Xuni 2015 v2 Release - See What's New

The 2015 v2 release is a huge milestone for Xuni because the product expands beyond just a single platform. We originally developed Xuni specifically focused on the Xamarin.Forms platform. Before we expanded the control offering for Xamarin.Forms, we planned to expand the product and offer the same controls for pure iOS and Android developers. Expanding Xuni into new mobile platforms is the focus of the 2015 v2 release. Plus, we've added new controls and features to Xamarin.Forms so everyone gets something this release. The specific platforms and features added are described in this post. Or you can jump right into Xuni and download the 2015 v2 release below. Download Xuni 2015 v2

What's New in 2015 v2

New Platforms and Samples

If you’re a native mobile app developer working in iOS, Android or any Xamarin Platform you now have more ways to incorporate Xuni into your apps. When you download Xuni, you are now getting control libraries and samples for five platforms:

  • Control libraries for Android 4.0+ and Java samples for Android Studio and Eclipse
  • Control libraries for iOS 7.1+ and Xcode samples in both Objective C and Swift
  • Control libraries and C# samples for Xamarin
    • Xamarin.Android
    • Xamarin.iOS
    • Xamarin.Forms

New Controls: FlexGrid and CollectionView

The 2015 v2 release includes two new controls with the same features for all platforms. The Xuni FlexGrid control brings a spreadsheet-like experience to your mobile apps, with intuitive touch gestures and quick cell editing capabilities. FlexGrid is a datagrid control that allows you to display tabular data across columns and down rows. What makes it more useful than a ListView is that it offers specialized cell selection and editing capabilities, in addition to built-in sorting, grouping and filtering thanks to our CollectionView class. Xuni_FlexGrid_iOS_600_black Learn more about FlexGrid and CollectionView.

New Features: FlexChart and FlexPie

The FlexChart and FlexPie controls are completely new for iOS and Android developers. For Xamarin.Forms developers, several major new features have been added in this release including support for multiple axes, spline chart types, data labels, custom plot elements, responsive legends, update animation and image export. Multiple Axes – display any number of auxiliary Y axes to make composite charts more impactful. Xuni_MultipleAxes_Android_s Spline Chart Types – three new spline chart types to choose from: spline, spline with symbols and spline Area. Spline charts are basically smoothed line charts. Xuni_FlexChart_Spline_sm Data Labels – create and customize your own static data labels to display on each plot element. You can customize the content as well as the position by just setting a few properties. This feature is also supported in FlexPie. Xuni_FlexChart_Labels_sm Custom Plot Elements – customize the plot elements in more ways than one. You can apply conditional formatting by styling specific plot elements to show a trend. Or you can completely customize the appearance of the plot elements to show your own design. Xuni_FlexChart_CustomPoints_sm Responsive Legends - the FlexChart and FlexPie legends now position themselves responsively by default. This means if the page is landscape the legend positions on the right. If the page is in portrait view the legend positions itself on the bottom. For charts, this is helpful because it allows the visualization to efficiently use the available space. This feature is enabled by setting the Legend.Position = Auto. Of course, you can override it by setting any specific position. Xuni_Responsive_Legend_sm Update Animation – get built-in animation effects on the plot elements when the data changes. This feature not only brings life to your data visualization, but it's also useful to emphasize trends. Just like the load animation, you can configure the duration and easing of the animation by setting the UpdateAnimation properties.

Image Export – you can easily obtain the image of the FlexChart control and further save it, share it or do whatever is imaginable with an image. This feature is actually enabled in every Xuni control including FlexGrid and the gauges. To export the image of the control you just call the GetImage method and then use standard platform techniques to manipulate the bytes. Learn more and see all features for FlexChart and FlexPie. To see how to implement the new features, check out the online documentation.

New GoXuni.com Website

Adding to its significance, www.goxuni.com is officially launched as part of this release. Some new important links to check out include:

  • Forums - we've added some new forums for Android and iOS users
  • Licensing your app - this new page is important to generate evaluation keys for your apps
  • Documentation - we've written user guides and reference API for Objective C and Java developers

Learn More by Attending a Free Webcast

Learn more about using Xuni in iOS and Android development environments by attending one or two free webcasts. These webcasts will give a full overview of Xuni for the pure native platforms and walk you through getting started with the controls using Xcode and Objective-C or Eclipse and Java. We’ll demonstrate populating the controls with data, configuring common features in the controls, and licensing your app for final deployment. These webcasts are ideal for someone with some experience in native development and looking to see how they can quickly get up and running with Xuni. You can register for either one at the links below. REGISTER FOR XUNI IOS 8/27 >> REGISTER FOR XUNI ANDROID 9/10 >>

ComponentOne Product Manager Greg Lutz

Greg Lutz

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