MindFusion Releases Xamarin Charts

MindFusion Xamarin Chart has been released with the complete set of features needed to create and customize a wide selection of charts. The control boasts a variety of chart types like radar, polar, line, bubble, bar, column, doughnut, step, scatter etc. Part of the library are also a dashboard component and a component for financial charts.

3D Xamarin Chart

3D Xamarin Chart

Each chart type exposes numerous options to be customized in order to answer fully the requirements of the user. The control is packed with many samples that demonstrate different aspects of a chart type and offer ready-to-use code. The API is documented in details, with helpful tutorials and guides.

The chart component supports flexible data interface, which allows any data source to be used as a provider of chart data as long as it implements the Series interface. Predefined are a set of the most common data sources like XML, numeric lists, DateTime values, SQL database fields.

The innovative approach to styling lets developers control each aspect of the chart’s looks. They can alter the styling on the tiniest elements or concentrate on the bigger picture and create a global theme which can be reused.

Xamarin Bubble Chart

Xamarin Bubble Chart

The component is free to try without feature restrictions for a period of 60 days. Each license includes 12 month upgrade subscription. You can find out more about MindFusion Xamarin chart component at http://mindfusion.eu/xamarin-chart.html

About MindFusion: MindFusion has provided quality software tools for thousands of organizations and individuals for over a decade. With focus on lean software design and excellent technical support, MindFusion has been preferred by many Fortune 500 companies and world-known names from all industries and fields of business. MindFusion programming components are easy to use, with plenty of options to be customized and make development much faster and successful.

Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.4 Released

MindFusion popular diagram control for WinForms has a new version. Here is a list of the new features:

Street maps

MapNodes can render street maps in OpenStreetMap format. Call FromXml method of MapContent to load an .osm file. The pens and brushes used for drawing the map are stored within the StreetMapPens and StreetMapBrushes collections in the static StreetMapFeatures class. You can define additional pens and brushes for drawing and painting certain map features by using MapContent’s AddPen and AddBrush methods.

Diagramming for WinForms: Map Nodes

Diagramming for WinForms: Map Nodes

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.
  • Fix for not restoring ColumnStyle value when cancelling or undoing TableNode column resize operations.

The trial version is available for direct download from the link below:

Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.4 Trial Version Download

Your comments and feedback about the new version is welcomed. You can use the Diagramming for WinForms forum, the help desk or write us at support@mindfusion.eu. Our support team will be pleased to help you.

About MindFusion.Diagramming for WinForms: A programming component that provides any WinForms application with a full set of features for creating and customizing all types of diagrams, flowcharts, schemes, hierarchies, trees, graphs etc. The control provides numerous ways to save and load a diagram, six auxiliary controls and more than 12 automatic graph layout algorithms. Diagram elements include scrollable tables, container nodes, multi-segment arrows, custom diagram item types and many more. Further details here.

Diagramming for WinForms is a royalty-free component, clients get 12 month upgrade subscription when buying a license. The source code is also available for purchase. Visit the buy page for a list with the current license prices.

WPF Diagram Control, V3.3.1 and WinForms Diagram Control, V6.3.3

MindFusion is pleased to announce the new releases of two of its popular flowchart control: Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.3 and Diagramming for WPF, V3.3.1. Both releases have similar new features, which are listed below:

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. The TableColumnResized and TableRowResized events are raised after the operation completes.

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

New Features in Diagramming for WPF, V3.3.1

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.

Miscellaneous

  • NodeConstraints.KeepInsideDiagram prevents a node from leaving diagram boundaries during user interaction (the older RestrictItemsToBounds property does not stop nodes from leaving diagram area but returns them to original position if dropped outside).
  • dashed selection frames are now drawn in two colors and should be visible on both the default white background and custom darker backgrounds. You can change the second dash color via HandlesVisualStyle.DashBackground property.
  • set the WhileModifying flag in RoutingOptions.TriggerRerouting to reroute links while users drag their end points.
  • custom connection point classes can now override ConnectionPoint.NearestAnchorPoint to implement custom anchor point selection logic; the method is now also called at the beginning of interactive link creation.

New in Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.3

Miscellaneous

  • the component now selects better end points for auto-routed links when using WhileCreating and WhileModifying routing modes;
  • custom connection point classes can now override ConnectionPoint.NearestAnchorPoint to implement custom anchor point selection logic; the method is now also called at the beginning of interactive link creation.
  • NodeConstraints.KeepInsideDiagram prevents a node from leaving diagram boundaries during user interaction (the older RestrictItemsToBounds property does not stop nodes from leaving diagram area but returns them to original position if dropped outside).
  • SvgNode supports SVG images with vector-effect=’non-scaling-stroke’ stroke attributes.
  • improved default Pen for dash-frame selection handles style. Dashed frames should now be visible on both the default white background and custom darker backgrounds.
  • ZoomControl can now be used with other components by MindFusion and has been moved to MindFusion.Common.WinForms assembly and namespace.

You are welcome to download the trial version for each control from the following links:

Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.3 Trial Version Download

Diagramming for WPF, V3.3.1 Trial Version Download

If you have questions or run into problems using the components you can use the Diagramming components forum, the help desk or write us at support@mindfusion.eu. Our support team will be pleased to help you.

About MindFusion.Diagramming for WinForms: A programming component that provides any WinForms application with a full set of features for creating and customizing all types of diagrams, flowcharts, schemes, hierarchies, trees, graphs etc. The control provides numerous ways to save and load a diagram, six auxiliary controls and more than 10 automatic graph layout algorithms. Diagram elements include scrollable tables, container nodes, multi-segment arrows, custom diagram item types and many more. Further details here.

Diagramming for WinForms is a royalty-free component, clients get 12 month upgrade subscription when buying a license. The source code is also available for purchase. Visit the buy page for a list with the current license prices.

About MindFusion.Diagramming for Wpf: Designed and developed to be easy to integrate, use, and customize, this native WPF flowchart component places at your disposal every single feature you would ever need to create diagrams, graphs, schemes, org charts, DB relationships, genealogy trees, class hierarchies and many more. Its long list of style options gives you complete control over the appearance of the diagram. With a set of eight automatic layouts you are sure to find the arrangement that suits perfectly your WPF application.

The diagram control boasts a long list of events, properties and methods for user interaction, item creation, data input and output. You can read the full features list here. The online demo shows samples that demonstrate various capabilities of the control. The licensing scheme and prices are uploaded at the buy page. Source code is also available.

Diagramming for ASP.NET, V5.4.1 & Diagramming for ASP.NET MVC, V2.4

MindFusion is pleased to announce the new releases of its Diagramming components for ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET. We have added the following new useful features:

Styled text
The ShapeNode.EnableStyledText property allows using HTML-like formatting tags to apply various attributes to the node’s text. At this time the components support the following formatting tags:

  • <b> specifies bold text
  • <i> specifies italic text
  • <u> specifies underlined text
  • <color=value> specifies text color
  • <br /> specifies line break
Styled text in an ASP.NET/ASP.NET MVC diagram

Styled text in an ASP.NET/ASP.NET MVC diagram

Improved text rendering

  • We have gratly improved the general text rendering quality. The components now remove scale transformations applied for MeasureUnit and ZoomFactor before drawing text on the canvas, and instead specify a scaled font size, which helps improve text appearance in Firefox and older versions of Chrome.
  • You can draw the items’ text underlined. To enable this, set the underline attribute of the Font class.
  • Font styles can be specified via Style instance by setting its FontStyle property.

License keys

MindFusion no longer provides separate trial and licensed versions of its components. Instead, you should set the LicenseKey property to disable a component’s evaluation mode and stop displaying trial messages. If your application has more than one Diagram instance or other controls by MindFusion, a single call to MindFusion.Licensing.LicenseManager.AddLicense(key) is enough to specify the key for all the controls. You can find your license key strings listed on the Keys & Downloads page at your http://clientsarea.eu account.

Miscellaneous

  • You can draw items using dashed lines in browsers that support the setLineDash function. To enable this, set the Pen.DashStyle property of DiagramItem or the StrokeDashStyle property of Style.
  • Client-side TreeLayout supports organizational charts with assistant nodes as in Microsoft Office diagrams. You can mark nodes as assistants if you set node.LayoutTraits[TreeLayout.Assistant] to a member of the AssistantType enumeration. Set
    TreeLayout.enableAssistants = true; 
    

    to arrange assistant nodes in a separate branch between the main node levels.

  • Specify if separate connected components of a graph should be arranged horizontally or vertically relatively to each other by setting the multipleGraphsPlacement attribute of layout classes.
  • The type of LinkLabel.Margin property has been changed from number to Thickness, letting you specify different margin sizes at each side of the label.
  • Masters for Start and Arrow7 shapes are added to VisioExporter template file.
  • VisioImporter now tries to preserve ShapeNode.Shape when importing from files created by VisioExporter.

The trial versions of the controls are available for download from the links below:

Download MindFusion.Diagramming for ASP.NET, V5.4.1

Download MindFusion.Diagramming for ASP.NET MVC, V2.4

MindFusion support team is happy to assist you with any questions you might have about Diagramming for ASP.NET MVC, Diagramming for ASP.NET or any other of our products. You can leave a message at the discussion board, use the help desk or e-mail support@mindfusion.eu.. We strive to provide competent and detailed answers to your questions within hours of receiving them.

About Diagramming for ASP.NET Component: An advanced WebForms programming component that offers all the functionality that is needed for creating, styling and presenting attractive flowcharts, hierarchies, trees, graphs, schemes, diagrams and many more. The control offers numerous utility methods, path finding and cycle detection, rich event set and many useful user interaction features like tool tips, multiple selection, copy/paste to/from Windows clipboard and many more.

NetDiagram offers over 100 predefined node shapes, scrollable tables, 13 automatic layouts and many more. You can check the online demo to see some of the features in action. The control includes many samples, detailed documentation and step-by-step tutorials. Every features is duly documented and there’s plenty of code to copy. The component is not only powerful and scalable, but easy to learn and fun to use.

About Diagramming for ASP.NET MVC Control: It is a multi-purpose diagramming tool that consists of two parts: a .NET class library running on the server and a client side control implemented in JavaScript. The server side .NET library implements a flow-diagramming object model that lets you define structures such as trees, flowcharts and graphs. Every element in the diagram is easily accessible and the whole diagram is rendered as part of an HTML page by just calling the DiagramView extension method.

On the client the diagram is rendered by a DiagramView JavaScript control that draws its content on an HTML Canvas. The user is able to add nodes and links simply by drawing them with the mouse. There is also a NodeListView control, which lets users create new nodes via drag and drop.

MvcDiagram also supports various automatic layout algorithms that will make every diagram easy to understand and nice to look at. The diagram can also be easily serialized in binary or XML format. Exporting is done in a variety of formats including Pdf, Svg, Visio and more. You can read details about the components at the MvcDiagram features page.

MindFusion.WinForms Pack, 2015.R1

Licensing
MindFusion no longer supports separate trial and licensed build-s for its components. Instead, you should call MindFusion.Licensing.LicenseManager.AddLicense(yourLicenseKey) from within your application to stop displaying trial labels. The license key is listed at the Keys&Downloads page in your client account.

MindFusion WinForms charting controlCharting

Custom Formatting of Labels
You can set custom format to numeric labels in all chart types. The format uses the .net custom format
strings.

Sorting of Bars
Bars in the charting control can be sorted from within each series/cluster in ascending or descending order. You can also sort the series/clusters – by the sum of their values or the max value. If you set SortColor, the bar brushes and pens will be sorted along the bars as well.

MindFusion WinForms Charting Control: Sorting of bars

Miscellaneous

  • Bars are now outlined with the consecutive pen from the ChartPens collection rather than the AxisPen.
  • Drawing of line and area charts has greatly been improved – the control now draws only the visible portion of the chart rather than the whole chart, which was clipped to the visible rectangle.
  • AreaOpacity property added to radar charts.
  • AxesOnTop property in radar charts sets the order of drawing for the graphic and the axes.
  • and more.

MindFusion WinForms diagramming control Diagramming

Map nodes
The diagramming control has a new MapNode class that represents nodes that can render geographical maps.
Currently map nodes can display the content of Esri shapefile files.

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.

MindFusion WinForms diagramming control: the tree map layout.

The tree map layout.

Decision flowchart layout
The 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.

More new features:

  • Improved arrowhead rendering
  • Import diagrams from *.SVG files
  • Improvements in the Visio2013Exporter
  • and many more… read a full list here.

MindFusion WinForms spreadsheet controlSpreadsheet

Grouping and Outlining
You can now group rows and columns. To group or ungroup a range of rows or columns, use the Group or Ungroup methods of the RowRange and ColumnRange classes.

Formatted text support
The spreadsheet control can now import, display and export texts with mixed formatting. Formatted texts can also be created programmatically by assigning a FormattedText instance to the Data property of cells.

Improved in-place editing
Trat yourself to the new Excel-like editing features that are now part of the spreadsheet component. When you type a new formula pressing the arrow keys will result in navigation within the worksheet (instead of adjusting the caret position) and the selected cell or cell ranges will be inserted as a reference in the currently edited formula.

New Events
MindFusion WPF Spreadsheet control offers a host of new events, which are now part of the WorkbookView
and WorksheetView classes:

  • Header interaction notification events – ColumnsMoved, ColumnsResized, RowsMoved, and RowsResized.
  • Group interaction events – ColumnGroupCollapsed, ColumnGroupExpanded, ColumnOutlineLevelToggled, RowGroupCollapsed, RowGroupExpanded, and RowOutlineLevelToggled.
  • Custom drawing events – DrawColumn and DrawRow.

New Functions
The core calculation engine of the spreadsheet control now offers 22 new functions, including a full set of database functions, such as DGET, DSUM, and so on. The Function Reference section in the online help offers further details.

MindFusion WinForms spreadsheet control: database functions

Miscellaneous

  • Worksheets can be moved and copied to another workbook through the new Move and Copy methods.
  • The new EnableFormulaEvaluation property can be used to disable formula evaluation across the workbook.
  • New ShowActiveCell and ShowSelection properties added to the WorkbookView and WorksheetView classes.

The trial version is available for direct download from this link:

Download MindFusion.WinForms Pack 2015.R1

If you run into problems with any of the components, please let us know. We shall be glad to assist you. MindFusion is proud with its excellent technical support – the majority of the questions are answered within hours of receiving them.

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.

New Versions for Diagramming for ASP.NET, JavaScript and ASP.NET MVC

MindFusion has released new versions of its diagramming components for JavaScript, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC. The new features are almost identical and we list them below:

Zoom control
You can use the ZoomControl class to let users change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a DiagramView. First, add a ZoomControl element to the page and set the control’s TargetId property to the id of a DiagramView. Then set the ZoomStep and ScrollStep properties to specify the amount added to diagram’s zoom level or scroll position by ZoomControl’s buttons. You can customize the control’s appearance by setting properties such as Fill, BorderColor, CornerRadius and TickPosition.

Note: The Zoom control is not available in JavaApplet mode in Diagramming for ASP.NET.

The zoom control.

The zoom control.

Shadow styles
The Diagram.ShadowsStyle property and ShadowsStyle enumeration let you switch shadow rendering order between rendering all shadows in a single background layer (OneLevel) and drawing each shadow close to its node, possibly overlapping other nodes (ZOrder). ShadowsStyle.None lets you disable shadows altogether.

Miscellaneous

  • Set the LinkLabel.Brush property to fill the background of link labels.
  • Number of link segments can now be set by calling the DiagramLink.setSegmentCount() method.
  • The BackgroundImageAlign property specifies the alignment of diagram’s BackgroundImage.
  • The TextPadding property specifies the padding distance between the borders of a node and its text.
  • Nodes of all classes can be rotated.

You can download the trie versions of the components from the following links:

Download Diagramming for ASP.NET, V5.4

Download Diagramming for JavaScript, V2.2

Download Diagramming for ASP.NET MVC, V2.3

About Diagramming for JavaScript, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC: Web developers can use the tools to draw impressive diagrams, schemes, flowcharts, trees and many more. They are browser independent, easy to use and integrate into any web application. The components supports a variety of predefined node shapes, customizable links, rich event set and many appearance options.

The user interaction model includes resizing / moving / selecting and modifying any diagram element. The tools boast an elegant API, which is documented in details as well numerous step-by-step guides and tutorials. Various samples are provided to let you learn quickly how to use the most important features each library. The diagramming components are not only the perfect choice for creating any type of diagram in the browser – they can also arrange it the way you wish with a mouse click using one of the automatic graph layout algorithms. For more details about the features of each component, please visit its page:

MindFusion ASP.NET Pack 2014.R3 Released

MindFusion has just released a new version of its component suit for ASP.NET. The pack features a brand new mapping control and new features in most of the existing controls. Here are details:

DiagrammingMindFusion.Diagramming for WebForms

Zoom control
(not available in JavaApplet mode)
The ZoomControl class lets users change interactively the current zoom level and scroll position of a DiagramView. It’s very easy to set up a ZoomControl – just add the element to the page and set the control’s TargetId property to the id of a DiagramView. You can customize the control with the ZoomStep and ScrollStep properties. They let you specify how the diagram’s zoom level or scroll position are changed by the ZoomControl’s buttons. You can further customize the control’s appearance by setting properties such as Fill, BorderColor, CornerRadius and TickPosition.

The zoom control.

The zoom control.

Canvas mode improvements

  • The ShadowsStyle property is now supported in Canvas mode.
  • You can set the number of link segments from the client-side scripts by calling the setSegmentCount method.
  • The BackgroundImageAlign property is now supported in Canvas mode.
  • The TextPadding property of items is now supported in Canvas mode.
  • Nodes of all classes can be rotated.

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 HeadPen is set to a thick pen.
  • You can specify the point where end segments connect to arrowheads via the LinkSegmentInset property of shapes.
  • Arrowhead shadows are no longer filled if the link’s EffectiveBrush is null or fully transparent.
New vs. old arrowheads rendering

New vs. old arrowheads rendering

Miscellaneous

  • VisioExporter export speed has been improved greatly for large diagrams.
  • Improved DiagramLink rendering speed.
  • Multiple-resize of rotated nodes fixed to apply same offsets in nodes’ local coordinate system.
  • The Brush property of LinkLabel class lets you set background color for link labels.

Map-16x16MindFusion.Mapping for WebForms

MindFusion.Mapping for WebForms comprises a .NET server control and a class library that provides your application with great features for loading, customizing and displaying any type of regional, national or world map. Easy to integrate and program, this control gives you the power to build the perfect map according to your needs with minimal time and efforts from your side. You can:

  • add labels to map elements
  • access database data associated with map elements
  • choose the color scheme
  • set decorative elements like images, icons etc.

Map data can be loaded from the popular ESRI Shapefile format and you have at your disposal an impressive variety of *.shp files, which give you valuable data for any country in the world as well for selected cities, rivers, roads and other geographic objects. Data for the attributes of map elements can be loaded from a DBF file associated with each map. The control supports multiple layers so you can show several maps in a single view.

The mapping control.

The mapping control.

MindFusion.UI for WebForms

Slider control
The new Slider control represents a range slider, which can be used to specify a numeric value constrained between a minimum and maximum.

A UI demo with the slider control.

A UI demo with the slider control.

The trial version is available for download from this link:

Download MindFusion ASP.NET Pack 2014.R3

About MindFusion.WebForms Pack: A set of WebForms components that add great variety of features to your ASP.NET application with a few mouse clicks. The pack contains advanced components for diagramming, scheduling, charting and UI (Accordion, ColorPicker, TabControl, Window, WindowHost, DockControl, Button, Slideshow, Zoom and more). Each tool boasts easy to learn and use API and is quickly integrated into any web application that targets the ASP.NET platform. The controls support numerous options for styling, data import / export, user interaction and offer rich event set. There are plenty of samples and step-by-step tutorials as well detailed documentation.

Use the features page for each of the tools to find out more about its capabilities and the numerous ways it can boost your performance and speed up the development of your application:

Visit the buy page for details on the licensing scheme and prices. If you have questions please contact us. We shall be happy to assist you.

MindFusion.Spreadsheet for WinForms, V1.3

MindFusion has released a new version of its Spreadsheet for WinForms programming component. Here is an overview of the new features:

Grouping and Outlining
Rows and columns can now be grouped. You can group or ungroup a range of rows or columns with the Group or Ungroup methods of the RowRange and ColumnRange classes. You can set the outline level of a row/column or a range of rows/columns directly with the OutlineLevel property. Groups can be expanded and collapsed interactively, by clicking on the expand/collapse button in the view, or programmatically, by settings the IsCollapsed property of the respective row or column.

Grouping rows and columns in the spreadsheet.

Grouping rows and columns in the spreadsheet.

New Events

  • Several new events have been added to the WorkbookView and WorksheetView classes:
  • Header interaction notification events – ColumnsMoved, ColumnsResized, RowsMoved, and RowsResized.
  • Group interaction events – ColumnGroupCollapsed, ColumnGroupExpanded, ColumnOutlineLevelToggled, RowGroupCollapsed, RowGroupExpanded, and RowOutlineLevelToggled.
  • Custom drawing events – DrawColumn and DrawRow.

Miscellaneous
You can now move and copy spreadsheets to another workbook through the new Move and Copy methods.
Use the new EnableFormulaEvaluation property to disable formula evaluation across the workbook.
New ShowActiveCell and ShowSelection properties are added to the WorkbookView and WorksheetView classes.

You can download the trial version from the link below:

Download MindFusion.Spreadsheet for WinForms V1.3, Trial Version

If you require technical support, you can post a message at the forum, send us an e-mail at support@mindfusion.eu. or use the help desk. MindFusion takes special effort in providing fast and detailed answers to all inquiries that we receive.

About MindFusion.Spreadsheet for WinForms: An easy-to-use programming component suitable for building all types of spreadsheets fast and easy. The tool supports formulas, tool-tips, cell annotations, cell spanning, scrolling and many more. You can add charts and images as well use the flexible style system to design the perfect spreadsheet. The component supports full undo and redo as well copy and paste from Windows clipboard.
You can import spreadsheet data from CSV, XLSX or ODS files and export the final spreadsheet in a number of formats – as images, PDF or CSV, XLSX or ODS files. Various auxiliary forms help you quickly adjust the data and appearance of your spreadsheet. Read more about the features of the component here or check the license prices at the buy page.

Spreadsheet for WinForms is part of MindFusion Pack for WinForms, which offers other useful components that are of great use when you build any type of WinForms application – from a diagramming library to map control to gauges: check them here.

Real-time Chart: Amplification Plot

MindFusion.RealTimeCharting for WPF assembly lets you visualize huge (and by that we mean huge) amounts of data with no special load on the machine it runs on. We drew inspiration from a popular chart in molecular biology – Real-time PCR, which:

can provide a simple and elegant method for determining the amount of a target sequence or gene that is present in a sample.

More on the topic here.

Since we self-generate our data, the result graphics are not that much the real thing but they demonstrate the algorithm of building the chart pretty well. Let’s start:

1. Create the chart

Drag the RealTimeChart from the toolbox or add a reference to the MindFusion.RealTimeCharting.Wpf assembly. The chart has no initial data so we start with a simple X-axis on the screen. We name our chart “rtChart”.

2. Customizing the X-axis

The X-axis is accessible via the rtChart.XAxis property. It exposes many appearance settings, from which we start with Interval, Length and Origin – they will define our axis. When data accumulates, the initial axis labels shall be replaced with their updated values.

   rtChart.XAxis.Title = "Cycle";
   rtChart.XAxis.Interval = 2;
   rtChart.XAxis.Length = 50;
   rtChart.XAxis.Origin = 0;
   rtChart.XAxis.LabelFormat = "0";
   rtChart.XAxis.PinLabels = false;

It’s worth noting that we don’t pin labels e.g. they will move along the axis as new data is added. We need no trailing zeros, so the LabelFormat is “0”.

3. The Y-axes

There is no limit on how many Y-axis we will create. In our sample we will use two: one at each side of the chart plot area. We need two instances of the Axis class, which we add to YAxisCollection and Y2AxisCollection respectively. Before we add them, we set their appearance. We want tick marks and rotated title. Note that we align the second axis (Y2) to the right.

   Axis yAxis = new Axis();
   yAxis.Origin = 0.0;
   yAxis.Length = 1;
   yAxis.Interval = 0.1;
   yAxis.Title = "ΔRn";
   yAxis.TitleRotationAngle = -90.0;
   yAxis.TitleFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana");
   yAxis.LabelFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana");
   yAxis.TickLength = 5;
   yAxis.TitleOffset = 10;
   rtChart.YAxisCollection.Add(yAxis);          

   yAxis = new Axis();
   yAxis.Origin = 0.0;
   yAxis.Length = 100;
   yAxis.Interval = 10;
   yAxis.Title = "Fluorescene";
   yAxis.TitleRotationAngle = -90.0;
   yAxis.TitleFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana");
   yAxis.LabelFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana");
   yAxis.TickLength = 5;
   yAxis.TitleOffset = 10;
   yAxis.LabelHorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Right;
   rtChart.Y2AxisCollection.Add(yAxis);

4. Chart series

We need four series – two of them will be bound to Y and two – to Y2. It’s important to note that axes must be initialized before the series, because each series is associated with a given Y-axis when created.

Each chart series is an instance of the Series class. We want to show scatters at each series – for that we use the ScatterType property. Since we plan to show a legend, it’s important to set the Title of each series – because this title will be used as a legend label. Here is sample code for the first series:

  series1 = new Series(rtChart.YAxisCollection[0])
  {
      Stroke = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Green),
      ScatterStroke = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Green),
      Fill = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Green),
      ScatterType = ScatterType.Diamond,
      Title = "Sample 1",
      TitleFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana"),
      TitleFontSize = 12

   };

    .......
   rtChart.SeriesCollection.Add(series1);

5. Data

Data is added directly to the Series.Data property. You can add a batch of points or one point at a time. The property requires that you add a Point e.g. you must set the X and Y values simultaneously:

Point[] points1 = new Point[clusterSize];

//generate some dummy data
...

series1.Data.AddRange(points1);
rtChart.Commit(minNewX);

Don’t forget to call the Commit() method in one of its overloads – it signals to the chart that new data has been added and refresh is needed.

6. Final adjustments

We want a legend and we turn on ShowLegend. The initial result is a legend in 4 rows, which does not look beautifully on our chart. We plat for a while with LegendWidth and LegendHeight and come up with a satisfactory outlook for our legend – in two columns, centered below the plot area.

Adding a tooltip is also easy – we set ShowFallbackTooltip to true. Since the chart might have numerous Y-axis we must choose, which axis the tooltip is bound to. In our case it’s the first one:

    rtChart.TooltipVisibility = Visibility.Visible;
    rtChart.ShowFallbackTooltip = true;
    rtChart.TooltipAxis = rtChart.YAxisCollection[0];

    rtChart.ShowLegend = true;
    rtChart.LegendHeight = 70;

We adjust the grid according to the data we have:

    rtChart.MajorGridSizeY = 50;
    rtChart.MajorGridSizeX = 2;

7. That’s it

Here is the final result:

Real-time chart: amplification plot sample.

Real-time chart: amplification plot sample.

Of course, there are many other settings and possibilities in the control. You can download the sample and expand its functionality and appearance:

Real-time Chart – Amplification Plot Sample Download

MindFusion.RealTimeCharting for WPF is part of MindFusion.Charting for WPF component, which also includes MindFusion.Gauges for WPF. Check the trial version for more practical, beautiful and easy to build charts and gauges.

About MindFusion.RealTimeCharting for WPF: A WPF programming component, which has been designed and developed to render real-time charts with huge amounts of data in a fast and efficient manner. The component uses innovative approach to draw the chart graphics, which forgoes the traditional constructing of a tree with the visual elements in WPF. This way CPU load remains minimal and graphics of tens of thousands of points are rendered with impressive speed. The tool supports unlimited number of Y and Y2 axes, legend, tooltip, background image, grid and more.

About MindFusion.Charting for Wpf: A programming component that combines powerful charting capabilities with an elegant API and easy use. Among the features of the control are fully customizable grid, positive and negative values on all chart axes, 3D charts, gauges and many more – read a detailed list here.

The control provides detailed documentation and various samples that demonstrate how to customize every type of chart. It supports a wide range of 2D and 3D charts including bar, line, radar, bubble pie etc. You can add tooltips, define themes, perform hit testing, zoom and more.

Diagramming for Windows Forms, V6.3.1

MindFusion has just released a new version of its popular Diagramming for WinForms component. Here are details about the new features:

Improved arrowhead rendering
Arrowhead rendering has been improved as you can see in following new vs. old version image.

  • arrowheads are rendered as a single path when possible and several arrowhead Shape definitions has been changed to implement mitered joints when HeadPen is set to a thick pen.
  • the point where end segments connect to arrowheads can be specified via the Shape.LinkSegmentInset property. 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.
  • arrowhead shadows are no longer filled if the link’s EffectiveBrush is null or fully transparent.
New vs. old arrowheads

New vs. old arrowheads

Miscellaneous

  • VisioExporter export speed has been improved greatly for large diagrams.
  • For consistence with MindFusion libraries for other platforms, BackBrush in default diagram style has been changed to white brush.
  • Improved DiagramLink rendering speed.
  • Multiple-resize of rotated nodes fixed to apply same offsets in nodes’ local coordinate system.
  • Fixed KeepInsideParent constraint for rotated parent nodes.

You can download the trial version from the link below:

Diagramming for WinForms, V6.3.1

If you have questions or run into problems using the component you can use the Diagramming for WinForms forum, the help desk or write us at support@mindfusion.eu. Our support team will be pleased to help you.

About MindFusion.Diagramming for WinForms: A programming component that provides any WinForms application with a full set of features for creating and customizing all types of diagrams, flowcharts, schemes, hierarchies, trees, graphs etc. The control provides numerous ways to save and load a diagram, six auxiliary controls and more than 12 automatic graph layout algorithms. Diagram elements include scrollable tables, container nodes, multi-segment arrows, custom diagram item types and many more. Further details here.

Diagramming for WinForms is a royalty-free component, clients get 12 month upgrade subscription when buying a license. The source code is also available for purchase. Visit the buy page for a list with the current license prices.