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A Look at .NET Core 2.0 and .NET 2.0 Standard

Microsoft’s .NET Core 2.0 and the .NET Standard 2.0 specification have been finalized for a few weeks now, and we’re beginning to see new libraries to support them (such as our own Spread.Services and ComponentOne MVC Edition and Web API controls). For many users, it might not yet be clear why these technologies are important and how they’ll impact their work.

How to painlessly design ActiveReports with PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is one of the most commonly used open source data sources. It has an interface that makes it easier to use than MySQL. Recently one of our customers asked how to bind ActiveReports to a PostgreSQL database, so I decided to write this blog article to help other customers who work with PostgreSQL.

Working with CalendarView and DateEdit for WinForms

As of July 2017, you can display multiple months at the same time — depending on available space — using the new CalendarView and DateEdit control for WinForms. The multi-month calendar includes rich layout and customization options, like setting your calendar to RightToLeft or vertical layout.

GrapeCity Spread.Services 1.3.0 Officially Released!

Spread.Services is a new GrapeCity spreadsheet server component for .NET Core and developers across all .NET platforms, including:

ActiveReports 11 Server - New Web Designer

Last week we hosted a webinar to introduce the new web designer. The goal of this webinar was to provide a hands-on session taking attendees through the steps to create:

Webinar: Free Guided Tour of the New Web Designer

On August 23rd, our ActiveReports Server Product Manager, Bhupesh Malhotra, will present a free webinar introducing the new web designer we've added to the ActiveReports Server Report Designer Add-On.

Trade with Patterns in Candlestick Chart

Work with patterns in candlestick chart in a real-life example.

Introducing TreeMap Charts for .NET

Introduced with the 2017 v2 release of ComponentOne Studio, TreeMap charts are the latest addition to FlexChart for WinForms, WPF, and UWP. Specifically designed to visualize hierarchical data, TreeMap makes use of nested rectangles to display values. An alternative to the node-link representation in traditional tree diagrams that we're all familiar with, TreeMap is a compact and less space-consuming option for displaying hierarchies to give a quick overview of your data's structure.

Spread v10 SP2 Release

We've released Spread V10 SP2. This release adds several features and fixes many reported issues. The biggest new feature is for SpreadJS.Sheets: Support for Angular! Here is a list of the resolved issues:

Miss our webinar? We've got you covered.

UPDATE: On August 9th, one of our Product Managers, Mateen Firoz, presented a free webinar introducing the new features of ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 2.

Get started with WPF viewer for reports, PDFs, and SSRS

As of July 2017, you can now view reports and document objects like FlexReports, PDFs, and SSRS documents with FlexViewer for WPF. FlexViewer has already launched for WinForms, UWP, and ASP.NET MVC.

Embed charts in .NET reports with FlexChartField

FlexReport already includes many built-in chart options, but with FlexChartField, you'll have even more features and chart types at your fingertips.

What's New in ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 2?

Usually, we save major new features for major version releases, and just fix issues and tweak things in service packs. But this time, we added a lot of features and enhancements to both ActiveReports Developer and ActiveReports Server. Plus we added a major feature to ActiveReports Server: a sleek new Web Designer. It is easy enough for newbies to use, but with all of the advanced features and RDL reports that developers and experienced report authors want. Read on to see what else we've included.

Load, export, search, and print PDFs with .NET PDF Component and PDF Viewer

ComponentOne introduces C1PDFDocumentSource, a PDF Component that can read, print, and export your PDF documents without any third party PDF reader or software. It also acts as a key component to load and view your PDFs in C1FlexViewer — a cross-platform viewer that can load reports and document types. With C1PDFDocumentSource, you can view PDFs at run time, print them on hard paper, or convert them into other formats without having Acrobat Reader on your system.

Generate, view, and print a PDF file in .NET applications in one place

Generate, view, and print PDF files in your .NET applications in one place with ComponentOne PDF Tools.

What's new for WPF and UWP in 2017 v2

The 2017 v2 release packs a number of updates for the Xaml platforms (including WPF, UWP, and Xamarin). While our ComponentOne Xamarin Edition controls leave beta (which you can read more about here), both WPF and UWP have a number of substantial new features in this release that will be of interest for most developers. In this article, we'll give a broad overview here of what's coming in Xaml 2017 v2.

C1Document: The underlying source of Reports and Documents

For a long time, you have been using ComponentOne reporting and document objects like FlexReport, C1PdfDocumentSource, and C1SSRSDocumentSource. But have you ever wondered how these objects are managed and what the underlying source that handles them in a uniform manner is?

The New Web-Based End User Designer

ActiveReports Server has always had a web designer for business users. We created the web designer to enable end users to build reports from scratch or modify existing reports using nothing more than a browser. We presumed that these end users knew little to nothing about databases and query languages.

Spread.Sheets and Angular

For those of you wanting to use Spread with Angular, we have some great news, you can now use Spread.Sheets in an Angular project.

WPF FlexGrid Style Skills Part 3: Setting the Selected Cell Color and Font

In our last article, we discussed changing the styling a FlexGrid's cell font using the CellFactory. Here, we'll further examine styling a selected cell using the CreateCellContentMethod.