WPF Controls v2019.1 Build 686 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 4:37pm

Our v2019.1 WPF controls have been updated with a new maintenance release that is now ready for download. 

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

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While the version includes a wide number of small updates and bug fixes, let’s take a look at a handful of the larger updates.  We are continuing to work on wrapping up the massive 2020.1 version that is currently in beta testing.

Docking/MDI

  • A new TabDragReordered was added to AdvancedTabControl that fires after a tab is reordered with internal drag/drop.
  • The UI automation peer tree was improved to better support auto-hidden tool windows.
  • A new Shift+Esc hotkey now closes the active tool window.

Editors

  • DatePicker, DateTimePicker, and TimePicker were updated to support null values and a new Clear button can appear on MonthCalendar when nulls are allowed.
  • Numeric edit boxes now parse whitespace within custom format string literals better.
  • Improved various portions of Calculator's logic.
  • Improved the MaskedTextBox caret-moving logic.

Grids

  • Improved the performance in PropertyGrid and tree controls in a couple scenarios.

Shell

  • Added new ShellListView properties that can control how the control is sorted.
  • Significantly improved the speed by which ShellListView can sort Windows shell objects by property.

SyntaxEditor

  • Improved the "Adornments - Squiggles Intro" Quickstart to show a more realistic scenario of tracking developer-specified tagged ranges.
  • Improved the performance of the CollectionTagger.Clear method when there are a small number of tags.

WinForms Controls v2020.1 Build 401 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6:32pm

Our v2020.1 WinForms controls have been updated with a new maintenance release that is now ready for download. 

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

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WPF Controls v2019.1 Build 685 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:00pm

Our v2019.1 WPF controls have been updated with a new maintenance release that is now ready for download. 

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

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While the version includes a wide number of small updates and bug fixes, let’s take a look at a handful of the larger updates.  

Editors

AutoCompleteBox 

AutoCompleteBox now has a property that determines whether a clear button appears when the control is focused.

Swatch-Only Display

BrushEditBox and ColorEditBox now have a HasText property that allows you to hide the text portion of the edit box for a swatch-only display.

Dates and Times

DateEditBox and TimeEditBox now accept delimiter-less input for several additional custom formats.

Grids

Alternating Row Backgrounds

TreeListBox and TreeListView now support an optional AlternationCount of 2 for alternating row background colors.

Edit Box Validation

PropertyGrid interop with the edit boxes in our Editors product can now display a red border when a property value fails data validation.

SyntaxEditor

Search Overlay Pane

Logic related the selection scope searching has been improved.

Ctrl+Enter can be pressed to execute a Find All search operation when the Find textbox has focus and the find all button is visible.

UWP Controls 2020.1 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 3:40pm

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2020.1 version of our UWP Controls.  

This announcement post contains the detailed list of updates in the 2020.1 version.  Please be aware that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) or later and usage of the Microsoft's free 'Win2D.uwp' NuGet package are required.

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While the version includes a wide number of small updates and bug fixes, let’s take a look at a handful of the larger updates.  

Editors

AutoCompleteBox 

AutoCompleteBox now has a SelectedItemChanged event and an InputMode property, that alters input behavior.  Search mode is the default and is intended for usage when the control is providing search-like functionality, commonly seen in application title bars.  ComboBox mode is an alternate mode intended for use when the control should be used in more traditional ComboBox-like scenarios.  When in ComboBox mode, the popup list filter turns off when not typing in the control, allowing the entire list to be browsed when interacting with the control purely via the popup.

Swatch-Only Display

BrushEditBox and ColorEditBox now have a HasText property that allows you to hide the text portion of the edit box for a swatch-only display.

Dates and Times

DateEditBox and TimeEditBox now accept delimiter-less input for several additional custom formats.

Large Incremental Changes

Numeric edit boxes now support large incremental changes when holding Shift while pressing Up/Down or rotating the mouse wheel.

Custom Format Strings

Several numeric edit boxes now support custom format strings with semi-colon conditional format specifiers.

Grids

We've added a PropertyGrid.RequestRefresh method that can be called to tell the PropertyGrid to refresh its contents.

SyntaxEditor

Search Overlay Pane

A new background renders the search range when the search overlay pane is in Selection scope mode.

A new property allows you to disable key bindings that would activate the search overlay pane, which is useful if you have an external search UI.

Logic related the selection scope searching has been improved.

Ctrl+Enter can be pressed to execute a Find All search operation when the Find textbox has focus and the find all button is visible.

IntelliPrompt

New methods allow completion list items to be added much faster, dramatically improving performance.

WPF Controls v2019.1 Build 684 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:03pm

Our v2019.1 WPF controls have been updated with a new maintenance release that is now ready for download. 

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

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Let's have a look at some of the larger updates.

Docking/MDI

Tab Overflow Menus

A tabbed MDI overflow menu

The tab overflow menu now places a checkmark by the currently-selected tab.

Editors

AutoCompleteBox Input Modes

A new AutoCompleteBox input mode property has been added that determines how the control behaves.  Search mode is intended for usage when the control is providing search-like functionality, commonly seen in application title bars. 

An AutoCompleteBox

ComboBox mode is an alternate mode intended for use when the control should be used in more traditional ComboBox-like scenarios, where an items source is bound and the user should be able to easily choose an item from the list of items. A big difference between the modes is that when in ComboBox mode, the popup list filter turns off when not typing in the control. This allows the entire list to be browsed when interacting with the control purely via the popup.

Edit Box Large Incremental Changes

Numeric edit boxes now support large incremental changes when holding Shift while pressing Up/Down, using the spinner, or rotating the mouse wheel.

Edit Box Conditional Format Strings

Several numeric edit boxes now support custom format strings with semi-colon conditional format specifiers.

Grids

PropertyGrid API Improvements

A PropertyGrid.RequestRefresh method has been added, which requests that the property grid refresh its contents.

A PropertyDescriptorPropertyModel.PropertyDescriptor property has been added, which returns the PropertyDescriptor used in that particular property model.

SyntaxEditor

Selection Scope Search Ranges

The built-in search overlay pane, currently using Selection scope, and with the search range showing in the editor view

When using the search overlay pane, a new text background renders over the search range if in Selection scope mode.  Logic related to Selection scope search range has been refactored and improved.

Search Overlay Pane Hotkeys

A new property can determine if built-in hotkeys are supported that can activate for the search overlay pane.  Turn this feature off when external search UI is used.

Completion Item Performance

Completion list item-adding performance has been dramatically improved when using new batch features.  All add-ons take advantage of the new features.

Themes

WindowChrome Updates

WindowChrome’s startup logic has been streamlined to reduce Win32 calls, and help prevent against rendering issues.