VCL Controls - 2020 Roadmap

VCL Team Blog
02 February 2020

Based on survey results and Support Center feedback, we’ve finalized our 2020 VCL Roadmap. We want to thank you for your continued support and for your insightful comments.

As you can see below, the majority of the DevExpress VCL community asked us to invest R&D resources on existing UI components.

VCL Survey Results:

  • I would like you to work on a standalone Chart Control instead of adding more features to existing VCL controls - 26.6%
  • Please focus on improving existing controls - 61.4%
  • I want you to focus on other areas - 12%

If you have any issues with our VCL Roadmap or have questions about our long-term R&D objectives, feel free to post your comments below. We will be happy to follow up.

New Features/Capabilities We Will Release in 2020

ExpressQuantumGrid Suite

Performance Enhancements

  • Distribute calculations to threads
  • Optimize calculation algorithms

Custom layout for data rows (T845963)

Custom layout for data rows

Popup Edit Form (T124704)

Popup Edit Form

Search and Group Panel Integration (T845991)

Search and Group Panel Integration

Filtering Enhancements

  • Ability to compare values in two fields (B1086)

    Field to field compare

  • Ability to compare a field value to an expression's result (T845993)

    Field to expression compare

  • Implement Breadcrumb Style UX for the Filter Panel (T846166)

    FilterBox Tokens

New Gantt Control

We expect to officially release a new VCL Gantt Control.

New Gantt Control

ExpressSkins Library

New Office 2019 Skins

New Office 2019 Skins

New Basic Skin

New Basic Skin

ExpressPDFViewer Enhancements

  • Ability to sign PDF files (T416311)
  • Add support for PDF interactive form data import and export (T845924)
  • Ability to manage pages in a PDF document and save changes (T408004)
  • Ability to edit interactive forms in a PDF document (T408315)
  • Ability to view documents in one-column mode (T690500)
  • Reduce memory consumption when a user actively navigates through a PDF document (T467673)
  • Ability to forbid select and copy operations in a PDF document (T756015)

ExpressRichEdit Control Enhancements

  • Implement a non-visual component that processes rich text documents (T375226)
  • Ability to use IME as an embedded editor (T353641)
  • Ability to load and save documents with shapes based on different geometry patterns (T320518)
  • Add support for paragraph borders (T531568)

ExpressLibrary Enhancements

  • Add support for smooth content scrolling with animation (T623629)
  • FormattedLabel enhancements:
    • Rotate text
    • Insert inline images
    • Bulleted and numbered lists
    • Display rich text formatted content in column/row headers
    • Display rich text formatted content in layout element captions
  • Add support for Fluent Design System (T846060)
  • Implement a control that replicates the DevExpress WinForms Flyout Panel (T207259)
  • Implement basic draw routines with support for DirectX rendering (for example as in T724576 ticket)
  • Update UI of all controls based upon Section 508 accessibility guidelines (AS11009)
  • TdxCloudStorage - Add support for Dropbox (T697922)

ExpressPivotGrid Suite Enhancements

  • Performance Enhancements
    • Implement multi-threaded algorithms to improve performance of summary calculations (T189818)
    • Optimize table layout calculation routines
  • Add a new 'count unique values' summary type (S90560)
  • Implement the TotalForSingleValues property for separate fields (Q404402)
  • Give end-users the ability to change summary type via a context menu (T845998)
  • Allow end-users to customize group options via a context menu (T845972)
  • New group options for date-time fields (T846012)
  • Export data to Excel with the ability to repeat group values in each expanded row/column (T325668)
  • Extend the ApplyBestFit method with the ability to size each column individually (CS56271)

As always, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think of our 2020 VCL Roadmap.

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