WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML Controls v2014.1 Maintenance Releases

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 9:19am

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New maintenance of the 2014.1 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls have been released and are now available for download.

Major new features are described below.  See the announcement posts for the detailed list of enhancements and updates, including many items not listed below:

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Auto-Calculation of Tick Mark Intervals

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XYDoubleAxis, XYDecimalAxis, and XYDateTimeAxis have been updated to auto-calculate tick mark intervals when they aren't specifically set.  A new Axis Ticks QuickStart has been added that shows off automatic tick mark interval calculation.

Rendering Improvements

We've improved the rendering speed of data point labels, improved the rendering logic of bar charts, and updated data point labels to use a subtle border so that they don't blend in with surrounding chart objects of the same color.

Label Performance Improvements

Data point labels in pointer visibility mode now delay layouts until a pointer event occurs, thereby speeding up initial chart display.

Numeric Type Data Upconversion

XYChart now will automatically upconvert non-Double numeric type data to Double type so it can display.

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Child Control Styles Applied to Some Auto-Generated Columns (WPF only)

ThemedDataGrid has been updated to style the child controls of auto-generated ComboBox and CheckBox columns.

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Disabling Rafting Window Snap-to-Screen (WPF only)

Added the DockSite.IsRaftingWindowSnapToScreenEnabled, which can be set to false to prevent rafting windows from snapping to the closest screen when being displayed.

More Tabbed MDI Tile Options (WPF only)

Overloads to the TabbedMdiHost.TileHorizontally and TileVertically methods have been added that allow for a maximum number of columns/rows.  This permits additional tile configurations, such as a single row of tiles.

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Double-Clicks Cycle Values (WPF only)

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Updated double-clicks on property names to cycle through standard values if available.

CommitPendingChanges Helper Method (WPF only)

A PropertyGrid.CommitPendingChanges method has been added that forces any pending LostFocus bindings within property editors to update and ensure the data model is current.

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Navigable Symbols Hierarchy Support

Navigable symbols now support hierarchy levels and item indentation.  This feature was added to allow XML element hierarchies to be displayed in the NavigableSymbolSelector.

Numerous Minor Enhancements

Many minor enhancements have been made, which can be seen in the detailed update list.

LL(*) Parser Framework

A Grammar.AddChildFrom overload was added that allows for specification of a desired child index.

Web Languages Add-on

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The XML grammar was reimplemented using type-specific AST nodes, thereby reducing overall AST memory usage by an average of 40%.  A XmlNavigableSymbolProvider service was added to the XML language that provides contextual element and attribute display in a NavigableSymbolSelector control.  The XML and HTML editor demos were updated to showcase the new navigable symbol provider features.

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Horizontal ListBox Control

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The HorizontalListBox control was added, which allows for selection of items that are arranged horizontally with a uniform width.

UniformGrid Control (WinRT / Silverlight only)

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The UniformGrid control was added, which is a Panel that can arrange content in a grid where all the cells in the grid have the same size.

RadialSlider Improvements

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The RadialSlider class logic for snapping values has been improved.

DelegateCommand (WinRT only)

The DelegateCommand class has been added, which is an implementation of ICommand that uses delegates.

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Chart Automatic Tick Calculation

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00pm

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One great new feature coming in the next build of our Charts product for WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML is automatic tick calculation when no tick interval is specified.

If you know the range of data that will be displayed in your charts, it often makes sense to specify an exact tick interval.  This ensures that the charts render gridlines, ticks, and labels exactly how you intend for them to look.

Our current version of Charts requires you to specify the tick interval, or else ticks won't show up in many cases.  We had a lot of feedback from customers that there are many scenarios where they don't want to have to set up the tick intervals ahead of time since the data can often be very dynamic.  Our customers asked for tick intervals to be automatically calculated when not specified, and that's what we've done for the next build.

Features

The new feature will examine the minimum and maximum values of your data and determine a proper interval to apply to ticks so that they are visually spaced out in a pleasing way.

Let's have a look at how this works.  In this chart, neither axis has a tick interval specified, so the new feature kicks in on both the x-axis and y-axis.

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The y-axis has a sales dollar amount and the new logic determined that a major tick interval of $200 should be used.  The x-axis' major tick interval was determined to be 5.

Next, we have another similar example, but this chart shows how the feature even works to calculate major tick intervals for dates.

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The logic examined the minimum and maximum dates and found a certain number of days to use as the major tick interval.

Summary

The new highly-requested chart automatic tick calculation features will be available in the next 2014.1 maintenance releases of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls.

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WPF Controls 2013.2 Build 592 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:52pm

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WPF Controls 2013.2 build 592 has been released and is now available for download.  This build focuses on numerous enhancements and bug fixes.  While many updates were made, major ones are listed below.

See the announcement post for the detailed list of enhancements and updates.

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  • Added the ability to alter the label positioning mode algorithm for a series.

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  • Improved support for high DPI scenarios.
  • Improved support for highlighting tabs when interop controls get focus.

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  • Added support for the Metro Dark theme.

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  • Added a new Property Dialog QuickStart that shows how to display a dialog from a property editor.

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  • Added the ability to edit multiple lines of text at the same time when block selection is active.
  • Added incremental search features.
  • Added the ability to highlight search match results within a view.
  • Added support for alpha-blended foreground/background style colors.
  • .NET Languages Add-on - Added a 'deprecated' quick info note on types/members flagged as Obsolete.

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  • Improved WindowChrome (and RibbonWindow) rendering in various scenarios.

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WinRT XAML Controls 2013.2 Build 131 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:45pm

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WinRT XAML Controls 2013.2 build 131 has been released and is now available for download.  This build focuses on numerous enhancements and bug fixes.  While many updates were made, major ones are listed below.

See the announcement post for the detailed list of enhancements and updates.

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  • Added the ability to alter the label positioning mode algorithm for a series.

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  • Added the ability to edit multiple lines of text at the same time when block selection is active.
  • Added incremental search features.
  • Added the ability to highlight search match results within a view.
  • Added support for alpha-blended foreground/background style colors.
  • .NET Languages Add-on - Added a 'deprecated' quick info note on types/members flagged as Obsolete.

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Silverlight Controls 2013.2 Build 162 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:43pm

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Silverlight Controls 2013.2 build 162 has been released and is now available for download.  This build focuses on numerous enhancements and bug fixes.  While many updates were made, major ones are listed below.

See the announcement post for the detailed list of enhancements and updates.

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  • Added the ability to alter the label positioning mode algorithm for a series.

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  • Added the ability to edit multiple lines of text at the same time when block selection is active.
  • Added incremental search features.
  • Added the ability to highlight search match results within a view.
  • Added support for alpha-blended foreground/background style colors.
  • .NET Languages Add-on - Added a 'deprecated' quick info note on types/members flagged as Obsolete.

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