Log in to like this post! What's New in Windows Forms 15.2! Jason Beres [Infragistics] / Tuesday, October 13, 2015 With more than 100+ controls, Infragistics Windows Forms is the most mature, fully-featured Windows Forms Product on the market. With features that cover every aspect of enterprise software development including Microsoft Office Style user interfaces, high performance charting, and full modern experiences with touch & gestures. With this release, you will see our continued commitment and investment in Windows Forms, we recognize that it is by far the most widely used .NET platform for enterprise scale apps that target the desktop. Our goals and themes remain the same for the Ultimate toolset, and Windows Forms is a major part of this story: Touch Everywhere, Office Inspired Apps on Every Platform Deliver Outstanding Experiences with Awesome Branding and Styling Developer Productivity Across Every Device, Every Platform Overall, we had an emphasis on quality for 15.2, which means improving existing features, RTM'ing features that were previously CTP, and polishing your developer experience using the product. I'll highlight each area of focus for 15.2. ToolbarsManager Improvements Notification Badges This is a cool new feature that is common in mobile apps for notifications ... now you can do the same in your Windows Forms apps. The goals are: To be notified via noticeable means for time-sensitive matters that require my attention To clearly see how many new items need my attention That when I click on the tool item with the notification, I expect to be shown/taken to the items that require my attention and (if applicable) to be able to interact with those items/events. That once I’ve checked the items/events I was notified for, there will no longer be a notification calling for my attention (until the next event that I should pay attention to) DataChart Improvements We've added a few enhancements to the Charts: SaveTo (ImageType) – BMP, EMF, EXIF, GIF, GUID, ICON, JPEG, MemoryBmp, PNG, TIFF, WMF Gallery Stacked Series Legend Types Value Overlay Axis Intervals - Major/Minor Gridlines Annotation Layers Category Tooltip Layer Item Tooltip Layer Crosshair Layer Category Highlight Layer Category Item Highlight Layer Bubble Series Stacked Series Polar Series Radial Series Gesture / Touch Support Pinch and Zoom, Pan, Press & Hold Scale Legend Support for the BubbleSeries to visualize the correspondence between bubble size and color CTP Controls - Excel Spreadsheet The goal of every app seems to be delivering more Excel-like features to your customers. We included a Spreadsheet control in WPF last year, and this year we've focused on doing the same in Windows Forms. This release is labeled a CTP, but it has a ton of great features and samples. Take a spin with this exciting new control and let us know what you think! Cell Formatting Number formats Horizontal Alignments – General, Left, Center, Right, Fill, Justify, Center Across Selection, Distributed Vertical Alignments – Top, Center, Bottom, Justified, Distributed Wrap Text Shrink To Fit Indent Fonts – All font settings except double underline and accounting* All Border styles All Fills styles Mixed Format/Formatted Text Merged Cells Undo/Redo Resizing/Hiding Rows/Columns Insert/Delete Rows/Columns/Cells Split & Frozen Panes Formula Bar w/ Name box Cut/Copy/Paste Edit support Update active cell or entire selection Enter formulas (including array formulas) Infers number format based on entry Fixed decimal support Excel style keyboard navigation Arrow keys Enter key End mode Selection modes – normal, extended, add to selection Scroll lock support Zoom support Worksheet tabs with multiple tab selection Hyperlinks Data Validations Worksheet image background Context Menus Since the new Spreadsheet control includes the FormattedTextEditor, it gets the new SubScript and SuperScript capabilities that were needed for the Spreadsheet control. Styling Improvements To give a modern Office look, we've included new Style Libraries for all Windows Forms controls. Outlook Blue Outlook2013 - Dark Gray.isl Outlook2013 - LightGray.isl Outlook2013 - White.isl Excel Green Excel2013 - White.isl Excel2013 - Dark Gray.isl Excel2013 - Light Gray.isl Ease of Use for Office Inspired Apps We've added a few smaller features to further enhance your Office-inspired apps: FormattedTextEditor - Superscript and Subscript support - The FormattedTextEditor will be used as part of the new UltraSpreadsheet control so it will need to support certain features that the xamSpreadsheet and Excel support. This will included Subscript and Superscript. PivotGrid - Simplified Binding - The FlatDataSource class provides a way for the developer to show “non-OLAP” data in the PivotGrid control, we anticipate this to be the primary means by which the developer will display data in the PivotGrid control. The objective for this feature is to make it easier to connect the PivotGrid control to a database table WinGrid - Summary Rows Height - the summary rows may now have either smaller or larger height than the one need to fit their content, which was previously always used. MessageBoxManager - Window Location Wrapping it Up .... That’s it for this Windows Forms 15.2 release. As you can see, we are still making big investments in Windows Forms - this platform is still driving the Enterprise mission critical apps today and our goals are to deliver the support you need in updating and maintaining these applications as you look at newer, modern platforms for future enterprise development. If you have any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have any ideas for the product or don’t see a feature that you’d like, let us know at the Product Ideas page!