Syncfusion, a provider of software components and tools for application developers using Microsoft .NET platforms, announced availability of Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 Volume 1, the first set of 2013 updates for Syncfusion’s flagship controls set for .NET, Windows 8, and Windows Phone development platforms.

Key new features in Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1 include new Grid, Report Viewer, and other controls for WinRT, a new ASP.NET MVC OLAP Chart control, a high-performance Fast Chart control for the Essential Studio XAML platforms (WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, and Windows Phone 8), and improvements to a number of controls for the various Microsoft platforms supported in Essential Studio (e.g., ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms). Essential Studio 2013 vol. 1 is also completely integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Concurrently with the Essential Studio update, Syncfusion announced it has released several new features for its Orubase mobile-app development framework.

Following are some highlights of Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1.

Essential Studio WinRT Edition 2013

Syncfusion’s new control set for WinRT (XAML) includes Gauge, Grid, Report Viewer, Maps, DocIO (doc-to-RTF conversion), and Rich Text Box controls for WinRT. The Essential Grid control provides data binding, style customization, cell templates, options for row-level selection behavior, sorting, grouping, filtering, conditional formatting, and support for automatic resizing of columns. Essential Report Viewer for WinRT lets users view RDL-based reports within their WinRT apps and dynamically change report parameters. You can find detailed information about the WinRT updates via Syncfusion’s What’s New in WinRT (XAML) page.

Essential Studio ASP.NET MVC Edition 2013

The ASP.NET MVC control set includes a number of updates, especially for the business intelligence (BI) products in the set. For example, the Essential BI Chart control includes a new OLAP chart component that uses SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to retrieve data and display it in multi-dimensional OLAP cubes. For more information about the ASP.NET MVC updates, see the What’s New in ASP.NET MVC page.

Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 ASP.NET MVC BI Chart OLAP chart component

Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 v1 ASP.NET MVC BI Chart OLAP chart component

Fast Chart Control for XAML

The Essential Studio 2013 vol. 1 XAML control sets (WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, and Windows Phone 8) include a new Fast Chart control that loads, renders, and updates charts very quickly. Syncfusion cites load-time statistics on a Core i7 laptop with Windows 8: 500,000 points load in 280ms, 500 series with 500 points in each series load in 800ms, and 8 series with 50,000 points in each series load in 300ms.

For more information about the updates in Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1, see the Syncfusion blog and the What’s New page.