Welcome to the February 2009 issue of the Aspose Newsletter! In this month’s newsletter, we will provide some introductory information about our spotlight product: Aspose.Cells. We will also look at the new and exciting features offered in the recent releases of Aspose.Words, Aspose.Slides, Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services, Aspose.Network, Aspose.Slides for Reporting Services and Aspose.Words for Reporting Services. We will also provide information about migrating your code for Microsoft Office Automation to Aspose using Aspose.Slides. You will learn about the latest news from Aspose along with the monthly Tech-Tip, which demonstrates how to concatenate all PDF files in a particular folder using Aspose.Pdf.Kit, and an introduction to our featured technical article in which we compare and contrast VSTO with Aspose.Cells for .NET based on some common scenarios & aspects. In addition to this, we will introduce the latest tutorial video from Aspose, which shows you how to create nested bookmarks in a PDF document using Aspose.Pdf.Kit.
Aspose.Cells is a non-graphical Excel® spreadsheet reporting component that enables either .NET or Java applications to read and write Excel® spreadsheets without utilizing Microsoft Excel®. Aspose.Cells is a very feature rich component that offers much more than just basic exporting of data. With Aspose.Cells developers can export data, format spreadsheets in every detail and at every level, import images, import charts, create charts, stream Excel® data, save in various formats and much, much more. Take the time to download the free evaluation version today to see how Aspose.Cells can work for you.
Aspose.Words for .NET 126.96.36.199 hotfix released
The latest version 188.8.131.52 of Aspose.Words for .NET is a hotfix that addresses most of the annoying issues that have been discovered in the past month after the release of the major milestone, Aspose.Words for .NET 184.108.40.206, in which direct to PDF conversion, document rendering and printing were introduced. For more information you can view the official release page and the relevant blog post. The latest version of Aspose.Words for .NET can be downloaded from here.
Latest PPTX updates ported to Aspose.Slides for Java
Aspose.Slides for Java version 220.127.116.11 has been released. In this release, the latest PPTX updates from .NET version of Aspose.Slides have been ported to Aspose.Slides for Java. This release features additional optimization of PPT format reading and writing as well as improved rendering of autoshapes. In addition to this, the new release also includes numerous other improvements and bug fixes. For detailed information you are requested to view the official release page and accompanying blog post. The latest version of Aspose.Slides for Java can be downloaded from here.
GS-1 DataBar (RSS) supported by Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services
Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services version 18.104.22.168 has been released. This release of Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services supports rendering of GS-1 DataBar (RSS) barcode. It also supports linkage flag for GS-1 DataBar barcode, and rendering a 2D Composite Component accompanying the linear component. The design-time IDE barcode designer has also been upgraded. For more information please consult the official release page and the relevant blog post. The latest version of Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services can be downloaded from here.
Performance improvements in Aspose.Network for .NET
Aspose.Network for .NET version 22.214.171.124 has been released. The new version offers improved performance for parsing / writing iCal format, as well as improved performance for .NET 1.1 build and other code optimizations. Also included with this release are numerous improvements and bug fixes. For more information, you are requested to view the official release page and the accompanying blog post. The latest version of Aspose.Network for .NET can be downloaded from here.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 supported by Aspose.Slides for Reporting Services
The latest version 126.96.36.199 of Aspose.Slides for Reporting Services offers complete support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008. All newly introduced RDL elements are now supported. We have also tried to make the exported presentation look as close as possible to a report exported with standard TIFF image exporter. The new release comes with a new installer which should automatically install Aspose.Slides to all existing instances of Reporting Services 2005 and 2008. For more details, please consult the official release page and the relevant blog post. The latest version of Aspose.Slides for Reporting Services can be downloaded from here.
Code samples for Aspose.Words for Reporting Services
Aspose.Words for Reporting Services version 188.8.131.52 has been released. This is a hotfix release that addresses a few issues reported by the customers. We have also added a Code Samples section to the product's documentation. The first couple of code samples included into the documentation demonstrate how to export reports to Microsoft Word documents in code via Reporting Services Web service as well as via Report Viewer working in local mode. For more details please consult the official release page and the accompanying blog post. The latest version of Aspose.Words for Reporting Services can be downloaded from here.
Migration from Microsoft Office Automation to Aspose – Aspose.Slides
In this months newsletter we include information for migrating to Aspose.Slides your Microsoft Office Automation code to format the text on slides dynamically. You can find the detailed article with complete code here.
Technical Article – Comparing VSTO with Aspose.Cells for .NET
In this article we compare and contrast VSTO with Aspose.Cells for .NET based on some common scenarios & aspects. The article is intended to give you the necessary information required for making analysis, comparisons and evaluation for adopting any system. You can find the complete article here.
Tutorial Video – How to create nested bookmarks in a PDF document
This video tutorial demonstrates how to create nested bookmarks in a PDF document using Aspose.Pdf.Kit. In this video, we create a simple WinForm application to demonstrate the feature. First the original PDF document is shown without any bookmarks. After the application is executed, several nested bookmarks have been added to the PDF document. You can view the video here.
Technical Tip – Concatenating PDF files in particular folder
In this technical tip we provide code samples which show you how to concatenate all files present in a particular folder using Aspose.Pdf.Kit. Code snippets for C#, VB.NET and Java are provided, which show you to list all files in a particular folder and then concatenate them. The complete technical tip can be found here.