The wait is over. Visifire 2.0 beta is here! Visifire 2.0 is a complete rewrite of Visifire 1.x, it is a result of complete architectural overhaul. We had to make changes in the XAML structure. The XAML used by Visifire 1.x is incompatible with Visifire 2.0. A notable change in XAML is that similar elements are grouped under an element collection. Visifire 2.0 follows the best practices laid down by Microsoft for component development. In Visifire 2.0 all properties are dependency properties. Dependency properties provide a way to compute the value of a property based on the value of other inputs.
The major features in this release are:-
Visifire works in WPF too
Visifire 2.0 boasts of multi-targeting feature. A single API to draw charts in Silverlight or WPF or WPF Browser Application. Yes, its true, you can start using Visifire in your desktop applications also.
The name says it all. You can scroll the datapoints inside the charts. All chart types in the Gallery have an example showcasing this feature.
Visifire 2.0 charts can be styled. If you want to make the charts look the way you want & still harness the flexibility of Visifire, you can do so by styling the charts globally.
Editable in Blend
Designing requires a good Design Tool. It is true even for Silverlight Apps & that’s why Microsoft has Expression Blend. Visifire charts can now be designed in Microsoft Expression Blend.
Currently Visifire2.0 contains only one animation per chart type. The same animation doesn’t look good for all chart types. Hence, for every chart type a specific animation has been handpicked & polished to perfection.
Download Visifire 2.0 beta here.
This blog will be followed by a series of blogs on new features of Visifire2.0 & their implementation, so stay tuned.
PS: Forget not to check out Chart Designer. It updates the chart instantly & no longer requires redraw!