Actipro Blog 2013 Q1 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, April 1, 2013 at 1:50pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter we released the 2013.1 versions of our WPF and Silverlight control sets.  The 2013.1 versions add a new full-size Charts product that complements our existing Micro Charts product and allows you to create stunning charts for your apps.  Numerous new SyntaxEditor enhancements were added such as indicators (breakpoints, bookmarks, etc.) and C#/VB text formatting.  A new Metro Dark theme was added to WPF and can theme your entire app!  Our Sample Browser apps that ship with the WPF and Silverlight controls have been completely redesigned from scratch with a modern UI appearance.

Our Code Writer Windows 8 app received numerous enhancements: a new theme, new file types, full touch interaction support, new advanced editing operations, modern icons for file associations, live tile badge notifications, and more.  In the most recent update, the XML and XAML file types received some great updates like:  code outlining, end tag auto-complete, quick info, smart indent, syntax error reporting, and text formatting.

What’s Coming Next

We are currently working on updates to the Charts product, and will be adding more features and chart types during this quarter.  SyntaxEditor will continue to receive more new feature areas and enhancements.

In the WinRT/XAML space, we are continuing to port SyntaxEditor to this platform.  We are currently deciding whether to postpone its 2013.1 release (which has the new completed Charts controls too) so that a beta of SyntaxEditor for WinRT/XAML can be included as well.  If you are interested in beta testing SyntaxEditor for WinRT and haven't already contacted us, please write us.

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Control Product Development

Control Product Releases

Code Writer App

Actipro Blog 2012 Q4 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:17pm

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter we added some huge new features to our WPF control products, such as new Metro themes, a window chrome implementation that works on any Window, Office 2013-like Ribbon Backstage, a reimplementation of RibbonWindow, and a lot more.  WinRT/XAML (Windows 8), Silverlight, and WinForms products also saw updates.

We have been working on features for 2013.1 versions of our products and should have some more details on what is coming soon.

We also released our Code Writer app for Windows 8, which is a free text and code editor application with lots of customization features and tabbed MDI support.  This app allows us to test out the port of SyntaxEditor to WinRT/XAML that we are working on.  It also helps us connect more directly with end users to learn more about what features end users are looking for in apps that use SyntaxEditor.

What’s Coming Next

We are currently working on prepping a new product for several platforms as well as new features for existing controls that will appear in the 2013.1 versions of our controls.  We are continuing to enhance the Code Writer app as well, and are working on the SyntaxEditor port to WinRT/XAML.

Blog Post List

Here is a quick categorized list of useful blog postings made in this quarter.

Control Product Development

Control Product Releases

Code Writer App

Actipro Blog 2012 Q3 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, October 1, 2012 at 8:15am

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What We Accomplished

This quarter featured several major releases, including 2012.2 versions of our WPF controls and Silverlight controls, along with our first set of UI controls for the WinRT/XAML (Windows 8 app) platform.

The WPF and Silverlight controls received new SyntaxEditor features like a navigable symbol selector control (similar to a type/member list), code snippet selection sessions, structure matching (bracket highlighting), and support for the latest C#/VB specs and improved resolver functionality in the .NET Languages Add-on.  Micro Charts on those platforms received new heat map, bullet graph, candlestick chart, and box plot controls.  WPF also gained a new Metro Light theme that is inspired from the latest Visual Studio and Office version appearances.

Our first offering of UI controls for .NET Windows 8 apps contains a full-featured version of our Micro Charts product.  We've put together a great sample project to show the charts' use in building dashboards, reports, and grids.  If you have Windows 8, download a free evaluation and check them out.

What’s Coming Next

We are currently working in several areas.  First, we are developing another brand new product that will target WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML.  Second, we are adding more SyntaxEditor features and enhancements to other existing products.  Third, we are working on some more ports of our controls to WinRT/XAML.

Blog Post List

Here is a quick categorized list of useful blog postings made in this quarter.

Windows 8 UI Controls

Product Development

Other Releases

Actipro Blog 2012 Q2 Posting Summary

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10:07am

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter we released the 2012.1 version of our WPF and Silverlight controls.  This version updated our WPF products to target .NET 4.0 or later, and updated our Docking/MDI's Prism integration add-on to work with the latest Prism v4.1. 

The 2012.1 versions introduced a new Micro Charts product that is a set of charts that visualize quantitative data and are designed to render clearly in compact spaces.  They are extremely useful for data display within dashboards, reports, and grids.

SyntaxEditor also saw a lot of updates including highlighting style borders, IntelliPrompt code snippet support, current line highlight enhancements, .NET Languages Add-on automated LINQ IntelliPrompt, and overall memory usage reductions.

What’s Coming Next

SyntaxEditor has a new control being added soon that allows you to easily add VS type/member drop-down functionality for your own languages, with built-in support for our .NET Languages Add-on.  Micro Charts has a new control being added for heat map generation.  We'll detail both of these in upcoming posts.

We will be continuing to work on development of our Micro Charts product for the WinRT (Windows 8 "Metro" style) platform, and have some other new features and controls for all platforms in the works as well.

Blog Post List

Here is a quick categorized list of useful blog postings made in this quarter.

Product Development

Micro Charts Series

Product Releases and Purchase Options