DevExpress v14.2 Gets Better with New Controls, Enhancements and Features

DevExpress v14.2 has been released with new features for WinForms, ASP.NET WebForms, MVC, WPF, Reporting, XAML, XAF and much more. The latest release introduces a new rating control for WinForms with which end users will be able to provide feedback and rate content. I wonder the usefulness of rating control in WinForms since users will make use of such control in web based environment.

DevExpress v14.2 includes a WinForms TimeSpan Editor, which is a touch-friendly control designed to simplify the way in which users specify time spans/ranges. It includes precision from seconds to days.

The SqlDataSource component has been introduced to access SQL databases, configure data connection settings and bind to DevExpress WinForms data aware controls.

The new DevExpress Workspace Manager provides a centralized mechanism to save/restore layouts of all Bar Managers, Ribbon Controls, Navigation Bars, Document and Dock Managers within your application.

The existing Grid control has been refreshed to include a new Windows 8 inspired Tile View. Moreover, WinForms Data Grid control provides support for conditional formatting of individual data cells and make use of a powerful Excel data export engine.

This feature enable end users to sort or group the data inside the Grid and to visualize selected cells, rows with data bars, icons and predefined or custom appearance schemes.

The following comparison rules are fully supported:

  • Top / Bottom
  • Above / Below Average
  • Greater / Less Than
  • Value List
  • Unique / Duplicate

The WinForms Data Grid Control included with DevExpress  includes a powerful Excel data export engine with improved performance an memory usage. It also provides support for data grouping, sorting and filtering. Moreover, you can embed custom cell editors within our WinForms Data Grid for your data presentation requirements.

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The new Chart control ships with three different selection modes such as Single, Multiple and Extended in addition to Adaptive Chart Element Layout. It is now possible to make use of HTML tags in the annotation’s Text property in addition to ability to disable gesture¬†processing, save and load palettes in code. You can also specify tags for all chart elements.

DevExpress v14.2 provides an ability to filter data using the new AutoFilter. It is also possible to display rows that meet specific conditions. Developers will be able to make use of three types of worksheet filters such as text, number and filter by values.

DevExpress v14.2 includes community technology preview of ASP.NET Rich Text Editor. ASPxRichEdit includes a comprehensive set of text formatting options and a rich collection of end-user options so you can deliver powerful web solutions for your enterprise.

The new search panel provides an easy and straightforward way for end-users to locate data. The Grid displays records with matching values if a user enter text within the Find box.

The latest release includes a WinForms Desktop UI Manager, which includes a new layout mode. It arranges widgets one after another, side-by-side within a column or a row.

With the help of the latest release, it is now possible to populate existing AcroForms (interactive forms) using the DevExpress WinForms PDF Viewer. It also includes support for hyperlinks, enhancements to document printing including scaling modes and a new Adobe inspired printing dialog.

DevExpress v14.2 includes Rich Editor control in addition to several enhancements for Grid, Chart, Spreadsheet, Ribbon, Pivot Grid and Scheduler and Upload controls.

ASP.NET Rich Text Editor

DevExpress has added a new spell checker to ASP.NET MVC suite in addition to enhancements to several core controls.

In addition to the above mentioned features, DevExpress v14.2 also includes several additions and updates to WPF, Reporting, Windows 8 XAML suites.

DevExpress v14.2 ships with tons of new features which are absolutely not possible to covera in a single article. However, the list of all new features have been provided on the DevExpress website.

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