Tag Archives: Announcement

Crosslight 2 Update 1 is Available

Last week, we released the first update for Crosslight 2 which includes enhancements and stability improvements. One of the noteworthy improvements is better support for the iOS navigation drawer control, particularly when used in conjunction with other containers such as tab bar and collection view. The Android components are more stable than ever as we addressed issues specific to release builds and improved compliance to Xamarin Android’s assembly linking mechanism. You can read the complete release notes in our new Developer Center here.

In my previous post, I have mentioned about our recent transition to a better agile development methodology. There have been a few changes as the result. Foremost, we have increased transparency in how we resolve issues and deliver updates, particularly for the Crosslight product. This allows you to see which backlogs that we are currently working on, which have been addressed, and where to get the builds for testing.

Now, you can conveniently obtain nightly builds that we provide in our enterprise Git server, thanks to the new Intersoft Release Management that automatically pick up desired commits and produce new builds automatically on daily basis. Once the build is available, the relevant release notes page is automatically updated as well, showing closed and resolved backlogs. With most of these redundant operations being automated, our goal to deliver updates in the fastest and most efficient way have now come to a reality. The Update 1 build was an instant proof of our new agile system taking into affect.

For now, if you’ve installed Crosslight 2, the easiest way to obtain stable update is through Update Manager for Windows, see the screenshot below. For Mac users, you can download the updates manually from your account. Please bear with us as we’re making our way to bring Update Manager to the OS X platform.

For more information about the band quality and new product update cycle applied in Crosslight, see Updating Crosslight.

Best,
Jimmy

Welcoming 2014 With Exciting Product Roadmap

Happy new year to you from all of us at Intersoft! Thank you for being part of the Intersoft community in 2013. Your success means everything to us. Looking ahead, the new year is ripe with possibility. At Intersoft, we resolute to serve you better with improved products and new product category that will truly save development time and cost, as well as providing you with even better, responsive support.

We’re very excited to welcome 2014 with some great product plans and roadmap that we think you will really love. However, before we get into the new year’s roadmap, let’s take a quick recap on the achievements we’ve made during the past year.

2013 Year In Review

2013 was absolutely an incredible year for us! Considered our busiest and most productive year ever, we managed to ship over 400 high quality components across 7 platforms. And for the first time ever, we expanded our product portfolio to 4 new platforms and deliver them at once in a single release. At a glance, all 2013 product plans were successfully delivered, and exceeded much more than the plans.

Here are the list of our top 8 achievements that I would like to share.

  • Shipped Crosslight — the industry’s first advanced toolset for cross-platform native mobile apps development supporting iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8
  • Delivered 400+ UI components across 7 platforms, covering desktop, RIA, web, and mobile apps development — all packed with comprehensive documentation and tons of samples
  • All 40+ ASP.NET components revamped to support latest web standards, HTML5 and CSS3
  • Released Reporting lineup for Silverlight, the industry’s first reporting tool offering end-to-end, comprehensive business reporting capabilities.
  • Redesigned websites, streamlined account and license management with single sign-on, yielding more compelling and engaging user experiences
  • Modernized Intersoft experiences leveraging balanced design aspects that takes account minimalism, content exposure, layout, identity and typography.
  • Major product rebranding with the introduction of Premier Studio, the first time in our history as we’re expanding our products portfolio into new market segments such as the cross-platform mobile development industry
  • Joined Visual Studio 2013 Launch Partner, releasing a major service pack that updates all components to support Visual Studio 2013, Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 in timely fashion

2014 Focus — Enterprise Mobile Development Made Easy

In 2014, we will be laser-focused on the cross-platform mobile development tools. Our works in 2013 is just the beginning of our holistic mobile roadmap. Building on the foundations laid in the initial Crosslight release, we’re striving to make cross-platform enterprise apps development even easier and simpler with a multitude of new features, components and services that work reliably across multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8.

Our team is currently hard at work creating the next iteration of Crosslight which will make available many functionalities common to line-of-business apps development. Announcing “Crosslight 2”, we will be adding over 200 new features and dozens of new, highly reusable services to the already powerful mobile toolset.

The new Crosslight will be the industry’s first, one of its kind, that lets you create the most demanding business apps that leverage advanced capabilities such as offline data storage, pending changes management, automatic synchronization to cloud, push notifications, user authentication, social network integration and much more. And better yet, all these services can be programmed in a single codebase — not each codebase per platform. So imagine how many months you can shave off from your development time table!

Building fully functional, usable data-driven apps is really time-consuming as there are a lot of things to consider. For examples, your apps need to be “timezone aware” if you have users located in different regions and time zone. Your apps need to handle two-way time zone conversion between the local device’s timezone with the server. Adding to the complexity — data synchronization, offline storage, and data editing — all need to be thoughtfully considered and integrated for them to work in harmony, ultimately producing great apps that are beautiful inside and out. Sounds too much hassles? Fear not — we’ve got it covered!

The new data services in the upcoming release will be built with “timezone aware” enabled by default. Furthermore, it will take account the best practices of building highly scalable enterprise-class apps, and consider every little detail that you might not aware of. All you need is simply consuming the services and customize the settings with a few lines of code, and Crosslight will handle the rest behind the scene.

To summarize the Crosslight roadmap, please take a look at the following diagram which lets you easily overview and compare the existing state of Crosslight with the expanded offering in the upcoming release.

Crosslight v1

Crosslight v2 introduces over 200 new features

As seen in the diagram above, the upcoming release will be strongly focused on enterprise data services and core mobile services such as discussed above which include entity services, authentication, social network integration and push notifications. In the second release later this year, you can expect more data visualization and user interface components optimized for the mobile apps scenarios.

An important announcement with regards to our release cycle, we will be adjusting the first iteration of the release to the beginning of the year while the second one is planned for the mid of the year. We believe this schedule changes are beneficial to us, our partners and our valued customers as the releases will occur in more appropriate timing for project planning, and more ideal time to market.

This blog post only provides a high level overview of the planned mobile tools roadmap. In the near future, we will post the complete details of the mobile features as well as the roadmap for other platforms such as ASP.NET and Silverlight in our public community forum. Stay tuned for the next announcement.

Last but not least, I hope you liked our upcoming product plans and roadmap. Please feel free to drop your comments or feedback related to the roadmap, or if you wish to see something in our next milestone.

All the best,
Jimmy

Intersoft Studio Special Offer 2013

To celebrate the upcoming Visual Studio 2013 sim-ship launch, I’m happy to announce our latest special offer promo for all MSDN subscribers around the world. This exclusive special offer gives you 20% off for new purchase of any Intersoft Studio subscriptions. On top of that, we will add another subscription to your account — free of charge.

Get it whilst its hot! Click
here to learn how to take advantage of this great offer. You can also contact me for more information about this offer.

Warm Regards,
Martin

The new Intersoft Studio 2013 is here!

Finally, the wait is over! We’re very excited to announce the new Intersoft Studio 2013 release today. You can start your download here. I strongly suggest you to take a few minutes to read the press release which includes a number of important announcements – such as the Intersoft’s branding and edition changes as we’re expanding our portfolio to new market segments. You can also discover new products that are released in this milestone, and several new joint product bundles that are made available through collaboration with our partners.

Despite of the two-month delay, we trusted that the 2013 release truly worth the wait. It’s a commit of nearly 15 months of extensive research and development, putting together everything we do best across the existing lineups – from ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF – to the new mobile development lineup. We’re pleased to announce our first version of Mobile Studio which marks a truly important milestone in our roadmap. Next, we also delivered the new Reporting lineup which is a huge addition to the existing Silverlight and WPF portfolio. Furthermore, we did not skip the ASP.NET lineup – four major upgrades are introduced in this release, making the mark of HTML5 support on all existing ASP.NET components.

On the much awaited Mobile Studio, we’re very excited to complete the first milestone which includes comprehensive cross-platform development toolset supporting four leading mobile platforms at once – iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. We’ve successfully unified the development experiences on both Mac and Windows which enable you to work with a single solution on both operating systems without worrying the references or compatibility issues. And for the first time in our release history, we shipped the most comprehensive product guide consisted of 300 pages covering the best practices, walkthroughs and concepts for building highly scalable enterprise mobile apps. We also shipped nearly 150 samples across all the four platforms. And yes, we now provided installers for both Windows and Mac OS, so you can start building great apps with the environment and tools you love the most.

The following screenshots show the three installer options available starting from the 2013 release. The first is the Mobile Studio for Mac, while the second and third is the installer for Windows. While most customers who build ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF and mobile apps will likely choose the Premier installer, developers targeting mobile-only platforms will find the new Mobile Studio installer more compelling.

Mobile Studio for Mac OS

Premier Studio for Windows

Mobile Studio for Windows

You’ll also appreciate the time-saving Crosslight Project Wizard for Visual Studio 2012 which lets you create Crosslight-enabled solution in a single click away. We shipped four project templates with customized themes/layout that you can easily choose from the Wizard. And suddenly, you can simply press F5 in Visual Studio and see native mobile apps in action. In few minutes time, you can already start building your own business mobile apps and show it off to your users. Too good to be true? We heard that, and it’s time to proof it yourself. Find out more information about Crosslight here.

CrosslightWizard

In addition to many new exciting product lineups, the 2013 release also ships redesigned ASP.NET live samples and hundreds of new features and enhancements across existing lineups. For details, please check out What’s new in Premier Studio 2013.

Beyond product launches, the 2013 release puts together massive branding, identity and market positioning changes to the company in holistic way. The WebUI Studio Premier branding is no longer relevant as we’re entering the mobile segment now. As such, I’m pleased to announce the new Intersoft Premier Studio. These changes, along with the brand-new Mobile Studio joining the board, exhibits fundamental adjustment to all our infrastructure such as licensing, packaging, and online store. This leads to new direction and redesign to the company’s logo – as well as complete website revamp to deliver an authentic Intersoft’s user experiences to our customers.

Intersoft Website Redesign, New Store Experience, and more

Along with the website redesign of over hundreds of pages, we also introduced new Intersoft Account portal which unifies the Intersoft ID with the Intersoft Social ID. So, instead of logging into two different sites, you can now just sign into a single Intersoft Account portal and access your licenses, download the licensed products, review purchase history, print invoice, and access to your support and forum activities. Experience it yourself, head to the new Intersoft home as your starting point, then try signing into Intersoft Account portal, or visit 2013 Tour to check out the new release.

Intersoft's new Account Portal

In summary, a lot of energy has been put to make this release happen – from the development team to the designer and marketing team – doing their best to make great products. We’d like to thanks all our customers and partners who have contributed valuable feedback and thoughts to make the 2013 release the most impactful release ever.

Last but not least, enjoy the new Intersoft experiences, and download your copy of the new Studio here.  We hope you love the new 2013 Studio as much as we love building it!

Best,
Jimmy

Announcing WebUI Studio 2012 Roadmap

We’ve recently updated the product roadmap for WebUI Studio 2012 which includes the release plans for all platforms, including ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF, and beyond.

Flashing back at a glance, 2011 was such an amazing year as we delivered over 160 new and advanced controls to various .NET development platforms. It was one of our most aggressive releases in the past few years. We delivered several extensive line-of-business controls at once – including grid view, schedule view, data controls, reporting viewer for SQL Services, and a multitude of elegant UI controls. In addition, we also shipped Office 2010 style ribbon controls to all .NET platforms (SL, WPF & ASP.NET) in a single release, so you can build rich business ribbon apps with the platform of your choice.

Now with all fundamental data controls delivered, we’re ready to enter the next level of our toolset development. This year’s release theme is strongly focused on data processing and data visualization tools for Silverlight and WPF, as well as emerging platforms like HTML 5 and Windows 8.

One of the exciting upcoming products that our team is hard at work is a new breed of reporting solution for Silverlight and WPF. Built from the ground up with XAML-based report definition and Silverlight’s MVVM architecture, the upcoming ClientUI reporting will enable developers to easily design business reports and define report data source that are completely independent from server. You can expect the best-in-class reporting features including loyalty-free end-user designer, bar code support, and dozens of stunning charts – all packed in a single reporting solution.

Furthermore, this year roadmap will include many enhanced components for ASP.NET platforms, and a host of new data analytical controls for Silverlight and WPF such as Tree List, Pivot Table, Query Editor, as well as new document viewers like PDF Viewer and much more.

As you’re reading this post, you might think that we are completely ignorant to the emerging technologies like HTML 5 and WinRT. I agree that we haven’t covered much about these new stuff, but rest assured our team is watching them closely and will come up with some new stuff in this year’s roadmap. Be sure to check out the complete details in our product roadmap.

Release Schedules and More Details

For existing customers, please logon to Intersoft Developer Network using your Intersoft ID to read the complete details about the upcoming products as well as the release schedules. After logged on, bring up the Home window, then click on the link in the Announcement section to open the product roadmap window.

For prospect customers who are interested in our 2012 roadmap, please send your email to sales@intersoftpt.com to request a copy. We’ll send you a copy of NDA to be signed in order to receive the roadmap details.

Best,
Jimmy

WebUI Studio 2011 R2 Released

In the past few months, you’ve seen the preview of some exciting new products through a series of blog posts. The wait is over – the much-anticipated R2 is now released, so grab your copy today and experience it first hand. While waiting for the download, get yourself a quick tour of what’s new in the R2 release.

We’ve been hard at work to update all our sites with fresh look and add over 80 new business-inspiring samples to the online demo – so make sure you check them out here, and here.

In addition to the new controls, this release also includes major enhancements to the resources consumption of all components. It also ships with the top-requested Business Application project template that leverages the latest DevForce release (v6.1.3.1) which I’ll cover in my future blog posts.

There’s nothing much else to say but our deepest gratitude to all our customers and partners for the unceasing support and invaluable feedback – making this release a truly amazing one.

Finally, enjoy R2! Again, click here to download the new R2 today if you haven’t. We hope you love the new release as much as we love building it!

Best,
Jimmy

ClientUI vNext Roadmap Unveiled

It’s been a busy time in the development labs here at Intersoft as we’ve been working hard on the next major release of WebUI Studio, which will introduce a handful of new products across all .NET development platforms. In the latest release, we’ve shipped dozens of data-aware controls essential for line-of-business Silverlight/WPF application development – ranging from grid view, tree view, data pager to document viewers and more. In this post, I will preview what we’re working on and what you can expect in our next volume release particularly on the ClientUI lineup.

Even More Data-aware Controls

The latest ClientUI release introduced a new data component model called QueryDescriptor which allows you to build Silverlight/WPF apps entirely with MVVM design pattern. With the favor of loosely-coupled implementation and data provider agnostic architecture, developers found QueryDescriptor to be an ideal solution for their business apps which heavily rely on data-intensive controls such as grid view, data pager, and data filter.

Three new data controls will join the ClientUI data lineup in the next release – featuring built-in QueryDescriptor support. These controls are UXDataComboBox, UXDataSearchBox and UXDataLookupBox. One of the most powerful controls shared across these new controls is the filter-as-you-type capability which automatically retrieve the filtered data from server. If you’re also a ASP.NET web developer, you should be familiar with controls with such functionality like WebCombo.

Consider that you have a data form that requires users to enter the Member ID, naturally you will a combo box kind of control to allow users to select a member from the list. But often times, users cannot easily find out the right member without looking it up first against other properties such as Company Name, Address, and so forth. How would you address such scenario? Easy, open a lookup window, that’s right!

But wait a minute – what happened if you need dozens of different lookup in the form? You see, you will be spending enormous time and effort building dozens of lookup windows – not to mention the ViewModel associated to each of the lookup window.

Meet UXDataLookupBox, a new kind of data control that combines the type-ahead auto complete behavior with advanced lookup functionality. Dozens of lookup windows are now things of the past! Not only you get the benefits of streamlined and faster development, your end users would thank you a million for the intuitive user experience. See the following shot for the big picture.

UXDataLookupBox intuitive user interface

As shown in the above illustration, UXDataLookupBox sports a modern callout style interface to host the lookup content and results, which is automatically positioned in center against the lookup dropdown. And as in the good tradition of Intersoft controls, every element of the UXDataLookupBox is fully customizable and template-able.

Another major data-aware lineup in the next release is the much anticipated ScheduleView control which has been turbo-charged with more features than originally planned. Due to its large set of features and capabilities, I decided to write about ScheduleView in a dedicated blog post.

Report Viewer for SQL Reporting Services

Yep, you read it right! We’ve been providing a multitude of UI and data controls in the past releases, and we’re now taking ClientUI to the next level with a full-featured, WYSIWYG report viewer. When determining which to use for the reporting engine, we quickly came up straight with the decision to target Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). One of our strongest reasons in choosing SSRS lies in the fact that most of our customers already deployed their reports on SSRS. There’s no point to create our own report engine while the majority of .NET shops and customers are so accustomed to SSRS already.

ClientUI’s next generation report viewer will be the first in the industry that supports high-fidelity rendering of a report. This means that whatever you designed in your report will appear exactly the same in the report viewer; be it the image, tablix, styling, or other supported report items.

The SqlReportViewer will also include many powerful features not available in other similar products such as high-performance report streaming, on-demand report loading, journal-aware navigation, data drilling support, and an intuitive report browser. Best of all, the SqlReportViewer is engineered with MVVM-ready architecture, enabling you to create custom views for the report parameters and bind them to your ViewModel for user interaction handling.

Ribbon, Flow Document Framework, and More

In addition to the powerful data and reporting lineup, the next version of ClientUI will continue to lead the market with state-of-the-art UI controls such as ribbon bar, ribbon window and gallery list. Unlike many other ribbons which were built with older Office 2007 architecture, ClientUI’s ribbon is engineered from the ground up to support the best of Office 2010 ribbon specification, such as the backstage menu, blazing-fast ribbon reordering and fluid resizing, and nested key tips. And to even impress your users, combine it with the new Win7 style transparent window designed to host the ribbon together.

We have received numerous questions from Silverlight developers nowadays: How do I create a rich text document in Silverlight? The answer is simply you can’t – because Silverlight doesn’t ship with something called flow document framework although its cousin, WPF, has it. There are no single good solutions to this particular challenge thus far since creating such functionality is not only difficult, it requires great passion and advanced algorithm knowledge. Literally, you can think of it similar to creating a mini web browser already.

At Intersoft, we’re committed to deliver advanced products that are highly demanded and challenging. I’m pleased to share that the ClientUI vNext will ship a full-featured flow document framework which supports both Silverlight and WPF with single codebase. In addition, we will also introduce three new document viewers dedicated to the flow document. This ultimately aligns with our vision for the document lineup, which we have started in the previous release through the introduction of fixed document and XPS document viewer.

The list of new controls doesn’t stop here. We also have exciting plans for ASP.NET lineup such as major update to WebGrid Enterprise. Read the complete roadmap in Intersoft Developer Network portal, see the details below.

Release Schedules and More Details

For existing customers, please logon to Intersoft Developer Network using your Intersoft ID to read the complete details about the upcoming products as well as the release schedules. After logged on, bring up the Home window, then click on the link in the Announcement section to open the product roadmap window, see the screenshot below.

Developer Network

Give us a call at +1 888 548 7685 or email us at sales@intersoftpt.com to plan your upgrade and renewal.

For prospective customers who are interested to learn our 2011 R2 roadmap in details, please send your email to sales@intersoftpt.com to request a copy. We’ll send you a copy of NDA to be signed in order to receive the roadmap details.

All the best,
Jimmy