What's New in Windows Forms 16.1!

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 16.1, 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 16.1.

UltraSpreadsheet - RTM


What was previewed as a CTP in 15.2, was perfected in 16.1 with the following additions.
  • Cell Formatting
    • Fonts –double underline and accounting
  • Page Layout
    • Worksheet Background
  • Shapes
  • Touch support
  • Touch Context Menus
  • Mouse and Touch Panning
  • Change Notifications
  • Description/Category Attributes
  • Dialogs => shown through igExcel Showcase sample
The UltraSpreadsheet control allows visualizing and editing of spreadsheet data, represented by the data model supported by the Infragistics Excel Engine. The following screenshot shows the UltraSpreadsheet control displaying some spreadsheet data:
Spreadsheet

DataVisualization



UltraPieChart

The UltraPieChart™ is a specialized control that renders a pie chart, consisting of a circular area divided into sections. Each section has arc length proportional to its underlying data value.
UltraPieChart

UltraDoughnutChart

The UltraDoughnutChart™ control is similar to the UltraPieChart™ –proportionally illustrating the occurrences of a variable or multiple variables in concentric rings. The following screenshot shows the UltraDoughnutChart control displaying some data:
UltraDoughnutChart

UltraRadialGauge

The UltraRadialGauge™ control is a data visualization tool capable of displaying a gauge containing a number of visual elements, such as a scale with tick marks and labels, a needle, and a number of ranges. Create a scale by supplying MinimumValue and MaximumValue values and point the needle to a value by setting the Value property. The gauge also supports ranges providing visual cues for the scale.
UltraRadialGauge

Barcode

Industries have created standards around barcode technology such as creating barcodes that provide capabilities unique to their industries. The vision for the Barcode™ control is to provide you with a control that is capable of rendering on screen barcode images that conform to the various widely adopted barcodes standards; this control abstracts much of the process and detail of barcode creation from you, allowing you to easily embed data in barcode format into your applications. The Barcode™ control provides support for the following barcode symbology:

UltraCode128BarCode

Code128Barcode

UltraQTCodeBarCode

QRCode Barcode

User Voice Requested Features



New features for the UltraGrid

Collapsible Column Groups

The UltraGridGroups collection supports ExpansionIndicators, allowing the user to hide all columns assigned to them. This improves the readability of your grid by allowing users to quickly prioritize information most relevant to them.

Column Header Collapse

ChildBand Rows Expand/Collapse indicators

The UltraGrid supports BandExpansionIndicators at the header of each child band, allowing for collapse/expand funcitonality on each child band. This improves ease of navigation between sibling bands with large data sets and reduces information clutter on the UI.

ChildBand Collapse

AutoEditMode

The AutoEditMode property is used to specify whether typing a displayable character will automatically enter edit mode on the active cell and process that character as though the cell had already been in edit mode. This allows the user to select or activate a cell (which is not in edit mode) and begin typing immediately to edit the contents of the cells, instead of having to explicitly enter edit mode via a separate keyboard action (like pressing F2).

Additional RTL support



UltraTabControl & UltraTabStrip Control

The Right-to-Left mode in the UltraTabControl & UltraTabStripControl applies to the tabs and their corresponding position at the top of the control.

Summary

I hope you are as excited as we are about these new controls and features. As usual, your feedback played a vital role in the 16.1 release. 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 by posting them on our Product Ideas website. Follow and engage with us on Twitter via @infragistics. Also make sure to connect with our various teams via our Community Forums where you can interact with Infragistics engineers and other customers. And as usual, shoot me an email at jasonb@infragistics.com if you have any questions, comments or feedback.