MindFusion.WinForms Pack, 2016.R2

MindFusion suite of WinForms controls has just been released and boasts a variety of new features to make you build WinForms applications faster and easier. Here is a review of the new version:

MindFusion Chart Control MindFusion.Charting

New data model

Data that should be drawn in charts is read through an interface called Series, whose instances can be assigned to the Series properties of Chart and SeriesRenderer classes. You can implement this interface in your own model classes to avoid duplicating data. The library includes several pre-defined series classes that let you specify data via IList or array objects.

Different series types in a single plot

The new data model allows adding different series types to a single plot

New rendering model

Chart graphics are drawn inside Plot components by SeriesRenderer-derived objects. Each plot can contain multiple series renderers from same or different types. For example, you can draw area, line and bar graphics in same plot by adding AreaRenderer, LineRenderer and BarRenderer objects to its SeriesRenderers collection. Chart controls automatically generate a series renderer of appropriate type for their Series.

Dashboard

The Dashboard control can contain multiple plots, axes, legends, images, gauges and text blocks arranged in dynamic layout. Individual components can be added to dashboard’s default RootPanel or LayoutPanel containers, or for more complex layouts add intermediary panels such as GridPanel and StackPanel to the default ones. To show different types of chart graphics, add Plot2D to draw in 2D Cartesian coordinate system, Plot3D for 3D Cartesian system, and PolarPlot for polar coordinate system. To draw horizontal or vertical axes, add respectively XAxisRenderer and YAxisRenderer objects. To show gauges, add LinearGaugeRenderer or OvalGaugeRenderer, whose Gauge property contains the gauge model definition.

The new WinForms Chart has a built-in dashboard control.

The new WinForms Chart has a built-in dashboard control.

Print and export

The Dashboard control and Chart controls that derive from it expose Print and PrintPreview methods for printing on paper. Call the ExportImage and CreateImage methods to generate bitmap image of the dashboard. The ExportPdf method exports the chart to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. The ExportSvg method exports the chart to an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file.

Styling

Values of appearance properties can come from several places in the component hierarchy. SeriesRenderer-derived objects can use attributes from their local SeriesStyle, from plot’s SeriesStyle, or from the *Series properties in current Theme. Component classes use either their local properties or ones defined in the theme. By default, appearance properties in SeriesRenderer > and Component > classes have null values, which makes the drawing code use values from the theme.

A rich choice of styling options are available

A rich choice of styling options are available

MindFusion WebForms Diagrammer MindFusion.Diagramming

Free-form nodes

A FreeFormNode collects all points from users’ mouse or touch input and displays them as node’s outline. To let users draw free-form nodes interactively, set Behavior to DrawFreeForms or LinkFreeForms. Use the Points property of FreeFormNode to get or set outline points programmatically. If the Closed property is set, the node is drawn as a closed shape and its interior filled, or otherwise the node is drawn as a poly-line. If the distance between first and last points drawn by user is shorter than AutoCloseDistance, the node’s Closed property is automatically set to true.

Free form nodes are drawn with the mouse

Free form nodes: just draw the node with the mouse and the control understands the shape you want

LinkLabel edit events

LinkTextEditing and LinkTextEdited events are now raised also when the user edits a LinkLabel. The Label property of the respective event-arguments class identifies the LinkLabel that is being edited. Label is a null reference if the user is editing link’s Text value.

keyboard16x16MindFusion Virtual Keyboard

MindFusion Virtual Keyboard has been initially added to MindFusion Pack for WinForms.

The WinForms virtual keyboard control: extended layout

The WinForms virtual keyboard control: extended layout

WPF Reporting ToolMindFusion.Reporting

Improved charts
MindFusion.Reporting now uses the new MindFusion charting engine to display charts in reports. The presentation of the charts has been greatly improved (particularly when resizing the charts).

Pie charts in a WinForms report

Pie charts in a WinForms report

Spreadsheet-16x16MindFusion.Spreadsheet

New and improved charts
MindFusion.Spreadsheet now uses the new MindFusion charting engine to display charts in worksheets. Along with the improved appearance (particularly when resizing the charts), the following new features have been added:

  • New Candlestick chart type;
  • New BarOverlayed and ColumnOverlayed chart types;
  • Several new legend position types;

Zoom
The worksheets can now be zoomed in and out through the new Zoom property.

Charts in a spreadsheet

The new chart engine makes spreadsheets even more appealing

MindFusion clients can download the installer for the latest version from the clients area on MindFusion website.

A direct link to download the WinForms pack is available from here:

Download MindFusion WinForms Pack 2016.R2

Updated assemblies are also available as MindFusion.Pack NuGet package.

About MindFusion.WinForms Pack: A rich set of programming components that provide WinForms developers with the complete list of features to build even the most complicated business applications fast and easy. The components integrate seamlessly and provide with a mouse click functionality that takes months to develop. Each control boasts various samples and tutorials, extensive documentation and numerous customization options that make it suitable for every type of software and scenario.

Further details about each component in the pack are available from MindFusion website:

Use this link to buy a license online. All components are royalty-free.

MindFusion.WPF Pack, 2016.R1

The new release of MindFUsion WPF Control Suite lists many new features, aimed to empower developers to create compelling business applications with even less efforts. The pack also includes new samples and tutorials. Below are the details:

License keys
There is no separate trial build of the control assemblies anymore. Instead, set the LicenseKey property of the controls to disable their evaluation mode and stop displaying trial messages. If your application contains more than one control by MindFusion, you could call MindFusion.Licensing.LicenseManager.AddLicense(key) from application start-up code to specify the key once instead of setting it per each control.

Visual Studio 2015 support
MindFusion Pack for WPF now includes support for Visual Studio 2015. The installer can create VS2015 toolbox palette for the component.

Barcodes
The new BarcodeLabel class allow displaying EAN, UPC or QR barcodes.

BarcodeLabel: QR barcodes

BarcodeLabel: QR barcodes

MindFusion Chart ControlMindFusion.Charting for WPF

Multiple Axes
The chart control enables developers to create unlimited number of axes of each type – X, X2, Y and Y2. Each axis is an instance of the Axis class and has its own set of properties for complete customization – label style, brush, tick length etc. You can set the X and Y axes of each ChartSeries to a series of your choice and thus bind each chart series to different axes, if you wish.

Multiple axes in the WPF chart control.

Multiple axes in the WPF chart control.

Improved Zooming
Selected area with width smaller than MinZoomSpan does not evoke any action in the control. In addition, the new ZoomChanged event fires whenever zoom occurs and provides useful data for the zoom action with its ZoomChangedArgs.

Cross Hair Improvements
The cross hair control has been improved with several new properties, a method and an event. The properties are:

The new CrossHairPosition method returns the current location of the cross hair. For more precise handling of cross hair movements a new event is available – CrossHairPositionChanged.

Greatly Improved 3D Charts
3D charts have received plenty of improvements, new properties and performance optimizations:

  • PointMergeThreshold – The property sets the radius of an area around a given point where no other points are drawn. The result is better performance especially in charts with numerous points, which happen to be close to one another.
  • InterpolationType.None – A new InterpolationType has been added to the InterpolationType, which does not interpolation but adds data directly and connects the points with triangulation.

The SurfaceType enum has been replaced with three bool properties, which makes the API easier to understand and use.

ScatterFaceSize – the property regulates the size of the polygons that build a 3D scatter. Bigger values lead to bigger polygons, which results in faster performance and more rough scatter mesh.

Effect3D.ShaderEffect – the property can be applied to all 3D chart elements, including scatters and performs much faster.

3D surface chart with color map and wire frame.

3D surface chart with color map and wire frame.

Exporting Images
Two new methods have been added for exporting the chart as an image – CreateImage and ExportImage.

Custom Formatting of Labels in Real-time Charts
A new property has been added to the RealTimeChart library – Axis.LabelFormatProvider. Use it to specify custom formatting of numeric labels. If required, you can specify format arguments for your format classes with Axis.LabelFormat.

MindFusion WebForms DiagrammerMindFusion.Diagramming for WPF

Free-form nodes
A FreeFormNode collects all points from users’ mouse or touch input and displays them as node’s outline. To let users draw free-form nodes interactively, set Diagram.Behavior to DrawFreeForms or LinkFreeforms. Use the Points property of FreeFormNode to get or set outline points programmatically. If the Closed property is set, the node is drawn as a closed shape and its interior filled, or otherwise the node is drawn as a poly-line. If the distance between first and last points drawn by user is shorter than Diagram.AutoCloseDistance, the node’s Closed property is automatically set to true . AutoCloseDistance default value is Double.MaxValue , so free-form nodes are always closed.

Wpf Diagram: Free Shapes

Wpf Diagram: Free Shapes

Shape control points
Shape formulas can now be parameterized by associating control points with Shape objects. Each control point is passed to the shape script as a named variable. Apart from the name, you can specify the default, min and max coordinates for each parameter via the ShapeControlPoint constructor, and whether to treat its values as percents or fixed offset.

Resize table columns and rows
Columns and rows of a TableNode can now be resized interactively if its AllowResizeColumns or AllowResizeRows properties are enabled. In order to resize, move the mouse pointer to the border line on column’s right side or row’s bottom side until it shows resize cursor and start dragging. The control raises TableColumnResizing and TableRowResizing events to let you validate new size or prevent resizing some elements.

Barcode nodes
The BarcodeNode class displays EAN, UPC or QR barcodes as node’s content. In-place edit operations let users enter new numeric codes for 1D codes or text strings for QR codes. The barcode format is specified via the Format property, the encoded number or text is set via Content, and color of 1D bars / 2D modules via BarColor.

Barcode diagram nodes

Barcode diagram nodes

Support for Visio stencils
The diagram can now display shapes from stencil files in Visio 2003 XML stencil format (.vsx). To load a stencil file, use an instance of the VisioStencil class. The shapes are displayed in the diagram through VisioNode objects.

ShapeDesigner improvements

  • The ShapeDesigner control supports undo. Call its Undo or Redo methods to respectively undo or redo a change done to the designed shape.
  • ZoomFactor property added to ShapeDesigner. It also supports interactive zoom in/out via mouse wheel.
  • The SelectedElement property exposes the graphic element currently selected in ShapeDesigner canvas. You can bind to its stroke and brush properties to create alternative user interface for editing element attributes.

AnchorPatern improvements

  • The XUnit and YUnit properties allow specifying the coordinates of an AnchorPoint as a fixed offset from the node’s top-left corner rather than in percentage, so that the point position does not change when the node is resized.
  • The AnchorPattern property of Shape class lets you associate anchor points with shape definitions. If a ShapeNode instance does not contain its own AnchorPattern, it will derive the one defined by the node’s Shape.
  • The RowAnchorPattern property lets you specify default AnchorPattern for all table rows.

Map-16x16MindFusion.Mapping for WPF

Zoom control
The ZoomControl class lets user change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a MapView. To set it up, add a ZoomControl to the page, place it anywhere over a MapView, and set the control’s Target property to that view. Set the ZoomStep and ScrollStep properties to specify the amount added to view’s zoom level or scroll position by ZoomControl’s buttons.

map-control-zooming

Miscellaneous

  • The new Behavior property lets users select multiple map elements interactively.

WPF Reporting ToolMindFusion.Reporting for WPF

Report Parameters
Parameters can now be added to a report through the new Parameters collection of the Report class. The parameters provide name, description and value and can be of any type, including expression. For more information about parameters, check the Report Parameters topic.

Barcodes
MindFusion.Reporting for WPF reports can now display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes. The barcodes are represented by the new Barcode report item.

wpf_barcode_report_items

Schedule ControlMindFusion.Scheduling for WPF

Interactive Recurrence Rescheduling
Recurrences can be rescheduled interactively by holding down the RescheduleRecurrenceKey while dragging a recurrent item. The control tries to preserve the current pattern of the recurrence when possible.

New Theme
A new built-in theme is available in MindFusion.Scheduling for WPF – the Light theme. It is available through the ThemeType enumeration.

The new 'Light' theme

The new ‘Light’ theme

New Members
Several new properties and events have been added to the control:

You can read details about the new features of the pack at the news page on the forum. The trial version is available for direct download from this link:

Download MindFusion.Pack for WPF 2016.R1

About MindFusion.Wpf Pack: A set of advanced WPF components that help you build your business application easy and on time. The tools provide you with a complete set of features to create, edit and render complex flowcharts, charts, diagrams, calendars, schedules, maps and reports. A set of gauges and UI elements is also included. Each component offers various samples, tutorials and detailed documentation. The controls offer simple and intuitive API, completely customizable appearance, numerous input/output options and a rich event set. Each tool has been thoroughly tested to guarantee that you and your application get the high quality and performance you deserve.

You can read more about the capabilities of each component at its features page:

Prices and licenses are explained in details at the buy page.

MindFusion.WinForms Pack, 2016.R1

MindFusion Pack for WinForms, 2016.R1 has been released. Here is an overview of the new features. You can find details about each new feature here.

Visual Studio 2015 support
MindFusion Pack for WinForms now includes support for Visual Studio 2015. The installer can create VS2015 toolbox palette for the components.

Barcodes
The new BarcodeLabel and BarcodePrinter classes allow displaying and printing EAN, UPC or QR barcodes.

BarcodeLabel:  QR barcodes

BarcodeLabel: QR barcodes

MindFusion WebForms DiagrammerMindFusion.Diagramming

Street maps
MapNodes can render street maps in OpenStreetMap format. Call FromXml method of MapContent to load an .osm file.

MindFusion WinForms  Street maps

MindFusion WinForms Street maps

Resize table columns and rows
Columns and rows of a TableNode can now be resized interactively if its AllowResizeColumns or AllowResizeRows properties are enabled. In order to resize, move the mouse pointer to the border line on column’s right side or row’s bottom side until it shows resize cursor and start dragging.

Barcode nodes
The BarcodeNode class displays EAN, UPC or QR barcodes as node’s content. In-place edit operations let users enter new numeric codes for 1D codes or text strings for QR codes.

Miscellaneous

  • Support for .NET 2 has been dropped; the minimum supported .NET framework version now is 3.5.
  • Distribution now includes a set of digitally-signed assemblies.
  • Undo/redo records for in-place edit operations are now created automatically. They are represented by instances of the EditTextCmd class.
  • CompositeNode supports vertical scrolling in EditComponent (only via keyboard).
  • Support for FromPage and ToPage properties of PrinterSettings .
  • CreateBarcodeNode methods added to the Factory class.
  • The BarcodeNodeStyle property of Diagram defines the default appearance of BarcodeNodes.
  • Improved speed when dragging large hierarchies of grouped nodes.
  • ZoomControl can now be used with other components by MindFusion and has been moved to MindFusion.Common.WinForms assembly and namespace.
  • and much more.

Map-16x16MindFusion.Mapping

Street maps
You can render street maps in OpenStreetMap format by adding a StreetMapLayer instance to the MapView. In order to load a street map, create a new StreetMapLayer > object and call its Map‘s LoadFromXml method to load the corresponding *.osm file.

Zoom control
The ZoomControl class lets user change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a MapView. To set it up, add a ZoomControl to the form, place it anywhere over a MapView, and set the control’s Target property to that view.

map-control-zooming

Multiple selection
Now it’s possible to select multiple decorations or map shapes by drawing a selection rectangle. To enable that, set the Behavior property to Select. Selected elements are stored in the Selection collection of respective layer objects.

API changes

  • The type of MapElement‘s Label property has been changed from string to Label class. The FontName and FontSize properties have been moved from MapElement to Label.
  • Type of Layers property changed from List to ObservableCollection .

WPF Reporting ToolMindFusion.Reporting

Barcodes
MindFusion.Reporting reports can now display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes. The barcodes are represented by the new Barcode report item.

WinForms Reporter: Barcode Report Items

WinForms Reporter: Barcode Report Items

Miscellaneous

WebForms Scheduler by MindFusionMindFusion.Scheduling

Improved List View
The List view can now display an additional header and a footer. To turn them on, set the appropriate flag to the HeaderStyle property of the ListViewSettings class. The FooterFormat and MainHeaderFormat properties let you customize the text in the respective header. The text can also be customized through the CustomizeText event of the Calendar class. The size of the headers can be specified through the MainHeaderSize and FooterSize properties. Interactive Recurrence Rescheduling Recurrences can be rescheduled interactively by holding down the RescheduleRecurrenceKey while dragging a recurrent item. The control tries to preserve the current pattern of the recurrence when possible.

New Theme
A new built-in theme is available in MindFusion.Scheduling – the Light theme. It is available through the ThemeType enumeration.

The new 'Light' theme

The new ‘Light’ theme

New Properties
Several new properties have been added to the control:

Miscellaneous

Spreadsheet-16x16MindFusion.Spreadsheet

Autofiltering
Worksheets now support autofiltering. To enable it, call the AutoFilter method of the CellRange class. To specify autofiltering criteria for individual columns, use the AutoFilter overload.

WinForms Spreadsheet: Auto filtering

Multiple Selection
MindFusion.Spreadsheet now supports selection of multiple cell ranges. Cell ranges can be added to the selection interactively, by holding down the CTRL key while dragging with the mouse, or programmatically, by using one of the new methods of the Selection class: Add, AddRow, and AddColumn.

Miscellaneous

Installer for the latest version can be downloaded at http://www.mindfusion.eu/WinFormsTrial.zip

Updated assemblies are also available as MindFusion.Pack NuGet package.

About MindFusion.WinForms Pack: A set of five WinForms programming components that provide your application with a rich choice of diagramming, charting, scheduling, mapping, reporting and gauge features. The tools are very easy to implement and use. They boast intuitive API and various step-by-step tutorials to get you started. Both online and offline documentation is available.

A sample browser presents you with all the samples for each control to let you easily navigate to what you need. You can check some of the features of each component right now if you look at the online demos:

Visit the features – page of the components for more information about their capabilities:

You can check the prices and licensing scheme here. All components are royalty-free.

Reporting for Silverlight V1.4 and Scheduling for Silverlight, V3.4

MindFusion has released new versions for two of its Silverlight controls – Scheduler and Reporter. Below are details about the new features:

WebForms Scheduler by MindFusionWhat’s New in Scheduler for Silverlight, Version 3.4

Interactive Recurrence Rescheduling
Recurrences can be rescheduled interactively by holding down the RescheduleRecurrenceKey while dragging a recurrent item. The control tries to preserve the current pattern of the recurrence when possible. Otherwise, the recurrence may be modified to accommodate to the new start and end times of the modified item. Interactive rescheduling is not registered in the undo history.

New Theme
A new built-in theme is available in the Silverlight Scheduling control – the Light theme. It is available through the ThemeType enumeration.

Silverlight Scheduler: The Light Theme

Silverlight Scheduler: The Light Theme

New Members

Several new properties and events have been added to the control:

The trial version of Silverlight Scheduler is available for direct download from here:

MindFusion Scheduling for Silverlight, V3.4 Trial Download

The component is also available on Nuget. To install the component, run the following command in the Package Manager Console

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Scheduling.Silverlight

WPF Reporting ToolWhat’s New in Silverlight Reporter, V1.4

Report Parameters

Parameters can now be added to a report through the new Parameters collection of the Report class. The parameters provide name, description and value and can be of any type, including expression. For more information about parameters, check the Report Parameters topic.

Barcodes

MindFusion Silverlight reports can now display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes. The barcodes are represented by the new Barcode report item.

Silverlight Reporter: Barcode Report Items

Silverlight Reporter: Barcode Report Items

Miscellaneous

  • Report items can be searched by name through the new FindItem method.
  • Fixed an issue with horizontal data ranges.
  • Items in data range headers and footers can now bind to the data source of the data range.
  • New sample illustrating the Barcode report items.

You can download the trial version directly from here:

Reporting for Silverlight, V1.4 Trial Download

The component is also available on Nuget. To install the component, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Reporting.Silverlight

Technical support is available on the MindFusion discussion board, per email at support@mindfusion.eu. or at the Help Desk. Your questions and comments are always welcomed by MindFusion friendly and competent support team.

About MindFusion Scheduler for Silverlight: MindFusion.Scheduling for Silverlight provides your web application with a host of useful features for creating, customizing, importing and exporting calendars, time tables, appointment schedules. What’s more, the component includes a full-features Gantt chart with an activity chart and a resource chart. Unleash your creativity with the vast set of appearance options and enjoy the freedom to create calendars where every single detail is customizable and can be controlled by you. Implement professional Gantt diagrams and bring project planning features to your web software with a few mouse clicks. The library is packed with many samples, tutorials and extensive documentation to help you started. The licensing scheme is very attractive with various discount options and great savings for multiple licenses as well for small companies – check it here.

About Reporting for Silverlight: An intuitive programming component that integrates into any Silverlight application with ease and provides the full range of reporting features needed to render, customize and save business reports. The control ships with a versatile report viewer, optimized to display quickly even the largest reports and packed with a single-button import/export functionality to PDF, Excel as well full-featured print and print preview options. Impress the end-user with elegant charts and unlimited number of pictures. MindFusion reports can host any Silverlight component so you can efficiently change your reports as the requirements of the end user evolve. More on MindFusion Silverlight Reporter here.

Scheduling for WPF, V 3.4 and Reporting for WPF, V1.4

We are pleased to announce new versions for two of MindFusion’s WPF components – Reporting and Scheduling. Below we list the new features and improvements in each of the controls.

WebForms Scheduler by MindFusionNew in Scheduling for WPF, V3.4

Interactive Recurrence Rescheduling
Recurrences can be rescheduled interactively by holding down the RescheduleRecurrenceKey while dragging a recurrent item. The control tries to preserve the current pattern of the recurrence when possible. Otherwise, you can modify the recurrence to accommodate to the new start and end times of the modified item. Interactive rescheduling is not registered in the undo history.

New Theme
A new built-in theme is available in the Scheduler control – the Light theme. It is available through the ThemeType enumeration.

Scheduler for WPF: The Light Theme

Scheduler for WPF: The Light Theme

New API Members
Several new properties and events have been added to the control:

You can download the trial version of the control directly from this link:

Scheduling for WPF, V3.4 Trial Version Download

The component is also available on Nuget. To install the component, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Scheduling.Wpf

WPF Reporting ToolNew in Reporting for WPF, V1.4

Report Parameters
Parameters can now be added to a report through the new Parameters collection of the Report class. The parameters provide name, description and value and can be of any type, including expression. For more information about parameters, check the Report Parameters topic.

Barcodes
MindFusion WPF Reporter can now display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes. The barcodes are represented by the new Barcode report item.

WPF Reporter: Barcode Report Items

WPF Reporter: Barcode Report Items

Improved charts
Several new properties have been added to the LineChart class to imporive the customization for the plot, grid, legend and axes. The axes settings can be specified through the new XAxisSettings and YAxisSettings properties. The AxesChart class exposes four new properties, which can be used to specify the intervals displayed by the chart axes. The new properties are XMinValue, XMaxValue, YMinValue, and YMaxValue.

Miscellaneous

  • Report items can be searched by name through the new FindItem method.
  • Fixed an issue with horizontal data ranges.
  • Items in data range headers and footers can now bind to the data source of the data range.
  • New sample illustrating the Barcode report items.

You can download the trial version of the control directly from this link:

Reportingfor WPF, V1.4 Trial Version Download

The component is also available on Nuget. To install the component, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Reporting.Wpf

Technical support: You can write at the Scheduling for WPF discussion board and Reporting for WPF discussion board. Additionally, you can write us at support@mindfusion.eu. Anyway we’ll be glad to answer your questions, comments and recommendations and assist you on how to use the MindFusion WPF controls.

About Scheduling for WPF: The perfect programming tool to enhance your WPF application with a compelling set of ready-to-use calendar features. Choose among six types of schedule views all optimized for high performance and easy customization. Treat your users to the convenience of creating appointments with reminders and recurrence options on the fly with the built-in forms. Change every single calendar element to achieve the perfect look without compromise – apply styling, customize the fonts and colors or simply set one of the elegant predefined themes. Persisting the calendar into a variety of formats is easily done with the integrated exporters and importers. The control is also packed with a rich event set that gives you full control over the user’s actions. More about Scheduler for WPF here.

About Reporting for WPF: A programming tool that provides developers with everything they’ll need to create high-impact data driven reports using WPF. The control supports comprehensive list of report elements, which can be nested, combined and customized to create reports optimized for the needs of your current WPF application. A full-featured chart component is integrated into the report tool and you can extend every single report with a compelling chart of your choice. The report can be saved into a variety of formats and rendered on the screen with the built-in elegant viewer for optimal performance. Further details about MindFusion WPF Reporter here.

Nested DataRanges in MindFusion Report Application

In this tutorial we are going to build a report with nested data ranges. In our case, we are going to retrieve all categories from the sample Norhtwind database. For each category we will get all products in it, which is the nested data range.

I. Preparing the Project

We create a new WinForms project and add a new DataSet from the Nortwind database. We choose all fields from the Categories and Products tables. Then we add a new item from the menu “Project -> Add -> New Item -> MindFusion Report” from the dialog that appears.

Adding the MindFusion Report item.

Adding the MindFusion Report item.

Drag and drop the nwindDataSet, CategoriesTableAdapter and ProductsTableAdapter on the report form. Finally, in the code behind fill the two adapters:

 productsTableAdapter1.Fill(nwindDataSet1.Products);
 categoriesTableAdapter1.Fill(nwindDataSet1.Categories); 

II. The Categories DataRange

We create the first data range by right clicking on the newly created report. There we see “Create Data Range from Data Source”. We choose the categories table and two fields – CategoryName and Picture. When the data range is generated we resize the picture to make it bigger.

Create DataRange context menu.

Create DataRange context menu.

III. Running the Report

We would use MindFusion ReportViewer to preview what we’ve done so far. We drag it from the Toolbox and place it on the form, which shows when the application runs. We compile the project and see that the Report1 class that we’ve created appears in the Toolbox, under the Data tab. This means we can create instances of our report just by drag and drop. We drag the Report1 icon and drop it on Form1. We have a report11 instance, which we assign to the Report property of the ReportView in the property grid.

Dragging the Report1 item.

Dragging the Report1 item.

Finally, we run the report:

report11.Run();

IV. The Nested DataRange

It’s time to create the second DataRange. We right-click the Report1 form and choose again “Create DataRange from Data Source.” This time we choose the Products table and we choose ProductName, UnitsInStock and UnitPrice fields. This time we check the “Generate Header” checkbox at the bottom. The second DataRange is ready. Nesting it is very easy. We resize the first DataRange to make it wider and just drag and drop the second DataRange in it. What is important is to set the MasterDetailRelation property. It must be the name of the relation between the two tables that provide data for the two DataRange-s. We can see it by clicking on the nwindDataSet -> “Edit DataSet with Designer. There we click on the relation between or two tables and see it is called “CategoriesProducts”. We place this name as a value to the MasterDetailRelation property.

Master detail relationship between the Products and Categories table.

Master detail relationship between the Products and Categories table.

V. Run the report

We run the report and see that everything is in place: the categories are listed with their picture, each category lists all its products.

VI. Style Adjustments

Finally let’s add some appearance optimizations that will make the report look better and thus be easier to read. First, we make the background of the Category label darker.

Then we make the product lines with alternating colors. This is done in the property grid for the dataRange2 object -> AlternatingBackground property.

We add a light gray border to the first data range with the Border property editor and we add a bottom margin of 30 mm. Here is the final look of the report:

Nested DataRange-s: the final report.

Nested DataRange-s: the final report.

You can download the sample from this link:

Download Nested DataRanges MindFusion Reporting Sample

More about MindFusion Reporting for WinForms component can be found here.

MindFusion.Reporting for WinForms, V2.3 Is Released

MindFusion is happy to announce the new release of its WinForms reporting control. Here is an overview of the new features:

Support for Visual Studio 2015

MindFusion.Reporting now supports Visual Studio 2015 as well. You can tell the installer to create VS2015 toolbox palette for the component.

Licensing

There is no separate trial build of the control assemblies anymore. Instead, you must set the LicenseKey property of the component to disable the evaluation mode and stop displaying trial messages. If your application contains more than one control by MindFusion, you can call MindFusion.Licensing.LicenseManager.AddLicense(key) to specify the key once instead of setting it per each control. License key strings are listed on the Keys & Downloads page at MindFusion’s customer portal.

Barcodes

Use the new Barcode report item to display UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, and QR barcodes in your WinForm reports. A new sample demonstrates how to implement the feature.

MindFusion WinForms Reporter: Bar Codes

MindFusion WinForms Reporter: Bar Codes

The component is available for direct download from here:

Download MindFusion Reporter for WinForms, V2.3

Don’t forget that the reporting tool is also available on Nuget. To install the component, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Reporting

Additional information about the library can be found in the online documentation:
http://www.mindfusion.eu/onlinehelp/mindfusionreporting/index.htm

Technical support is available at the Reporting for WinForms section of MindFusion discussion board, at the Help Desk or per e-mail at support@mindfusion.eu. Either way, MindFusion competent and friendly support team is pleased to assist you with any questions or inquiries you might have about the product.

About Reporting for WinForms: Enhance your business application with the complete set of features to create impressive, user-friendly reports that present important data in an easy-to comprehend look. Enjoy the rich report design capabilities that let you integrate charts, customize fonts and use easy WinForms component as a report item.
Bind our report to any .NET data source or work in an unbound mode. Choose among various output options among which XML, PDF and HTML files. Get inspired, get moving – MindFusion Reporting for WinForms is designed and developed to help you acheive best possible results in little time and with little effort. Read more about the tool here…

Creating a proprietary invoice editor

In this post we will show how to create an invoice editing application (using MindFusion.Reporting) for the end users of an organization. The source code of the sample is available for download from here:

http://mindfusion.eu/_samples/ReportingInvoiceEditor.zip

Introduction
We start off by creating a new Windows Forms Application in Visual Studio 2010 or later. Change the target framework of the application to “.NET Framework 4” (or later). The ReportEditor component that will be used as an in-place invoice editor requires at least .NET 4.

Add the ReportEditor component to the main form, set its Dock to Fill.

The invoice template
The invoice template displayed by the application is stored in an XML file. The original template is created beforehand and is located in Invoice.xml. All modifications to the template done by the end users will be stored back to the XML file upon exiting the application. Add the following line to the main form’s constructor to load the invoice template when the main form is constructed:

reportEditor1.OpenReport(@"Invoice.xml");

Adding the data source
From the “Data -> Add New Data Source…” menu in Visual Studio create a new data source from the nwind.mdb database. Select the Orders table and the Invoices query in the Data Source Configuration Wizard. In the XML Schema (nwindDataSet.xsd) ensure that there is a relation between the Orders and Invoices table adapters. The relation should link the OrderID fields of the two tables and should be named “Orders_Invoices”. Build the application so that Visual Studio creates the classes for the data set and the selected table adapters. Go back to the main form designer and add nwindDataSet, InvoicesTableAdapter, and OrdersTableAdapter components to the form. In the constructor of the form, add the following lines in order to fill the data set with the data from the source database:

invoicesTableAdapter1.Fill(nwindDataSet1.Invoices);
ordersTableAdapter1.Fill(nwindDataSet1.Orders);

In addition, we need to register the two tables as data sources in the report editor. This is essential because these data sources are used by the invoice report. It is also important that the data sources are registered before the report is initially loaded through the OpenReport method.

reportEditor1.AddDataSource(nwindDataSet1.Orders, "Orders");
reportEditor1.AddDataSource(nwindDataSet1.Invoices, "Invoices");

Saving the template
Override the OnClosing event of the form and add the following line to ensure that all changes to the invoice template are written back to the XML file:

reportEditor1.SaveReport(@"Invoice.xml");

Adding the menu
Create a menu strip for the application with the following structure:

  • File
    • Print
    • Print Preview
    • Exit
  • Edit
    • Undo
    • Redo

Add the following event handlers for the menu items:

private void printToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	var printer = new ReportPrinter();
	printer.Report = reportEditor1.Report;
	printer.Report.Run();
	printer.Print();
}

private void printPreviewToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	var printer = new ReportPrinter();
	printer.Report = reportEditor1.Report;
	printer.Report.Run();

	var preview = new PrintPreviewForm();
	preview.Document = printer;
	preview.ShowDialog();
}

private void exitToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	Close();
}

private void undoToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	reportEditor1.Undo();
}

private void redoToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	reportEditor1.Redo();
}

The image below illustrates the running application:

reporting-invoiceeditor

The MindFusion.Reporting component can be downloaded from here:

http://www.mindfusion.eu/ReportingTrial.zip

Enjoy!

MindFusion Controls on NuGet

All MindFusion components for WinForms, WPF and Silverlight are now available as NuGet packages. The following table lists the NuGet IDs of the individual products:

Product NuGet ID
MindFusion.Charting for WinForms
MindFusion.Diagramming for WinForms
MindFusion.Gauges for WinForms
MindFusion.Pack for WinForms
MindFusion.Reporting for WinForms
MindFusion.Scheduling for WinForms
MindFusion.Spreadsheet for WinForms
MindFusion.Charting
MindFusion.Diagramming
MindFusion.Gauges
MindFusion.Pack
MindFusion.Reporting
MindFusion.Scheduling
MindFusion.Spreadsheet
MindFusion.Charting for WPF
MindFusion.Diagramming for WPF
MindFusion.Gauges for WPF
MindFusion.Pack for WPF
MindFusion.Reporting for WPF
MindFusion.Scheduling for WPF
MindFusion.Spreadsheet for WPF
MindFusion.Charting.Wpf
MindFusion.Diagramming.Wpf
MindFusion.Gauges.Wpf
MindFusion.Pack.Wpf
MindFusion.Reporting.Wpf
MindFusion.Scheduling.Wpf
MindFusion.Spreadsheet.Wpf
MindFusion.Charting for Silverlight
MindFusion.Diagramming for Silverlight
MindFusion.Gauges for Silverlight
MindFusion.Pack for Silverlight
MindFusion.Reporting for Silverlight
MindFusion.Scheduling for Silverlight
MindFusion.Charting.Silverlight
MindFusion.Diagramming.Silverlight
MindFusion.Gauges.Silverlight
MindFusion.Pack.Silverlight
MindFusion.Reporting.Silverlight
MindFusion.Scheduling.Silverlight

The complete list of MindFusion products on NuGet can be found here: https://www.nuget.org/profiles/MindFusion.

The NuGet manager is available for Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, and Visual Studio 2013 and can be downloaded from here: https://www.nuget.org/.

To install a package, run the following command in the Package Manager Console (accessible from the Visual Studio menu: Tools → NuGet Package Manager → Package Manager Console):

PM> Install-Package <id>

Where <id> is the NuGet ID of the package. For example, to install MindFusion.Diagramming for WinForms, use:

PM> Install-Package MindFusion.Diagramming

Enjoy!

Custom items in Silverlight reports

In this post we will examine how to use custom items in MindFusion reports in Silverlight. The report in question will display the revenue of several companies, sorted in descending order. The custom items will visualize the relative revenue value of each company as a graphics similar to a chart.

To start off, we will define our business objects – a CompanyInfo class with two properties – Name and Revenue, of type string and double respectively.

public class CompanyInfo
{
  public string Name { get; set; }
  public double Revenue { get; set; }
}

Then we will declare sample data – an array of several companies, sorted by revenue:

var companyInfo = new CompanyInfo[]
{
  new CompanyInfo { Name = "My company", Revenue = 12500 },
  new CompanyInfo { Name = "Blue skies enterprise", Revenue = 33200 },
  new CompanyInfo { Name = "Futures & Co.", Revenue = 5800 },
  new CompanyInfo { Name = "Gazettes", Revenue = 21000 },
  new CompanyInfo { Name = "Tiger Bros LLC.", Revenue = 60000 },
}.OrderByDescending(info => info.Revenue);

The actual report is placed inside Resource Dictionary (named MyReport.xaml). The report contains a title and a single data range with three columns – for company name, revenue graphics and revenue value respectively. The actual report is omitted for brevity, but the code of the custom item representing the revenue graphics is shown below:

<report:CustomReportItem Location="50%,0" Size="40%,6" Value="[100*Revenue/Max(&quot;Revenue&quot;)]">
  <report:CustomReportItem.Template>
    <DataTemplate>
      <Grid>
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
          <ColumnDefinition Width="{Binding Converter={StaticResource gridLengthConverter}}" />
          <ColumnDefinition Width="{Binding Converter={StaticResource gridLengthConverter}, ConverterParameter='-'}" />
        <ColumnDefinition />
        <Border BorderBrush="#C0C0F0" BorderThickness="1" Background="#C8C8F4" Margin="3" />
      </Grid>
    </DataTemplate>
  </report:CustomReportItem.Template>
</report:CustomReportItem>

The value of the custom item is calculated as the percentage of the company revenue relative to the maximum revenue amongst all companies. The content of the custom item represents a grid with two columns. The first column contains the border that is used as the representation of the revenue graphics. The width of the columns is calculated according to the item value by using a custom value converter – GridLengthConverter. The GridLengthConverter basically converts the value to a GridLength object with GridUnitType set to Star.

The report is loaded from the resource dictionary using the helper Report.FromDictionary method, then setup with the data and run:

var report = Report.FromDictionary(new Uri("ReportingLiteCustomItems;component/MyReport.xaml", UriKind.Relative), "myReport");
report.DataContext = companyInfo;
report.QueryDetails += (s, e) => e.Details = companyInfo;
report.Run()

Note, that the sample handles the QueryDetails event. This is done in order to supply data to the Max aggregate function used inside the CustomReportItem.Value expression.

Finally, the report is selected inside a ReportViewer on the main form:

viewer.Document = report;

The following image shows the running sample:

reporting-customitems

The source code is available for download from here:

Download the Complete Source Code for the Sample

You can get the trial version of MindFusion.Reporting for Silverlight from this link:

Download MindFusion.Reporting for Silverlight Trial Version