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Overview

The WPF Diagram control allows users to quickly create and edit flowcharts, organizational charts, UML diagrams, swim lane charts, mind maps, floor plans, and more within their applications.


Flowchart

The WPF Diagram control provides all the standard flowchart shapes as ready-made objects to build flowcharts, making it is easy to add them to a diagram surface in a single call.

Flowchart diagram created with built-in flowchart shapes available in WPF Diagram control


Organizational chart

Built-in automatic layout algorithm specifically made for organizational charts to arrange the parent and child node positions automatically.

Organizational chart visualization using data binding and automatic layout features in WPF Diagram control


High Performance

Quickly load large diagrams using UI-virtualization techniques, which selectively loads only the objects that lie within the viewport area. Smooth scrolling performance is achieved using a built-in spatial search algorithm that builds an index based on the element position.

Load and scroll large diagram faster


Nodes

Visualize any graphical object using nodes, which can also be arranged and manipulated on a diagram page.

Built-in shapes for nodes in WPF Diagram control.

Shapes

Use 40+ standard built-in shapes or your own custom shapes.

Image, shape, button, text box, and combo box hosted inside a diagram using node features.

Template

You can use text, image, controls, panels, or any UIElement or template to visualize a node. It can also be bound to any of your business objects.


Connector

A connector is used to represent a relationship between two nodes. Some of the key features are listed below.

Different types of connectors in WPF Diagram control.

Types

There are Straight, Orthogonal, Curved types of connectors. You can choose any of these based on the type of diagram or relationship between the connected notes.

Represent relationships between connected objects using arrows in WPF Diagram control.

Arrowheads

Use arrowheads (decorator) to indicate the flow direction in a flowchart or state diagram. You can also build your own custom arrowheads, based on the type of diagram.

Avoid segment overlapping using line routing in WPF Diagram control.

Routing

Orthogonal connectors take shortest and smart path that avoids overlapping with any neighboring nodes.

Visual indication of overlapping between two connectors using line bridging in WPF Diagram control.

Bridging (line jumps)

Bridging (line jumps) clearly indicates connector’s route and makes it easier to read where connectors overlap with each other in a dense diagram.

Customize color, thickness, dash dots, rounded corners, decorators of connectors in WPF Diagram control.

Appearance

Customize the look and feel of a connector the way you want. They have a rich set of properties through which you can customize their color, thickness, dash dots, rounded corners, and decorators.


Port (connection points)

Connect to desired places of a node through different types of ports or connecting points available.

Connect to a specific point in a node using node ports.

Node port

Build logic gates or a circuit diagram with dedicated pins and restrict in or out connections using node ports.

Connect to a specific point in a connector using connector ports.

Connector Port

Use connector ports to indicate message flows between objects or lifelines in a sequence diagram.

Connect to boundaries of a shape using a dynamic port.

Dynamic Port

Make parallel connections to a block diagram by connecting anywhere on the side of a block. They are automatically created or destroyed.

Connect anywhere in a restricted region using dock ports.

Dock Port

Control dynamic connections to specific sides or in a specific direction using dock ports.


Annotation

Show additional information by adding text or labels on nodes and connectors.

Create and edit text in a diagram.

Edit

You can add and edit text at runtime. You can also mark it read-only if it should not be edited.

Add multiple annotations for diagrams.

Multiple Annotation

Add any number of annotations and align them individually.

Align annotations interactively in diagrams.

Alignment

The WPF Diagram has sophisticated alignment options where annotations can be placed:

  • Inside or outside a node.
  • At the source or target end of a connector.
  • Automatically when the node or connector move.

Interactive features

Use interactive features to improve the editing experience of a diagram at runtime. Furthermore, you can easily edit a diagram with mouse, touchscreen, or keyboard interfaces.

Select and drag the nodes or connectors using handlers in WPF Diagram control.

Select and drag

Select one or more nodes, connectors, or annotations and edit them using thumbs or handlers.

Resize single or multiple objects using the selection feature.

Resize

You can resize a node in in eight different directions. If you want a square to be always be square after resizing, you can lock the aspect ratio. You can resize multiple objects at the same time.

Rotate single or multiple objects using the selection feature.

Rotate

You can rotate a selected node 360 degrees.

Easily align objects when you design, using the snapping feature.

Snapping

Precisely align nodes, connectors, and annotations while dragging, just by snapping to the nearest gridlines or objects.

When editing, correct your mistakes using the undo and redo feature.

Undo Redo

Don’t worry when your edit ends up being a mistake. Undo and redo commands help you easily correct recent changes.

Interactively perform clipboard options like cut, copy, paste, and duplicate.

Clipboard

Cut, copy, paste, or duplicate selected objects within and across diagrams.

Arrange overlapping objects using z-order commands

Z-Order

When multiple objects overlap, Z-order controls which object needs to be on top or at the bottom.

Group multiple objects as a single object using WPF diagram control.

Grouping

You can combine multiple nodes together and interact with them as a single object called a group. Groups can also contain another group.

Perform frequently used commands quickly using quick commands in WPF Diagram control.

Quick command

Frequently used commands like delete, connect, and duplicate can be shown as buttons near selectors. That way, you can quickly do those operations, instead of finding buttons in a toolbox.


Alignment

Our WPF Diagram control has predefined alignment commands that enable you to align the selected objects nodes and connectors with respect to the selection boundary.

Arrange selected objects in equal intervals using spacing commands in WPF Diagram control

Spacing commands

Spacing commands enable you to place selected objects on the diagram at equal intervals from each other.

Resize selected objects to have equal sizes in WPF Diagram control

Sizing commands

Use sizing commands to equally size selected nodes with respect to the first selected object.

Align selected objects horizontally or vertically by using align commands in WPF Diagram control

Align commands

All the nodes or connectors in the selection list can be aligned at the left, right, or center horizontally, or aligned at the top, bottom, or middle vertically with respect to the selection boundary.


Automatic layout algorithm

WPF Diagram control provides an automatic layout algorithm, which is used to arrange nodes automatically based on a predefined layout logic. There is built-in support for an organization chart layout, hierarchical tree layout, and radial tree layout.


Drawing Tool

Draw nodes and link them interactively, just by click and drag on diagram surface.

Drawing nodes interactively using WPF Diagram control.


Stencil

The stencil control is a gallery of reusable symbols and nodes. Drag and drop these symbols onto the surface of the diagram any number of times.

Host reusable nodes inside the stencil control within WPF Diagram control.


Zoom, pan, fit to page

When a diagram is large, see it closer or wider by zooming in and out of the diagram. Also, you can navigate from one region to another by panning through the diagram.

Zoom or pan the canvas surface using WPF Diagram control.


Overview control

Improve the navigation experience when exploring large diagrams using the overview control. It displays a small preview of the full diagram page. It also allows users to perform operations such as zooming and panning within it.

Navigate large diagrams using the overview control within WPF Diagram control.


Rulers and Measurement Unit

Measure the distance of nodes and connectors from the origin of the page using rulers. In addition, specify the size and position of objects in different units like pixels, inches, and centimeters.

Size and position objects using rulers and measurement units in WPF Diagram control.


Data Source

WPF Diagram control allows you to populate diagrams with nodes and connectors based on data from data sources. Data in any format can be easily converted, mapped, and consumed in the diagram by setting a few properties, without having to write any code. It also supports loading data from an ObservableCollection, List, or IEnumerable collections.

Visualize external data using the WPF Diagram control.


Miscellaneous

There are several other features available to enhance the diagramming experience.

Print a diagram using a printer in WPF Diagram control.

Printing

WPF Diagram control supports printing with a print preview option. You can also customize the page size, orientation, page margins, and fit to a single page.

Export a diagram as an image in WPF Diagram control.

Exporting

Share your diagrams with others by easily exporting as .xps, .png, .jpeg and .bmp file formats.

MVVM-friendly diagram control.

MVVM-friendly

WPF Diagram control is MVVM-friendly and seamlessly works with popular MVVM frameworks like Prism, MVVM light.

Save and load a diagram by serializing it to an XML file using WPF Diagram control.

Serialization

You can save your diagram state as an XML file and load it back for editing again.

Localize your application with any language using WPF Diagram control.

Localization

Localize every static text in the control to any supported language.

Perform frequently used commands quickly using the context menu in WPF Diagram control.

Context Menu

Map frequently used commands to the context menu.

Interactive alignment made easy using gridlines in WPF Diagram control.

Gridlines

Gridlines provide guidance when trying to align objects.

Lay out pages before printing or exporting in WPF Diagram control.

Page Layout

WPF Diagram control provides a page-like appearance to a drawing surface using page size, orientation, and margins.


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