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DevExpress VCL Subscription v16.2 released

As is usual here at DevExpress during major release time, we like to stagger the publication of our .NET/web Universal and our VCL products. Our poor marketing folk need a bit of a breather between the two, so we give them a week or so to recover before we publish the VCL Subscription release.

Well, there’s no need to wait any longer: the VCL team has completed their testing of the build and it was published to the Download Center early this morning, my time. If you have an active VCL subscription (whether it’s the full one or one of the Packs) you can go now to our Download Center, log in, and download the latest and greatest. Version 16.2.

For what’s new in this release, please go to this page, click on the VCL button under the main banner, and read all about the enhancements we’ve provided.

I shall be presenting a webinar tomorrow (Wednesday, 21 December, at 10:00am Pacific Time) on the new features. Please register.

Some two or three months ago, we sent out an email to our customers with a survey about what we should/should not do with regard to FireMonkey controls. At the time, we specifically stated that nothing would happen for 2016 (which is why there’s no “FireMonkey Suite” being published alongside the VCL Subscription), but that once v16.2 was out, we in management would lock ourselves away in a room with the VCL team and discuss how/when/who/what with regard to where we go with our RAD-Studio-based offerings. We shall be making as much use of our partner relationship with Embarcadero as we can. Stay tuned, is really all I can say for now.

I’d like to extend our thanks to our VCL customers, some of whom have certainly been with us since the very start of Developer Express. We hope that what we’ve provided in v16.2 is going to mess with your plans for Christmas and the New Year as you incorporate the new features inside your apps. Just joking! Seriously, if you have any feedback about the release or about our future plans, don’t hesitate to add a comment below, or email me or Client Services. Thank you, again.

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David Brennan

Looks like a good release, nothing game changing for us but a number of nice enhancements.

Have a great Christmas.

December 20, 2016 3:21 PM

Mark Bissett 2

Any chance you can add the new VCL Merged Column Grouping to the WinForms Grid?

December 21, 2016 7:01 AM

Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

Mark: it'll probably appear in the next WinForms Grid in the first release of 2017.

December 21, 2016 2:36 PM

Jeff Weir

My vote is keep putting resources on VCL stuff like the Spreadsheet reporting capabilities!

December 23, 2016 6:34 AM

Mulham Swaidan

what a great release :) thanks for all the hard work. I'm particularly excited about working with the range control.

Can you please consider Right-to-Left support for your upcoming FMX products?

December 24, 2016 10:59 PM

Iskandar Achmad

I really appreciate that DevExpess still invest in VCL market all this time. I am still heavily depend on VCL because I have tons of codes that still use VCL either the old one (before XE version) and the newer RAD Studio.

Thank you for the hardwork to support the VCL market.

December 26, 2016 4:37 PM

Robert Jackson 1

Good work on the dxPDFViewer and the dxPDFViewerRotateClockwise and dxPDFViewerRotateCounterClockwise actions.  I was wondering - are there any plans to add the ability to rotate individual pages instead of the entire document?  That would be a good next step.

December 28, 2016 10:22 AM


The time between compilation and startup of the application (in debugger) takes much longer then with the previous release. Also closing the application takes much longer till the IDE is ready again.

January 2, 2017 2:31 AM

Alex M (DevExpress)

Robert: We'll consider adding this ability. It looks like it's an advanced feature provided by Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Pro version.

Solit.nl: Please submit a ticket to our Support Center and provide details on how to reproduce the issue.

January 26, 2017 2:02 AM

Robbie Fletcher

I will renew my subscription immediately when you have a (hopefully) mostly code compatible firemonkey grid that I can alpha/beta test.

February 13, 2017 2:52 AM

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