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Getting Started with Chart Animation in XAML

Many of the enhancements to the C1Chart control in 2012 v3 were to make development easier. Animation is one of those features. You’ve always been able to apply animations to the plot elements, but now with the new animation API it got a lot easier. This blog post walks through creating load animations in XAML.

Spread.NET 6.0.3506.2006 and 6.0.2006.2008 Released!

I am happy to announce the release of Spread.NET 6.0.4006.2008 (for .NET 4.0 MVC), 6.0.3506.2008 (for .NET 3.5), and 6.0.2006.2008 (for .NET 2.0)!

Implement CanGrow Functionality for Surrounding Shapes

Many times users come and ask for the CanGrow property of the Shape control in ActiveReports. Basically, this requirement arises for a shape, which surrounds Textboxes  and requires to grow whenever the Textboxes inside it grows.  As of now, ActiveReports 7.0 does not have any property to support this implementation.

Localizing C1ReportViewer- New in 2012 V3

C1ReportViewer is an advanced control which provides a great user interface for viewing , printing and exporting reports to various formats and much more. This feature makes it a widely used control. However, this also  brought up the need to localize the control's user interface for different languages and cultures. Keeping in mind the diverse customer base, a new propertyLocalization has been introduced  in the C1ReportViewer control with the build 4.0/3.5.20122.77 .

Binding ActiveReport's Section Report to an Oracle Database

Oracle happens to be a widely used datasource and let’s see how we can bind Section Reports to this database. So before we get started let’s get the ingredients in place that we would need for connecting to an Oracle datasource. The only thing that we would need is an Oracle Data Provider for .NET which would allow us to take advantage of Oracle database functionality and expose us the API that we would need to work with Oracle inside a .NET application. We have used the one that is provided by Oracle i.e. the ODP.NET library(Oracle.DataAccess.Client assembly). This library can be downloaded from here.

XSD Dataset as Datasource for a Page Report

We have already discussed about using  XSD (Typed Dataset) as a datasource for ActiveReports' Section Reports in this article. However, we didn't discuss about how to use it in case of Page Reports. The tricks of the trade remains almost same with some minor changes to make this work.

How To: Create a Dynamic Stacked Bar Chart

Any reporting tool cannot be called complete without a charting feature. ActiveReports 7 being a very robust reporting tool provides a nice support for different types of charts. In one of the blog posts, I discussed about creating a dynamic Pie Chart and in this blog post I would be discussing about creating a Stacked Bar chart at run time. A Stacked bar chart is a graph that is used to compare the parts to the whole. The bars in a stacked bar graph are divided into categories. Each bar represents a total.

A Handy Tool: Working with C1PromptBox

Studio for Silverlight and WPF contain many small and helpful components that you might not be aware of. This blog post focuses on the C1PromptBox class that provides a quick prompt window to collect user data.

C1GridView: Working With C1HyperLinkField

C1GridView supports various types of Columns which can be customized according to User's need. In my previous blogs, I discussed how we can data bind a C1TemplateField at design time and at runtime. In this blog we discuss how to DataBind a C1HyperLinkField and show hyperlinks in the grid.

Chart Automatic Series Generation (MVVM)

The C1Chart control got several new enhancements in the 2012 v3 release. One of the new features introduced is automatic series generation. Two new properties on the ChartData object now enable the number of data series to be automatically generated based upon the model. This is a useful feature for developers using MVVM as now the number of series can be completely generated in the View Model.

How To: Host Silverlight Listbox Control in Spread Cell

Spread for Silverlight does not have inbuilt feature to set the cell type for cells like its other versions (Asp.net and Windows Forms).  But you can still put a Silverlight control in a cell using the CustomDrawingObject Class.

ActiveReports7: End User Designer for the Web

ActiveReport’s End User Designer (EUD) has always being the star attraction for both developers and end users. The idea of giving the real end users the power to Create or Edit reports and Write Script code, seems to be what has captured the imagination of many customers. They always wanted to take this functionality a step further and use it on the Web as well. Unfortunately, this is where a line needs to be drawn since the EUD is a Windows Form control and therefore cannot be used on the Web.

Language and CurrentCulture in Silverlight and WPF

In WinForms and ASP.NET, numbers and dates are formatted and parsed using the current thread's CultureInfo.CurrentCulture property. This is the value that users may change using the control panel.

Show Loading Indicator while exporting a Section Report

The best thing about ActiveReports is that it can be customized the way you like to. Exporting a report to PDF, over the web is one of the coolest feature of ActiveReports. However this can be made more presentable and attractive by including a "Loading Spinner" to indicate that the report is being exported, and work is in progress. The following image will make it more clear.

Spread for WPF-Silverlight 1.0.5.0 Released!

I am happy to announce the release of Spread for WPF-Silverlight 1.0.5.0!