Actipro Blog 2015 Q4 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7:18pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we've focused on completing the Docking/MDI vNext features that have been described in this blog thus far, along with many others, making it the most feature-rich product of its kind for WPF.  Docking/MDI vNext is now feature complete and will ship in the upcoming 2016.1 version. 

Another set of major work that will be included in the 2016.1 WPF Controls is updates to our theming system.  We have fully-implemented seven color options for both the Office 2016-like Colorful and White themes, bringing a total of 14 new themes to the WPF controls.  We are moving our Metro themes directly into the Shared library so that Metro Light will now be the default theme for all Windows 8.x and 10 systems.  The old Luna/Royale themes that are for XP appearance are being moved into their own separate assembly.  Since Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, moving these themes out reduces the Shared assembly size while still allowing the themes to be utilized programmatically by apps that want them.

Finally, we have been porting the WinRT/XAML controls to UWP and while most of this work is complete, there were unexpected issues introduced by UWP's usage of .NET Native that we had to work with Microsoft to overcome. 

What’s Coming Next

The launch of our 2016.1 versions is just around the corner that will contain massive enhancements described for WPF per above.

We will also continue wrapping up the UWP controls.  Please write our support address if you are interesting in help beta test them.

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Actipro Blog 2015 Q3 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:37pm

by Bill Henning (Actipro)

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we've primarily been focused on code development of our Docking/MDI vNext version.  This has been a massive undertaking since we've been reworking nearly all of the internals, while keeping most of the public API the same, to improve the design and add an enormous number of features that have been requested by our customers.  The update log for this version is now many pages long and enables Docking/MDI to support all the UI features you find in the most premier modern IDEs like Visual Studio.  You're going to love it!

We also have been working on porting the WinRT/XAML controls to UWP.

What’s Coming Next

We are close to the end of the code development stage for Docking/MDI vNext, which means we're also nearing the beta testing phase.  We can't wait to get it into your hands.  If you would like to help beta test this new version, please write our support address.  Keep watching this blog for more development news. 

We plan to launch the UWP version of our WinRT/XAML controls in the next few weeks too.

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Actipro Blog 2015 Q2 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:35pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published the 2015.1 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls, along with maintenance releases of our WinForms controls.  These versions included several new controls and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

What’s Coming Next

In recent weeks, we've been primary focused on the development of our Docking/MDI vNext product.  We are completely reworking the internals of our popular Docking/MDI for WPF product, adding an enormous number of major new features along the way.  Most of the new features are a direct result of customer requests.  We've started detailing some of the new features in blog posts and watch for many more to posts come.  For instance, updates to tabbed MDI are progressing well and you'll soon have new features at your fingertips like pinning tabs, having preview (right-aligned) tabs as in Visual Studio, etc.

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Actipro Blog 2014 Q4 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:32pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published large maintenance releases for the 2014.2 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, WinRT/XAML, and WinForms controls.  These versions included several new controls and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

What’s Coming Next

We've started work on our 2015.1 versions of our controls.  These will feature some new controls, major improvements to our SyntaxEditor Python Language Add-on, and many other updates.  One thing we're working on is rewriting much of the core of our Docking/MDI for WPF product so that we can support even more advanced features found in the latest IDEs.

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Actipro Blog 2014 Q3 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 3:16pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published the 2014.2 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls.  These versions included several new controls, a new Python Language Add-on for SyntaxEditor, and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

One big piece of the new WinRT/XAML control updates was that we made all our controls universal controls, compatible with both Windows Store 8.1 apps and Windows Phone 8.1 apps.

I want to also call particular attention to our new Editors controls that we custom developed for use in Windows Store and Windows Phone apps.  The editors use some brand new unique designs that allow users to efficiently enter data with keyboard, mouse, or touch.  Be sure to check those out!

Our Code Writer app received some nice updates as well.

What’s Coming Next

We're now working on more v2014.2 updates for our existing controls and on some new controls as well.

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