Getting Started with SciChart for Xamarin
Posted by Andrew on 06 June 2017 10:56 AM
Make yourself a coffee and let’s get started with SciChart Xamarin!
Quickest of the Quick Start Guides
Ok, so you’ve chosen the SciChart charting library. Great! Now what?
Check out this Quickest of the QuickStart Guide below which shows you how to download, run the Xamarin Chart Examples Suite and see what SciChart Xamarin can do.
01 Downloading the SciChart Xamarin SDK
The SciChart Xamarin examples is included as a ZIp file on our website however, the libraries themselves are integrated using the NuGet* package manager.
Note that SciChart Xamarin assemblies are hosted on a private NuGet feed. Make sure you add the SciChart Feed URL to Visual Studio.
We have also created a 5 minute video showing you how to setup the NuGet feed, compile the examples and get them running on your device.
02 Learning by Example – The Examples Suite
In case you have downloaded SciChart from our Download page you will find a rich Xamarin Chart examples app with over 30+ examples showing you how to create static and real-time Xamarin Chart types with SciChart.
You can find out more about what examples are available at the SciChart Xamarin Examples Suite page.
03 Learning by Tutorial
We know how it might be frustrating when you spend hours trying to create some simple thing. With this idea in our minds we have created a Tutorials set, which covers following topics:
Each Tutorial has an appropriate Visual Studio project which you can find in SciChart Xamarin GitHub Repository.
04 Where is the Examples Source Code?
In case you’ve referenced the SciChart from our NuGet feed, you still have an ability to download the Examples Suite as well as Tutorials Demo just cloning our GitHub repository and also view our examples online.
You will find a lot of useful information which can help you to start using SciChart in the best way. The Examples Suite is a powerful demo application which contains more than 50 examples, some of them are listed below:
05 I just want to build a Simple Line Chart
Ok, so check out our Tutorials on Creating your first SciChartSurface in Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android. It will walk you through the basics, including setting up a SciChartSurface, setting up X and Y Axes.
Then, take a look at The Line Series Type, which shows how to add a single line series with some XY data to the chart. Finally, see our sections on adding Zoom Behaviour and a Tooltip and you’re all set!
07 Where is Documentation
SciChart iOS/Android has online documentation, however SciChart for Xamarin does not. This is because xamarin is simply a binding library wrapper around the native iOS/Android controls, so the API is largely the same.
For reference, you can find the following resources below.
08 Great, but I Have a Question about …
We believe you will not find a better supported Xamarin chart than SciChart!
If you have a question, please feel free to ask at our Forums page. This is a Q&A forum page where we aim to answer all queries promptly. Please direct Xamarin specific questions to the ios/android forums respectively.
But if you have specific sales or technical question, you can Contact us anytime and one of our staff will get back to you. We aim to answer all requests within 1-business day.
During your trial of SciChart Xamarin we will gladly answer your technical questions about the chart. After the trial expires, you may purchase a support subscription to maintain access to our 5-star priority support.
Thanks, and enjoy!
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SciChart iOS /Android / Xamarin BETA Released!
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 05 June 2017 04:00 PM
We are really excited to announce, the result of a year of hard work and effort by our mobile team, that SciChart iOS/Android v2 is around the corner!
We are choosing to release today as a ‘BETA’ and invite feedback from our user-base. A full release will be done shortly, once we have polished everything and done final testing and checks.
SciChart Mobile v2: A huge Step forward
SciChart iOS/Android v2 is a huge step forward in our iOS & Android charts. While our first version of SciChart iOS/Android benchmarked as the fastest Android and fastest iOS charts in the world, they lacked a few critical features that were important to would-be customers and creators of rich mobile charting applications.
Thanks to some brave early adopters, and great feedback from our iOS/Android customers, we have done a lot of work to improve our iOS & Android charts, and bring you Xamarin support in our latest major release, as well as a host of new features and improvements that will make your apps really stand out.
We’ve done a lot of work to optimize performance for swift users (even more!) and update to Swift 3 support on iOS, while maintaining our Objective-C heritage for our iOS Charts. We’ve created and updated 60 examples for each of SciChart iOS, SciChart Android as well as 20+ examples for SciChart Xamarin, showcasing the speed, power and flexibility of our iOS & Android charts. These examples are going to be published soon and we have a host of website updates in the works as well.
We’ve created a brand new Showcase application which has at the moment two ‘featured apps’ – a Spectrum Analyzer which analyzes audio from the microphone in realtime, and an ECG monitor which you can download and use to get started creating realtime scientific apps right away.
SciChart iOS/Android v2 is being marketed towards creators of scientific and financial apps.
Apps that require realtime, big data, fast updates, displaying of large amounts information from sensors, financial data-feeds and remote servers.
Stock charting (financial charting) is a first class citizen in SciChart iOS & Android, allowing you to create rich, realistic trading apps using our libraries. You can create audio analyzers, monitor sensor data, hook up our charts to medical test equipment and more. SciChart makes your impossible projects possible with our speed and power which is second to none!
Features in SciChart iOS/Android v2
How to Access the BETA
Our BETAs are published to the following channels for the moment.
Each Github repositories contain the full source code for SciChart iOS/Android/Xamarin v2 Examples. The binaries are pulled from Maven (Android), Cocoapods (iOS) and NuGet (Xamarin). Instructions on how to setup your local machine to get the binaries are included in the above repos, in the readme.md.
Getting Started: Tutorials
We’ve published tutorials to get started with SciChart iOS/Android/Xamarin v2. These can be found below.
Pricing and Upgrades
SciChart iOS/Android/Xamarin v2 pricing can be seen at our Store page. Existing customers of SciChart iOS/Android can continue to use iOS/Android v2 versions released before support expiry for free. New customers who purchase today can use both v1 and v2 (all versions released before support expiry).
Special Discounts for SciChart WPF Customers
Are you a customer of SciChart WPF and interested in iOS, Android or Xamarin? If so, we are offering a 30%, limited time discount to existing customers of SciChart WPF to purchase SciChart iOS/Android.
This offer is valid to existing customers of SciChart WPF within support-expiry, until 5th September 2017.
If the above offers are of interest to you, contact sales to get a quote asking for the ‘existing customer Xamarin upgrade’
We work hard to keep our customers happy, but we don’t know everything! So, if you find a problem or a bug, contact us to let us know. We will do our best to fix it.
Also, if you have any feedback for us, good or bad, we would love to hear it!
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SciChart WPF v4.2.3 Build 10185 Released!
Posted by Andrew on 05 June 2017 08:43 AM
It’s been a while since we’ve shipped a WPF release, as we are busy working on a number of exciting projects! However today we are pleased to announce that an important stability update for SciChart WPF: v184.108.40.20685 has been released.
What’s New in SciChart WPF v220.127.116.1185?
Lots and lots of bugs fixed! It is recommended for all users of SciChart WPF v4.x to update to the latest version, which should be a drop in replacement.
Critical Bugs (Crash or Memory Leak) Fixed
Where to Get It?
SciChart WPF v18.104.22.16885 is available from the usual channels.
Please ensure you uninstall previous version(s) of SciChart before installing v4.2.3 as this can prevent some issues in the upgrade process!
What’s Coming Soon?
We are still working hard on a massive release of SciChart iOS & Android v2, which will include Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android support. You can access early BETA’s of all three via our public Github repositories:
Each of the above repositories pulls binaries for SciChart iOS/Android/Xamarin v2 from Cocoapods (iOS), Maven (Android) and NuGet (Xamarin). Full build instructions are included in the Readme.md in the above repositories.
SciChart WPF Development in progress
We are also still working on a major update to SciChart WPF. This will feature a number of new 2D+3D Chart types as well as improvements to speed, stability and API for our WPF customerbase.
We have delayed releasing this since we want to get it right, and we have so many users using SciChart WPF v4 with great success, that there is no significant rush to get to market and we want to ensure when we do deliver, it will be super-awesome.
If you want to preview SciChart WPF v5 you can do so, again via a public Github repository, which also pulls assemblies from NuGet.
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SciChart WPF Examples, Tutorials source now on GitHub!
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 09 March 2017 09:00 AM
In the past few weeks, we have been working on shaping our product and vision for SciChart WPF, with the help of feedback from our userbase and potential customers. One of the requests which you have asked for is the ability to have the SciChart WPF Examples source code available *outside the installer*. As a result, we have taken the step to setup automatic publishing of the SciChart WPF Examples Suite to Github, referencing the SciChart WPF DLLs from NuGet. We are hoping that this will be a powerful resource which will enable our users to fall into the pit of success when using SciChart!
What is in SciChart WPF Examples Repository?
The SciChart WPF Examples Repository can be found on Github under the ABTSoftware organization. This is a public repository with an open source License. You are free to clone it using Git or SVN clients, download the code, and use anything in it for commercial or open source purposes.
The repository contains
SciChart WPF Examples Source Code
SciChart WPF Tutorials
SciChart WPF Examples Sandbox
Cloning the Repository and Building the Source
Wait, What? SciChart Examples v5?
That’s right! You heard correctly. We are now publishing an Early Access Preview of the the SciChart WPF Examples v5 to the Github repository, along side SciChart WPF v5 BETA to our abtsoftware-bleedig-edge (BETA) NuGet Feed.
SciChart WPF v5 IS A VERY EARLY BETA. This version of SciChart is very much in flux. We wanted to be able to showcase what we have been working on as well as give some of our customers early access to the next major version of SciChart, which is currently on schedule to be released in May.
WPF v5 Burndown Chart as of March 2016. Expected delivery in May 2016
If you want to see what we’re doing for SciChart WPF v5, head on over to our Public Issue Tracker where you can see the sprints, the tasks in progress and our statuses. ‘Delivered’ state means published to NuGet & Github!
New Features coming soon to SciChart WPF v5
WPF Radar Chart
From one of the surveys we learned that Radar Charts are important to many users.
This 2D Chart will be added to SciChart WPF v 5 to allow displaying radars with customizable axes and selectable series or data-points. This chart type has been built from the ground up using our fast 2D drawing technology and looks great!
You can see an example of use here.
WPF Discontinuous DateTime Axis
In WPF v5 new DiscontinuousDateTimeAxis type is going to be introduced. This is a special axis type, specifically for financial / trading charts, which will allow you to skip ranges (overnight, weekend). It will support series with differing lengths for the first time in trading charts. This opens the possibility of all sorts of indicators and filtering techniques previously impossible with SciChart. It will allow you to use Range, Tick, Volume or Time based bars. It preserves the position on Annotations on time-frame changes. It allows showing/hiding of overnight trading on exchanges with extended trading data.
You can see an example of use here.
Uniform Heatmap Type
The heatmap type is undergoing radical transformation. We have a new FastUniformHeatmapRenderableSeries. This is up to 10x faster than the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries for the case where cells are uniformly spaced and supports the PaletteProvider API. This works best with DirectX.
The Uniform heat map type has been heavily optimised, now yielding up to 10x faster rendering when compared to v4.x FastHeatmapRenderableSeries
You can see an example of use here
Non-Uniform Heatmap Type
Still in progress, we have a Non-Uniform heatmap type which will supercede the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries. This fixes issues where the Y cells don’t match the spacing provided by the user. We also hope it will be faster and more flexible than the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries. Still a work in progress Read more »
Should we ship iOS Chart examples in ObjectiveC? Or just Swift?
Posted by Andrew on 22 February 2017 01:30 PM
// Are Objective C Examples Useful?
At the moment SciChart iOS v1.x has ios chart examples and documentation in both Objective C and Swift. However, whenever customers request tech support or ask for examples, they are almost always asking for Swift 3 examples.
Should our iOS Chart Examples and Documentation be in both ObjectiveC and Swift, or just Swift?
It would save us a lot of time to support Swift 3 only in our examples. Can you take a moment to let us know which languages you expect us to create examples in for our upcoming SciChart iOS Charts v2.0?
Note: Our iOS Chart controls will, and always will be, written in Objective C. They will support both Objective C and Swift. Just we want to know if the examples should be Swift only, or both languages.
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SciChart WPF v4.2.2 Build 9777 Released!
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 17 February 2017 03:25 PM
We are pleased to announce the release of SciChart v4.2.2 Build 9777. This is a minor update which contains many critical bug fixes and minor improvements. It is strongly advised for users of SciChart v4.x to upgrade to this version, which is a drop-in replacement.
We’re committed to providing our customers with the best experience possible, and as a result, we continue to update and improve our popular WPF Charts components!
What’s New in v4.2.2?
Critical Bug Fixes
Other Bug Fixes
Aesthetic Issues Resolved
Where to get it?!
You can get all the SciChart Releases from the www.scichart.com/downloads page. If you haven’t created an account with SciChart.com yet, please do. You will need to in order to access the downloads.
What Else is on our Roadmap?
Recently we have taken a moment to evaluate where we have been, and are planning to go as a business. There is SciChart Annual report 2016 which shows how we are doing as a business.
We have also shared SciChart Vision and Roadmap – for 2017 and beyond.
Please take a moment to read the above and we would very much value your feedback on our current and future roadmap for SciChart!
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