VCL Controls - 2021 Roadmap

VCL Team Blog
24 February 2021

Based on your terrific feedback, we’ve finalized our 2021 VCL Roadmap. As always, thank you for your continued support and for your insightful comments. Please do keep the feedback coming – we definitely want to know how to better serve your needs in the upcoming year.

New Features/Capabilities We Will Release in 2021

New Chart Control

We expect to officially release a new VCL Chart Control in 2021. As you know, the QuantumGrid has offered a Chart View for a number of years. When we release DevExpress Charts, it will include all the functionality of our VCL Grid's Chart View along with the following:

  • Multiple axes in diagrams (DS4238)
  • Support for X-Y charts of two sequences of values (S91108)
  • The ability to display multiple diagrams in a single chart (AS16671)

New Chart Control

ExpressQuantumGrid Enhancements

We hope to address performance bottlenecks throughout the year. Specifically, we will introduce the following performance enhancements in 2021:

  • Optimize detail expansion algorithms
  • Optimize detail data loading algorithms
  • Optimize grid export algorithms
  • Optimize grid printing algorithms
We also expect to complete the Custom layout for data rows (T845963) and release a new: Fixed Columns for Table View (T819568) option.

Fixed Columns

ExpressGantt Control Enhancements

Our VCL Gantt control will be updated with the following new features/capabilities:

  • Recurring task support (T974362)
  • Task baselines (T951705)
  • Timescale customization options (T956605)
  • Drag-and-drop task operations (T949852)
  • Custom field support (T957931)
  • Store control settings between runtime sessions (T967077)

Gantt Control

ExpressPDFViewer Enhancements

We will continue to refine our VCL PDF Viewer and its file management capabilities. New features/capabilities will include:

  • Ability to manage PDF document pages and save changes (T408004)
  • Support for PDF interactive form data import and export (T845924)
  • Ability to create visible digital signatures in PDF documents (T951629)
  • Ability to edit interactive forms in a PDF document (T408315)


ExpressSpreadsheet Performance Enhancements

We plan to rewrite algorithms to help improve the overall performance of our VCL Spreadsheet Control. Enhancements will include:

  • Optimized loading for large Excel files
  • Optimized best fit calculation
  • Optimized memory usage


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