamarin applications with Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.

Create new project

Provides an option to create Syncfusion Xamarin Project Templates in the New Project dialog.

Create New Project

Syncfusion project configuration

Customize applications with Syncfusion components and project preferences.


Syncfusion project configuration

Excel Library

Data import enhancements

  • Import data from a nested collection to Excel and group it in a hierarchy.
  • Import column headers when using the ImportOnSave option.
  • Skip a property while importing data from a collection.

Nested Collections Imported to Excel

Data export enhancement

Data from Excel can be exported to collection objects so that the values can be used as models. Now, XlsIO allows exporting data to nested classes to visualize data in a relative structure.

Excel-to-PDF conversion enhancements

  • Unsupported fonts will be substituted by a font stream in Excel-to-PDF conversions.
  • Capture and log warnings intentionally raised in Excel-to-PDF conversions.

Excel-to-PDF Conversion

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