VCL Subscription v20.1 Beta 1

VCL Team Blog
22 May 2020

The release of v20.1 of the DevExpress VCL Subscription is just around the corner and is targeted for early June. However, if you own an active subscription to the product, you now can download Beta 1 from the Download Manager and investigate the new features in the context of your applications.

We've completed the development of the new major functionality in this release and look forward to your feedback as you explore the capabilities of Beta 1. Please remember though that we have yet to fully finalize our code and still have a few minor issues to resolve and retest. As such, we don’t recommend that you use this version in production.

The following is a summary of changes/updates we'd love you to try first and perhaps concentrate on. To review the complete list of features included with v20.1 navigate to the What’s New page on our website.

ExpressQuantumGrid Suite

Performance Enhancements

We optimized the text measurement mechanism for single-line cells in Table Views so that drawing and scrolling operations can be up to four times faster when Best Fit mode is enabled.

Entity Mapping Framework-based View

This new view leverages the Entity Mapping Framework's superior performance with data management. Now you are able to handle large datasets as you would do in normal Server Mode, but without the various restrictions associated with it. As an example, the new view supports data modification and Master-Detail layouts.

Modal Edit Forms

Any built-in Edit Form can now be displayed as a separate modal dialog. You and your users can customize its layout as needed.

Search and Group Panel Integration

Our Grid control now allows you to integrate the Find Panel with the Group By box.

Filtering Enhancements

Users can create and set new filter criteria using formulas written as string expressions.

ExpressSkins Library

In this release, we have introduced three new Office 2019 vector skins (White, Dark Gray, and Black) and a new Basic Skin with six color palettes.

ExpressPDFViewer Enhancements

Through optimizations with clip operations and image rendering, pages are now displayed significantly faster and use less memory.

PDF signing

You and your users now have the ability to digitally sign PDF documents when you export them, using new options in the "PDF Export Options" dialog.

Fluent Design support

v20.1 ships with a new Fluent Design Form that is inspired by Microsoft's Fluent Design System. Its features include:

  • Hamburger Menu/Accordion View Integration.
  • Adaptive Layout.
  • Acrylic Material (a semi-transparent texture).
  • Reveal Highlight (a lighting effect that brings focus to interactive elements).

Fluent Design Form

Conclusion

Although this is somewhat self-evident, the superior quality of a release is fully dependent on the valuable feedback we receive from you, our beta testers. We would encourage you to download the beta and give it your all, and let us know your opinions and issues via the Support Center -- the team awaits! We thank you in advance for your help. Do please post your comments below should you have any questions on Beta 1 or our upcoming release.

A quick extra note!

Although this blog post is exclusively about our new v20.1 beta for the DevExpress VCL Subscription, we know there will be questions about FireMonkey, and any releases we have planned for it. To pre-empt those questions to a certain degree, we can reveal that we have all but finished developing the initial FMX controls and features, and have created a couple of demos to show them off. Now that we're nearing the end of the development cycle for v20.1 of our VCL Subscription, it only remains to polish the FMX code enough for a beta and release it. Stay tuned!

And to whet your appetite, here's a screenshot of one of our demos:

FMX Demo

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25 comment(s)
Noel Carrasco
Noel Carrasco
I'm really looking forward to the FMX DevExpress controls, and I know they will do a great job. I just hope DevExpress can devote enough resources to improve them over time.
22 May 2020
Noel Carrasco
Noel Carrasco
In the meantime, I'll continue enjoing the VCL controls and their enhancements.
22 May 2020
Sergey Ivanov
Sergey Ivanov
Really nothing new. As in previous years.
22 May 2020
Jürgen Hauff
Jürgen Hauff

Thank you for the new vcl-component update (20.1 Beta).

But I miss the new Gannt component.

Can you tell me if this is still coming.

Thanks and best regards.

23 May 2020
Teksdata Yazılım ve Otomasyon Sistemleri Ltd. Sti.
Teksdata Yazılım ve Otomasyon Sistemleri Ltd. Sti.
Is exist new Gantt control CTP ? 
24 May 2020
Gernot Baecker
Gernot Baecker
Will the FMX controls be part of the VCL subscription or a separate product?
24 May 2020
Denis Martyanov
Denis Martyanov
Also want to know about FMX price policy.
24 May 2020
Paulo (DevExpress Support)
Paulo (DevExpress Support)
We are working on our new Gantt control for VCL. According to plan it should be ready in our next major build - v20.2.
24 May 2020
Jürgen Hauff
Jürgen Hauff

Hello Paulo,

thank you for your message.



25 May 2020
Fabiano Castro 2
Fabiano Castro 2
Hi, some plan for Kanban View?
25 May 2020
Aaron Taylor
Aaron Taylor
cant wait for the FMX Grid
26 May 2020
Gernot Baecker
Gernot Baecker
Could you please elaborate whether the FMX grid is part of the VCL subscription?
26 May 2020
RThompson
RThompson
which vcl version is compatible with Delphi 10.4?
28 May 2020
Mike F
Mike F

Hello, does 20.1 work with Delphi 10.4 (Sydney) that was just released?

Thanks.

28 May 2020
JEFFD
JEFFD
Ransomware in the installer and DXskineditor - not good
28 May 2020
Paulo (DevExpress Support)
Paulo (DevExpress Support)
Our tests show that v20.1 is compatible with Delphi 10.4 Sydney.
28 May 2020
IvanNO
IvanNO

Any plans to make TreeMap and Sunburst components for VCL? I would really have a good use for them in my app. I went through the forum and I am surprised no one have asked for them. Seems to me that everyone is maintaining legacy app and not making any new cool stuff :)

29 May 2020
Mike F
Mike F
Just saw JEFFD's 5-28-2020 comment about ransomware in the installer and DXSkinEditor.  Is this true?
29 May 2020
Gregory (DevExpress)
Gregory (DevExpress)

Our executable files do not contain Ransomware. This seems to be a false positive alarm from the antiviral software. To verify this, you can check the files on online antivirus scanners.

29 May 2020
Raoulw
Raoulw

I'm dissapointed to see that of the VCL 2020 survey results only 12% says we want to you focus on other areas and now see FMX controls.


It's also dissapointing to see that that almost none of the issues on the roadmap  for Pivotgrid made it, and also none of the advanced grid features like date time filtering, calculated fields, string expressions. The only DX Reporting tool for VCL is still stuck with for example, 20-year old date filtering witha  simple drop down list.


I have an active subscription but FMX controls have no value to me. 


30 May 2020
Mike F
Mike F
Thanks Gregory!
30 May 2020
Charalampos Michael
Charalampos Michael

Now if you can upgrade the controls (grid, treelist etc) to use DirectX it will be super awersome! :)

Thank you

31 May 2020
Olivier Beltrami
Olivier Beltrami

Impatient to be able to migrate to Delphi 10.4 Sydney. This is the first time, in a long time, that I have been so excited about a new version of Delphi.

1 June 2020
Alistair Colley
Alistair Colley
Our tests show that v20.1 is compatible with Delphi 10.4 Sydney.
29 May 2020


I have both 10.3.3 and 10.4 installed. The installer for 20.1.1 beta only updates 10.3.3 Is there a way to force it to do both?

2 June 2020
Customer101990
Customer101990

Hi DevExpress! Any plans for: What's New in v20.1 - VCL on YouTube chanel?

https://www.youtube.com/user/DeveloperExpress/search?query=What%27s+New+VCL

7 July 2020

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