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New in XGantt #1: Striking Graphical Features for Vivid Gantt Charts


Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Jan 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A new version (5.1) of VARCHART XGantt, our Gantt control for creating powerful Gantt charts, has been released recently. You can find the complete release notes here

We’ve come up with so much new features that introducing them all at once would go beyond the scope of one blog post. So I decided to split my description of what's new in the Gantt chart control into a series of blog posts, the first dealing with some great new graphical features.

New sash attributes

Three new layout options allow to modify the appearance of the sashes separating table and diagram as well as histogram and diagram:

  • The three-dimensional appearance can be switched on or off:
New_in_51_Sash_3D.png with three-dimensional effect
New_in_51_Sash_No_3D.png without three-dimensional effect 

  • The sash width can be set to a value between 3 and 20 pixels:
New_in_51_Sash_Width_3P.png  3 pixels
New_in_51_Sash_Width_20P.png 20 pixels

  • The moving phantom of the sash can appear as double line when the update behavior is switched to „Standard“.
New_in_51_Sash_DoubleLine.png with double line
New_in_51_Sash_NoDoubleLine.png without double line

Auxiliary lines for modifying nodes

When nodes are being moved, extended or shortened, you can now show auxiliary lines:


When the mouse pointer is above a node, the auxiliary lines are being shown upon pressing the left mouse button and vanish again when the button is released. While a node is being modified, the auxiliary lines will be constantly updated, of course.

New layout attributes for the layers in work free intervals

We have re-designed the Edit Layer dialog and have added layout options for layers in work free intervals.


The new layout options in detail:


Line: Select the line attributes
New_in_51_Layer_Rectangle.png Rectangle: Select a pattern for the work free interval.
New_in_51_Layer_Free_Area.png Free area
New_in_51_Layer_None.png None: Use this option if only the work free intervals of one particular layer are to be hidden, although on the Nodes property page the „Show work free periods of nodes“ option has been ticked.

New layer forms

Three new layer forms were added:




These layer shapes can also be selected in the re-designed Edit Layer dialog:


Next steps

Now try by yourself. If you do not use VARCHART XGantt so far, feel free to download a trial version. This version comes with full functionality, and we are happy to provide you with free tech support during your 30-days trial period.

VARCHART XGantt free trial - Gantt chart control .NET

Want to get more detailed information on selected VARCHART XGantt features? Read our blogpost on how to customize the display of the duration in the tooltip.

Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control


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