WinForms Controls v18.2

New Sunburst Control

This release includes a new WinForms Sunburst Control - designed to visualize hierarchical data in an elegant and compact manner. Its features include:

  • Ability to represent hierarchical data sets and flat data tables
  • Built-in coloring algorithms
  • Advanced highlight behaviors
  • Tooltip support

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WinForms Sunburst Control, DevExpress

WinForms Sunburst Control, DevExpress

Charting

Pane Layout Enhancements

You can now add an individual title for each pane and hide a pane by clicking its title. Panes can be displayed using a grid layout.

Demo
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Pane Titles - WinForms Charting, DevExpress

Grid Layout - WinForms Charting, DevExpress

Drill Down Chart

Our WinForms Chart Control now supports nested Series Templates - allowing you to implement drill-down enabled charts with ease. You can create endless drill-down levels and use the control's integrated Breadcrumb navigation option to move across your data hierarchy.

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Drill Down - WinForms Chart Control, DevExpress

Performance and Memory Usage Improvements

This release includes improved performance and memory consumption when displaying a large number of data points:

  • Scatter Point Rendering

    Scatter Point Rendering - WinForms Chart Control, DevExpress

  • Financial Series Rendering

    Financial Series Rendering - WinForms Chart Control, DevExpress

  • Indicator Calculation

    Indicator Calculation - WinForms Chart Control, DevExpress

Zooming and Scrolling Enhancements

Our WinForms and WPF Chart controls now support keyboard navigation. New settings allow you to configure hotkeys. Hotkeys can also be used to affect the behavior of mouse buttons when zooming in/out or zooming to a rectangle.

With this release, end-users can zoom a specific axis element using the mouse wheel when the mouse pointer hovers over an axis label (see the animation below).

WinForms Chart Control - Zooming and Scrolling, DevExpress

Crosshair Label Can Display Indicators

The Chart Control's Crosshair Cursor can now display Technical Indicators. We've also extended the Indicator's API and made it similar to the Series API. All settings available for a series are now available for an indicator.

Demo
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Indicators - Crosshair Cursor, DevExpress Charting for WinForms and WPF

Data Grid

Find Panel - Search Mode

The Grid's Find Panel ships with a new Search mode. When used, search results are highlighted within the view and scrollbar.

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WinForms Grid - Find Panel - Search Mode, DevExpress

Scrollbar Annotations

Inspired by Visual Studio, our WinForms Grid Control now supports scrollbar annotations - colored markers arranged along the vertical scrollbar. Scrollbar annotations allow you to visualize:

  • cells with validation errors;
  • focused/selected record range;
  • records that match search results;
  • record changes and custom data.

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Scrollbar Annotations - WinForms Grid Control, DevExpress

Excel-inspired Group Filters

Excel-inspired group filters were first introduced in May 2018 for our WinForms Pivot Grid and TreeList controls. With this update, we've added this capability to our WinForms Grid control. Filter dropdowns can now group filter items from two or more columns, and present results as a hierarchical checked list.

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Excel-inspired Group Filters - WinForms Grid Control, DevExpress

Diagram

Pan and Zoom Window

You can now pan and zoom by using the Diagram Control's Pan and Zoom window. The blue box indicates the region of the page that is shown in the drawing window. Resize the blue box by dragging a side until it fits the area that you wish to magnify. To pan the diagram, drag the blue box over the section you want to view.

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Pan and Zoom Window - Diagram Control for WinForms and WPF, DevExpress

Splitting the RightAngle Connector

When the DevExpress Diagram Control calculates routes for RightAngle connectors, it tries to find the closest route from start to finish. This can result in overlaps when multiple connectors originate from the same point. Many of you have asked us to deliver an alternative solution to help reduce confusion.

In v18.2, the Diagram Control allows you to split connectors and define the minimum acceptable distance between them.

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Splitting the RightAngle Connector - WinForms Diagram Control, DevExpress

Diagram Viewer

With this release, you can switch to "view only" mode and disable all operations that can affect the diagram itself. New options allow you to define which operations are allowed and hide the rest.

Demo
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Item Selection Modes

The Diagram Control's selection modes now include:

  • None – Item selection is disabled.
  • Single – Only one item can be selected.
  • Multiple – Multiple items can be selected/deselected via the mouse.

Editors

Calendar Control - New Fluent View

The new FluentUI View for our Calendar Control supports Acrylic and Reveal Highlight effects and allows you to mirror the appearance of the Windows 10 calendar.

Demo
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WinForms Calendar Control - New Fluent View, DevExpress

CheckEdit - New SVG Check Styles

We have extended our CheckEdit check styles. New SVG check styles are more attractive and support all the benefits that come with the use of vector-based icons (scaling without quality loss, automatic color adaptation based on the current skin and palette).

Blog Post  Documentation

Demo
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WinForms CheckEdit - New SVG Check Styles, DevExpress

Filtering UI Context Enhancements

  • Our ResetBinding/ResetBindings methods allow you to manually refresh editor values.
  • The AddField method allows you to add custom editors bound to desired data model fields.
  • Items can be customized in Filtering Events via the WithDataItems method. For instance, you can now assign custom HTML Text to display item images.

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Navigation UI

Office Navigation Bar - Tab Navigation View

With this release, you can easily create tab navigation options like those found in Microsoft Outlook and Visual Studio – user experiences with a modern appearance and borderless tab headers.

Demo  Documentation
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WinForms Office Navigation Bar - Tab Navigation View, DevExpress

NavBar to Accordion Converter

The DevExpress WinForms Accordion control extends the capabilities found in our NavBar control. If you are still using the NavBar control and want to replace it with our Accordion while preserving customization settings and paint styles, click the 'Convert to AccordionControl' smart tag. Note that event handlers are not converted. You will need to handle all item interaction events manually.

PDF Viewer

DirectX Rendering

DirectX rendering was first introduced in May 2018 as a community technology preview (CTP). This update marks its official release. DirectX Rendering is now used as our default rendering engine.

Pivot Grid

Unbound OLAP Fields

You can assign an OLAP Multidimensional Expression (MDX) to a PivotGrid field and create an Unbound Field for OLAP. You can also use the OLAPQueryData event to obtain an MDX query (used by the pivot grid to request data).

Performance Enhancements

We have improved the Pivot Grid's in-memory data processing engine and now support the following features in Optimized Mode:

  • Custom Types
  • Custom Totals
  • CustomSummary event
  • CustomGroupInterval event
  • CustomFieldSort event
  • Legacy TopN
  • Summary Filter
  • FileDataSource
  • CustomUnboundFieldData event
  • Case-sensitive data binding.

We've also added an OptimizeSummaryTypeCalculation option. Enable this option to accelerate data aggregation speed with int/float/double numbers in Optimized Mode.

In-Cell Data Editors

We continue to improve consistency across all our WinForms control libraries. With this release, our Pivot Grid will be a descendant of the EditorContainer class – this means you can assign editor Repository Items in the same manner as you would with our WinForms Data Grid, Tree List, and other data-aware controls. Invoke the Pivot Grid designer and switch to its “In-place Editor Repository” tab to create and modify individual editors. To assign these editors to data fields, go to the Fields section and specify a field's FieldEdit properties.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • HTML Formatting - format field values and row headers via HTML tags.
  • Enhanced customization form.
  • Ability to customize the Filter Editor before it is displayed by handling the FilterEditorCreated event.
  • Ability to show/hide the loading panel (the LoadingPanelVisible property).
  • Our Excel Style Filter popup can now retrieve filter values in a background thread, allowing the entire application to remain responsive while this operation is in progress.
  • Interval Grouping via a Group's Context Menu - Use the 'OptionsMenu.ShowDateTimeGroupIntervalItems' option to specify which interval grouping items (day, month, year, etc.) to display within the group context menu.

Interval Grouping - Context Menu, WinForms PivotGrid, DevExpress

Ribbon, Bars and Dock UI

Office 2019 Style

With this release, we've replicated the look and feel of the latest version of Microsoft Office. Our Office 2019 Style includes new tab styles, animation effects, and the ability to minimize the Ribbon to a single-row tabbed toolbar.

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Office 2019 Style - WinForms Ribbon, DevExpress

Right-Aligned Page Groups

With this release, Ribbon page groups can be aligned to the right (the Alignment property). Group alignment is supported by all Ribbon styles except TabletOffice.

Documentation

Right-Aligned Page Groups - WinForms Ribbon, DevExpress

Ribbon Caption Bar

The DevExpress WinForms Ribbon Control now provides the CaptionBarItemLinks collection that hosts item links, displayed in the caption area of a corresponding Ribbon Form.

WinForms Ribbon Caption Bar, DevExpress

Performance Enhancements

We've overhauled the engine used by our Office and Excel inspired controls to auto-generate a Microsoft-inspired Ribbon UI (Rich Editor, Spreadsheet, Analytic Dashboards, etc).

Blog Post

Miscellaneous Enhancements

You can now hide maximized MDI form buttons by setting the BarManager's AllowMdiChildButtons property to 'false'.

Rich Text Editor

RTL Support

With this release, you can load, display, print and export (to PDF) documents with the right-to-left text direction.

Shape Support

Documents that contain shapes can now be displayed, printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Shapes Support - WinForms Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Paragraph Borders

With this release, you can load/save, display, print and export (to PDF) documents with paragraph borders.

Paragraph Borders - WinForms Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Continuous Section Breaks

Our WinForms Rich Text Editor allows you to load, display, print and export documents with continuous section breaks. This option is available via the control's Ribbon UI and its API.

Documentation

Continuous Section Breaks - WinForms Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Paragraph Options

We've included two new paragraph options:

  • Widow/Orphan Lines Control - prevents the first or last paragraph line from appearing at the bottom or top of a page.
  • Keep with Next - keeps multiple paragraphs on the same page.

We've also enhanced the 'Keep lines together' option to mirror Microsoft Word.

All these options are available in code and via the control's UI.

Documentation

Scheduler

Google Calendar Syncronization

Our WinForms Scheduler can now automatically synchronize appointments with Google Calendar. Data can be synced in both directions, which means that all changes made in your WinForms application will be automatically reflected in Google Calendar.

Documentation

Google Calendar Syncronization - WinForms Scheduler, DevExpress

Skins and Vector Icons

New SVG Office 2019 Colorful Skin

v18.2 ships with a new vector-based skin and associated color palettes - Office 2019 Colorful.

Demo  Documentation
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Office 2019 Colorful Skin - DevExpress WinForms Controls

Office 2019 Colorful Skin - Forest Palete - DevExpress WinForms Controls

Advanced Design-Time Image Picker

As you know, when an application includes multiple forms with a large number of controls, changing icons (replacing raster graphics with vector images) may be quite time consuming. Our new Image Picker makes this process much easier. It allows you to drag-and-drop icons onto controls. Integrated smart search allows you to quickly locate the desired icon.

The new Image Picker supports the following DevExpress WinForms controls:

  • Bars
  • Ribbon
  • Simple Button
  • Office Navigation Bar
  • Windows UI Button Panel
  • Accordion Control
  • NavBar Control
  • Group Control
  • Label Control

Blog Post

Design-Time Image Picker for WinForms, DevExpress

7 New SVG Palettes - The Bezier Skin

High-contrast palettes:

  • High Contrast White
  • High Contrast Black

High-contrast Palette - The Bezier Skin - DevExpress WinForms Controls

Visual Studio-inspired palettes:

  • VS Light
  • VS Dark
  • VS Blue

Visual Studio-inspired Palettes - The Bezier Skin - DevExpress WinForms Controls

DevExpress palettes:

  • Twenty
  • Twenty Gold

DevExpress Twenty and Twenty Gold Palettes - The Bezier Skin - DevExpress WinForms Controls

Skin Colors

You no longer need to hunt for a perfect hue to match an existing application theme when you set a custom background/foreground color for UI elements. Skin Colors remain consistent with the currently applied application theme.

Skin Colors is a set of predefined colors that match the current skin and/or skin palette.

The following controls support background Skin Colors:

  • Simple Button
  • Grid column headers
  • Tabs
  • Group Control
  • Dock Panels
  • Grid Control: Column and Band headers, LayoutView
  • Layout Control
  • Tree List: Column and Band headers

Foreground Skin Colors are available platform-wide.

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Skin Colors - WinForms Controls, DevExpress

Vector Image Gallery

We have improved our SVG image gallery by adding new SVG graphics, advanced filtering and search capabilities.

Vector Image Gallery - WinForms Subscription, DevExpress

Extended SVG Support

We continue to extend the use of vector graphics across our WinForms controls. With this release, we've replaced bitmap icons in our data editors, dialog windows and forms.

We've also made it possible to specify a vector-based icon for each state of context buttons, BackstageViewControl and RecentItemControl items (normal, hovered, pressed, etc.).

If you need to display a grayed-out icon when a button is disabled, and a highlighted icon when the button is pressed, specify SVG for the Normal state only. Our graphics engine will automatically re-paint it when required.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • Lightweight Custom Skins: Custom skins now store only differences from the source (template) skin. This makes them 90% lighter.
  • Custom skins no longer store the parent’s skin version. You do not need to upgrade your custom skins with the Skin Editor. Create a custom skin once and it will automatically obtain all updates from its parent skin whenever you upgrade your application to a new version.
  • The 'External Application Preview' feature allows you to preview custom skins in any C#/VB application.
  • The Palette Editor allows you to preview custom palette colors before you confirm changes by clicking 'OK'. To invoke the editor press F7.

Spreadsheet

Shape API

This new API allows you to create new shapes, connect and group shapes, change a shape’s fill and outline settings, add text to a shape, and remove shapes from a document.

Documentation

Sparkline Rendering

With this release, our WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet controls can display sparklines. Documents with sparklines can also be printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Sparkline Rendering - WinForms Spreadsheet | DevExpress

Search in the AutoFilter Dialog

Our WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet controls now ship with a Search box in the AutoFilter dialog. This feature allows you to quickly locate items to use within a filter.

Rich Text API

Our updated API allows you to create and edit rich text within a cell.

Documentation

Tree List

Breadcrumb Navigation

Our TreeList and BreadcrumbEdit controls can now interact with one another and share data. This allows you to reproduce the Windows File Explorer UX with ease.

Demo  Documentation
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Breadcrumb Navigation - WinForms TreeList, DevExpress

Performance Enhancements

In our last release, we introduced DirectX hardware acceleration support and boosted TreeList rendering on High DPI devices. In v18.2, we've improved our rendering engine and made the control significantly faster. Enhancements have been made to common usage scenarios including like repainting, batch updates, the processing of large amounts of data, etc.

Hierarchical Data Binding

The DevExpress WinForms TreeList allows you to bind to hierarchical data sources (for example, a list of lists). It will automatically traverse through the entire hierarchy and build the corresponding tree layout.

Documentation

Options Tree Support

With this release, you can mix radio buttons and check boxes in order to construct an advanced option tree.

Use the node's Node.ChildrenCheckBoxStyle property to specify the type of option element to display for child nodes.

Demo  Documentation
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Options Tree Support - WinForms TreeList, DevExpress

Vertical Grid

Excel-inspired Group Filters

Excel-inspired group filters were first introduced in May 2018 for both our WinForms Pivot Grid and TreeList controls. With this update, we've extended this feature to our WinForms Vertical Grid control. Filter dropdowns can now group filter items from two or more data fields, and display results as a hierarchical checked list.

Demo  Documentation
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Excel-inspired Group Filters - WinForms VerticalGrid, DevExpress

Miscellaneous

WYSIWYG and Data Aware Export Enhancements

Data-aware controls that support HTML text can now be printed and exported in both Data Aware and WYSIWYG modes.

Workspace Manager Enhancements

  • The WorkspaceManager.ShowPathColumnInWorkspacesDialog property allows you to hide the Path column in the Workspaces dialog.
  • The WorkspaceManager.SaveTargetControlSettings property allows you to save target form properties (Bounds and State).
  • The SaveWorkspaces/LoadWorkspaces method saves/restores all workspaces to/from a single file.

Excel Filter Enhancements

  • Excel filters now automatically recognize whether an enumeration is nullable, and display or hide 'Is Null' / 'Is Not Null' items accordingly.
  • 'Values' and 'Filters' tabs now account for in-place ImageComboBox editor settings and automatically display related images.
  • Scrollbars for tabs with checkboxes can now display scrollbar annotations.

Demo
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Project Settings Enhancements

  • If you open DevExpress Project Setings for a project without DevExpress libraries, the page will display a 'Convert' button so you can automatically add core DevExpress libraries.
  • The Register Bonus/User Skins option allows you to quickly register corresponding skins.
  • Reworked font, skin and palette selectors to help improve usability.

ToastNotificationManager Enhancements

In our last release, we gave you the ability to create Windows 10-inspired toast notifications using XML. You could add app logo, hero image, attribution text, custom Timestamp, buttons, etc. With this update, you can handle user inputs (text and selection), respond to button clicks as well as persist your application toast notifications in Action Center.

Documentation

WinForms Toast Notification Manager, DevExpress

Fluent UI Scrollbar

Our scrollbars now support Microsoft's Fluent UI. When used, a scrollbar is collapsed to a thin stripe when not active, and expands to a semi-transparent bar when a user hovers the mouse pointer over it.

To enable Fluent UI Mode, set the WindowsFormsSettings.ScrollUIMode property to 'Fluent'.

Documentation

Fluent UI Scrollbar - WinForms Subscription, DevExpress

DirectX - Performance Enhancements

We continue to improve our DirectX rendering engine and in so doing, we've improved performance and made HighDPI support a reality on the WinForms platform. The following performance benchmark results speak louder than words. In v18.2, scrolling performance is more than three times faster with DirectX enabled.

DirectX - Performance Enhancements, DevExpress WinForms Subscription

WPF Controls v18.2

New WPF Gantt Control (CTP)

Our new WPF Gantt Control is now available as a community technology preview. It's features include:

  • A tree view region with our TreeList Control (sorting, filtering, presentation options, etc.).
  • A Gantt area with time scale and associated UI elements (tasks, summary tasks, milestones, connectors).
  • Built-in scrolling and zooming.
  • Four types of dependencies between individual tasks (Finish to Start, Finish to Finish, Start to Start, Start to Finish).
  • API to configure work time, weekends and special dates as well as the ability to hide/highlight items within the Gantt region.
  • Ability to use built-in Gantt data objects or map your custom data objects to Gantt task properties.

Demo  Blog Post
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DevExpress WPF Gantt Control

Charting

Pane Layout Enhancements

We now give you the ability to add an individual title for each pane, to hide a pane by clicking its title. Panes can be displayed using a grid layout.

Demo
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Pane Titles - WPF Chart Control, DevExpress

Grid Layout - WPF Chart Control, DevExpress

Zooming and Scrolling Enhancements

Our WinForms and WPF Chart controls now support keyboard navigation. New settings allow you to configure hotkeys. Hotkeys can also be used to affect the behavior of mouse buttons when zooming in/out or zooming to a rectangle.

With this release, end-users can zoom a specific axis element using the mouse wheel when the mouse pointer hovers over an axis label (see the animation below).

WPF Chart Control - Zooming and Scrolling, DevExpress

Crosshair Label Can Display Indicators

The Chart Control's Crosshair Cursor can now display Technical Indicators. We've also extended the Indicator's API and made it similar to the Series API. All settings available for a series are now available for an indicator.

Demo
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Indicators - Crosshair Cursor, DevExpress Charting for WinForms and WPF

Data Grid and Tree List

New Data Filter Editor (CTP)

This release includes a new Filter Editor control and offers the following advantages over its predecessor:

  • A list of fields is displayed with a search box.
  • You can select one of the values within the data source as a filter value.
  • The Filter Editor displays record count next to each filter value.
  • You can define and use named filters in the Filter Editor.

You can now use the Filter Editor in the Grid or Tree List. In future iterations, this control will also work on a standalone basis and will support other DevExpress controls.

Demo  Blog Post
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Documentation

WPF Data Filter Editor, DevExpress

Custom Cell Editor Support

Our Grid and TreeList controls now provide an API to implement keyboard navigation and support data validation for non-DevExpress editors used in cell templates.

We also provide two additional templates for grid cells – CellDisplayTemplate and CellEditTemplate. These templates make it easier to define cell display for Display/Edit modes individually.

Demo  Documentation
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Filtering UI Blocks (CTP)

v18.2 introduces Filtering UI Blocks - separate controls allowing you to filter data in our Grid and TreeList controls. Simply connect a filter element to a supported control and specify the fields to filter against:

  • XAML
<dxfui:CheckedTreeListFilterElement Context="{Binding FilteringContext, ElementName=grid}" FieldName="Date" />

The filter element will automatically retrieve available values, formatting options, and other information from the control to which it is connected. Supported filter elements include:

  • Check Box
  • Radio List
  • Checked List
  • Checked Tree List
  • Named Filters List
  • Range
  • Calendar

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WPF Filtering UI Blocks, DevExpress

Row/Cell Hover Highlighting

To help improve usability, our WPF Data Grid and Tree List controls can highlight rows and cells when a user hovers them with the cursor. To enable hover highlighting, activate the 'HighlightItemOnHover' option. You can also change default appearance settings (e.g. foreground and background colors) and display custom elements within a hovered row/cell.

Demo  Documentation
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Filtering Enhancements

Our Excel-inspired Filter Dropdown ships the following new features:

  • Display record count next to distinct values
  • Named filters

The Filter Panel and our new Filter Editor now use the 'Between Days' and 'In Days' operators to display Date filters.

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Check Column

Columns with Boolean values can now display a check box within the header to toggle the check state of all rows.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • Custom cell styles automatically inherit visual settings from the selected theme. With this release, you don't need to use the BasedOn property.
  • The PrintRowIndentWidth property allows you to set or remove indentation before printed/exported child rows.
  • The ShowRibbonPrintPreview method allows you to display the Print Preview dialog with a Ribbon instead of Toolbars.
  • Vector-based icons for Conditional Formatting rules are now available.

Documentation

Diagram

Pan and Zoom Window

You can now pan and zoom by using the Diagram Control's Pan and Zoom window. The blue box indicates the region of the page that is shown in the drawing window. Resize the blue box by dragging a side until it fits the area that you wish to magnify. To pan the diagram, drag the blue box over the section you want to view.

Demo  Blog Post
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Pan and Zoom Window - Diagram Control for WPF, DevExpress

Splitting the RightAngle Connector

When the DevExpress Diagram Control calculates routes for RightAngle connectors, it tries to find the closest route from start to finish. This can result in overlaps when multiple connectors originate from the same point. Many of you have asked us to deliver an alternative solution to help reduce confusion.

In v18.2, the Diagram Control allows you to split connectors and define the minimum acceptable distance between them.

Demo  Blog Post
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Splitting the RightAngle Connector - WPF Diagram Control, DevExpress

Diagram Viewer

With this release, you can switch to "view only" mode and disable all operations that can affect the diagram itself. New options allow you to define which operations are allowed and hide the rest.

Demo
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Item Selection Modes

The Diagram Control's selection modes now include:

  • None – Item selection is disabled.
  • Single – Only one item can be selected.
  • Multiple – Multiple items can be selected/deselected via the mouse.

Docking

New Panel Dragging Mode

With this release, a dock panel can temporarily hide its content until a user drops it at a desired location. The new DockLayoutManager.ShowContentWhenDragging property specifies whether to display panel content while dragging a panel. By default this option is enabled. For complex panels, this options should be deactivated.

Demo
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Light Mode

To help create a more "lightweight" UI, our new Light mode merges borders between dock panels.

Demo
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Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • Floating panels now display their image and caption in the taskbar preview. You can also use the FloatGroup.WindowTaskbarTitle and FloatGroup.WindowTaskbarIcon attached properties to specify a different caption and image.
  • Panels can now display CaptionTemplate content in the Customization Window and menus.
  • DockLayoutManager can now save and restore the state of panels dragged from another DockLayoutManager instance.
  • The new ContextMenuCustomizationsTemplate property allows you to customize the context menu for panels and groups in a Style.

Editors

Date Navigator and Date Edit Enhancements

Our WPF Date Navigator ships with the following new features:

  • Min/Max dates
  • New API to specify disabled and highlighted dates dynamically
  • Ability to obtain the visible date range
  • A new Microsoft Outlook-inspired style with a compact header.

We've also integrated the Date Navigator into our WPF Date Editor's drop-down. This expands the Date Editor's capabilities with new features like disabled and highlighted dates.

Demo
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WPF Date Editor, DevExpress

CheckEdit - Glyph Support

Our WPF CheckEdit can now display glyphs instead of a check box. You can set a glyph using the CheckedGlyph, UncheckedGlyph, IndeterminateGlyph, and GlyphTemplate properties.

Demo
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Custom Filters

With this release, the DevExpress WPF ComboBox and LookUp editors ship with a SubstituteDisplayFilter event allowing you to change your filter once it has been entered into the edit box. You can filter items based on values from multiple columns or implement custom filtering and allow for typos or replace characters with umlauts.

Mapping

Map Editor

Vector items can now be edited by end-users. Users can:

  • Draw a new shape (Pushpin, Path, Polyline, Dot, Ellipse, Rectangle, Line).
  • Edit an existing shape (Select, Add/Remove points, Transform - move points).
  • Undo/Redo modifications.

Once a vector layer has been modified, it can be saved to a file (Shapefile, SVG or KML).

Demo
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WPF Map Editor, DevExpress

MVVM Framework

This release introduces the following enhancements:

  • Both the BindableBase and ViewModelBase classes now offer a more simplified syntax for getters and setters:
    • c#
                                    public string FullName {
                                        get { return GetValue<string>(); }
                                        set { SetValue(value, OnFullNameChanged); }
                                    }
                                    
                                    string fullName;
                                    public string FullName {
                                        get { return fullName; }
                                        set { SetValue(ref fullName, value, OnFullNameChanged); }
                                    }
    
  • CompositeCommandBehavior - our new CanExecuteCondition property specifies whether the command target should be disabled when the CanExecute method of one of the commands returns true.
  • The Prism Adapters library now supports Prism 7.

PDF Viewer

DirectX Rendering

With this release, our WPF PDF Viewer supports DirectX rendering (enabled by default). Its features include:

  • High-quality text rendering (GDI uses integer coordinates for glyph positioning) and improved text antialiasing (especially for Type 1 fonts).
  • Performance gains across a broad range of usage scenarios
  • Support for all blend modes.
  • Support for all text rendering modes (e.g. using text as a clip region for a drawing).

Pivot Grid

Unbound OLAP Fields

You can assign an OLAP Multidimensional Expression (MDX) to a PivotGrid field and create an Unbound Field for OLAP. You can also use the OLAPQueryData event to obtain an MDX query (used by the pivot grid to request data).

Performance Enhancements

We have improved the Pivot Grid's in-memory data processing engine and now support the following features in Optimized Mode:

  • Custom Types
  • Custom Totals
  • CustomSummary event
  • CustomGroupInterval event
  • CustomFieldSort event
  • Legacy TopN
  • Summary Filter
  • FileDataSource
  • CustomUnboundFieldData event
  • Case-sensitive data binding.

We've also added an OptimizeSummaryTypeCalculation option. Enable this option to accelerate data aggregation speed with int/float/double numbers in Optimized Mode.

Data-Aware Export

Like our grids, the DevExpress WPF PivotGrid Control uses our more powerful Excel data export engine.The following Pivot Grid features are fully supported:

  • Data Grouping (Outline)
  • Fixed Columns
  • Cell Formatting - exporting number format
  • Ability to select whether to export display text or values.

Ribbon and Toolbars

Lightweight Templates

Office2016SE and VS2017 themes use lightweight templates to render bar items by default. This improves initial load times and merge operations (in applications that use Toolbars or the Ribbon).

MDI Merge Performance

With this release, our WPF Ribbon control reuses visual elements for bar items, pages, and groups when merging forms. This improves MDI Merge performance when loading views with nested Ribbons or switching between document tabs.

Rich Text Editor

RTL Support

In v18.2, you can load, print and export (to PDF) documents with the right-to-left text direction.

Shape Support

Documents that contain shapes can now be displayed, printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Shapes Support - WPF Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Paragraph Borders

With this release, you can load/save, display, print and export to PDF documents with paragraph borders.

Paragraph Borders - WPF Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Continuous Section Breaks

In v18.2, our WPF Rich Text Editor allows you to load, display, print and export documents with continuous section breaks. This option is available via Ribbon UI and implemented API as well.

Documentation

Continuous Section Breaks - WPF Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Paragraph Options

We've included two new paragraph options:

  • Widow/Orphan Lines Control - prevents the first or last paragraph line from appearing at the bottom or top of a page.
  • Keep with Next - keeps multiple paragraphs on the same page.

We've also enhanced the 'Keep lines together' option to mirror Microsoft Word.

All these options are available in code and via the control's UI.

Documentation

Scheduler

Agenda and List Views

Our WPF Scheduler has two new views:

  • Agenda View - a compact representation of a daily schedule.
  • List View - displays appointments exactly as they are stored in the database. Appointments are listed in a grid with integrated search, filtering, sorting, and grouping.

Agenda Demo  ListView Demo
Requires installation of WPF Subscription v18.2. Download

Agenda View - WPF Scheduler, DevExpress

List View - WPF Scheduler, DevExpress

Appointment Arrows

Appointments that don’t fit into the visible range can now display start and end info.

Demo
Requires installation of WPF Subscription v18.2. Download

Appointment Arrows - WPF Scheduler | DevExpress

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • The Scheduler can now automatically synchronize scroll position and settings changed at runtime between DayView, WorkWeekView, and WeekView.
  • The Scheduler now listens to nested property changes in a data source and automatically updates linked appointments.
  • New options allow you to better configure appointments.

Spreadsheet

Shape Rendering Enhancements

The DevExpress WPF Spreadsheet control can render shape effects (e.g. shadow, reflection, glow, and soft edges).

Shape Rendering Enhancements - WPF Spreadsheet, DevExpress

Shape API

This new API allows you to create new shapes, connect and group shapes, change a shape’s fill and outline settings, add text to a shape, and remove shapes from a document.

Documentation

Sparkline Rendering

With this release, our WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet controls can display sparklines. Documents with sparklines can also be printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Sparkline Rendering - WPF Spreadsheet | DevExpress

Search in the AutoFilter Dialog

Our WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet controls now ship with a Search box in the AutoFilter dialog. This feature allows you to quickly locate items to use within a filter.

Rich Text API

Our updated API allows you to create and edit rich text within a cell.

Documentation

Themes

Theme Designer - Template Editing

With this release, you can locate and modify control templates, create custom themes and apply color presets.

Additional enhancements include:

  • An effortless way to locate the required template and navigate between templates in code.
  • Automatic theme upgrade option once a new version of our WPF Subscription is released.
  • Ability to import old themes created in the Theme Editor.

Blog Post  Documentation  Tutorial Video

Download

Palette Theme Keys

Modern themes with color palettes (Office2016SE, VS2017) expose their palette colors and brushes as resources. These can be accessed in code:

  • XAML
<Border BorderBrush="{DynamicResource {dxt:PaletteBrushThemeKey ResourceKey=Border, ThemeName=Office2016WhiteSE}}" BorderThickness="1" />

Themed Window Enhancements

Our Themed Window can now act as a dialog window and show dialog buttons defined in XAML or code behind. We've also replaced the legacy DXMessageBox with ThemedMessageBox that matches the ThemedWindow's style. Both dialog windows (ThemedWindow and ThemedMessageBox) can be used on a standalone basis and in our MVVM services.

Demo
Requires installation of WPF Subscription v18.2. Download

Tree List

Data Sorting Performance Enhancements

Data sorting is now up to two times faster when compared to previous versions.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • The CheckBoxFieldName property supports complex paths to nested properties (e.g., "Order.IsProcessed").
  • The TreeList control can now detect cross-thread operations and maintain data consistency. If data is changed from another thread, the TreeList control throws a cross-thread exception.
Windows 10 UWP Controls v18.2

New UWP Scheduler (CTP)

This release includes our new UWP Scheduler control - available as a community technology preview. Its features include:

  • Day, Week, Work Week and Month Views
  • Full data binding support with mappings
  • Recurring and All Day Appointment support
  • Built-in toolbar and the appointment edit form
  • Support for multiple time zones in the time ruler

UWP Scheduler Control, DevExpress

Data Grid

New Virtual Data Source

v18.2 introduces an asynchronous virtual data source - InfiniteAsyncSource.

Virtual sources allow you to bind the Grid control to any data source even if the total record count is unknown. You can create solutions that remain responsive to end-user actions regardless of the demands placed upon the Grid. Whenever you work with a large dataset, our InfiniteAsyncSource fetches and processes data on-demand, in a background thread. This ensures that the Grid control does not freeze during data-intensive operations.

Dialogs

Windows 10 Style and Other Enhancements

This release includes a number of enhancements to our Dialogs.

  • Dialogs now match the modern Windows 10 look and feel.
  • A new IDialogDocumentContent interface allows you to invoke a confirmation dialog when another dialog is displayed.
  • Adaptive UI - dialogs can scale according to the current application width.
  • Icon support for dialog buttons.
ASP.NET Controls v18.2

New Adaptive Project Template

All pages within our adaptive project template now include responsive layouts.

Demo

Adaptive Project Template - ASP.NET WebForms, DevExpress

New MVC Filter Cоntrol

Our new ASP.NET MVC Filter Control allows you to build filter criteria of any complexity and apply the filter to any data component or data model.

Demo

CardView

Data Grouping

Our ASP.NET WebForms and MVC CardView allows you to group data against multiple columns.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Data Grouping - ASP.NET CardView for WebForms and MVC, DevExpress

Charting

Pane Layout Enhancements

  • Ability to add individual titles to each pane.
  • You can hide a pane by clicking its title.
  • Panes can be displayed using a grid layout.

Demo: Linear Pane Layout  Demo: Grid Pane Layout

Linear Pane Layout - ASP.NET Charting, DevExpress

Grid Layout - ASP.NET Charting, DevExpress

Drill Down Chart

Our ASP.NET and MVC Chart Control now supports nested Series Templates - allowing you to implement drill-down enabled charts with ease. You can create endless drill-down levels and use the control's integrated Breadcrumb navigation option to move across your data hierarchy.

Demo  Blog Post

Drill Down - ASP.NET Chart Control, DevExpress

Editors

Database Server Mode in ComboBox and TokenBox

Both our ASP.NET WebForms and MVC List Editors now support Database Server Mode. When used, list editors only load visible items and execute data-aware operations (such as filtering) on the database server.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Drop-Down Editors - Adaptivity Enhancements

In this release, both WebForms and MVC Drop-Down Editors can switch to modal mode based upon browser width.

Demo  Blog Post

Month-Year Picker

Our ASP.NET WebForms and MVC Calendar (DateEdit) now supports month-year selection mode.

Demo

Date Edit - Scroll Picker Mode

Our ASP.NET and MVC Date Edit provides a new scroll selection mode. When used, the Date Edit displays date components (day, month, year, time) using an independently rotating wheel (making date selection on touch devices much easier).

Demo

Button Render Styles

New predefined render styles allow you to define additional semantics and indicate possible user actions: Danger, Outline, Secondary, New Item, Native.

Demo

Button Render Styles - ASP.NET Data Editors, DevExpress

File Manager and Upload Control

OneDrive and Google Drive Support

Our ASP.NET and MVC File Manager and Upload Controls allow you to upload and manage files and folders in OneDrive and Google Drive.

Google Drive Demo  OneDrive Demo

Documentation (Google Drive)  Documentation (OneDrive)

Form Layout

Data Annotation Attributes

With our Form Layout control, you do not have to bind each individual editor to data and provide label captions corresponding to field names. You simply bind the control to a data source and specify which fields are to be displayed on a page.

With this release, you can specify default settings for individual editors by applying Data Annotation attributes to data source fields. You can use the following Data Annotation attributes:

  • BrowsableAttribute
  • RequiredAttribute
  • RegularExpressionAttribute
  • RangeAttribute
  • DisplayFormatAttribute
  • DisplayAttribute
  • DataTypeAttribute

GridView

Callback Support in Batch Edit

Our ASP.NET GridView now supports callbacks in batch edit mode - The control will not lose unsaved changes when an end-user filters, pages, groups or sorts data.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Preview Changes in Batch Edit

Inserted, edited and deleted rows can now be previewed and modified before data is saved in Batch Edit mode.

Demo    Blog Post    Documentation

Preview Changes in Batch Edit Mode - ASP.NET GridView, DevExpress

Adaptivity Enhancements in Fixed Table Layout Mode

We've improved our GridView and made it more adaptive in fixed table layout mode. With this release, you can specify a column's minimum and maximum width.

Blog Post

Menu

Collapse to Images

To help reduce control width when the browser screen is narrow, our ASP.NET Menu can now hide item text and only display icons.

Pivot Grid

New Filter Popup

We have replaced our previous Filter Popup with a new implementation and integrated search option. This new dialog and associated scrolling speed is up to 3x times faster in WebKit/FF Browsers, and up to 5x times faster in Internet Explorer.

Filter Popup - ASP.NET Pivot Grid, DevExpress

Unbound OLAP Fields

You can assign an OLAP Multidimensional Expression (MDX) to a PivotGrid field and create an Unbound Field for OLAP. You can also use the OLAPQueryData event to obtain an MDX query (used by the pivot grid to request data).

Performance Enhancements

We have improved the Pivot Grid's in-memory data processing engine and now support the following features in Optimized Mode:

  • Custom Types
  • Custom Totals
  • CustomSummary event
  • CustomGroupInterval event
  • CustomFieldSort event
  • Legacy TopN
  • Summary Filter
  • FileDataSource
  • CustomUnboundFieldData event
  • Case-sensitive data binding.

We've also added an OptimizeSummaryTypeCalculation option. Enable this option to accelerate data aggregation speed with int/float/double numbers in Optimized Mode.

Rich Text Editor

Simple View (Web Layout)

You can now view documents in Simple View mode. In this view mode, the document is not split across multiple pages, nor does it have margins, headers or footers.

Simple View - ASP.NET Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Scheduler

Floating Action Button

The Scheduler's new Floating Action button triggers the following actions:

  • Create a new appointment
  • Edit an appointment
  • Delete an appointment.

Demo  Documentation

Floating Action Button - ASP.NET Scheduler, DevExpress

Appointment Tooltips (Mobile)

We continue to improve the Scheduler's user experience on touch-first and mobile devices. In this release, we've added tooltip support for appointments.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Performance Enhancements

Our Scheduler control now renders up to three times faster in Edge and Chrome.

Demo  Blog Post

View Visible Interval UI Enhancements

Our new View Visible Interval within the ASP.NET Date Navigator makes navigation across appointments much easier.

Demo  Blog Post

Spreadsheet

Pivot Tables

With this release, you can now embed pivot tables within worksheets. Our Excel-inspired pivot table allows you to incorporate multi-dimensional data analysis and cross-tab reporting to any ASP.NET and MVC web app with ease. As you would expect, numerous layout customization options give you total control over its user experience.

Cross Sheet Formula Editing

End-users can now use cell values from any worksheets to create formulas for the active worksheet.

New Behavior Settings

New behavior settings allow you to prevent end-user actions on worksheets, columns, and rows.

ASP.NET Core Controls v18.2

New ASP.NET Core Spreadsheet (CTP)

With this release, you can incorporate spreadsheet functionality to any ASP.NET Core application with absolute ease. Our new Spreadsheet control is made available as a community technology preview (CTP). We expect to officially ship the product in 2019. Features include:

  • Cell Editing and Formatting
  • Formulas
  • Charts
  • Sorting
  • Comments
  • Read-only Mode

Demo  Quick Start  Blog Post

ASP.NET Core Spreadsheet - DevExpress

ASP.NET Core Rich Text Editor (CTP)

Our new Rich Text Editor ships with everything you'll need to quickly incorporate advanced text editing functionality in your next ASP.NET Core application. Its features include:

  • Character and Paragraph Formatting
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • Tables
  • Hyperlinks and Bookmarks
  • Floating Objects
  • Auto Correct
  • Document Protection

Demo  Quick Start

ASP.NET Core Rich Text Editor - DevExpress

ASP.NET Core Reporting

v18.2 marks an official release of our ASP.NET Core Reporting. You can create ASP.NET Core applications that target both .NET Framework and .NET Core.

New features include:

DevExtreme ASP.NET Core Controls

All DevExtreme HTML5/JS Control features are also available in DevExtreme ASP.NET Core Controls.

Learn More

ASP.NET Bootstrap Controls v18.2

New File Manager

Our new ASP.NET Bootstrap File Manager control allows you to reproduce the Windows File Explorer UX in your next web app. Its features include:

  • Ability to display file and folder structures
  • Both Thumbnail and Details view modes
  • File/folder operation support: create, rename, copy, move, delete
  • File system providers: physical, data source, cloud storage Amazon / Azure / Dropbox.
  • File upload and download
  • Ability to define access permissions for folders and files.

Demo

ASP.NET Bootstrap File Manager, DevExpress

New Ribbon Control

With unmatched design/runtime options, our new ASP.NET Bootstrap Ribbon control ships with all the tools you'll need to emulate the Microsoft Office end-user experience within your next Web project.

Its features include:

  • Over 10 item types: Button, Check Box, Color Button, Combo Box, Date Edit, Drop-Down Buttons, Galleries, and many more...
  • Data Binding
  • Keyboard Support
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Adaptivity and Templates Support
  • Client-side API

Demo

ASP.NET Bootstrap Ribbon Control, DevExpress

New Rich Text Editor (CTP)

Our new ASP.NET Bootstrap Rich Text Editor allows you to integrate advanced text editing functionality into your next web application. It ships with comprehensive text formatting options and a rich collection of end-user options so you can deliver Microsoft Word-inspired functionality with ease.

Features include:

  • Text formating
  • Spell checking
  • Mail merge
  • Save & Export to various formats
  • Insertion of tables, lists, images, hyperlinks, and etc.
  • Document management

Demo

ASP.NET Bootstrap Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

New Spreadsheet (CTP)

Our new ASP.NET Bootstrap Spreadsheet control allows you to deliver Excel inspired functionality with minimal effort. Its features include:

  • Worksheet protection
  • Printing
  • Sorting & Filtering data
  • Graphical data presentation via charts
  • Specifying formulas
  • Inserting images

Demo

ASP.NET Bootstrap Spreadsheet, DevExpress

New Themes

This release includes two new themes for ASP.NET Bootsrap: OfficeWhite and Purple. These themes were designed for websites built using Bootstrap 4 or later. You can download both themes free of charge.

Blog Post  Demo

ASP.NET Bootstrap Purple and OfficeWhite themes, DevExpress

CardView

Vertical Scrolling and Endless Paging

Our Bootstrap CardView now supports both a Vertical and Horizontal Scrollbar. We've also simplified record navigation with on demand record scrolling. To give you maximum UI flexibility, our Bootstrap CardView ships with Endless Paging support. As its name implies, Endless Paging allows users to navigate an entire dataset without using a data pager.

The following Endless Paging options are available:

  • Show More Cards - Additional cards are loaded when the 'Show more cards' link is clicked;
  • On Scroll - Additional Cards are loaded when the control is scrolled.

Demo

Form Layout

Data Annotation Attributes

With our Form Layout control, you do not have to bind each individual editor to data and provide label captions corresponding to field names. You simply bind the control to a data source and specify which fields are to be displayed on a page.

With this release, you can specify default settings for individual editors by applying Data Annotation attributes to data source fields. You can use the following Data Annotation attributes:

  • BrowsableAttribute
  • RequiredAttribute
  • RegularExpressionAttribute
  • RangeAttribute
  • DisplayFormatAttribute
  • DisplayAttribute
  • DataTypeAttribute

Demo

GridView

Scrollbars

With this release, our Bootstrap Data Grid supports both Vertical and Horizontal scroll bars.

Demo: Vertical Scrolling
Demo: Vertical Scrolling

Fixed Columns

With this release, you can anchor columns to the left of the grid. These fixed columns are never scrolled horizontally and as such, allow you to create solutions that offer improved readability and visual clarity.

Demo

Endless Paging

To give you maximum UI flexibility, our Bootstrap GridView ships with Endless Paging support. Endless Paging allows users to navigate an entire dataset without using a data pager.

Demo

Context Menu

A context menu is displayed when an end-user right-clicks an individual Bootstrap Data Grid element. The following built-in popup menus are available:

  • row
  • column header
  • footer and group footer
  • group panel.

Demo

DevExtreme JavaScript Controls v18.2

New Push Notification API

We have addressed the needs of those who are building apps that display/render real-time data. With this release, you can integrate DevExtreme controls with your SignalR server (or any other notification service).

The new 'push' method is now available within a 'Store' instance.

  • js
notificationHub.on('message', msg => {
    store.push([{ type: msg.type, data: msg.data }]);
});

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Real-time UI Updates

New DataSource options include:

  • reshapeOnPush - specifies if sorting, grouping, paging and other shaping operations should be applied on push notification;
  • pushAggregationTimeout - specifies the period within which the arrived notifications are aggregated into a batch.

Demo  Documentation

Real-time UI Updates, DevExtreme DevExpress

Data Grid & Tree List

Live Update and Performance Enhancements

With this release, our Data Grid and Tree List reflect changes to real-time data much faster. To address the most popular usage scenarios, we have extended the Grid's and TreeList's API in the following manner:

  • 'repaintChangesOnly' - if set to 'true', push updates don't force the component to fully re-render. Our new change tracking strategy updates only the modified portion of the component UI.
  • 'editing.refreshMode' - specifies control behavior once a row is edited
    • 'full' - requests new data from server, shapes and renders it;
    • 'reshape' - reshapes local data and renders it;
    • 'repaint' - re-renders local data without reshaping;
  • 'summary.recalculateWhileEditing' - enables real-time summary recalculations while editing (for client-side summaries only)
  • 'highlightChanges' - enables visual highlighting of updated cells.

Demo

Live Update - HTML5 Data Grid, DevExtreme | DevExpress

Focused Row and Keyboard Navigation Enhancements

We've introduced a new API to control DataGrid and TreeList focused row operations. This feature is useful when you need to display Master-Detail relationships, navigate through records and view details in a side-by-side view.

You can also use mouse or keyboard to navigate through rows. Our new API allows you to implement custom keyboard navigation through individual cells.

Demo

Focused Row and Keyboard Navigation - HTML 5 Data Grid, DevExtreme | DevExpress

Excel Data Export Customization Enhancements

We've extended the capabilities of our Excel data export engine so you can control the appearance of exported data more effectively (font, background color, etc.).

Demo  Documentation

Excel Data Export - DevExtreme, DevExpress

Command Column Customization

This release includes new command column customization options for our DataGrid and TreeList controls. These include:

  • Specify command column width, position, or template
  • Fix, or 'pin', a command column to the left or right
  • Add a custom command button to the 'edit command' column
  • Add any number of custom command columns
  • Hide or show command buttons for specific rows

Demo  Documentation

Command Column Customization - HTML5 Data Grid, DevExtreme | DevExpress

Data Visualization

New Sankey Diagram Component

The new Sankey component will help you visualize data as flows or relationships between different parts of systems. This widget supports the following features:

  • Several predefined palettes, including a Material-style palette
  • Node alignment and reordering
  • Title and subtitle
  • Client-side export and printing
  • Tooltip Support
  • User interactions (hover, click)

Demo  Documentation

Sankey Diagram - DevExtreme | DevExpress

Real-Time Chart Updates

We've added support for real-time data updates within a Chart without a full chart redraw. When a new point arrives, you can use one of the following behaviors:

  • Keep - new data doesn't affect what you see
  • Shift - new data shifts the visual range
  • Reset - new data redraws the chart
  • Auto - the chart's behavior depends on the current visual range position

We've also included uninterrupted navigation during data updates (you can zoom, scroll and explore a chart while it is updated in the background). You can also jump to your new data and view it in real-time.

Demo  Documentation

Real-Time Updates in Charts - DevExtreme | DevExpress

Zoom/Scroll Enhancements

We have refined our JavaScript Charting library to support the following:

  • Zoom a chart by its Value-axis
  • Select the desired area using your mouse (or via a gesture on touch devices)
  • Save zoom level on data updates
  • Scroll/Zoom to areas without data
  • A Chart is continuously updating during zooming/scrolling operations

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

JavaScript Charting library - Zoom/Scroll, DevExtreme | DevExpress

Scheduler

Group by Date

You can now group Scheduler appointments first by date and then by resources.

Blog Post  Demo  Documentation

HTML5 Scheduler - Group by Date, DevExtreme | DevExpress

UI Widgets

New HTML/Markdown WYSIWYG Editor (CTP)

This release introduces a new rich WYSIWYG text editor. This UI widget allows you to change text styles, create lists and add hyperlinks and images. Both HTML and Markdown target markup formats are available.

Blog Post  Documentation

HTML/Markdown WYSIWYG Editor - DevExtreme | DevExpress

DateBox - Masked Input

Our DateBox widget allows you to specify a date mask and control user input as needed.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

DateBox - Masked Input, DevExtreme | DevExpress

New Drawer Component

This release includes a new Drawer component for building responsive application layouts. It can be used to implement collapsible navigation, information, and tool panels. With a wide range of configuration options, you can specify Drawer position, reveal animation, open/close behavior and more.

Demo  Documentation

Drawer Widget - DevExtreme, DevExpress

New ButtonGroup Component

The new ButtonGroup component consists of a set of toggle buttons. Both single and multi-select modes are available.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

ButtonGroup Component - DevExtreme | DevExpress

File Uploader Enhancements

This release includes the following client-side file validation options for our File Uploader widget:

  • allowedFileExtensions
  • minFileSize
  • maxFileSize

The new 'chunkSize' option allows you to upload large files in "chunks".

Demo  Documentation

Filter Builder API Enhancements

You can now limit Filter Builder group nesting and specify available operations.

  • js
{
    ...
    maxGroupLevel: 0, // disable group nesting
    groupOperations: [ "and", "or", "notAnd", "notOr" ] // specify available operations
}

Performance Enhancements

Our List, Accordion and TabPanel components now support partial UI updates. Use the new 'repaintChangesOnly' option to enable this feature.

New Button and Editor Styles

You can now customize button and editor appearance as business needs dictate. Buttons ship with the following styling modes: "Contained", "Outlined" and "Text". Editor styling modes include: "Outlined", "Filled" and "Underlined". New styles are available for both Material and Generic themes.

Demo  Documentation

Button Styles - DevExtreme | DevExpress

Editor Styles - DevExtreme | DevExpress

Themes

Color Swatches

You can now create and use multiple DevExtreme color schemes within the same application. For instance, you can implement a dark navigation sidebar with a light content area. This feature is available in the both ThemeBuilder UI and CLI tools.

Color Swatches - DevExtreme, DevExpress

DevExtreme CLI - Custom Theme Generation

The new ThemeBuilder CLI allows you to generate custom DevExtreme color schemes and save them as a CSS file without using our ThemeBuilder UI.

You can also use the DevExtreme theme variables within your app to deliver a more consistent UI. Use the ThemeBuilder CLI to export any theme variable as LESS or SASS file.

Documentation


Custom Theme Generation - DevExtreme, DevExpress

New ThemeBuilder UI

The new ThemeBuilder UI ships with a more intuitive UX and supports new theming capabilities such as Color Swatches.

Demo

New ThemeBuilder UI - DevExtreme | DevExpress

A Dark Set of Material Design Themes

A set of new 5 dark Material Design themes are available in v18.2. You can use them 'as is' or inherit a custom dark Material Design theme.

Demo

A Dark Set of Material Design Themes - DevExtreme | DevExpress

MVC Controls

Bootstrap 4 in MS Visual Studio Project Templates

We have upgraded the Twitter Bootstrap version in our MS Visual Studio Project templates. You can now utilize all the advantages of the Bootstrap 4 CSS Framework.

Angular Components

Responsive Application Layout Template​ for Angular

Our new Application Layout template is integrated with our new DevExtreme CLI tools.

Demo  Blog Post  Documentation

Responsive Application Layout Template​ for Angular, DevExtreme DevExpress

DevExtreme CLI - Angular Apps and Views Generation

v18.2 introduces our new CLI tools. You can now bootstrap Angular CLI based applications that are tightly integrated with DevExtreme. DevExtreme CLI utilizes our new Application Layout template and build-time theming capabilities. You can also add Angular views with DevExtreme components into your existing applications.

Documentation

MS Visual Studio Angular Views Scaffolding​

With this release, you can scaffold Angular views into your Visual Studio Angular project. These views are built upon DevExtreme Angular components and bound to your ASP.Net Core CRUD API endpoints.

Blog Post  Documentation

MS Visual Studio Angular Views Scaffolding​ - DevExtreme DevExpress

Vue Components

DevExtreme Vue Wrappers (RTM)

Our Vue Wrappers have been released to manufacturing and ship with the following enhancements:

  • Rendering customization via named slots.
  • 'v-on' directive support (and @ shorthand)
  • Vue prop validation and type checks
  • TypeScript support
  • Child configuration components (for instance, 'dx-column' for DataGrid columns configuration).

Data binding capabilities include:

  • One-way data binding
  • Two-way data binding ('.sync' modifier)
  • 'v-model' support for data editors

We've also added new demos to our Widgets Gallery. All new DevExtreme widgets introduced in this release cycle are also available for Vue.

Demo  Documentation


DevExtreme Vue Wrappers, DevExpress

React Components

DevExtreme React Wrappers (RTM)

v18.2 marks the official release of our React Wrappers. This update includes the following new features:

  • Controlled and uncontrolled modes
  • Rendering customization via native React template components or a render method (props with -Component or -Render postfixes)
  • TypeScript support
  • Type checking with React PropTypes
  • Support for the 'className' and 'ref' React attributes
  • Child configuration components (for instance, DxColumn for DataGrid columns configuration)

Demo  Documentation


DevExtreme React Wrappers, DevExpress

New Native React Scheduler Component (CTP)

This release includes the first iteration of our native React Scheduler/Calendar control. The following features are now available:

  • Week, Work Week and Month views
  • Date and view choosers
  • All-day panel
  • Appointment tooltips.

Demo  Documentation

Native React Scheduler - DevExtreme | DevExpress

Native React Chart (CTP)

Our DevExtreme React Chart widget was first introduced in May 2018 as a community technology preview. This update introduces the following new features:

  • Stacked Series

    Documentation and Demos

  • Non-Linear Axes Types

    Now you can specify logarithmic, exponential or custom axes types.

    Documentation and Demos

  • Color Palette Management

    You can now specify a chart's color palette. You can use palettes from the open source D3 library or create your own.

    Documentation and Demos

  • Animations

    We have enhanced our React Chart component with animations.

Blog Post

Native React Chart, DevExtreme | DevExpress

Native React Grid - Fixed Columns

You can now anchor columns to the left or rightmost edge of the Grid. These fixed columns are never scrolled horizontally and as such, allow you to create solutions that offer improved readability and visual clarity.

Documentation and Demos  Blog Post

DevExtreme Native React Grid - Fixed Columns, DevExpress

Native React Grid - Data Summary Rows

The React Grid component can now calculate a summary for all rows (total summary), row groups (group summary), and tree nodes that contain child nodes (tree summary).

Documentation and Demos

DevExtreme Native React Grid - Data Summary Rows, DevExpress

.NET Reporting v18.2

All Platforms

Report Designer - Vertical Bands

We've added three new types of report bands to our Reporting platform:

  • Vertical Detail
  • Vertical Header
  • Vertical Total.

Vertical bands allow you to create a report wherein record fields are arranged vertically and records printed horizontally (from left to right). As its name implies, this new layout mirrors that of a vertical grid – wherein columns represent rows and rows represent columns.

Blog Post  Demo  Documentation

Report Designer - Vertical Bands, DevExpress

Picture Box Enhancements

  • Image Upload in Print Preview

    You can now upload an image or select it from a list of predefined images when displaying a report in the Print Preview. The editor's toolbar allows you to choose the appropriate sizing mode and image alignment.

    Image Upload in Print Preview - Picture Box, .NET Reporting | DevExpress

  • Freehand Drawing in Print Preview

    You can now draw "freehand" when previewing a document. To enable freehand drawing, set the Picture Box's ImageEditOptions.EditorName property to 'Signature'. In this mode, you can draw any shape or text within the Picture Box. Integrated options allow you to specify brush size and color.

    Demo

    Freehand Drawing in Print Preview - Picture Box, .NET Reporting | DevExpress

  • SVG Support

    Our Picture Box report control can now display vector-based images. v18.2 doesn't support SVG with gradients and text. This restriction will be addressed in a future release.

Blog Post  Documentation

Bar Code - QR Code Enhancements

QR Code allows you to display a picture in the middle of bar code.

Demo  Documentation

Bar Code - QR Code Enhancements, DevExpress .NET Reporting

Report Parameters - Enhancements

  • Parameters now support Null values. Enable the Parameter.AllowNull option to allow Null values.
  • If a parameter is bound to a dynamic or static list, you can sort its data using the LookUpSettings.SortOrder and LookUpSettings.SortMember properties.
  • The multi-value parameter's editor now displays 'All selected (N)' when all parameter values are selected.

Documentation

Report Wizard – Page Setup and Report Color Scheme Pages

This release includes two new Report Wizard pages.

  • Page Settings: allows you to specify paper size, units, orientation and document margins.

    Report Wizard – Page Setup, DevExpress

  • Color Schemes: allows you to select a base color for built-in styles generated by the wizard.

    Report Wizard – Report Color Scheme Pages, DevExpress

Blog Post  Documentation

End-User Report Designer - Script Code Completion Offline Mode

You can now activate code completion in offline mode. Code completion also supports types defined in custom assemblies.

Report Controls – New Default Font

By default, our report controls now use the Arial font.

ASP.NET Core Reporting

Report Designer Integrated in Visual Studio

Our goal was to maintain the same developer experience between standard .NET and .NET Core. This release ships with a fully integrated Report Designer within Visual Studio for ASP.NET Core. The Report Designer is now displayed within a panel allowing you to switch between open code units.

Documentation

Event Handling

You can now handle the events of individual report controls. Double-click an event in the properties panel to generate a handler for it.

ASP.NET Core Reporting - Event Handling, DevExpress

Web Reporting

New Color Schemes. Custom Scheme Support

In previous iterations, our HTML5 Document Viewer and HTML5 Report Designer shipped with light and dark themes. With this release, you can apply any DevExtreme Theme (except Material) to both the Viewer and Designer, or set up appearance settings manually.

Demo  Documentation

New Color Schemes - .NET Web Reporting, DevExpress

Angular Reporting npm Package

We've published an npm package to help you integrate our HTML5 Document Viewer and Web Report Designer into your Angular-based application.

NPM package

Documentation

Query Builder - Improved UX and Query Parameters Support

We've updated the properties panel interface in the Query Builder component to improve discoverability of query properties and table items. You can also create query parameters as necessary.

Documentation

Query Builder - .NET Web Reporting, DevExpress

Web Report Designer - Watermarks

Our Web Report Designer can now display watermarks. End-users can apply pre-printed forms and correctly position report controls as needed.

Web Report Designer - Watermarks, DevExpress

Web Document Viewer – Tab Panel Position

The Tab Panel can now be displayed on the left. Use the 'WebDocumentViewerTabPanelSettings.Position' property to specify the Tab Panel's position within the Document Viewer.

Documentation

Web Document Viewer – Tab Panel Position, DevExpress

Improved Internal Server Error Handling

We've updated our Web Reporting components so you can display error details within the browser (rather than use the standard 'Internal Server Error' message).

Web Document Viewer and Report Designer – Client-Side API Enhancements

Our new client-side API allows you to perform the following:

Search in Open/Save Report Dialogs

We've incorporated a search panel into the Web Report Designer's Open/Save Report dialog to allow end-users to quickly locate a specific report.

WinForms Reporting

End-User Report Designer - Office-Inspired Property Grid UI

We updated the Properties panel so it mimics Microsoft Office's new UX. Property categories are replaced with tabs and search panel is always visible, which makes it easier to discover specific properties.

Office-Inspired Properties Window - WinForms Reporting, DevExpress

The Expressions tab has been removed. A square icon near each property indicates whether a property value differs from its default value, and allows you to define an expression as needed. Property editor values that were specified via an expression now display a formula icon to the right of the editor.

Properties Window and Expression Editor - WinForms Reporting, DevExpress

Documentation

Data Source Wizard – JSON and DevExpress ORM Persistent Object Data Sources

We've added two new data source types into the Data Source Wizard:

  • JSON Data Source - Allows you to specify WebAPI end point to consume JSON data.
  • DevExpress ORM Persistent Objects Data Source - Allows you to bind a report to a collection of ORM Persistent Objects. This implementation resolves previous limitations related to the serialization of object types.

Documentation

Data Source Wizard – JSON and DevExpress ORM Persistent Object Data Sources, WinForms Reporting | DevExpress

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • End-User Report Designer and Document Viewer – Skinned Save/Open File Dialogs: you can use DevExpress dialogs by enabling the WindowsFormsSettings.UseDXDialogs option.
  • Expression Editor - PageIndex and PageCount Variables: We've updated the advanced expression bindings mode so you can use the PageIndex and PageCount variables in expressions constructed for the PrintOnPage event handler.

WPF Reporting

Document Viewer - Office-inspired Navigation Pane

We've updated our WPF Document Viewer with a new Microsoft Word-inspired Navigation Pane. The new pane contains three tabs:

  • Document Map
  • Thumbnails
  • Search

Documentation

Document Viewer - Office-inspired Navigation Pane, WPF Reporting | DevExpress

Data Source Wizard – JSON and DevExpress ORM Persistent Object Data Sources

We've added two new data source types into the Data Source Wizard:

  • JSON Data Source - Allows you to specify WebAPI end point to consume JSON data.
  • DevExpress ORM Persistent Objects Data Source - Allows you to bind a report to a collection of ORM Persistent Objects. This implementation resolves previous limitations related to the serialization of object types.

WPF Report Designer - Query Builder Light View

This new Query Builder View replicates the user experience available across our WinForms controls. It allows you to display custom table and column names.

Documentation

WPF Report Designer - Query Builder Light View, DevExpress

Report and Dashboard Server

Administrative Panel - Modern UI

Our Administrative Panel UI was first introduced in May 2018 as a community technology preview. v18.2 marks its official release. The new UI is now used by default. It fully replicates the functionality of our old administrative panel. Client-side UI rendering is now much faster. We've also made it easier to locate specific items and execute operations using document lists and scheduled tasks.

Documentation

Administrative Panel - Report and Dashboard Server, DevExpress

Localization Support

We added a new DevExpress.ReportServer.v18.2.Localization.dll assembly to our Localization Server. You can now translate all Administrative panel interface elements along with report and dashboard designer and viewer components.

To select the appropriate language, open Server Settings.

Documentation

Localization Support - Report and Dashboard Server, DevExpress

White Label Support

You can change the default color scheme of the Administrative panel and replace built-in product logos.

Documentation

White Label Support - Report and Dashboard Server, DevExpress

Display Dashboards in Remote Applications

Dashboards generated via the DevExpress Report and Dashboard Server can now be displayed within a custom application.

Analytics Dashboard v18.2

New Neutral Filter Mode

Neutral Filter Mode enables filter behavior found in many popular websites, where no filter is applied until you select at least one option. In other words, while no options are checked, all results are displayed unfiltered.

Neutral Filter Mode is available for WinForms, WPF, and Web Dashboard.

Documentation

Blog Post

Data Processing

OLAP Data Source Filtering

You can now filter our Dashboard OLAP Data Source in code. Use the DashboardOlapDataSource.Filter property to specify a filter condition.

Documentation

Visualization

Tabbed Layout

DevExpress Dashboard can now display multiple tabbed pages. You will find this capability useful in the following scenarios:

  • Display a set of related dashboards
  • Display individual items as pages
  • Display two or more dashboard variations
  • Share filter elements across multiple dashboards

Documentation  Blog Post

Dashboard Viewer - Tabbed Layout, DevExpress

Dashboard Designer- Tabbed Layout, DevExpress

Format any Numeric or Date-Time Value

In previous versions, DevExpress Dashboard controlled the manner in which many numbers and dates were formatted. By automatically providing compact value display, we optimized screen space usage and data readability. In this release, you are also free to format all values as you wish.

Web Dashboard

NPM Package

We've published an NPM package that includes our client Web Dashboard. As you might expect, the package contains all the necessary library resources and the TypeScript definition file. To install, execute the following command:

npm install devexpress-dashboard

Blog Post

JavaScript Modules

We have refactored code to make it modular, so that you can use our Dashboard with front-end module bundler tools such as WebPack and SystemJS.

Public TypeScript "*.d.ts" Files

All TypeScript "*.d.ts" files are now public. This change improves code completion and code verification support when using our Web Dashboard Control in TS applications.

DevExpress Dashboard

.NET Core Export

DevExpress Dashboard for .NET Core now allows you or end-users to export the entire Dashboard or individual Dashboard Items to PDF, CSV or Excel files.

Documentation

Dashboard Model - Public API

We have published and documented Dashboard Model API. This means that you can now use JavaScript or TypeScript. Here are just a few examples of what you can do:

  • Pre-define data bindings for new items
  • Change default settings, such as text formatting
  • Handle designer events

Documentation

HTTP Back-End Settings

New Dashboard options allow you to specify the control's back-end URL and Request Headers. This change will help you with the following tasks:

  • Integrate Web Dashboard Control into Web Farms.
  • Configure header-based Web authorization.

Documentation

On Demand Data Refresh

DevExpress Dashboard v18.2 allows you to reload data from the server by calling a client-side method that initiates the callback. The following methods will reset the data source cache and reload all dashboard items:

  • ASPxClientDashboard.ReloadData (ASP.NET WebForms / MVC)
  • DashboardControl.reloadData (HTML5 Dashboard / ASP.NET Core)

Documentation

Parallel Requests for Multiple Master Filter Items

Data requests for Master Filter items are now being processed in parallel. This enhancement speeds up overall network performance.

Query Builder - Improved UX and Query Parameters Support

Updated Properies panel in Query Builder now allows you to create new query parameters. The new UI also simplifies the way you browse existing query properties and table items.

WinForms Dashboard

Dashboard Designer - SVG Icons

The following UI elements now display vector (SVG) icons:

  • Ribbon / Toolbar
  • Recent Dashboards section

DevExpress Dashboard Designer - SVG Icons

WPF Dashboard Viewer

Print Preview

DevExpress WPF Dashboard now ships with a Print Preview dialog that allows you to configure page settings and preview the output.

WPF Dashboard Viewer - Print Preview, DevExpress

Office File API v18.2

PDF Document API

DirectX Rendering

DirectX rendering was first introduced in May 2018 as a community technology preview (CTP). This update marks its official release. DirectX Rendering is now used as our default rendering engine.

Visual Signatures

With this release, you can sign a document with a visual signature.

Documentation

Visual Signatures - PDF Document API, DevExpress

Spreadsheet Document API

Shape API

This new API allows you to create new shapes, connect and group shapes, change a shape’s fill and outline settings, add text to a shape, and remove shapes from a document.

Documentation

Sparkline Printing and Export

With this release, documents with sparklines can be printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Rich Text API

Our updated API allows you to create and edit rich text within a cell.

Blog Post  Documentation

Rich Text API - Spreadsheet Document API, DevExpress

Word Processing Document API

RTL Support

You can now load, print and export (to PDF) documents with right-to-left text direction.

Shape Support

Documents that contain shapes can now be printed and exported to PDF.

Documentation

Paragraph Borders

With this release, you can load/save, print and export (to PDF) documents with paragraph borders.

Paragraph Borders - WinForms Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Continuous Section Breaks

We now support continuous section breaks. Our new API allows you to load, print and export documents with continuous section breaks.

Documentation

Continuous Section Breaks - WinForms Rich Text Editor, DevExpress

Paragraph Options

With this release, the DevExpress Word Processing File API provides two new paragraph options:

  • Widow/Orphan Lines Control - prevents the first or last paragraph line from appearing at the bottom or top of a page.
  • Keep with Next - keeps multiple paragraphs on the same page.

We have also improved our 'Keep lines together' option so that it mirrors Microsoft Word.

Documentation

XAF - App Framework v18.2

ASP NET Enhancements

Split View Layout Support

We're introducing a new ListViewAndDetailView display mode for List Views in ASP.NET WebForms UI. Inspired by Microsoft Outlook's "Compact View", this new feature allows you to present your list data as synchronized ListView and DetailView displayed side by side.

Documentation

Split View Layout Support - XAF, DevExpress

IFRAME Support

You can now embed XAF ASP.NET WebForms applications into an IFRAME. Use this feature to integrate XAF functionality into non-XAF Web portals.

Documentation  Blog Post

New Lookup Property Editor

ASPxGridLookupPropertyEditor for ASP.NET UI was introduced as a community technology preview (CTP) in the previous major update. v18.2 marks its official release.

We built the new editor on top of the DevExpress ASP.NET Grid Lookup control - an enhanced version of our previously available ASPxLookupPropertyEditor. We recommend that going forward you only use the new editor to display reference properties in ASP.NET UI.

Blog Post  Documentation

Core Enhancements

Improved Image Library Integration

We have extended the DevExpress Image Gallery with new PNG and SVG icons. You can easily embed images from the updated collection into XAF’s WinForms UI by using the Model Editor's reworked Image Picker.

Blog Post  Documentation

Image Library Integration - XAF, DevExpress

XAF Nuget Packages

To help you better manage build processes for your XAF projects and employ CI/CD tools approved within your Enterprise (such as Azure Pipelines), DevExpress Nuget now includes packages based on XAF assemblies.

Blog Post  Documentation

Mobile Platform Enhancements

ASP.NET Core Data Service (CTP)

CriteriaOperator expressions, previously translated to OData queries, are now translated to LINQ expressions. This change introduces the following features:

  • Additional ListView grouping options
  • The use of ContainsOperator and aggregate functions in ListView filters
  • ListView display for non-associated collections
  • Data filtering capabilities in lookup editors bound to arbitrary or non-associated collections with DataSourcePropertyAttribute.

Documentation  Blog Post

WinForms UI Improvements

Accordion Control

You can now replace NavBar and TreeList side navigation controls with a newer and more flexible WinForms Accordion Control.

Documentation

Skin and Palette Selectors

We have updated skin and palette selector UI for applications rendered in Light Style (see WinApplication.UseLightStyle).

Documentation

Skin and Palette Selectors - XAF, DevExpress

Full SVG Support

To see the entire list of visual elements that support vector images, read the following article: WinForms SVG Image Support.

To replace PNG icons with new SVG images in existing XAF WinForms apps, set the following options prior to the XafApplication.Setup method call:

  • DevExpress.ExpressApp.Utils.ImageLoader.Instance.UseSvgImages = True
  • WinApplication.UseOldTemplates = False

Blog Post  Documentation

Office-Inspired Word Processing Module

v18.2 marks the official release of our word-processing module that incorporates DevExpress WinForms Rich Text Editor to allow end-users to create, load, change, print, mail-merge, save and convert documents in different formats.

Documentation

Data Access v18.2

Data Source Wizard Enhancements

Our Query Builder can now edit an invalid SelectQuery. It highlights the columns and tables that are not found in the database schema. In addition, you can now specify a condition for grouped and aggregated data. This adds the HAVING clause to the SQL statement generated by the Query Builder. Finally, you can specify SSL Mode in MySqlConnectionParameters.

Expression Editor and Filter Editor Enhancements

With this release, our Filter Editor Control and Expression Editor correctly handles data sources with nested properties. You can also re-arrange "Visual" and "Text" panels inside the Filter Editor Control. Use the new PanelAlignment property to specify whether these panels should be stacked one under another (vertically) or displayed side-by-side (horizontally).

JsonDataSource

A new data source component for receiving data from JSON.

OData Sources - Selected Properties

ODataServerModeSource and ODataInstantFeedbackSource components can now load specified object properties . Both components expose the Properties collection allowing you to specify which properties should be loaded. If the Properties collection is empty, the data source loads all object properties.

SqlDataSource - .NET Standard 2.0 Data Providers Support

Our SqlDataSource component supports the following data providers on .NET Standard 2.0:

  • Oracle
  • Google Big Query
  • Teradata

XPO - ORM Library

Async/Await Method Support

With v18.2, XPO's Session, XPQueryExtensions, and other key classes ship with a set of async specific APIs, including FindObjectAsync, GetObjectByKeyAsync, CommitChangesAsync (which return System.Threading.Tasks.Task object).

These Task-based APIs are important for both server and client programming (useful for DB-intensive operations like commits, queries, delete operations, etc.) as they improve server scalability and deliver a more resilient user experience, especially on mobile devices.

Blog Post

Property Mapping to a Read-Only Database Column

This release introduces a FetchOnly attribute that allows you to obtain values from read-only database columns (e.g. auto-increment and computed columns). Applied to a class property or field, FetchOnlyAttribute indicates that you can only read values from a database. XPO will not include these values in INSERT and UPDATE SQL statements.

Blog Post

.NET Core / .NET Standard 2.0 Support and Other Enhancements

.NET Core / .NET Standard 2.0 Support was first introduced in November 2017. v18.2 marks its official release. Persistent object JSON serialization makes it easy to use XPO as a Data Access layer in an ASP.NET Core Web API service. With v18.2, you no longer need to manually format JSON responses or make a POCO copy of each persistent class.

Example

Other enhancements include:

New XPO Data Source for XtraReports

XPObjectSource - is a new first-class citizen in DevExpress Reporting and is used to reduce the amount of code needed to bind reports using XPO data. It also provides additional features such as server-side calculated properties (including aggregates for associated collections) and grouping support. We recommend use of XPObjectSource over XPCollection or XPView if you require full end-user report designer support.

Blog Post  Documentation

Miscellaneous Enhancements

  • Support for MySql 8.0 server and the client ADO.NET data provider (MySql.Data.dll 8.0.12.0). System.DateTime properties are now mapped to database 'datetime' type for versions prior to 8.0 and 'datetime(6)' for versions higher than 8.0. Learn More

    MySql 8.0 supports now the GetMilliSecond criteria function.

  • You can provide a custom Guid primary key generation algorithm globally with the new XpoDefault.CustomGuidGenerationHandler (XpoDefault.GuidGenerationMode = GuidGenerationMode.Custom). Learn More

    • C#
    • VB.NET
    Func<Guid>
        myCustomGuidGenerationAlgorithm = () => { return Guid.NewGuid(); };
    XpoDefault.CustomGuidGenerationHandler = myCustomGuidGenerationAlgorithm;
    
                                    Dim myCustomGuidGenerationAlgorithm As Func(Of Guid) = Function()
                                    Return Guid.NewGuid()
                                    End Function
                                    XpoDefault.CustomGuidGenerationHandler = myCustomGuidGenerationAlgorithm
    
  • With this release, users can better manage connections to a database in the ORM Data Model Wizard. The connection string can be stored in the configuration file instead of the model's code. It is less error-prone and much safer. This is supported for WinForms, ASP.NET WebForms, WPF, Console and other project types for the full .NET Framework that use XML configuration files (app.config/web.config).

CodeRush for Visual Studio v18.2

CodeRush Server (CTP)

Team CodeRush is happy to announce the community technology preview of CodeRush Server. Combining the Unit Test Runner, Code Coverage calculation, and Code Issues analysis of the original CodeRush, CodeRush Server makes it easy to monitor the health of your entire code base in the Azure DevOps space, one solution at a time.

Blog Post


CodeRush Server, DevExpress

Web Development Support

JavaScript & TypeScript Support

Now in Javascript (and Typescript) you can:

  • Work with Structural Highlighting.

    Structural Highlighting - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • Quickly select and expand/reduce that selection by logical code blocks with Selection Expand/Reduce.

    Selection Expand/Reduce - DevExpress | CodeRush

    Press Ctrl+W to expand selection and Ctrl+Shift+W to reduce it.

  • Easily navigate through references with Tab to Next Reference.

    Tab to Next Reference - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • Use Smart Cut & Copy.

  • Easily declare classes, functions, variables, code blocks, expressions and more with a pre-release set of CodeRush Templates for JavaScript and TypeScript development. These templates are expected be extended and evolve in the coming releases.

    Code Templates - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • Navigate through your code with Jump to Symbol.

    Jump to Symbol - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • Navigate to a symbol declaration using the Jump To window.

    Jump To - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • Simultaneously select and work with Multiple Selections.

    Multiple Selections - DevExpress | CodeRush

CSS Support

CSS language support is available in the following features:

HTML and Razor Support

Starting with this release, you can use the following features in HTML, C# Razor, Visual Basic Razor and Aspx files:

Rich Comments

Embedded Images Inside Source Code

We've added a groundbreaking new feature giving Visual Studio developers the ability to effortlessly embed images, diagrams, formulas, tables, etc., inside source code (C#, F#, JavaScript, TypeScript, Visual Basic, XAML, HTML, CSS, and XML). You can paste any image from the clipboard, or reference a local file in markdown.

Embedded Images Inside Source Code - CodeRush, DevExpress

Blog Post  Video

Markdown Formatting

With Rich Comments you can apply text formatting right inside the code editor in comments. The following Markdown-like syntax is supported:

  • **Bold**
  • *Italic*
  • _Underline_
  • ~Strikethrough~

Blog Post

Important Comments & Question Comments

CodeRush syntax-highlights important comments and question comments in custom colors you can set.

  • You can mark comments as important by starting the comment with a "!".
  • You can mark comments as questions by starting the comment with a "?".

Important Comments and Question Comments - CodeRush, DevExpress

Task-Based Comments

CodeRush highlights comments in the custom color you specify for comments starting with the following task-based tokens:

  • TODO
  • BUG
  • HACK
  • UNDONE

Task-Based Comments - CodeRush, DevExpress

Large & Small Comments

CodeRush gives you the ability to use markdown to create large or small comments. Large comments use one, two, or three "+" characters at the start of the comment, and small comments use one, two, or three "-" characters at the start of the comment. If you prefer markdown syntax, you can also use the hashtag character ("#") to specify comment size.

Blog Post  Video

Large and Small Comments - CodeRush, DevExpress

Code Templates

Training Window

We have ported the Training Window from CodeRush Classic. This window shows shortcuts for all CodeRush features and template expansions available at the current caret position.

Blog Post  Video

Training Window - DevExpress | CodeRush

Member Sections

CodeRush templates can now place generated members in dedicated target sections for those members. A member section can start with a comment (including a Rich Comment) or be contained inside a region.

Blog Post

Member Sections - DevExpress | CodeRush

Selection to Template Improvements

With this release, Selection to Template has become more intelligent - it generates cleaner templates and uses type links, text links, or regular links intelligently depending on the element type.

We have also enhanced the Create Template from Selection dialog options, allowing you to fine-tune a template before committing it to your library and quickly specify which elements should be replaced with links.

Blog Post

Selection to Template Improvements - DevExpress | CodeRush

Refactorings and Code Providers

Pull Member Up

With the Pull Member Up refactoring you can move a member with its dependencies to a base class. If there are several base classes, you can select the required class from the sub menu.

Pull Member Up - DevExpress | CodeRush

C#7 Support

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • The Declare Method code provider is now available when the caret is located at the end of the line ending with an undeclared method reference.

  • The XPO Fields code provider now copies the [Obsolete] attribute from fields to their corresponding properties.

  • We have added a Collapse Accessors code formatter, which collapses both get and set property accessors into single-line form.

Code Cleanup

Copyright Header

We have added a Copyright Header Code Provider, which can automatically add a copyright comment to the top of the file.

It is also available as a Code Cleanup provider and as a template - just press the letter ‘h’ at the top of the file on an empty line and press your template expansion key (e.g. Space or Tab).

Blog Post  Documentation

Copyright Header - DevExpress | CodeRush

Cleanup on Save

With the new Apply Code Cleanup when saving a document option, you can automatically clean up your files on save.

Cleanup on Save - DevExpress | CodeRush

Clipboard and Selection Tools

Mega Super Copy

You can now use Multi-Select to mark important text elements before selecting and copying/cutting a block of code to get a richer smarter version of the code on the clipboard. Any code in the selection that has been multi-selected will become a Text Fields upon pasting.

Blog Post  Video  Documentation

Mega Super Copy - DevExpress | CodeRush

Member Icons Menu Improvements

We have added the Cut, Copy, Select and Comment actions to the Member Icons Menu.

Member Icons Menu Improvements - DevExpress | CodeRush

Miscellaneous Improvements

Code Analysis

  • You can now set options to determine how the Possible System.NullReferenceException diagnostic performs its analysis in methods, properties, parameters and fields.

    Possible NullReferenceException Options - DevExpress | CodeRush

  • We have added the Task.Factory.StartNew usage can be dangerous code diagnostic, warning when unsafe methods are used to start a new thread.

Code Formatting

Code Alignment Improvements

We have enhanced formatting options to align code blocks. The "Align content by" and "Indent" options are available on the Braces option page in Editor | C# | Formatting. On the Wrapping option page you can also align content for Initializers.

Formatting Options Indentation - DevExpress | CodeRush

Simple Member Formatting

CodeRush now lets you set formatting options for simple members that include only a single statement (and do not include comments or directives). For this, we have added the following grouped options:

Braces:

  • Simple Method
  • Simple Property / Indexer / Event
  • Simple Accessor
  • Auto-Implemented Property

Blank Lines:

  • Simple Method
  • Simple Property / Indexer / Event
  • Auto-Implemented Property

Simple Method Formatting - DevExpress | CodeRush

Unit Test Runner

Enhanced Support for Parameterized Tests

With this release, you can execute a single test case of a parameterized test directly from code. Just click the corresponding CodeRush test icon and choose the desired parameterized test run from the Run test, Debug test, or Run test with coverage submenus.

Execute Test For a Single Test Case - DevExpress | CodeRush

Test Execution Results Export

The test runner now supports exporting test execution results to XML. You can include test name, namespace, state, execution duration (if available), failure details (if the test has failed) and optionally include each test’s XML doc comments in the report.

Test Execution Results Export - DevExpress | CodeRush

Miscellaneous Enhancements

Performance Improvements

You can improve CodeRush performance, making start times even faster, by creating native images using NGEN.exe.

If NGEN performance improvements are available, you’ll see a notification near the top of the IDE.

You can compile assemblies once for this install, do it automatically after each update, or disregard the suggestion and never see it again.

Blog Post

Ngen Notification - DevExpress | CodeRush

Move to Region Improvements

Move to Region now allows you to select target regions from a tree menu (regions are presented in the same hierachical order they appear in code).

Move To Region Tree - DevExpress | CodeRush

It can also position methods alphabetically.

Jump To Window Improvements

The Jump To window is now pre-configurable. You can now define a shortcut that invokes a Jump To window with a pre-configured filter. For example, the shortcut with the "Classes,Methods and Properties,Public" parameters opens the filtered Jump to Symbol window.

Blog Post  Documentation

 - DevExpress | CodeRush

VCL Controls v18.2

Right-To-Left Support

The v18.2 release introduces Right-to-Left (RTL) support with the following DevExpress VCL components:

  • Grid Control;
  • TreeList Control;
  • Layout Control;
  • Tile Control;
  • Scheduler Control;
  • NavBar Control;
  • Tabbed MDI Manager;
  • Page and Tab Controls;
  • Skin Form;
  • and the majority of our editors.

We plan to extend this list in future releases.

VCL Right-To-Left Support, DevExpress


To enable RTL text in your application, switch its BiDiMode property to bdRightToLeft.

Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive Access

This release introduces a storage component that allows users to manage files and folders on Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive cloud services.

Accessing storage data requires that you obtain OAuth 2.0 credentials for your application and specify them via the authorization components introduced in v18.1.

VCL Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive Access, DevExpress

Flow Chart

This release adds the following enhancements:

  • 70+ new shapes including basic, flowchart, arrow, decorative, and SDL diagram shapes;
  • New Ribbon-based designer with improved drag and drop support;
  • A* algorithm-based auto-connector routing;
  • Shape rotation capabilities.

VCL Flow Chart Control - Designer, DevExpress

Spreadsheet

Excel-inspired Formula Bar

This release introduces a Formula Bar component that you can integrate with the Spreadsheet Control to allow end-users to easily manage formulas in worksheets.

VCL Spreadsheet Control - Formula Bar, DevExpress

New Document-based Report Link

The new report link generates a report using the print area, print titles, page margins, and other print options specified in a document.

VCL Spreadsheet Control - Document-based Report Link, DevExpress

Improved Performance

  • More responsive UI – it's two times faster than in previous versions;
  • Array formulas are calculated 10 times faster when compared with previous versions;
  • Significantly improved performance when displaying merged cells whose text is wrapped into multiple lines, especially when it includes CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese) characters or glyphs.

New Style Galleries for Generated UI

When generating a Ribbon/Toolbar UI for the VCL Spreadsheet Control, you can now add the Conditional Formatting Rule Style galleries, which are similar to those in Microsoft Excel. They display available icon sets and miniature previews of formatting applied to data bars and color scales.

VCL Spreadsheet Control - Conditional Formatting Rule Style Gallery, DevExpress


The following UI elements are now represented as galleries:

  • The Margins and Paper Sizes options on the Page Setup toolbar/ribbon group;
  • The formula categories and calculation options on the Formulas toolbar/ribbon group.

Rich Edit

New Style Galleries for Generated UI

When generating a Ribbon/Toolbar UI for the VCL Rich Edit Control, you can now create Style and Table Style galleries similar to the Quick Styles and Table Styles galleries in Microsoft Word.

The Style gallery displays a preview of text formatting for each individual style.

VCL Rich Edit Control - Style Gallery, DevExpress


The Table Style gallery displays a miniature preview of table content formatting for each style.

VCL Rich Edit Control - Table Style Gallery, DevExpress


As with the Spreadsheet Control, the Margins and Paper Sizes options on the Page Setup toolbar/ribbon group are now galleries.

TreeList & Vertical Grid

We continue to extend these controls with the filtering options available in our Grid control. In this release, we've added filter dropdowns to tree list columns and vertical grid rows. As you might expect, the controls, columns, and rows offer numerous options to customize the display and behavior of the filter dropdowns.

VCL TreeList and Vertical Grid Controls - Filter Dropdowns, DevExpress

Scheduler

We've implemented multi-threaded event operations and recurrence calculations to improve performance when using storage components.

PDF Viewer

This release adds the following enhancements:

  • Support for semi-transparent text;
  • Display widget annotations and the content of interactive form fields;
  • Limited support for transparency groups;
  • Ability to display a replacement image or text while a page or its thumbnail is rendered.

VCL PDF Viewer - Transparency groups and Interactive Form, DevExpress

Entity Mapping Framework (ORM)

With this release, we've extended the capabilities of our dataset component with field expressions, parameterized queries, sorting, grouping, support for master-detail relationships and TOP/SKIP query clauses, etc. In addition, we've introduced the following components to improve design-time UX:

New Data Context Component

This new component allows you to expose entities contained in an entity model's package (stored as a BPL file or installed to the IDE) for dataset components at design time. You can share a data context between dataset components for unified access to entity metadata.

New Table Dataset Component

With this component, you can bind data-aware controls to a single entity. The component provides all of the features you've come to expect from a classic dataset, including a design-time field editor, index settings, and support for master-detail relationships.

Miscellaneous

The Layout, Page, and Tab controls can now display tab captions across multiple lines. Either add line breaks manually or specify a tab width to enable caption wrapping.

Optimized Package List

With this release, we've merged the packages containing the Layout Control, Editors, Data Controller, Page Control, and XP Theme Manager into the Cross-Platform Library to reduce the number of packages your IDE loads at startup and thereby improve its performance.

Icon Library - New SVG Images

We've extended our icon library with nearly 2,000 new SVG images.

VCL Icon Library - New SVG Images, DevExpress

Native UI Controls v1.1.3

Mobile Chart Control

Pie (Doughnut) Chart Center Label

Our Pie Chart now supports Image Center and Text Center Labels. It is also possible to implement a custom Center Label layout.

Mobile Chart Control - Pie (Doughnut) Chart Center Label, DevExpress

Indicators (Calculated Series)

We've added a new Series type (Calculated Series) that can use other Series as data sources. There are 19 indicator types available out of the box (Moving Average, Envelope, Bollinger Bands, and others).

Mobile Chart Control - Indicators (Calculated Series), DevExpress

Xamarin.Forms Support

Since the initial release of our Native Charts for iOS, Android and Xamarin last year, we received numerous requests about support for the Xamarin.Forms platform. In v1.1.3, we officially supported Xamarin.Forms. All you need is to do is install Visual Studio on your Mac or Visual Studio 2017 IDE with Xamarin support on your PC.

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