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Impressions from NDC London 2017

Björn Meyer

Blogged by Björn Meyer on January 18, 2017 and tagged with reportingcloud, release, conference, mail merge.


This week, we are exhibiting at the NDC London 2017 as partners - an event we are sponsoring since the beginning in 2013. The NDC conferences (Oslo, London, Sydney) became one of Europe`s largest conferences for .NET & Agile development.

We are giving demos of our latest TX Text Control release X14, our Web API ReportingCloud and are talking to many users from the UK and other countries. As always, it is a great experience to talk to so many enthusiastic developers.

Find below some impressions from our first day at NDC London 2017:

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Meet Text Control at NDC London 2017: We're changing the way you look at reporting

Björn Meyer

Blogged by Björn Meyer on January 3, 2017 and tagged with conference, reportingcloud, corporate.


Meet Text Control as NDC London 2017

From January 16-20, 2017, NDC is coming back to the ICC Suites ExCeL Arena in London. We have been supporting this fast growing event from the beginning as a partner and we are very proud to be part of it again this year.

The above rendered image of our booth design shows our new tagline for 2017:

We're changing the way you look at reporting.

Over the last 25 years, we engineered software components for developers. Instead of entering new markets, we focused on our core business: Reporting and word processing tools. We want to be the best in this particular field and keep our market leadership by inventing new technologies, products and services. And our success confirms that this is the right approach. Again, 2016 was a record year from all perspectives. We increased the number of users and licenses significantly and we are proud of every single customer.

In 2016, we had 2 product launches: ReportingCloud - the Web API to create reports in the cloud and version X14 of TX Text Control.

We are aiming high for 2017. We have game changing product and technology ideas we are working on. I obviously cannot say too much, but I can say that our new tagline will keep its promise.

In late 2016, we finished construction on a new headquarters office building that provides space for future expansion, open spaces for meetings and collaboration, but also privacy without interruptions and distractions for more focused work. This new building gives us the perfect environment for our current and future needs while we provide you, our customers, with innovated and high quality products.

Meet Text Control as NDC London 2017

NDC London is the start of the conference season in 2017 and we are already very excited to meet users from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and many other countries. NDC is growing every year. Here are the numbers for this year: 141 speakers, 156 sessions and 20 workshops.

Stop by our booth and say hello. See you in London!

Version X14: Customizing the Text Control Ribbon control

Björn Meyer

Blogged by Björn Meyer on January 2, 2017 and tagged with release, ribbon, windows forms.


TX Text Control X14 (24.0) comes with a fully-customizable, programmable Ribbon control. Pre-configured RibbonTabs can be used to create typical TX Text Control applications without writing a single line of code.

This article shows how to customize the Ribbon control. A new RibbonTab is inserted that contains a custom RibbonGroup with a RibbonButton that executes a command when clicked.

  • Drag and drop a new instance of the Ribbon control from the toolbox to a new form in a Windows Forms project:

    Customizing the Text Control Ribbon control
  • Click on the blue File RibbonTab title to select the created control and find the SmartTag in the upper right corner. Click on the SmartTag to open the Ribbon Tasks list and choose Add a Quick Access Toolbar.

    Customizing the Text Control Ribbon control

This will change the form inheritance to RibbonForm which adds ribbon features to the form such as the Quick Access Toolbar and the centered form title.

Now, in the Form Load event, you can customize the ribbon by adding tabs and groups. The following code creates and inserts a new RibbonTab:

In the following code, a new RibbonButton is created and a Click event is attached. The RibbonItem is then added to a newly created HorizontalRibbonGroup.

Finally, the new RibbonGroup is added to the RibbonTab:

The following screenshot shows the newly created RibbonTab and it's elements:

Customizing the Text Control Ribbon control

Try this on your own and download the trial version of TX Text Control .NET for Windows Forms X14.

HTML5: Using the new JavaScript Selection object

Björn Meyer

Blogged by Björn Meyer on December 24, 2016 and tagged with release, javascript, html5.


Version X14 (24.0) introduces a new JavaScript object to handle the position and length of a text selection. It can be also used to replace the current selection with text in a certain format.

The Selection object can be retrieved and set through the selection property of the TXTextControl object. The following JavaScript code snippet gets the current Selection and writes the current selection start and length values to the console:

The getBounds method takes a callback function with one parameter as a parameter. The callback function is called with a SelectionBounds object as a parameter.

In order to set a new selection in the document, the setBounds method is used. This method takes a SelectionBounds object as a parameter:

When a selection should be replaced with plain or formatted ext, the text needs to be selected first. After that, the load method can be used to replace the selected text.

The following code snippet selects text and inserts plain text into the selection:

Adding elements to the Ribbon QuickAccessToolbar

Björn Meyer

Blogged by Björn Meyer on December 22, 2016 and tagged with release, ribbon, windows forms.


Version X14 implements a new Ribbon Control with the typical ribbon functionality and it comes with pre-configured ribbon tabs for the most typical tasks of TX Text Control.

The Quick Access Toolbar is a customizable toolbar that contains a set of pre-defined commands and users can add additional buttons for typical common tasks.

The following code shows how to add the standard items to the toolbar:

The SetQuickAccessToolbarStandardItems method accepts an array of RibbonButtons. A RibbonButton has text which is displayed in the context menu, an icon that is rendered in the toolbar and you can attach events to it. The following screenshot shows the added button and the context menu that can be used to enable and disable the standard items:

Adding elements to the Ribbon QuickAccessToolbar

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