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Streamline Your Reporting with Smarter Editing and Data Handling

January 5, 2024
FastReport VCL v2024.1 offers a revamped report designer with improved expression highlighting and customizable field definitions.

FastReport VCL is a VCL library for creating documents and reports in Embarcadero Delphi, C++Builder, RAD Studio, and Lazarus. It is an add-on component that includes all of the tools needed to create reports, such as a visual report designer, a reporting core, and a preview window, allowing you to add functionality to your application for quick and efficient report generation.

FastReport VCL v2024.1 significantly enhances report design with its focus on streamlined expression editing* and data handling. The revamped report designer features a new "Text" object editor that elevates the editing experience by highlighting expression elements and tags within regular text. It also boasts interactive bracket highlighting and word wrap for added convenience. The redesigned Data Field editor empowers precise field definition through its new mode for modifying the field list. This mode allows for customized field handling, without requiring a connection to a large database.

To see a full list of what's new in 2024.1, see our release notes.

FastReport VCL is licensed per named user and is available as a Perpetual license with 1 year of technical support and product updates. See our FastReport VCL licensing page for full details.

For more information, see our FastReport VCL product page.

*Only available in the Enterprise and Ultimate Editions.

Boost Your Installer by Converting from MSI to MSIX

January 5, 2024
Migrating to MSIX unlocks smoother deployments, cleaner uninstalls, and modern management features for a streamlined app experience.

MSIX installers offer a modern way to install and manage software on Windows. They bundle an app with its data, ensuring a reliable and clean installation. MSIX combines the best features of traditional installers like MSI with the sleekness of modern Windows app formats like AppX. This means apps install faster, take up less space, and can be easily updated or uninstalled without any messy leftovers. Converting MSI to MSIX is a feature that allows legacy MSI packages to be converted into the latest MSIX format, leveraging the enhanced security, reliability, and deployment features of MSIX.

Several installation tools support the conversion of MSI to MSIX including:

  • Advanced Installer Enterprise by Caphyon is a Windows installer authoring tool that allows you to effortlessly convert existing MSIs to modern MSIX packages and customize them by using a dedicated GUI.
  • InstallShield Premier by Revenera is a Windows installation development solution, providing developers with the ability to transform their MSI files into MSIX packages via the conversion wizard.
  • AdminStudio Enterprise by Flexera offers tools for individual or bulk file conversion to MSIX format and for testing these packages afterwards, ensuring compatibility and optimized performance.

For an in-depth analysis of features and price, visit our Installation Tools comparison.

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Improve PDF Management with XMP Extraction

January 4, 2024
Enhance efficiency, drive automation, and gain insights by programmatically extracting XMP metadata from PDF files.

XMP, or Extensible Metadata Platform, acts like a digital label embedded within PDFs, carrying information beyond the document itself. It holds details like author names, creation dates, keywords, and even revision history. Programmatically extracting this XMP data unlocks a treasure trove of possibilities. Imagine automatically organizing PDFs based on author or keyword, extracting copyright information for legal purposes, or even tracing the evolution of a document through its XMP timestamps. This power makes XMP extraction invaluable for researchers, librarians, and anyone who wants to squeeze the most out of their PDF collection.

Several .NET Core PDF components support the extraction of XMP metadata including:

  • Aspose.PDF for .NET is an advanced library for PDF manipulation, including XMP metadata extraction and editing capabilities that works in .NET Core.
  • DevExpress PDF Document API (part of DevExpress Office File API) includes a PdfDocument.Metadata property which allows you to access a document's metadata.
  • ImageGear for .NET by Accusoft is an powerful document processing toolkit featuring XMP metadata extraction options as well as text extraction for .NET Core use cases.
  • Document Solutions for PDF by MESCIUS (formerly GrapeCity) is a specialized PDF library enabling seamless XMP metadata access and manipulation in .NET Core environments.

For an in-depth analysis of features and price, visit our .NET Core PDF Components comparison.

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Maintain Context When Scrolling Through Grid Data

January 4, 2024
Improve user experience when working with large data sets by fixing column headers to the top of the grid.

Fixed headers are a user interface element found in grids, particularly those managing large datasets. They comprise the top section of the grid, typically encompassing the row containing column labels and potentially additional rows with key information. Unlike the scrollable body of the grid, these headers remain anchored to the viewport, acting as a persistent reference point while users navigate through the data, thus improving user experience.

Several React grids support fixed headers including:

  • KendoReact Data Grid (part of KendoReact by Telerik) includes fixed headers that stay visible as you scroll, offering seamless navigation through massive datasets.
  • Wijmo FlexGrid (part of Wijmo by MESCIUS) allows you to lock headers in place for easy column reference, even with horizontal scrolling.
  • Syncfusion Grid control for JavaScript (part of Syncfusion Essential Studio) includes pinned headers that offer consistent context amidst complex data exploration.
  • Handsontable provides you with the ability to freeze rows or columns to keep key data points always in view.

For an in-depth analysis of features and price, visit our React grids comparison.

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Add Candlestick Charts to Your WinForms Apps

January 4, 2024
Candlestick charts visually capture price movement, open/close, and highs/lows, revealing market sentiment and trading opportunities.

Candlestick charts are a style of financial chart used to describe price movements of a security, derivative, or currency. Each "candlestick" typically shows one day, with the central "box" representing the range between the opening and closing prices and the lines showing highs and lows. Their unique visual format helps traders to quickly understand market sentiment.

Several WinForms chart controls offer Candlestick charts including:

  • DevExpress WinForms Chart (part of DevExpress WinForms) provides precision control over every candlestick aspect, from shadows to wicks, ideal for technical analysis.
  • ComponentOne Charts for WinForms (part of ComponentOne Studio WinForms) includes built-in candlestick templates and financial indicators that accelerate market analysis.
  • Telerik Windows Forms ChartView (part of Telerik UI for WinForms) provides streamlined candlestick rendering with smooth zooming/panning, ideal for dynamic trading platforms.
  • Syncfusion WinForms Chart (part of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise) offers extensive customization options that let you tailor candlesticks to your trading needs.
  • LightningChart .NET provides fast candlestick updates that keep you ahead of the market, perfect for real-time trading dashboards.

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

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