Office File API & Office-Inspired UI Controls v23.1 — June 2023 Roadmap (Survey Inside)

Office-Inspired Products
21 February 2023

We thank you for your continued support and for sharing your document processing-related needs/requirements last year. If you’d like to discuss this roadmap in greater detail, or if you’d like to share a business use case that our Office File API product does not address, feel free to submit your comments at the end of this article. We’ll be happy to follow up.

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.

DevExpress Drawing Graphics Library Enhancements

Cross-Platform Skia
Released in v23.1

If you’re unfamiliar with this topic, please refer to the following post published earlier this year: DevExpress.Drawing Graphics Library — v22.2 Update — SkiaSharp for .NET 6/7 and Linux Support (CTP)

In this release cycle (v23.1), we will do our best to address rendering engine limitations (please refer to our v22.2 post for more information on our new rendering engine). This update will also improve the overall user experience of our Office File API product line on non-Windows platforms. We expect to deliver the following functionality in June 2023:

In addition to these new features, we will explore ways to use the products included in our Office File API package within Blazor WebAssembly and .NET MAUI apps.

Word Processing — Embedded Fonts

Office File API WinForms WPF
Released in v23.1

We plan to add embedded font support in our word-processing products. Font embedding allows you to include font files within a document (so documents can be viewed and printed on any machine, regardless of font availability on the target computer). As you know, embedded fonts will eliminate the need for font substitution (which can produce formatting errors and unexpected changes to the appearance of the document). Documents with embedded fonts will be displayed, printed, and exported to PDF. Our new API will allow you to specify whether to embed fonts within the file itself.

Word Processing — Rotated Text in Tables

Office File API WinForms WPF
Released in v23.1

We expect to add rotated text support within text boxes and table cells. You will be able to specify text direction in code (in addition to UI display and print output, you will be able to export rotated text to PDF).

Spreadsheet — Chart Enhancements

Office File API WinForms WPF
Released in v23.1

We expect to implement a series of chart-related enhancements in our Spreadsheet Document API and Spreadsheet Controls (WinForms and WPF). Please complete the survey below and share your thoughts, ideas, and use cases related to charting capabilities in spreadsheet documents. Your feedback will help drive development focus in this and future release cycles.

Excel Spreadsheet API — Threaded Comments

Office File API
Released in v23.1

We expect to add threaded comment support in our Spreadsheet product line. As you know, threaded comments allow multiple users to add thoughts and opinions within the document, improving collaboration and facilitating discussion among team members.

Mid-Year Roadmap Survey 2023

Please take a moment and complete the following product satisfaction survey (on features released last year) and help us finalize our 2023 Roadmap. We will update the roadmap once we finish analyzing survey results.

Please note: This survey includes dynamically generated questions (questions will appear based on a previous answer). This survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time.

We thank you in advance for your assistance. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to create a DevExpress Support Center ticket.

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