What's New for Windows Forms in Ultimate 16.2

DevToolsGuy / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the release of Infragistics Ultimate version 16.2, featuring great additions like our Ultra Office Nav Bar, Ultra Zoom Panel along with improvements to Ultra Color Picker and Ultra Pie Chart to help you create a better user experience.


Inspired by the Outlook Navigation bar, the Ultra Office Nav Bar provides a simple way to navigate between different views of the same data. This enables you to provide your users with several different presentations and allows them to choose the one that works best for them at any time. This control also enables users to quickly access a subset of their detailed data in a popup “Peek Window” when a user hovers over any item in the control. The Peek Window can contain text or a picture (or a mixture of both) and enables users to see a summary of data for an item without having to open the it. There are many ways to customize the layout and information, and we invite you to explore all the creative ways you can present data to your users with it.


Also added in release 16.2 is the Ultra Zoom Panel. This new control is actually a container that can contain other controls, and it allows the user to zoom in and scroll through the contents of the contained controls. For example; if you were to place one of our Ultra Grid controls inside of an Ultra Zoom Panel, you would have the ability to zoom in on the grid data as shown in this image:

(Zoom set to 100%)

(Zoom set to 175%)

The Ultra Zoom Panel supports many of our controls (a complete list can be found here) and as we receive input from developers, we plan to add more.


We’ve redesigned the color-selecting experience to provide a modern UI, allowing you to customize the palette any way you like. The centerpiece of the new color selection experience is the Ultra Color Palette. The Ultra Color Palette is a standalone control and is ready to be added to your Windows form for a direct access color-selecting experience. We support RGB, HSL, or CMYK format as well as five different view styles to choose from.

We’ve added the Ultra Color Palette to the Ultra Color Picker’s dropdown experience. By default, the Ultra Color Picker’s style will be set to the new Color Palette to show the new color-selecting experience. You can get the old style back by setting the Style property to Visual Studio. We also added a static DefaultStyle property to the Ultra Color Picker to allow you to set all instances of the control to the same style.


Ultra Palette Info allows the customization of the palettes used in any Ultra Color Palette or Ultra Color Picker instance. This allows you to customize the experience once, share the palette info and synchronize all instances in your application to the same palette, or allow any instance to use a different palette. 


We revamped our charting and data visualization library for this release, making our charts easier to use while increasing performance. Our new charting API gets you up and running faster with default options designed to cover most common use cases. In most situations, you simply need to bind your data source to a chart control and that’s it.

The new library is smarter about determining the best way to display your data, while still offering all the flexibility you’d expect to make your data appear however you like. We’ve also increased the performance of our charts, making them up to two times faster, even with large data sets.

We’ve added the ability to select specific slices in our Ultra Pie Chart. You can control the behavior of the slice selection by setting the Selection Mode property. There are three options to choose from:

  • Manual
  • Multiple
  • Single

What’s Next?

Infragistics 16.2 offers new, unrivaled controls and features. We’re always looking for new ways to improve our products, and some of our best ideas come from our users. If you have ideas for new features, important issues we need to address or brand new controls you’d like to see, please let us know! Post them to our Product Ideas website, and be sure to follow Infragistics on Twitter for the latest news about our products. Connect with our product teams on our Community Forums, where you can interact with Infragistics engineers and other customers. And if you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to drop me an email at JBender@Infragsitics.com.