WPF Studio v3.0 Released

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Posted 16 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
We're extremely proud to release our new bundle of WPF controls, Actipro WPF Studio, to the public. This bundle includes brand new versions of our previously-available WPF controls (Ribbon and Wizard), and also adds a new bar code generation product named Bar Code into the mix.

WPF Studio's downloadable evaluation includes extensive documentation and many, many quickstart samples for each of the WPF control products. We have committed ourselves to making sure our WPF products are well documented, easy-to-learn, and have focused samples for every common feature implementation scenario. Prepare to be impressed!

All of WPF Studio's controls (Ribbon, Wizard, and BarCode) have extensive Visual Studio 2008 designer support and all have full functionality when used in XBAPs.

WPF Studio

WPF Studio Licensing

You still can purchase our WPF controls individually if you wish however you now have the option to purchase all of them in the WPF Studio bundle. Purchasing the bundle saves almost 40% over purchasing all the WPF controls individually.

That's some incredible savings!

WPF Studio Benefits

All WPF control licenses now automatically include a free subscription for a year of free upgrades to any new versions that are released. At the end of the year, you may renew your license for another year to keep the free upgrade benefits active.

In addition, if you own a WPF Studio license, you are automatically eligible to receive free licenses for any new WPF control products that come out within your year period.

Live Demo

You can give all our lastest WPF control products a spin right in your browser as long as you have .NET 3.0 installed. Just follow the steps on this page to see live demos:

Download an Evaluation

You can download an evaluation of all our WPF controls from this page:

Upgrade to WPF Studio from an Older WPF Control Product Version

Contact our sales team for information on the pricing for upgrading from one of our older WPF control product licenses to a license for WPF Studio or a new version of a WPF control product.

If you have an active annual subscription for the older WPF control product, then you can upgrade for free to its newest version. And discounted pricing for switching to WPF Studio is available for you as well. Just contact our sales team for details!

Ribbon for WPF

This new Ribbon for WPF version has an enormous number of enhancements over the previous version and now solidifies Actipro Ribbon as the definitive market leader for WPF ribbon controls. Our feature set is far beyond that of any of our competition.

Actipro Ribbon is the only WPF ribbon product with both extensive Visual Studio 2008 designer support and full functionality when used within XBAPs.

Updates for this new version include:
  • Greatly improved layout and rendering speed.
  • Full gallery implementation of all required and optional items in the Microsoft specifications including: categorization, filtering, zoomed-in items on mouse over, popup resizing, selected items, and more.
  • Gallery items can be rendered using data templates or via programmatic custom draw.
  • Popups redesigned to support any sort of complex layout such as headers, multiple columns of menu items, any custom content, combination of large and small menu items on the same popup, and more.
  • Customize popup content such as menu items before a popup is displayed.
  • Ability to put any control within ribbon groups or popups, no more wrapper control is needed.
  • Change of ribbon child control object model so that controls inherit more core WPF controls (like ItemsControl).
  • Recent documents control for use on application menu that supports pinning, along with document and manager classes.
  • Ability to databind many ribbon child controls (databind menu items).
  • Redesign of properties on StackPanel and RowPanel controls so that they are easier than ever to develop variants for.
  • Alt keys (like Alt+F) now work properly in XBAP context.
  • Screen tips support new options and easy contextual help. Can be implemented in ApplicationCommands.Help command handlers with a couple lines of code.
  • Screen tip content can be dynamically generated and screen tips can be applied to any non-Ribbon control.
  • When key tips are active and a typed character doesn't match a single key tip, all visible key tips that don't begin with that character are hidden (filtering).
  • Ability to scale the Ribbon and the related title bar in a parent RibbonWindow.
  • Ability to hide the QAT completely.
  • Ability to change color schemes in a single line of code.
  • Improved statusbar styles and styles for controls on statusbars, such as sliders, buttons, and button groups.
  • All elements used in ribbon control templates made public to enable custom style/templating of any control.
  • Many styles for native WPF controls included that can be used throughout your application.
  • Complete internal structure redesign to implement WPF best practices.
  • Added extensive VS 2008 designer capabilities, including task panes that make it easy to quickly add/rearrange controls in the ribbon and configure other properties.
  • Expanded documentation.
  • Many new QuickStarts.
  • Hundreds of new minor enhancements and tweaks.

Wizard for WPF

The new Wizard for WPF version adds complete designer support for Visual Studio 2008 and improved support when used within Expression Blend. It also has some minor object model improvements.

Bar Code for WPF

The new Bar Code for WPF product is the only bar code generation product that is natively written in WPF. Use bar codes in your organzation to more efficiently input data or even save money on postage (via the use of Postnet).

This product is useful for adding bar codes to any WPF application or report. Bar codes can be saved in XPS document content, saved to image files, rendered directly to a WPF DrawingContext, or added as a child control in any FixedDocument, FlowDocument or other WPF control.

Actipro Bar Code takes all the work out of the bar code generation process, by allowing you to simply say what value to encode. It will automatically calculate any appropriate checksums and will generate the bar code for you. The output is completely customizable with many options, everything from setting the bar height to display of the encoded value below the bar lines.

The most common symbologies are all supported, including EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39 (and full ASCII variant), Code 93 (and full ASCII variant), Code 128, Codabar, Interleaved 2 of 5, and Postnet.


If you have any questions, just post in our support forums, email us, or start a live chat.

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