WinForms Grid Control: New Tile View (Now available in v14.2)

10 November 2014

As you already know, the DevExpress WinForms Data Grid ships with a collection of multi-purpose Data Views, allowing you to present information to your end-users in the most efficient manner possible.

With this release, we’ve extended the capabilities of our Grid with a new Windows 8 inspired Tile View – designed to augment the capabilities of our existing Card View and deliver yet another unique UI presentation option for your next WinForms application.

Card Views vs Tile Views

If you’ve used our Data Grid in the past, you are likely familiar with the Card View, a compact way to display information within the grid’s container:

WinForms Data Grid Card View

Our new Tile View (pictured below) is a perfect complement to traditional Data Cards. Inspired by Windows 8, the Tile View combines the ease-of-use you’ve come to expect from our Grid with modern tile UI elements such as tile checked states.


WinForms Data Grid Tile View


How it Works

The easiest way to think about this new Data View option is to think of a Windows 8 style Tile Control that can be bound to any data source. The View displays data within the grid using a Modern UI metaphor and does not require that you build individual tiles manually. With our integrated designer, you simply design a tile template once and apply it to the data within the grid. Like other DevExpress Data Views, the Tile View provides a rich set of options to customize every aspect of individual tiles. The View Designer displays a list of all columns generated from your data source. With just one click, you can add a tile UI element bound to this column.

WinForms Data Grid Tile View Template


Tile UI elements are able to display text and/or images, which in turn are used to build your tile layout (this concept will be familiar to those of you who've used our Windows 8 Tile Control). With this new View option, you will be able to quickly build intuitive user experiences that are optimized for both touch devices and traditional Windows desktops. 



WinForms Data Grid Tile View Checked State


As always, we welcome your comments and feedback. Let us know what you think.


11 comment(s)
Nate Laff

Looks amazing! Can't wait!

10 November, 2014
Alexander Krakhotko (Xafari team)

Great!

will be available in XAF?

10 November, 2014
MagicRalf

Hi Ray,

thanks for the continued support of WinForms controls. I look forward to this great presentation opportunity for the gridcontrol.

Best regards

Ralf

11 November, 2014
Heiko Mueller

Looks very promising... Well done.

11 November, 2014
Gustavo Marzioni

Nice Work!

11 November, 2014
Edilson Junior

Finally 14.2!!! Can't wait to see what's next!!!

11 November, 2014
Geert Depickere

From my wishlist:

- "Windows 8 style Tile Control that can be bound to any data source" => Check!

Nice work.

Some questions:

- does it support sorting, filtering... like the card view?

- does it support group by (to define categories)?

11 November, 2014
Ian Pook

Any plans for ASPxGridView? Using DataView at the moment to achieve 'tile' layout but GridView would be so much more powerful with its feature set.

11 November, 2014
Stefan Koell

Could this be used as a better "gallery" control - showing pictures/thumbnails with caption and having a slider to adjust the thumbnail size?

11 November, 2014
Crono

What kind of editing support does this kind of view gets?

12 November, 2014
James (DevExpress)

@Geert Depickere

Sure, it has all of it :) Yes, you can group tiles by the specific grid column, but only by  - this will create tile groups like those seen in TileControl. Group captions will be equal to the cell values of the column you've chosen as the group column.

@Stefan Koell

Have you tried the WinExplorerView? It was released 1 or 2 major versions ago and it looks just like you've said - a gallery with images and text.

12 November, 2014

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