Road Map Announced for First Release of 2013

Syncfusion has published its Road Map for Essential Studio 2013, Volume 1. It contains all the features we’re working on for our upcoming release in early February. As usual, we’ve tried to keep it simple, specific, as logically organized as possible, and transparent.

It will be our first release of 2013, expanding upon the foundation we set in 2012—a year in which we launched a number of new suites and products. For those who haven’t followed us over the past year, let me quickly recap what we’ve done.

  • We created Metro Studio, a free icon design application that adheres to Windows 8 styling standards.
  • We expanded our line of ASP.NET MVC controls, including a number of mobile-ready controls in our Mobile MVC suite.
  • We launched Orubase, an ASP.NET MVC framework for hybrid mobile applications; it enables you to build hybrid mobile apps that can access native UI elements in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
  • We released our first set of WinRT controls, which have already been adopted by a number of developers targeting Windows Store apps.

Our next release will add more to our WinRT offering, and provide substantial enhancements to our ASP.NET MVC line. We’re also making important additions to our reporting suite that will allow you to schedule when reports are created and control how they are delivered.

WinRT—Essential Studio for WinRT adds a full-featured DataGrid control to its current suite of controls, which includes Essential Gauge, Chart, Diagram, Maps, and Tools.

ASP.NET MVC—Our Chart control for ASP.NET MVC will include touch support for mobile devices and other HTML 5 enhancements such as SVG rendering.

WPF—The printing support in our Grid control for WPF is receiving a lot of attention from our WPF team; the following features will be implemented in Volume 1:

  • Ignoring styles when printing.
  • Inserting time and page numbers onto a printed page.
  • Hiding row and column headers when printing.
  • Printing pages within a specific range.

In addition, our Spreadsheet control for WPF and Silverlight will allow undo and redo operations.

We haven’t left Windows Forms behind either. Volume 1 will add advanced printing support for specifying the number of rows and columns that fit onto a printed page. Also, you’ll be able to use ellipses as an indicator that a cell’s content extends past the cell’s borders.

We’re making major updates to our reporting suite. Essential Report Writer will create and deliver reports according to a schedule you specify. The ASP.NET MVC Report Viewer will support lists and tablix. And across all platforms, the Report Viewer will support VB expressions.

We will keep you updated on any significant changes between now and the final release of Volume 1 in February. As always, when Volume 1 does come out, we’ll list everything that’s new on our website and provide plenty of samples.

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