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MindFusion.Silverlight Pack, 2015.R1
Jan 26th, 2015 at 10:37am
 
MindFusion.Silverlight Pack 2015.R1 has been released. It adds the following new features:

Visual Studio 2013 Support

All samples provide versions for Visual Studio 2013.

License keys

There is no separate trial build of the control assemblies anymore. Instead, set the LicenseKey property of the individual components to disable the component's 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) 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.

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MindFusion.Charting


Styles and Themes

Styles define the appearance of a given chart element - the axis, the series, the legend. Each ChartTheme is a collection of styles. With MindFusion.Charting for Silverlight you can now:
  • create themes based on the appearance of an existing chart
  • create themes with the ThemeEditor tool
  • save themes to XML files
  • load themes from XML files
  • use a number of predefined themes.

The "Working with Themes" tutorial gives detailed information on how to create, save, load and edit themes with MindFusion.Charting for Silverlight.

Better Design Time Support

MindFusion.Charting for Silverlight lets you now edit all collection properties, including the Series collection, the brushes and strokes in design time through the property grid.

Axis Intervals

The new AxisSettings.IntervalCount property lets you specify the exact number of intervals at the axis. In such case the control does not use the Interval property and calculates the value of each interval based on AxisSettings.Min, AxisSettings.Max and AxisSettings.IntervalCount.

API Changes

ChartSeries.Fills, ChartSeries.Strokes, LineSeries.ScatterFills, LineSeries.ScatterStrokes and other properties that were lists with Brush-es are now of type BrushCollection. The change was required by the new design time support features. The properties that are lists with labels or data values are now of type StringCollection and DoubleCollection respectively.
a bug with the Series property in the ChartLegend was fixed.

Important Note:

Due to the extended design time support that we added in this version all predefined data series and brush collections have been removed from the charts. This might lead to exceptions if you reference them. To correct this just create a new instance of the type you are trying to access in the collection.

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MindFusion.Diagramming


Foldable containers

Set the Foldable property of ContainerNode to let users fold and unfold containers by clicking up/down arrow in their caption bars. The Folded property lets you fold or unfold containers programmatically. When folded, the child nodes of a container are hidden and its height is set to the caption bar height. The control raises ContainerFolded and ContainerUnfolded events when users fold or unfold a container interactively.

Improved arrowhead rendering

  • Arrowheads are rendered as a single path when possible and several arrowhead Shape definitions have been changed to implement mitered joints when HeadStrokeThickness is set to a bigger value.
  • The point where end segments connect to arrowheads can be specified via the LinkSegmentInset property of the Shape class. Shape definitions from the ArrowHeads class set it to suitable default value. This allows using transparent or semi-transparent brushes without seeing the link line drawn behind arrowheads.

Tree map layout

Tree maps represent hierarchies by nesting child nodes within their parents, where the areas of leaf nodes are proportional to their Weight values. Unlike other layout algorithms, TreeMapLayout expects hierarchies to be defined via grouping or containment (see AttachTo method and ContainerNode class), and will ignore any links in the diagram. The diagram area covered by the topmost nodes in a hierarchy is specified via the LayoutArea property. By default, the layout tries to keep the ratio of node sides as close as possible to one. However this could make it hard to distinguish separate levels of the hierarchy. To alleviate that, set Squarify to false, and child nodes will be arranged either as a row or a column inside their parent node, alternating directions for each level. The drawback is that when Weight ratios differ greatly or nodes contain many children, some nodes could end up with very narrow rectangles.

Decision flowchart layout

DecisionLayout arranges simple flowcharts consisting of decision boxes with up to three outgoing links per node and activity boxes with a single outgoing link per node. The nodes are arranged in columns and rows, whose distance depends on the HorizontalPadding and VerticalPadding property values. When links share the same row or column, they are placed at a distance specified via LinkPadding. The layout arranges nodes recursively starting from StartNode. If StartNode is not specified, the algorithm selects the root of the deepest branch of the graph's spanning tree as start node.

Zoom control

The ZoomControl class lets users change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a Diagram. To set it up, add a ZoomControl to the page, place it anywhere over the target diagram, and set the control's Target property to that diagram. Set the ZoomStep and ScrollStep properties to specify the amount added to view's zoom level or scroll position by ZoomControl's buttons. You can customize the control's appearance by setting properties such as Fill, Stroke, CornerRadius and TickPosition.

Miscellaneous

  • Set the Brush property of LinkLabel to fill the background of link labels.
  • The Anchoring.Keep option is now honored by OrthogonalRouter.
  • The ChangeUnit method sets a new MeasureUnit and scales the coordinates of diagram items to keep them the same size.
  • Fixed node spacing in bottom-to-top TreeLayout.
  • The updateLinks parameter of SetBounds lets you specify whether link positions should change when setting node's new position.
  • Layout algorithms now automatically resize diagram's Bounds if it's not large enough to fit the arranged content. To revert to old behavior and keep fixed Bounds size, set GrowToFit to false.
  • LinkLabels are now copied by DiagramLink copy constructor and clipboard methods.
  • ContainerNode now displays a caption bar when its Shape is set to Rectangle or RoundRect. The caption bar height is controlled via the CaptionHeight property.
  • Enable the AllowRenamePages property of TabbedDiagramView to let users rename a DiagramPage interactively by clicking its tab.
  • Several new stock shapes added: RightTriangle, Decagon, Trapezoid, Star4Pointed, Star5Pointed, Star6Pointed, Star7Pointed, Star16Pointed, Star24Pointed, Star32Pointed, Donut, Plaque.
  • New RoundAndSquare and RoundAndSquare2 handle styles can be set as the HandlesStyle of nodes.
  • The projection of a node on the scales of Ruler control now shows the boundaries of the rotated node shape. To ignore rotation as in older versions, set ProjectRotatedBounds to false.
  • The ScrollZoneSize property specifies the size of the region near viewport borders that triggers auto-scrolling.
  • Set the HandlesStyle property of nodes to Custom to implement custom appearance and hit-testing for adjustment handles. The control raises DrawAdjustmentHandles and HitTestAdjustmentHandles events for such nodes.
  • The SetSelfLoopShape event is raised when a link becomes a self-loop, giving you a chance to set a custom shape for the link.

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MindFusion.Scheduling


Improved data grid

The cells and headers in the data grid can now be customized through a set of new properties: CellBorderBrush, CellBorderThickness, HeaderBackground, HeaderBorderBrush, HeaderBorderThickness, HeaderFontSize, HeaderForeground, and HeaderMargin. The new ColumnCreating event can be used to replace a grid column with a custom one.

New Holiday Providers

Five new holiday providers have been added to the MindFusion.HolidayProviders.dll assembly, namely AustraliaHolidayProvider, FranceHolidayProvider, GermanyHolidayProvider, RussiaHolidayProvider, and UKHolidayProvider.

Improved Timetable view

The WorkTimeStartHour and WorkTimeEndHour properties have been renamed to WorkTimeStart and WorkTimeEnd respectively and are now of type TimeSpan to allow more flexible work time intervals. In addition, the new WorkTimeStarts and WorkTimeEnds properties can be used to specify different work time intervals for the different days in the view. The new ColumnHeaderTemplate property can be used to customize the column headers by using a DataTemplate object.

Improved WeekRange view

The Week Range view can now display week numbers, similarly to the Single Month view. The week numbers can be enabled through the WeekHeaderPosition property and can be customized through the RotateWeekHeaderTexts, WeekHeaderFormat, WeekHeaderStyle, and WeekNumbersHeaderWidth properties.

Improved Resource view

The row headers can be customized through the new RowHeaderTemplate property.

Miscellaneous

  • New resource and item hit-testing methods: GetItemAt and GetResourceAt.
  • The modifier key to clone items interactively can now be specified through the ItemCloneKey property.
  • New ItemStartModifying event.
  • Various bug fixes.

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The pack is available for download here:
http://www.mindfusion.eu/SilverlightPackTrial.zip

Enjoy!
 
 
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