The latest official Q2 2013 release
laid the foundations of a couple of very exciting new components - ImageEditor
and Cloud Synchronization Mechanism
. As tradition dictates, it is about time we show you what we've been working on for the past month. The Q2 2013 Service Pack comes with a brand new ImageEditor for Windows Phone 7, 3x faster SlideView, Relations support for the Cloud Sync Mechanism and much more, so read on.
Image Editor for Windows Phone 7
The ImageEditor has been the cool kid on the block since its introduction
. We received a lot of valuable feedback from our customers but the one feature requested by most was the ability to use the ImageEditor in Windows Phone 7 applications. We took this into consideration and it is my pleasure to tell you that with Q2 2013 SP1 you can now take advantage of the ImageEditor in your Windows Phone 7 apps.
Insert text functionality in ImageEditor
The ImageEditor component now supports inserting text over the photo you're editing.
Enhanced Cloud Data Synchronization Mechanism
The Cloud Data Sync Mechanism
, part of the first ever cloud-powered controls for Windows Phone
, is a backend component that allows you to consume cloud objects, store them locally, work with them in both online and offline mode and be sure that they are kept in sync with their cloud counterparts. The cloud components suite is still in its infancy so there’s a lot more to come.
With the Q2 2013 SP1, the Cloud Data Sync Mechanism will allow you to implement relations between objects synchronized by different SynchronizationContext instances. It might sound scary but worry not. We’ll make sure to explain this feature in further detail very shortly.
One thing that needs mentioning here is that with the Q2 2013 SP1 release, all cloud related components and extensions will be included in the automatic installation so no need for additional downloads
3x faster SlideView
Even though the ImageEditor and the Cloud Components Suite are taking most of our attention, we’ll always find time and energy to improve our existing controls. After the DataForm
and the Calendar
, it was SlideView’s turn. The Q2 2013 SP1 introduces a brand new item realization mechanism which makes the SlideView 3x faster.
Needless to say, Q2 2013 SP1 comes with a lot of minor fixes and improvements. You can read more in the release notes
Give it a try and let us know what you think!