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Actipro Blog 2017 Q2 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we continued enhancing the 2017.1 versions of our WPF Controls, Universal Windows Controls, and Silverlight Controls.  Docking/MDI gained many minor feature improvements.  Editors added better support for custom formats in numeric edit boxes, default values, and had other tweaks. Grids improved tree filtering, empty content display, column header taps, focus tracking, and added/updated several samples.  SyntaxEditor's .NET Languages Add-on added C# 6 and VB 14 syntax support, improved resolver logic for partial classes and base types, and more.  Numerous other updates were made across these and other products.

What’s Coming Next

We currently are working on finishing up the feature set for the 2017.2 versions.  Docking/MDI has a lot of updates related to floating windows, Editors adds a new AutoCompleteBox control, SyntaxEditor adds intra-line adornments (like the VS editor's Code Lens or Peek Definition features) and scrolling logic is refined, and the .NET Languages Add-on is getting an option to use Roslyn to load reflection information for referenced assemblies.

Most information on these new controls and features will be published soon.

We hope to roll v2017.2 out in the next several weeks.

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Actipro Blog 2017 Q1 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we wrapped up all of the massive changes and improvements we've been working on for our new Grids and updated Editors products and rolled them out in the 2017.1 versions of our WPF Controls and Universal Windows Controls

The new Grids product contains a reimagined PropertyGrid control that is much faster and easier to use than our older WPF PropertyGrid control.  Grids also contains new highly-requested TreeListBox and TreeListView controls that are very fast and can reproduce control experiences like those seen in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer and more.  All of these new controls are available for WPF and UWP.

Our UWP Editors product was improved with numerous new controls and enhancements.  The entire product was also ported to WPF so that there is cross platform compatibility.  We did this since the new Editors are much more lightweight and in the future, any changes we make to one platform will easily roll into the other's codebase.

What’s Coming Next

Now that the new Grids product is officially out in the wild, we've been collecting feedback from customers and have been working on many enhancements centered around that feedback.  The first 2017.1 maintenance release is close to ready for release and has a number of those enhancements in place.  The maintenance release is also adding updates to our .NET Languages Add-on (WPF, UWP, Silverlight versions) to support C# 6 and VB 14 syntax, with full automated IntelliPrompt working for the new language features too.

We have started work on other SyntaxEditor updates, namely implementing intra-line adornment support.  This would allow you to add features like the VS editor's Code Lens or Peek Definition to SyntaxEditor.  We've started a public thread for these features and are beginning to look for beta testers.  Please write our support address if you'd like to help test this and ensure that our implementation meets your needs.

Beyond that, we plan on continuing adding minor enhancements to Grids, SyntaxEditor, Editors, and Docking/MDI over the coming weeks.

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Actipro Blog 2016 Q3 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published new maintenance releases of our WPF, UWP, and Silverlight control products.  SyntaxEditor received numerous updates like a much-improved system for tracking line modification marks that works just like Visual Studio's (including showing reverted changes), a JSON text formatter, ability to merge new text changes into previous ones, and more.  Docking/MDI received many new features and bug fixes and the new build is a recommended update if you using the 2016.1 version.  The Shared Library added support for grayscale images on disabled controls.  But most importantly, we added an alpha build of our upcoming Grids product containing previews of our TreeListBox and TreeListView controls.  We've discussed these in several blog posts around the middle of the year.

What’s Coming Next

The past couple months we've focused on finalizing the TreeListBox and TreeListView controls and have been busy reimplementing our PropertyGrid control to be based on TreeListView.  That work is mostly completed at this point.  The new PropertyGrid we're making harnesses virtualization and is lightning fast.  It's also extremely customizable, making it easier than ever to make custom property value editors or even control which properties show up in the PropertyGrid.  We will be officially launching this new PropertyGrid control in a Grids product with the TreeListBox/TreeListView controls in early 2017 but might post a preview build of the new PropertyGrid in late 2016. 

We also have been working on backporting our UWP Editors product to WPF.  The editors found in that newer design are a bit simpler in nature (much lighter-weight in terms of UI elements) and very performant, while still providing the best features found in the current WPF Editors.  We are preparing these new and updated Editors to also launch in early 2017, alongside the new Grids product.  They will be ready for easy usage within the new PropertyGrid as well.

If you have any interest in helping test some of these new controls, please write our support address or sign up for our Slack team.

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Actipro Blog 2016 Q2 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published new maintenance releases of all our control products and released the 2016.1 WinForms Controls.  In terms of development, we've been working on a new Grids product (for WPF and UWP) that will initially consist of a TreeListBox, similar to the tree control found in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer.  That control is already in alpha testing to some customers.  While that testing is ongoing, we have made great progress on a TreeListView control, which is a multi-column variant of the TreeListBox control.  This control features everything you find in a standard ListView, along with all the features of TreeListBox, and additional ones like column reordering, frozen columns, etc.  We'll post more on this new control very soon.

What’s Coming Next

Development of the TreeListView control is currently the primary focus.  We hope to wrap that up for alpha testing in the next two or three weeks.  After that we have some other plans for derived controls that are based on the foundation provided by TreeListBox and TreeListView that we will be getting into.

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Actipro Blog 2016 Q1 Posting Summary

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In this quarter, we completed work on the major rewrite of our popular Docking/MDI product for WPF.  The entire product was rewritten from the ground up to support next generation docking window features, all while maintaining a similar overall public API.  In the new version, floating documents become full-featured secondary dock hosts that even support docked tool windows around them.  This sort of thing is wonderful for end users with multiple monitors.  Fast subtle animations are used throughout the product to give the interface a more vibrant feel.  New layout properties and features are available that govern the size of containers (including min/max sizes), set initial floating window size, etc.  Interop content support is improved even further.  MVVM support is enhanced with many more bindable properties, default location determination for opening windows, and more.  Download the 2016.1 version to take the best WPF docking window framework for a test drive.

And best of all, we didn't just make it for WPF.  The entire product was written to be compatible with Universal Windows too!  Download our Universal Windows controls to see a beta of the same docking window framework there.

The WPF Controls 2016.1 version added the Docking/MDI features described above, along with 14 new Office 2016-like themes that use accent colors, improved window chrome rendering, Metro themes built right into the Shared library, SyntaxEditor light/dark Metro image sets, and much more.

The Universal Windows Controls 2016.1 version was our first release for that platform.  It was a port of our older WinRT/XAML Controls and included everything in those, along with the Docking/MDI beta.

Our Code Writer app also saw a new minor version, which will be the last one before a major new version for Windows 10 is released.

Finally, we have created a Slack team that enables you, our customers, to chat directly with us regarding new products and features.

What’s Coming Next

We're currently working on a custom TreeView control that will support more features than the native WPF TreeView.  Our goal is to support the rich functionality of a control like the TreeView in Visual Studio's Solution Explorer tool window.  It's being written from scratch for both WPF and Universal Windows using virtualization to keep it very speedy, and is capable of multi-selection, easy bring-into-view, etc.  If you'd like to give us feedback on what you'd like to see in a new TreeView control, now is the time to get your feedback in!  Either email our support address with your feedback or join our Slack discussion on the topic.  Slack is preferred because we are sharing screenshots there and frequently ask for comments on feature areas.  After this base control is completed, we'll move into some more new complex data presentation controls like multi-column trees.

We've started on the design of the updates for the Windows 10 version of our Code Writer app.  We've got a UI design that looks promising and is a bit of of a UWP take on popular apps like VS Code and Sublime.  We also have a Slack channel where we're discussing that, so please sign up to see where things are headed and get your feedback in.

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Actipro Blog 2015 Q4 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we've focused on completing the Docking/MDI vNext features that have been described in this blog thus far, along with many others, making it the most feature-rich product of its kind for WPF.  Docking/MDI vNext is now feature complete and will ship in the upcoming 2016.1 version. 

Another set of major work that will be included in the 2016.1 WPF Controls is updates to our theming system.  We have fully-implemented seven color options for both the Office 2016-like Colorful and White themes, bringing a total of 14 new themes to the WPF controls.  We are moving our Metro themes directly into the Shared library so that Metro Light will now be the default theme for all Windows 8.x and 10 systems.  The old Luna/Royale themes that are for XP appearance are being moved into their own separate assembly.  Since Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, moving these themes out reduces the Shared assembly size while still allowing the themes to be utilized programmatically by apps that want them.

Finally, we have been porting the WinRT/XAML controls to UWP and while most of this work is complete, there were unexpected issues introduced by UWP's usage of .NET Native that we had to work with Microsoft to overcome. 

What’s Coming Next

The launch of our 2016.1 versions is just around the corner that will contain massive enhancements described for WPF per above.

We will also continue wrapping up the UWP controls.  Please write our support address if you are interesting in help beta test them.

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Actipro Blog 2015 Q3 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we've primarily been focused on code development of our Docking/MDI vNext version.  This has been a massive undertaking since we've been reworking nearly all of the internals, while keeping most of the public API the same, to improve the design and add an enormous number of features that have been requested by our customers.  The update log for this version is now many pages long and enables Docking/MDI to support all the UI features you find in the most premier modern IDEs like Visual Studio.  You're going to love it!

We also have been working on porting the WinRT/XAML controls to UWP.

What’s Coming Next

We are close to the end of the code development stage for Docking/MDI vNext, which means we're also nearing the beta testing phase.  We can't wait to get it into your hands.  If you would like to help beta test this new version, please write our support address.  Keep watching this blog for more development news. 

We plan to launch the UWP version of our WinRT/XAML controls in the next few weeks too.

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Actipro Blog 2015 Q2 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published the 2015.1 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls, along with maintenance releases of our WinForms controls.  These versions included several new controls and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

What’s Coming Next

In recent weeks, we've been primary focused on the development of our Docking/MDI vNext product.  We are completely reworking the internals of our popular Docking/MDI for WPF product, adding an enormous number of major new features along the way.  Most of the new features are a direct result of customer requests.  We've started detailing some of the new features in blog posts and watch for many more to posts come.  For instance, updates to tabbed MDI are progressing well and you'll soon have new features at your fingertips like pinning tabs, having preview (right-aligned) tabs as in Visual Studio, etc.

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Actipro Blog 2014 Q4 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published large maintenance releases for the 2014.2 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, WinRT/XAML, and WinForms controls.  These versions included several new controls and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

What’s Coming Next

We've started work on our 2015.1 versions of our controls.  These will feature some new controls, major improvements to our SyntaxEditor Python Language Add-on, and many other updates.  One thing we're working on is rewriting much of the core of our Docking/MDI for WPF product so that we can support even more advanced features found in the latest IDEs.

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Actipro Blog 2014 Q3 Posting Summary

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What We Accomplished

In this quarter, we published the 2014.2 versions of our WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT/XAML controls.  These versions included several new controls, a new Python Language Add-on for SyntaxEditor, and some big feature enhancements for our existing controls.  Check out the release posts for more detail.

One big piece of the new WinRT/XAML control updates was that we made all our controls universal controls, compatible with both Windows Store 8.1 apps and Windows Phone 8.1 apps.

I want to also call particular attention to our new Editors controls that we custom developed for use in Windows Store and Windows Phone apps.  The editors use some brand new unique designs that allow users to efficiently enter data with keyboard, mouse, or touch.  Be sure to check those out!

Our Code Writer app received some nice updates as well.

What’s Coming Next

We're now working on more v2014.2 updates for our existing controls and on some new controls as well.

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