Developers often want to add Microsoft Word-like word processing, document editing or reporting capabilities to their .NET business applications easily and without a lot of overhead. Using TX Text Control .NET, they are able to get the functionality they need and the ease of use today’s end users demand.
“Editing MS Word documents on the Web has been a challenge for Web developers. With the introduction of HTML5, we were able to develop a true WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing Microsoft Word documents in any browser, cross-platform. This changed the way documents and templates are created and maintained in business applications,” said Bjoern Meyer, President of Text Control USA. “Developers also want to be able to share reporting templates in Web applications and create them directly in a Web browser without requiring plug-ins or any client-side footprint. Developers trust us to deliver the deep functionality they need to integrate powerful reporting and word-processing capabilities into their business applications.”
Text Control made the SD Times 100 2015 list for its contributions to the User Experience category. In addition to enhancing the capabilities of its popular products, Text Control has fortified its presence in Europe, the U.S. and Asia to provide customers with even more responsive customer and technical support assistance.
Text Control’s flagship product, TX Text Control .NET, allows developers to add word-processing, mail-merge, and reporting capabilities to their ASP.NET, WPF and Windows Forms applications. The company also offers TX Spell .NET spell checking and language tools, and TX Barcode .NET 1D and 2D barcode controls. TX Text Control X12 comprises the latest versions of the ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Forms and ActiveX products. The ASP.NET version includes enhancements to cross-browser document-editing capabilities. All of the products include additional reporting and mail-merge capabilities.
HTML5 Document and Template Editing
Text Control recently enhanced TextContol.Web, its industry-first WYSIWYG, HTML5-based document and reporting templates editor so developers can include even more Microsoft Word-like capabilities in their applications. With it, end users can create powerful reporting templates in any HTML5-based browser on their own.
“We implemented tons of feature requests and improvements,” said Meyer. “One of the things developers love most is the direct, client-side printing support. Due to the nature of browsers, there is no direct printer access. We solved the problem in version X12 without requiring any additional client-side plug-ins.”
Web.TextControl can print documents directly by opening the native browser print dialog. The capability allows developers to use the integrated print preview to change the printer settings and to print content directly. In addition, Web.TextControl now has full drag-and-drop support, so Microsoft Word DOC, DOCX, RTF and image files can be inserted directly into Web.TextControl and the content retains its original formatting.
“This is not just another HTML editor. It’s a fully featured, Microsoft Word-inspired word processor interface for editing documents and templates using ordinary Microsoft Word skills,” said Meyer. “If you want to make business end users happy, you need to give them familiar Microsoft Word features such as true page layout, sections, headers and footers.”
Reporting and Mail Merge
The Text Control Reporting Framework is included in TX Text Control .NET for ASP.NET, WPF and Windows Forms. It includes a MailMerge component, field adapters, and WYSIWYG template editor so developers can embed robust reporting features and easy-to-use Microsoft Word-compatible word-processing capabilities into their applications—and everything is fully programmable. When Text Control Reporting capabilities are embedded in applications, users can create documents and templates on their own using their existing Microsoft Word skills. They can also reuse Microsoft Word mail-merge templates. Conversely, TX Text Control templates are completely compatible with Microsoft Word.
Text Control Reporting does not depend on Microsoft Word or any applications, and it supports popular formats such as DOCX, DOC, RTF, PDF and PDF/A.
Unlike complex, conventional banded report designers, Text Control reporting is easy to understand and use. And its WYSIWYG design ensures that templates render the same whether they are output on paper or in an Adobe PDF file. Like Microsoft Word, users can easily add elements to the report, including tables, pictures, 1D and 2D barcodes, 2D and 3D charts, and headers and footers.
Developers can use the Microsoft Word-compatible report templates to create mail merge and table reports as well as master-detail, side-by-side and sub-reports. They can also insert nested repeating blocks with master-detail relationship views, easily. Anything can be included in a repeating block, such as a table row, paragraphs, images or text frames.
Text Control Reporting also includes an out-of-the-box data connection wizard to connect to all types of databases, including Microsoft SQL, Access, ADO.NET and ODBC. Developers can easily insert Merge Fields and Merge Blocks from recognized database tables.
Learn more at www.textcontrol.com.