Office File API & Office-Inspired Desktop UI Controls – 2020 Roadmap

Office-Inspired Products
22 January 2020

Based on your votes and feedback, we’ve finalized our 2020 Office File API and Office-inspired Desktop UI Controls Roadmap. We thank you for your continued support and for sharing your needs/requirements.

Should you have any questions regarding this roadmap, feel free to comment below.

Word Processing Document API, Rich Text Editor for WinForms and WPF

We expect to add the following features/capabilities in the first major release of 2020 (v20.1):

Footnotes and Endnotes

Display, print and export footnotes and endnotes. We will include the necessary API to access footnotes and endnotes in code.

Floating Tables Support

Add floating table support to our word processing controls and File API.

Character Properties Enhancement

New character properties including spacing, horizontal scale, kerning, and position. These properties will be available in code and via the control’s UI.

Word 2013-2019 Compatibility

Improved document display and print layout (to better mirror Microsoft Word 2013-2019).

Shape API Enhancement

Enhanced API for all supported shapes.

We expect to add the following word processing related features/capabilities in the second major release of 2020 (v20.2):

  • Repeat table header on every page.
  • Allow rows to break across pages.

Spreadsheet Document API, Spreadsheet for WinForms and WPF

We expect to add the following features/capabilities in the first major release of 2020 (v20.1):

Spreadsheet 2003 XML Format Support

DevExpress Spreadsheet will allow you to import and export documents that use the SpreadsheetML (Spreadsheet 2003 XML) file format.

PDF Export Enhancements

Faster PDF export with more precise layouts.

Calculation Accuracy

We will enhance our calculation engine so that number rounding replicates Microsoft Excel.

Print Layout Enhancement

Our print layout will better mimic Microsoft Excel.

We expect to add the following spreadsheet related features/capabilities in the second major release of 2020 (v20.2):

Microsoft Excel 2016 Charts

  • Waterfall;
  • Box and Whisker;
  • Histogram;
  • Sunburst;
  • Treemap.

PDF Document API

We expect to add the following PDF related features/capabilities in the first major release of 2020 (v20.1):

Multiple Document Signatures

In our second release of 2020, we will introduce the following new features to our PDF library:

  • Signature timestamps and LTV-enabled signatures
  • Validate signatures
  • Sign specific form fields
  • Resize and scale document pages (T236129)
The information contained within this blog post details our current/projected development plans. Please note that this information is being shared for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and does not represent a binding commitment on the part of Developer Express Inc. This roadmap and the features/products listed within it are subject to change. You should not rely on or use this information to help make a purchase decision about Developer Express Inc products.

What’s New in v20.1

To explore the scope, breadth and capabilities of our new products/features, please visit: https://www.devexpress.com/Subscriptions/New-2020-1.xml.
8 comment(s)
Customer66403
Stefan

You wrote: "Display, print and export footnotes and endnotes. We will include the necessary API to access footnotes and endnotes in code."
Sounds good, but does this mean that there is no support for adding and modifying footnotes and endnotes via the control’s UI?

 
22 January 2020
Manuel Grundner [DevExpress MVP]
Manuel Grundner [DevExpress MVP]

Awesome work!

23 January 2020
Jeff Stiegler
Jeff Stiegler

Multiple Document Signatures

Fantastic!  This is what we for which have been waiting.

23 January 2020
QUALCO SA
QUALCO SA
Proper Text Box support
27 January 2020
Piero Marinari
Piero Marinari
ODS support?
11 February 2020
Chandrashekhar Chougule
Chandrashekhar Chougule

In Gantt control , only the End-End links between tasks were available. 

Do you plan to add StartStart, EndStart, StartEnd links in this update.

Please note it's a gross limitation, without which all the other good efforts are wasted.

13 February 2020
Fanis Champeris
Fanis Champeris
Proper word form fields support.
13 February 2020
Dmitry (DevExpress)
Dmitry (DevExpress)

Chandrashekhar Chougule

Yes, we fully understand this is a crucial feature. We expect to implement interactivity in the upcoming Early Access Preview build - you will be able to set up task dependencies at runtime. In the release version, we hope to implement a dependency data source, Gantt Control will automatically set up all dependencies.

14 February 2020

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