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Navigate Large Spreadsheets Without Losing Context

February 20, 2024
Adding freeze pane support to your spreadsheets allows users to scroll through extensive data whilst keeping crucial reference points in view.

Freeze pane support allows you to fix specific rows or columns in place while scrolling through the rest of the data. This is particularly useful for large spreadsheets with header rows or key columns you need to reference constantly. By freezing panes, you ensure these crucial elements remain visible even as you navigate across vast datasets, improving readability and data analysis efficiency.

Several WinForms spreadsheet controls offer freeze pane support including:

  • DevExpress WinForms Spreadsheet (part of DevExpress WinForms) provides you with the ability to fix headers and key columns for seamless navigation in massive datasets.
  • Aspose.Cells for .NET allows you to lock specific rows and columns in place while scrolling, improving spreadsheet readability and navigation.
  • Syncfusion WinForms Spreadsheet (part of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise) allows you to freeze rows or columns for effortless scrolling within complex spreadsheets.
  • Telerik WinForms Spreadsheet (part of Telerik UI for WinForms) enables you to pin headers and columns for intuitive navigation and improved data comprehension.

For an in-depth analysis of features and price, visit our WinForms spreadsheet controls comparison.

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Optimize Chart Text Rendering at High DPI

February 19, 2024
LightningChart .NET v11.0.1.1 delivers sharp text across all screen resolutions, ensuring your charts look stunning on any display.

LightningChart .NET is a 2D and 3D data visualization SDK empowering developers with high-performance and flexibility. Boasting over 100 chart types, advanced technical indicators, and real-time rendering capabilities, it handles demanding scientific, financial, and engineering challenges, while its rich API and comprehensive support equip developers to craft informative and interactive dashboards.

The LightningChart .NET v11.0.1.1 release enhances text rendering fidelity in WinForms applications, ensuring exceptional clarity and readability across diverse screen resolutions and DPI configurations. This update guarantees a visually consistent and crisp user experience, independent of the user's device display characteristics. Additionally, it optimizes per-monitor DPI awareness for text rendering in both WinForms and WPF applications, particularly within the .NET 6 build environment. This refinement assures well-rendered and accurately scaled text across multiple monitors with varying DPI settings.

To see a full list of what's new in v11.0.1.1, see our release notes.

LightningChart .NET is available per developer in packages for either WPF, WinForms, UWP or all 3. Each package comes as a subscription license (with 1 or 2 years of limited support), or a perpetual license (with 1 or 2 years of Standard or Premium support). Floating licenses and site licenses are available upon request. See our LightningChart .NET licensing page for full details.

For more information, see our LightningChart .NET product page.

Add a .NET Spreadsheet Ribbon Bar using C#

February 19, 2024
Boost user productivity and enhance your .NET app's UI with an Excel-like ribbon that offers contextual behaviors, command execution, and more.

Spread.NET helps you create spreadsheets, grids, dashboards, and forms. It includes a powerful calculation engine with 450+ functions and the ability to import and export Excel spreadsheets. Leverage the extensive .NET spreadsheet API and powerful calculation engine to create analysis, budgeting, dashboard, data collection and management, scientific, and financial applications. You can develop in Visual Studio using VB or C# for WinForms, ASP.NET, and WPF. Spread.NET ensures maximum performance for your enterprise apps and its modular architecture lets you add only the features you need, reducing unnecessary bloat.

In this blog post, MESCIUS Product Marketing Specialist Mackenzie Albitz shows you how to add a spreadsheet ribbon bar control to a .NET 8 WinForms app using C#. Steps include:

  • Creating a WinForms .NET 8 app
  • Adding a .NET Spreadsheet Component to the Form
  • Attaching a Ribbon Bar Control to the .NET Spreadsheet Instance
  • Programmatically Customizing the .NET Spreadsheet Ribbon Bar Control

Read the complete blog and unlock the powerful capabilities of the Spread.NET component.

Spread.NET is licensed per developer and is available as a Perpetual License with a 12 month support and maintenance subscription. We can supply any Spread.NET license including new licenses, maintenance renewals, and upgrade licenses. See our Spread.NET licensing page for full details.

For more information, visit our Spread.NET product page.

Make and Receive Phone Calls from Your Apps

February 16, 2024
Red Carpet Subscription Vol. 1 2024 adds new components to streamline secure telecommunications access using industry-standard protocols.

Red Carpet Subscription by /n software is an all-inclusive package offering developers access to its entire library of development tools. This includes communication and security libraries for various protocols and platforms, network management tools, enterprise adapters, and any new products released during the subscription period.

Red Carpet Subscription Vol. 1 2024 adds IPWorks VoIP, empowering you to seamlessly manage inbound and outbound calls, host audio conferences, incorporate pre-recorded audio, and even leverage text-to-speech functionalities. Its seamless integration with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Session Description Protocol (SDP), and Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) guarantees streamlined communication establishment and maintenance. The included IPPhone component allows you to construct a software-based phone replicating the functionality of traditional handsets. Design customized Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menus using the IVR component, facilitating automation and granting complete control over design and menu customization.

To see a full list of what's new in Red Carpet Subscription Vol. 1 2024, see our release notes.

Red Carpet Subscription is licensed per developer and is available as a Perpetual License with a 12 month support and maintenance subscription. See our Red Carpet Subscription licensing page for full details.

For more information, visit our /n software Red Carpet Subscription product page.

Enhance Your WinForms Reports with Themes

February 16, 2024
Reporting controls with theming support transform reports into visually appealing documents that reinforce your brand identity.

Theme support in reporting controls allows you to customize the visual appearance of your reports without directly modifying individual elements. It works by applying pre-defined themes or creating custom ones, affecting aspects like fonts, colors, backgrounds, and layout. This simplifies report design, ensures brand consistency, and improves accessibility by adhering to user interface guidelines. Theme support is particularly valuable for generating multiple reports with a cohesive look and feel, catering to different audiences, or complying with specific accessibility standards.

Several WinForms reporting controls offer theme support including:

  • DevExpress Reports (Multi-Platform) (part of DevExpress Reporting) allows you to design cross-platform reports with pre-built themes and custom options for seamless branding.
  • ActiveReports.NET by MESCIUS leverages rich theming features and inheritance to create consistent, branded reports across different outputs.
  • Telerik Reporting lets you apply pre-defined or custom themes to ensure visual consistency and accessibility compliance in your reports.
  • Stimulsoft Reports.Net enables you to create visually unified reports with built-in themes and the ability to define custom themes for specific needs.

For an in-depth analysis of features and price, visit our WinForms reporting controls comparison.

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