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As we start rolling out the blogs today on the new features for 13.1., we hope you get as excited as we are about the new stuff we are shipping in 13.1. We are continuing to solidify and expand our story of delivering the only toolset on the market that lets you design & build enterprise-ready applications for every major platform and device. With Ignite UI, you can build high performance enterprise class HTML5 & jQuery based controls that can power desktop, tablet & mobile phone applications.
If you asked me what the key messages are for the 13.1 release, I would say we focused in these areas:
That’s the high level, so lets get into the details of what we are shipping in 13.1.
The Doughnut Chart – just like the Pie Chart – is primarily used to show statistics expressed in percentages. Both consist of a circular area divided into sections, where each section has an arc length proportional to its underlying data value. Both are used for representing categorical data, are most effective when there are only a few categories, and when each category makes up a relatively large percentage of the data as a whole.
The primary difference between the Pie Chart and the Doughnut Chart is that the latter has a “hollow” or “empty” center, and will typically display multiple series. A given data series is represented by a ring that is drawn around the “hole” and the data in any given ring totals 100%. These rings are displayed in a concentric pattern where each ring representing a data series, either independent from one another or linked via a hierarchy. The sections that make up each ring may differ in size or each section within a ring may be the same size.
Visually showcase diminishing values in your HTML5 Web applications and sites with our new funnel chart, a single series chart that displays data in a funnel shape with a variable number of sections, each representing the data as different portions of 100%. The funnel chart control uses the new HTML5 Canvas tag to plot funnel charts on web pages and makes it easy for end users to illustrate value "fallout" in the sales process or bottlenecks in the flow of a multi-step process.
Funnel charts are very similar to pie charts in that that they display the values associated to different categories of items. They are different though because the sum of values shown on a funnel chart is not necessary to be the total of some larger entity. Funnel slices are usually displayed sorted by value from the largest down to the smallest or in reverse. They can appear with the same height or the height may be proportional to item value. The funnel chart usually has a conic shape but it allows a Bezier curve to form the contour of its left and right sides.
The new Sparkline control is a data-intense, design-simple graphic that allows end users to spot trends, variations and patterns in data in a clear and compact representation. What sets the Sparkline chart apart from its full DataChart cousin is its lightweight nature which allows dozens or even hundreds or Sparkline charts to be loaded without a list or grid, enabling quick trend lookup in Web applications and sites.
Make your data visualizations and dashboards more engaging with radial gauges for iOS that show your key performance indicators (KPI) with rich style and interactivity. Create highly configurable, round or semi-round dials and gauges for your information dashboard with the look and feel of a clock, industrial control panel, automotive dashboard or aircraft cockpit. The Ignite UI Radial Gauge is powerful yet simple to use. Just drop it in your page and you’re ready to go with the default look & feel. Simply tweak the configuration options to your liking to meet whatever custom look you desire in your application.
The Ignite UI Radial Gauge for HTML5 & jQuery is compatible with the NucliOS (i.e. native iOS) and XAML (i.e. WPF & Silverlight) versions of the same Radial Gauge, both visually and in features, that Infragistics is introducing on multiple platforms.
The Ignite UI jQuery Data Chart is already the most powerful charting control for HTML5 developers. Release 13.1 brings even more goodness to Web and Hybrid app developers with new data series.
This latest release of Ignite UI introduces 17 new chart types in the Data Chart control, enabling you to easily implement heavy-duty data visualization and analysis on large volumes of data with high performance in Web and hybrid HTML5 applications. The Ignite UI igChart now supports a total of 39 chart types, including the following new chart series introduced in release 13.1:
Category Series– The igChart’s collection of baseline Category series is being expanded to support the following chart type:
Scientific Charts – From wind patterns to performance metrics, Polar & Radial series can expose new insights in many scientific data sets. The new scientific charts supported include:
Chart Scatter Series - Also known as Scatter Plots or Scatter Graph, you can benefit from this type of mathematical diagram in your Web and hybrid apps using Cartesian coordinates to display values for two variables for a set of data. You can also enable trend lines to facilitate data analysis. The new scatter type supported is:
The Ignite UI data chart control for HTML5 and jQuery developers is designed for modularity using chart series. Multiple chart series are supported to create composite charts for better data comparisons on the same surface.
The new igPivotView is a two-panel control that combines the new igPivotGrid control and the new igPivotDataSelector controls, separated by the new igSplitter control. The igPivotGrid, igPivotDataSelector, and igSplitter – assembled together to provide in one place all needed tools for manipulating multidimensional (OLAP data) in a pivot grid.
The new igPivotDataSelector is an interactive jQuery based UI control that enables users to select data slices, typically, when data is being visualized in an igPivotGrid. All of the UI features that you would expect to be used to interact with an actual OLAP or flat data source are wrapped up in this control. They include:
The igPivotGrid control is a jQuery based data presentation control for displaying data in a pivot table. It enables users to perform complex analysis on the supplied data. The igPivotGrid uses the Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) approach to present the results of multi-dimensional queries in an easy to comprehend manner. The igPivotGrid control uses an instance of either igFlatDataSource™ or igXmlaDataSource™ component as data source.
We are not resting on our laurels as the market leader in performance and features in our HTML / jQuery Data Grid. In 13.1. we are continuing to match the pace of the fast and furious Web world with new features and enhancements to existing grid features.
WebUpload gets one of the most sought after feature requests in 13.1 – we’ve added support for multiple file selection.
We’ve added / updated Knockout support to the following controls:
I know your next question is “what about Chart”? I’ve talked to the team about this, and we are going to get that into a checkpoint release very soon. So stay tuned. I want it as much as you do.
The splitter is a component which create dynamic layout with resizable and collapsible panels. This component is a nice addition for Ignite UI’s toolbox because it is not available in the jQuery UI’s toolset and customers have no alternatives for acquiring this component from another source for free. The Splitter control can be horizontal or vertical, can include buttons for Left, Right or Collapse, and can be dragged accordingly to resize a containers widget. The Splitter is designed with programmable events for Collapse, Expand & Resize, and has full keyboard support for interactions.
The Layout Manager is a jQuery UI widget, which implements several major layout modes, and does not have any UI on its own. The layouts can be used for laying out web pages, as well as single page applications. All of the layout modes that are implemented are responsive and fluid by design, meaning the layout adjusts based on the resize events on the browser.
The web has evolved into richer experiences for end users. No longer is a static, even responsive UI enough for high-end user experiences. Controls like the new Tile Manager deliver on this new type of richness that can be delivered in HTML pages. Based on our new LayoutManager control, the TileManager gives a touch friendly, tablet-ready, interactive UI that allows the end user to expand, collapse and move widgets on the page. This is enabled by giving developers the ability to create a grid based layout in HTML that allows widgets to be hosted in defined column spans & row spans.
We are continuing to polish our mobile control offering with enhancements to the jQuery Mobile List control. In 13.1 we’ve implemented events as properties on list view MVC wrapper and the ability to create a collapsible listing on the Mobile List control.
So hopefully you see the same awesomeness as I do in this release. I can’t wait for you to start using it and most of all giving us feedback. We are about 3 weeks away from the official marketing release of April 16th. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the controls, you can shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org let me what control and/or feature you really want to work with now and we’ll get you early access to the bits.
If you have ideas about new features we should bring to our controls, important issues we need to fix or even brand new controls you’d like us to introduce, please let us know. Follow and engage with us on Twitter via @infragistics. You can also follow and contact me directly on Twitter at @jasonberes or shoot me an email at email@example.com. Also make sure to connect with our various teams via our Community Formswhere you can interact with Infragistics engineers and also other customers.
Lastly, when you do build something cool with our controls, please make sure to let us know, we always love to hear from you.