Aspose Newsletter, April 2011

Aspose.Diagram, Aspose.Words Express and Awesome Customer Service

Happy Spring! Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. This month we’ve got some really great product news.
We’ve just released the highly anticipated Aspose.Diagram for .NET. Aspose.Diagram for .NET allows you to process and manipulate Microsoft Visio files from within your applications. As ever, Aspose.Total customers can download and use the new product instantly. Find out more.
We’ve also just released Aspose.Words Express, a freeware tool that allows you to convert DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTML and ODT documents to EPUB. All you need to do is select a source file, a destination and click the Convert button. Do you have any awkward file formats you’d love to get onto your e-reader? Aspose.Express makes it easy.
Aspose.Words for .NET is now fully autoported to Java and has passed the 9700+ unit tests that we run against each build to ensure everything works. We’ve still got some work to do, but you’ll be seeing a lot more about this release in the very near future.
Amazing customer service
Only a few times in my life have I really experienced awesome customer service. When you are on the receiving end of excellent customer service you always remember it. I recently took my wife’s broken Macbook Pro to an Apple Genius Bar. The Apple representative diagnosed the issue as a known fault and promptly booked the laptop in for a full complementary motherboard replacement even though the computer was 3 years out of warranty. Two days later the laptop was back in our hands in perfect working condition. I couldn’t have asked for more: I am one happy customer.
I’ve been reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh the CEO of Zappos. He built his company around an ethos of incredible customer service. I’ve heard about when a Zappos employee booked aeroplane tickets and hand delivered a pair of shoes to a frantic bride rather than use standard shipping and risk being late for their big day.
Do you have any phenomenal customer service experiences to share? We’re always doing our best to listen to our customers and help wherever we can. Inspiring stories could change the way we deal with our customers.
Many thanks,
John Owens, Aspose Scotland Team Leader
@aspose

Product Spotlight – Aspose.Total receives ComponentSource awards
ComponentsSource is a leading online software vendor who offers products from over 250 vendors to over 125,000 customers. Every year, they put together a list of the best selling companies and products that they work with. There are two categories: Bestselling Publisher Awards, and Bestselling Product Awards. Aspose placed in both categories and collected a total of four awards. Among our products, both Aspose.Total and Aspose.Words received Top 25 Product awards, and Aspose.Cells received a Top 50 Products award. We are particularly proud to find ourselves in the top of the Best Selling Publisher Award. Since this award is based on our sales through ComponentSource, it is unbiased proof of how popular our products are. Our customers are voting with their pockets and there is no better endorsement. We want to thank all of our customers for their confidence in us and look forward to supporting them throughout 2011-2012.
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Technical Article – Using Web Services to Create Barcodes with Aspose.BarCode for .NET
Web services allow you to integrate software with external applications. Using a standardized request/response model, any client application that can use XML web service can benefit from it. This technical article demonstrates how to create a web service that creates a barcode using Aspose.BarCode for .NET and a WinForms client or a web client. The client application simply sends to string values to the server (codetext and symbology) and Aspose.BarCode takes care of the rest. Read the complete article.
Tutorial Video – Finding the Original ID of an External Task in Aspose.Tasks for .NET
Do you need to find out the ID of an external task from within your application? When you are using Aspose.Tasks for .NET to work with Microsoft Project files, it is easy. This tutorial shows how to do it, from creating the external task in Microsoft Project to writing the code to find its ID number in Visual Studio. The whole process takes just over two minutes. Watch the tutorial.
Migration Tip – Migration to Aspose.Words for .NET 9.2 or Higher
Aspose.Words for .NET and Java 10 is coming ever closer. Now is a good time to make sure that your projects are up-to-date and ready for the next step up. We know how annoying it is when an API that you have implemented changes so we try to keep changes down to a minimum. With Aspose.Words for .NET 9.2 we had to make a couple of small changes to make the API better organised and to help the autoporting work we are doing on the Java platform. This article explains the differences and how to update your code. Read the migration tip.
New Releases and Updates

 

  1. Aspose.Total for .NET – a compilation of our latest .NET products.
  2. Aspose.Words for .NET 9.7.0 – introduces creation of PDFs with access permissions and encryption.
  3. Aspose.Cells for .NET 5.3.1 – hotfix that adds support for Arabic text in PDF conversion and 17 fixes.
  4. Aspose.Pdf for .NET 5.0.1 – adds a number of fixes and improves HTML & PDF conversion and TOC management.
  5. Aspose.Slides for .NET 5.0.0 – introduces adding and copying slide notes an getting thumbnails from PPTX files.
  6. Aspose.Pdf.Kit for .NET 5.4.0 – introduces an overload to Strip method to support streams and a number of fixes.
  7. Aspose.BarCode for .NET 3.9.1 – introduces rotation adjustment and a couple of fixes.
  8. Aspose.Tasks for .NET 3.6.0 – adds read/write MS Office Project 2010 XML capability among other new features.
  9. Aspose.Network for .NET 6.2.0 – adds a number of new features and enhancements.
  10. Aspose.Diagram for .NET 1.0.0 – introduces a new .NET product, a pure .NET alternative to MS Visio Object Model.
  11. Aspose.Total for Java – a compilation of our latest Java products.
  12. Aspose.Cells for Java 2.5.2 – adds support for pivot tables from template files as well as other features and enhancements.
  13. Aspose.Total for Reporting Services – a compilation of our latest SSRS rendering extensions.
  14. Aspose.Pdf for Reporting Services 2.1.0 – introduces support for super- and subscript text in PDFs and fixes an issue with margins.
  15. Aspose.Total for JasperReports – a compilation of our latest JasperReports exporters.
  16. Aspose.Total for SharePoint – a compilation of our latest SharePoint components.

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