WPF Controls v24.1.2 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 3:54pm

This version adds several great new controls and makes a number of updates across the WPF control product line.

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 major new features.



Settings groups, expanders, and cards used for application settings UI
Most applications contain a window or view where end users can configure settings.  Actipro now provides several controls for displaying grouped and optionally expandable card-based editors for settings that are presented in a consistent, easy-to-use way.
  • Consistent Appearance - Cards have a uniform design, and related cards can be grouped together. Each setting card can optionally have an icon, header, description, and content.
  • Card Contents - A setting card's content is generally an editor for the setting. The content may be left blank, and the card itself can be made into a clickable button.
  • Flexible Editors - Each setting card can contain any kind of editor control. Switches, sliders, combo boxes, and text boxes are commonly-used editor controls.
  • Expandable Sections - Some settings have numerous child settings. These indented settings may be hidden under expandable cards that animate the contents when opened.

Application settings have never looked so good!

Shared Library


The new Card control presents visually grouped information for a single subject, using optional cover, thumbnail, header, and footer sections.

A profile card with multiple sections

Cards can optionally be actionable and even support built-in integration with badges.


Various kinds of info bar severities

The new InfoBar control displays essential information to a user without disrupting the user flow. Messages can display with optional severity, action, and more.


Many updates have been made to the Bars controls to further improve features and functionality.

WPF/WinForms Beta Testers Wanted for v24.1

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 4:30pm

We’ve been hard at work with several new features for v24.1 of our WPF and WinForms products and are asking for beta testers to work with preview builds of what is coming to help ensure a smooth transition.

Beta testers will get an early look at the new features and can give us valuable feedback to influence any necessary development and/or bug fixes prior to the final release.  See the notes at the end of this post for details on signing up as a beta tester.

SyntaxEditor Native Dark Theme

SyntaxEditor now has built-in support for switching between light and dark themes. Previously, only UI element brushes were updated for dark themes, but the highlighting styles and icon sets had to be manually transitioned.

Now, a new SyntaxEditorThemeManager class and individual light/dark color palettes for a highlighting style registry allow for any change in the global theme to be automatically reflected in SyntaxEditor.

All Actipro-provided languages have been updated, as appropriate, with both light and dark highlighting styles, and we automatically convert many popular light-themed colors to appropriate dark-themed colors for custom languages that have yet to be updated with explicit dark styles.

SyntaxEditor Highlighting Style Updates

A new feature enables the current line number to be highlighted in a different style than the other line numbers, so the default line number colors have been updated to coordinate with this new feature.

When editing with multiple carets, distinct colors can now be defined for the primary and secondary carets.

Several other highlighting styles have also had their default values tweaked.

Theme Updates (WinForms Only)

A new Visual Studio Blue theme is available that mimics the Visual Studio 2022 Blue theme.

The renderers for Metro Light and Dark have been updated with a more modern gripper for the status bar and more subtle checked icons for checkable menu items that do not provide their own icon. Several classic renderers have also been renamed for clarity.

Beta Testers

We are looking for beta testers who:

  • Will actively use supplied preview builds to help ensure the beta is stable.
  • Will report suggestions for improvement of new features.
  • Will report confusion or missing information from conversion notes.
  • Will report any bugs that are encountered.
  • Ideally are signed up in our Slack workspace, as it’s easiest to communicate through that during testing phases.

Please contact our support team privately via a ticket to sign up for beta testing:

Contact Our Support Team to Sign Up

Please indicate the following in your message:

  • Your name and e-mail address.
  • If you are already an existing customer, and if so, your license key.
  • The platform(s) you’d like to test.
  • If you are already signed up in our Slack workspace.

Thanks for your help and we look forward to working with our testers.

WPF and WinForms Controls Maintenance Releases

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 8:56pm

WPF Controls v23.1.3 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 11:53am

This version makes a number of minor updates across the WPF control product line.  A new Custom Edit Box QuickStart sample has been added that demonstrates how to build an edit box for a custom type.

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

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WPF Controls v23.1.1 Maintenance Release

by Avatar Bill Henning (Actipro)
Monday, June 12, 2023 at 9:00pm

This version makes a number of minor updates across the WPF control product line.  A new TreeListView sample shows how to sort columns when their header is clicked, various UI automation improvements were made, and numerous Bars enhancements were implemented.

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

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