Actipro Blog Q1 2020 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro) - 1 comment
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9:22pm

What We Accomplished

This quarter we issued updates to our WPF and Universal Windows control sets.  These updates contained a lot of minor enhancements and bug fixes.

On the development side, we've been hard at work on the WPF 2020.1 version.  The focus of this version is on modernizing themes across native WPF controls as well as the Actipro controls.  We've already posted a lot about WindowChrome updates and more recently ShadowChrome.  We'll continue posting more about many other v2020.1 enhancements in the weeks ahead.

What's Coming Next

Our top development priority right now is wrapping up the WPF v2020.1 feature set.  We've built a way to dynamically generate themes based on various options you set.  This is something we'll dive into in future blog posts.  Let me tell you, it's really neat and we can add more customization options in the future. 

We've already run through and have improved our themes for nearly all native WPF controls and have started doing the same to Actipro controls.  Ribbon has probably received the most visual updates so far.  The updates allow it to look just like Office 2019, complete with new animations, and Ribbon also now takes advantage of new WindowChrome features.  Keep watching our blog for more info.

Back on the WinForms side of things, we almost have another big maintenance release about ready to go for those controls.  We just have some final testing before it's ready to be released.

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Actipro Blog Q3 2019 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 2:33pm

What We Accomplished

Following the massive SyntaxEditor vNext updates for the WPF platform that were released at the end of May, this past quarter we completed work on similar SyntaxEditor updates for the UWP platform and released them.  Since then, we've been working on wrapping up SyntaxEditor vNext updates for the WinForms platform.  These WinForms SyntaxEditor updates will finally bring the newer WPF SyntaxEditor API to the WinForms version, so that all three platforms can be kept fully in sync moving forward.

We used the new 2019.1 version of our UWP SyntaxEditor in a large update for our free Code Writer app.  A WPF Controls maintenance release was also published.

What's Coming Next

The SyntaxEditor vNext updates for the WinForms platform are about code complete and are currently in beta testing.  If you would like to help beta test, please contact our support team.  We expect the final version to roll out in the next several weeks.

New WPF and UWP Controls maintenance releases should be out any day now.

Following all that, we will begin on new development in other areas.  We have a lot of plans on updating our WPF themes for the 2020.1 version.

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Actipro Blog Q1 2019 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:34pm

What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we were proud to roll out our brand new company website and blog to better serve you. Both have beautiful, modern designs that focus on content, have subtle animations, and use responsive design to look great on any device. Best of all, they are very fast!

We rolled out large maintenance releases of our 2018.1 WPF, UWP, and Silverlight controls, and a new version of our free Code Writer app as well.

Behind the scenes, we’ve continued plugging away at the massive SyntaxEditor vNext project. This project is rewriting the internals of SyntaxEditor to be common across the WPF, UWP, and WinForms platforms, while adding a number of neat features along the way.

SyntaxEditor vNext multiple caret example

In this animation, you can see a new feature coming in vNext, which is multiple carets/selections. You can click like normal to place a caret, then Ctrl+click to add one or more additional carets. Here we are using the open line above edit action (Ctrl+Enter) to add blank lines above both carets, and then are typing. The typing appears on both lines.

What's Coming Next

The main focus now is wrapping up the SyntaxEditor vNext project and starting to get betas out. The WPF version is the closest to being code-complete. We are running through the remaining TODO items there, knocking them out each day. We expect to start asking for WPF SyntaxEditor vNext beta testers in the next several weeks. Watch our blog for news.

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The Actipro Blog Has Moved

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 8:28pm

We rolled out our brand new modern company website a couple weeks ago, and the response has been fantastic.  As part of that rollout, we also updated the appearance of our blog to match our main web site.

The new blog theme

Our blog was previously hosted using a third-party web app (the classic BlogEngine.NET) on a separate sub-domain.  While that web app has served us well, it was time to move on.

One thing we've wanted to do for a long time was eliminate the use of a third-party web app for the blog, and merge the blog right into our main company website.  I'm pleased to announce that today we’ve accomplished that goal. 

New Blog URL

Please update your bookmarks appropriately since the blog is now fully integrated into our company website and is found at this new URL:


The primary benefit of this change is that it’s now easier than ever for you to comment on blog posts.  Simply sign into your normal Actipro website user account and if you’ve performed the e-mail validation (you’ve already done this if you post in our discussion forums), you’re ready to post in the blog comments.  It’s a very seamless experience.

Another benefit is that the new integrated blog uses the same powerful comment editing mechanism as our forums.  Comments used to be limited to plain text in the old blog.  The new blog comment editor fully supports rich formatting, code snippets, etc.

The New Actipro Software Website

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro) - 3 comments
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 9:00pm

A website is a very important piece of any business, as it often makes the first impression on customers and gives them a feel for your company and what products you offer.

At Actipro, we've worked for quite a while developing a brand new company website with a fresh, modern design that is built on the latest web technologies and performs very fast.

Without further ado, here's a peek at the new home page:



Responsive Design

A main goal was to ensure the web site was fully-browsable on any device, everything from large desktop screens to tablets and phones.  A lot of thought has been put into the site's responsive design, so that it's beautiful on any device.

Vibrant Colors

We've fully embraced the use of numerous colors in our website's theme, that all blend together in harmony.

Subtle Animations

Websites shouldn't simply be static content.  The use of animations can breathe life into a page and keep the end user's interest.  You'll find that we use a number of quick, subtle animations throughout the website.

Simplifying Presentation (or Reducing TL;DR)

Simplifying our product presentation was another goal.  For product pages, we reduced the amount of verbiage and increased the number of screenshots.  We've worked hard to relay interesting facts about our products, while enticing you to take the next step and download free evaluations to learn more.

Easy Navigation

A website should be easy to navigate.  Large buttons guide you through where to go, page by page.  Or use links at the header and footer to navigate to other sections of the site.

Maximum Performance

We wanted the new website to render much quicker than in the past.  And we achieved that.  This new website is built on the latest ASP Core platform and is extremely fast.

Matching Blog Design

The blog should match the design of the main company website, so we've updated this separate blog site's appearance to match thematically.


Now that the new website is out, we invite you to have a look around.  Please contact us if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for improvement.  We'd love to hear your feedback!