DevExpress VCL: Improvements to grid, maps, and spreadsheet (coming soon in v14.2)

09 December 2014

A quick trio of improvements to the DevExpress VCL Subscription…

VCL Grid Control

As part of v14.2, we've added a Find Panel to our grid control, the ExpressQuantumGrid. This enhancement is dead simple for your users: to find some text in the dataset being shown in the grid, they simply enter the search text in the Find box and the grid will display those records that have matching values. What could be simpler?

DevExpress VCL v14.2: Find Panel in Grid

From your side, it's still pretty simple: there is a set of options available to control the display and behavior of the Find Panel. You can specify which columns are to be searched, choose between delayed automatic and manual search modes, allow search strings to be highlighted within located records, and so on. The Find Panel is available within all grid Views, except for Chart Views.

VCL Map Control

DevExpress VCL v14.2 adds support to the map control for:

  • Bing Maps services (Geocode and Routes)
  • Location-based queries to Bing Maps services
  • Shapefile format files

DevExpress VCL v14.2: Map Control Routes from Major Roads

This example shows route planning with Bing Maps as the provider using major roads.

DevExpress VCL v14.2: Map Control Shapefile Format

And this is an example of using the new shapefile support.

VCL Spreadsheet Control

In this release we’ve added the capability for the spreadsheet control to read and save print settings in spreadsheet files.

We’ve also added support for arrays in formulas, together with their visual representation:

DevExpress VCL 14.2: Spreadsheet Control Array Formulas

So have at it with sets of disjoint ranges in your formulas!

11 comment(s)
Leonardo Herrera

Amusingly, this is my own application (written using an older version of the library):

The text bar at the top is the exact equivalent to what you are showing, minus the highlighting of course.

10 December, 2014
Rodrigo Gomez

So, when can we expect this new version? This month or it's going to be released next year?

11 December, 2014
Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

Rodrigo: This month.

Cheers, Julian

11 December, 2014
Alexey Azarov

Some wants and wishes. A diagram library would be a nice addition for your VCL and .NET components. HTML components/controls (parser/renderer, HTML label, panel, cells in the grid). A (simple) framework based on Direct2D (a diagram VCL control can use Direct2D for rendering).

12 December, 2014
Stefan Johansson

When will the new integrated find-control be supported for Server Mode grids?

19 December, 2014
Alex M (DevExpress)

@Stefan: In v14.2.3 or v14.2.4.

19 December, 2014

When will be implemented in the format rules pivotgrid?

19 December, 2014
David Brennan

I very much like the Find Panel. The improvements to the map control will be be useful too.

2 January, 2015

A nice improvement would be the floating 'textbox'. The current spreadsheet control does not show these from MS Excel.

19 January, 2015
Attracs Reg

GoogleMaps is not supported by the map component. Is this a license issue? It would be interesting to clarify why Devexpress only support Bing and not Google maps.

6 March, 2015
Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

@Attacs: It is indeed a licensing issue. Google imposes strict licensing in using Google Maps as a map provider. See here: if you're really interested. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Cheers, Julian

6 March, 2015

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