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Faster... Much Faster (with superior HighDPI support for your next WinForms app)

We are proud to be the only UI Component vendor to offer DirectX rendering support for many of our WinForms products.

DirectX was developed as an alternative to GDI+. DirectX addresses the demands of new computing paradigms and high-DPI 4K+ displays. With DirectX Hardware Acceleration, modern desktop apps can display higher pixel densities at a much faster rate and use less memory than GDI+.

Our major WinForms controls including our WinForms Data Grid, Charts, Pivot Grid, Diagram, and Scheduler are powered by our WinForms DirectX rendering engine. By moving from GDI/GDI+ to DirectX, we've improved both performance and rendering quality. DirectX has also allowed us to radically improve scrolling speed, zoom operational efficiency, text rendering/text antialiasing, and animation quality.

The performance potential of a DirectX-powered WinForms UI component is most evident on high resolution displays. Even in simple scenarios - like scrolling through Data Grid records on a 4K display - GDI cannot properly manage volume and cannot maintain acceptable frame rates. In such scenarios, GDI generates unnecessary visual delays, whereas DirectX easily maintains 60+ FPS. With DirectX, UI controls remain fully responsive across a broad range of usage scenarios.

The following DevExpress WinForms UI components ship with DirectX rendering support. If you are new to DirectX or want to experience its potential, be sure to download our free 30-day trial today.

DevExpress WinForms Controls with DirectX Support

Note: To ensure backward compatibility, the DevExpress WinForms UI Controls listed above support both DirectX and GDI/GDI+ rendering. You can specify the desired engine as necessary.

DirectX vs GDI - Strength in Numbers

To see DirectX in action and compare its performance and rendering capabilities to GDI, please review the following video. In it, we compare the DevExpress WinForms Data Grid (with DirectX Hardware Acceleration enabled) with Microsoft’s Standard GridView (like other data grids, Microsoft’s GridView uses GDI/GDI+). Note how quickly our DirectX-powered WinForms Data Grid is able to render information on screen versus the delays/lags of the standard GridView with GDI/GDI+.


DirectX – The Only Legitimate Path to Microsoft Fluent Design

Reveal Highlight & Acrylic Effects

Ready to incorporate acrylic effects, reveal highlighting, and adaptive designs in your WinForms software projects? The DevExpress WinForms UI libraries allows you to replicate Microsoft's Fluent Design UI metaphor and deliver stunning app-wide visual effects within your solution.

Our implementation of "Reveal Highlight" uses spot-specular lighting and color matrix effects and applies these to objects via an arithmetic composite. This requirement mandates use of a DirectX rendering engine and is impossible to achieve with a traditional GDI+ renderer. This – along with performance - is one of the reasons we chose to create our WinForms DirectX rendering engine.


Fluent Mail ClientWatch Video

* To execute the Fluent Mail Client demo, you must first install the DevExpress WinForms product library.

Fluent Mail Client App - DevExpress WinForms UI

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Additional Info

WinForms Themes and App Skins

The DevExpress WinForms Subscription ships with over 50 custom designed and highly polished themes for your next WinForms application. You can use each of these themes easily, without modification or manipulate them using our free WinForms Skin-Theme Editor application. Learn more

Touch Enabled User Experience

Deliver elegant, touch-enabled WinForms applications using the platform you know and love. The WinForms Subscription helps you leverage your current investments and address customer needs via a comprehensive range of WinForms controls that support touch on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Sec 508 and Accessibility

The DevExpress WinForms Subscription makes it easy to create WinForms applications that meet government regulations regarding accessibility. Sec 508 and Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 support is available for key DevExpress WinForms controls. Download VPAT

Straightforward Localization

All DevExpress WinForms controls can be localized using satellite resource assemblies. DevExpress delivers satellite assemblies for a large variety of languages and cultures. To help you get started, resource files for four cultures are included in our installation: German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to modify our shipping resources or create satellite assemblies for a different language, simply use our Online Localization Service, a free tool for our active WinForms subscribers. Online Localization Service

Testing Support

The DevExpress Universal Subscription includes built-in support for Microsoft's CodedUI. Unlike many vendors claiming support for Coded UI through the simple use of MSAA, DevExpress controls go the extra mile to make certain that individual controls fully comply with Microsoft's testing framework. We don't simply support Coded UI; we support it to the maximum extent possible. Note: CodedUI support requires purchase of the DevExpress Universal Subscription. Learn more

MVVM Framework

The DevExpress MVVM Framework ships with features that are absent in WinForms, but essential to MVVM development. These missing features include bindings, commands, UI triggers, behaviors etc. Our Framework includes all of these along with a straightforward API to make WinForms app development more efficient. Learn more