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What's New in Essential Studio for Xamarin.iOS

Essential Studio for Xamarin.iOS enhances iOS development with a new picker control, new data form control, and table summaries for data grids.


New control

The new picker control is used to pick an item from a list of items that can be customized or templated with a custom view. This control can also be opened as a dialog.

Key Features

  • Multicolumn
  • Header View
  • Footer View with Default Buttons
  • Item Template
  • Custom View

Data Form

New control

The data form control helps edit the data fields of any data object. It can be used to develop various forms such as login, reservation, and data entry. It contains the following key features:

Key Features

  • Linear and grid layouts with grouping.
  • Loading images as captions in the editor.
  • Support for text, numeric, numeric up-down, picker, date picker, time picker, switch, checkbox, and spinner editors.
  • Support for loading custom editors.
  • Data validation based on IDataErrorInfo, INotifyDataErrorInfo, and data annotations.
  • Programmatic validation handling.
  • Customizing layouts with different heights for each item.


Multiple spline types

The chart control now supports multiple spline types for spline and spline-area series.

  • Cardinal
  • Natural
  • Clamped
  • Monotonic


  • The chart control supports for binding custom objects to data sources have been provided.
  • The chart control supports show/hide trackball information for series.


Content Control Support

DocIO now allows creating and modifying content controls in Word documents and provides a way to design documents with the following features:

  • Create a form-like user interface.
  • Prevent users from editing the contents of a content control.
  • Bind content to XML data.

Image Editor

Arrow Annotation

Supports annotating arrow shape on image. This shape can be dragged and dropped,rotated, and resized.


Digital Signature

Digitally sign documents such as .pfx files using PKCS#12 certificates with private keys.

Tagged PDF

Provide accessibility support by allowing users to create PDF/Universal Accessibility (PDF/UA) or section 508 compliant PDF documents.

PDF Viewer

Select and copy text

Select text content in PDF documents and copy it to the clipboard. The copied text can be pasted in any applications on the device.


Support to insert columns

Presentation now allows inserting columns in tables in PowerPoint presentations.

Data Grid

Table summaries

The data grid control supports table summaries that display summary information at the top or bottom of a view.

Drag-and-drop indicators

The data grid control provides support to customize the row drag-and-drop and column drag-and-drop icons based on requirements.

Exporting columns

The data grid control supports exporting date-time columns and numeric columns to Excel and PDF formats.

Essential XlsIO

Filter Enhancements

Essential XlsIO allows users to sort filtered data by text, number, cell color, and font color. Data can also be filtered based on a custom text filter.

Automatically fit rows and columns

Users can specify row height and column width to automatically fit content for a range of cells.

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