WinForms Controls v22.1.3 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 8:53pm

This version makes a number of SyntaxEditor improvements including the abililty to select the next occurrence of selected text, much faster performance with complex IntelliPrompt completion lists, indented word-wrapped lines, and more.

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

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Here's a peek at a couple of the new features...

SyntaxEditor

Select Next Occurrence

The select next occurrence feature provides a quick way to select additional instances of the selected text.  Say our caret is in the middle of the "using" keyword.  Pressing Ctrl+D (the hotkey for Select Next Occurrence) will select the current word since no selection was yet available.

A sequence of screenshots showing the Select Next Occurrence feature

After pressing Ctrl+D once a selection is made, it will add another selection of the next instance of the selected text.  In the bottom screenshot in the sequence above, I've pressed Ctrl+D several times so that all instances of "using" are selected.

SyntaxEditor supports multiple carets and selections, and at this point, any typing will update all the selected instances at the same time.

Indented Word-Wrapped Lines

Another great new feature is that word-wrapped lines will now be indented by a couple characters, as long as there is sufficient editor width to do so.

The wrapped portion of line 11 is indented

In the screenshot, you can see how the word-wrapped portion of line 11 is indented a couple characters beyond line 11's anchor indent level.  Indentation of wrapped lines makes it easier to read them.

UI Controls v22.1 Maintenance Releases

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:56pm

These maintenance releases for our WPF, WinForms, and UWP Controls focus on making many minor improvements across all the products.  In addition, WPF's WindowChrome now allows it to render a backdrop with Mica or Acrylic materials when on a Windows 11 system.

A WPF Window with a WindowChrome Acrylic backdrop applied

See the related announcement posts for the detailed lists of enhancements and updates:

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WPF Controls v22.1.1 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 6:30pm

This version adds several exciting new features for SyntaxEditor, along with making numerous improvements to the control and its add-ons.  Other minor updates are made to Docking/MDI, Editors, Grids, Ribbon, Shell, and Themes.  Finally, Visual Studio 2022 designer support has been improved.

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

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Here's a look at some of the new features.

SyntaxEditor

File Comparison Sample

Many customers have asked how two SyntaxEditor instances could be configured to work side-by-side for comparing files. We've included a new QuickStart that demonstrates comparing two files and highlighting differences in both editors. 

The new sample showing how to use SyntaxEditor to implement file comparisons

Differences are updated in real-time as a file is edited. Our sample is built using simple interfaces to represent the file differences so that any difference engine could easily be adapted to work with the sample.

Column Guides

Use the new column guides feature to designate where line breaks should occur within a file to stay within any readability guidelines your company may have.  For instance, a column guide might be set at column 80 or 120.

An example of editing COBOL code

Other syntax languages like COBOL may also require that certain data is at certain character positions and column guides provide a visual way to ensure code is positioned properly.

IntelliPrompt Completion Performance

We've done some more tuning in the completion item matching logic to squeeze out some additional performance gains.

WinForms Controls v22.1.1 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:54pm

This version adds several exciting new features for SyntaxEditor, along with making numerous improvements to the control and its add-ons.

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

Download Buy Now

Here's a look at some of the new features.

SyntaxEditor

File Comparison Sample

Many customers have asked how two SyntaxEditor instances could be configured to work side-by-side for comparing files. We've included a new QuickStart that demonstrates comparing two files and highlighting differences in both editors. 

The new sample showing how to use SyntaxEditor to implement file comparisons

Differences are updated in real-time as a file is edited. Our sample is built using simple interfaces to represent the file differences so that any difference engine could easily be adapted to work with the sample.

Column Guides

Use the new column guides feature to designate where line breaks should occur within a file to stay within any readability guidelines your company may have.  For instance, a column guide might be set at column 80 or 120.

An example of editing COBOL code

Other syntax languages like COBOL may also require that certain data is at certain character positions and column guides provide a visual way to ensure code is positioned properly.

IntelliPrompt Completion Performance

We've done some more tuning in the completion item matching logic to squeeze out some additional performance gains.

WinForms Controls v22.1 Released

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 7:12pm

This version contains many updates and improvements for SyntaxEditor and its add-ons, along with including .NET 5 assemblies in the NuGet packages, validating .NET 6 compatibility, and adding VS 2022 designer support.

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

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Here's a look at some of the new features.

SyntaxEditor

Synchronization QuickStart

A new sample demonstrates synchronizing the scroller and splitter of one editor instance with another.

Drag and Drop

Improved drag/drop interaction and related scrolling in several scenarios, and enhanced the Drag and Drop QuickStart sample.

Single-Line Mode QuickStart

Added a formula example with alternate style for nested parentheses.

Styles that highlight nested parentheses

Editing and Caret Movement

Made many small improvements in the areas of editing and caret movement, especially in certain special contexts.

IntelliPrompt

Improved popups to reposition themselves as the editor is scrolled.

Multiple IntelliPrompt popups

Vertical Scrolling

The vertical scrollbar has been updated to handle collapsed regions more smoothly.

SyntaxEditor .NET Languages Add-on

C# Parser

Updated to support C# 8.0 syntax.

Go To Definition QuickStart

A new sample that demonstrates using an IResolver to navigate to the source of a reference.

C# Outlining

The outliner will now create nodes for code-level constructs such as block statements by default.

Code outlining now works on blocks, like 'for' statements

SyntaxEditor Web Languages Add-on

JavaScript Parser

Updated to support ECMAScript 2021 (12 Edition) syntax.

JSON Syntax Language

Added a constructor for whether the language should support JavaScript style comments, as in Microsoft’s JSONC variant.

Optional JavaScript comment support in JSON

SyntaxEditor Python Language Add-on

Python Parser

Updated to support Python v3.9.5 syntax.

Python Resolver

Updated to support namespace packages.

.NET 5 Assemblies Added to NuGet Packages

The WinForms Controls NuGet packages on nuget.org now contain compiled product assemblies that target:

  • .NET 5
  • .NET Core 3.1
  • .NET Framework 4.0

Projects that target .NET 5 or later will use the .NET 5-based assemblies, and projects that target .NET Framework 4.0 or later will use the .NET Framework 4.0-based assemblies.

.NET 6 Support

We’ve also validated that our assemblies work great in .NET 6 applications.

Visual Studio 2022 Designer Support

.NET Core 3.1 and .NET 5+ designer support has been added for Visual Studio 2022.