Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android Support coming soon!
Posted by Andrew on 02 December 2016 04:09 PM
We are hoping to be releasing a BETA of these two control libraries at the end of the year. These will be a binding library (wrapper) around our existing iOS Charts & Android Chart controls, so you will soon be able to build applications either natively using XCode or Android Studio, or using Microsoft tools (Visual Studio, Xamarin Studio, and Visual Studio for Mac).
Read more about our mobile strategy, plus what the future holds for SciChart below:
At SciChart we made the strategic decision in January 2015 to begin to port to mobile platforms iOS & Android, because we felt that our fast, high-performance WPF charting controls were a natural fit for mobile devices where performance is required in real-time scientific or financial charting apps. It has been a long journey, but in July of 2016 we released SciChart iOS & SciChart Android v1. Since then we have released a number of minor updates, and our mobile chart controls are already being used by a number of companies to create some amazing applications with incredible performance.
However, from the first moment we announced SciChart for iOS / Android in 2015 we have had requests for Xamarin. We were reluctant at first because of the pricing of Xamarin in 2015, however, Microsoft has since acquired Xamarin and made it free to all, so there is no longer a cost barrier to use this incredible technology for developing mobile apps. As a result, we have accelerated our mobile development and Xamarin binding libraries so that we could bring SciChart to mobile as well as desktop platforms using Microsoft tooling.
Microsoft is Betting on Xamarin
Since we started working with Xamarin in April 2016, we have seen a huge amount of change in these toolsets. Microsoft is working hard to update the platforms, staying current with the latest XCode version, the latest Android SDKs and fixing bugs. We have seen so much change that we actually had to re-write our binding libraries once just to cater for them!
What we see is Microsoft is confident in the future success of Xamarin, are working very actively on it, so we are as well. We are committed to invest in this platform. What’s more, it ties in with what we already do: we already make a very successful 2D & 3D chart control on WPF.
Our Strategy in 2016-2017
We intend to BETA our 2D Chart Control libraries for Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS at the end of the year, with a full release in Q1 of 2017. Our offering will include 2D Charts, and we intend to port over everything that we’re doing in WPF to the Xamarin as well as native iOS/Android platforms.
We intend to port over 3D Charts to mobile. Our WPF 3D Charting engine is mostly written in C++, and we deliberately made it cross platform so it will work on iOS & Android.
We intend to make our iOS components available for Mac Desktop (OSX) use. The change between Objective-C on iOS & Mac Desktop is minimal, so we can get an extra platform with much of the code reused. Also Xamarin.Mac allows development for Mac desktop. Bonus!
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SciChart WPF: New set of tutorials now online
Posted by Andrew on 10 November 2016 03:42 PM
If you are new to SciChart WPF, or have recently started using it, it’s well worth taking a look at our new set of tutorials for SciChart WPF!
These include the following topics:
By the end of the tutorials you should end up with a multi-chart, multi-axis chart, with realtime updates and annotations, scrollbars, zooming and panning behaviour, tooltips and legends, which looks a little like this:
If you are experienced with SciChart WPF, it’s worth having a look to give us your feedback.
Also, if you have any feedback for us about topics to include for future tutorials that would also be greatly appreciated.
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Transitionz WPF – Free library for Metro style Animation Effects
Posted by Andrew on 25 October 2016 01:27 PM
We spent a little bit of time at the weekend open-sourcing one of the libraries that we use in the SciChart WPF Examples Suite and Licensing Wizard which handles cool animation effects!
This cool little library allows you to animate Opacity, Translate Transform, or Blur.
You can do really complex things and trigger animations on loaded, on Visibility Changed or on Property Changed via bindings. We use it in the SciChart WPF Examples Suite as well as the Licensing Wizard to achieve these cool effects.
If you want to include Transitionz in your app and have cool animation effects, you can get it for free from NuGet as the SciChart.Wpf.UI.Transitionz package (licensed under Apache 2.0 – free for commercial use). Alternatively, we have also published the full source to Github.
For usage instructions please see the Transitionz-Library wiki page.
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SciChart iOS Android Charts Bug Tracker is now public!
Posted by Andrew on 13 October 2016 10:54 AM
As an experiment into improving transparency and feedback on our development processes, we have taken the bold step to make our Android & iOS Project Issue Tracker public!
Have a watch of the video above to see how to navigate the issue tracker.
Links to the Issue Tracker:
As always, your feedback is welcome!
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Announcing No-Support Product Pricing Options
Posted by Andrew on 03 October 2016 02:23 PM
Today we’re excited to announce a new pricing option for our cross platform WPF, iOS & Android charts to complement our 1-year, 2-year, 3-year and lifetime priority support options.
This option is about 30% cheaper than supported options if you wish to purchase a license without technical support.
New No-Support Option: Save 30% on License Costs
As of today we have launched a new No-Support option to all our WPF, iOS & Android Chart control licenses (excluding source-code options).
This option will give you access to updates for 3-months only (no technical support) and reduces the price of purchasing licenses from SciChart by about 30% and should make things considerably cheaper if you don’t think you will need access to our tech support during your development:
No Support Option Pricing (Developer Licenses)
No Support Option Pricing (Site Licenses)
Site licenses are also available for unlimited developers at a single physical site. For example:
You can see all the pricing live now at store.scichart.com
What are the terms?
With the 1-year, 2-year, 3-year and lifetime support options, you get priority support at support.scichart.com, or via the forums at www.scichart.com/questions. We will aim to answer your questions within 1-business day, and solve problems as quickly as reasonably possible.
With the no-support option, your access to these systems won’t be prevented, but it will be ignored. Meaning you may receive an auto-response but please don’t expect to have questions answered. We have to be strict about this, sorry.
Your no-support license will allow you to get major & minor updates from SciChart such as bug fix builds, new features, for 3-months from purchase, not for a full-year like the 1-year support plan.
What if I want to report a bug?
Please do! You can report bugs by emailing . Please be sure to include:
Bugs will be filed in our task tracker, and prioritised according to severity of the bug, and our workload. If we do fix it, we’ll try to contact you back to let you know.
What if I do need help?
We do have an extensive set of examples and documentation for all our charts, and more is coming soon such as getting-started guides and tutorials. If you do need help please try to use these resources as you may find the answer here.
If you get really stuck you can always ask at stackoverflow.com using the tag:SciChart. However, please be advised our team is not obliged to answer questions.
Finally, if you do wish to upgrade to a support plan after purchasing a no-support license, please contact sales. We would be happy to quote this for you.
Why have we done this?
By far our biggest cost is tech-support, and we really put a lot of effort into it! You can read this article here which talks about just how many support-requests we resolve (hint: thousands) and the sorts of amazing feedback we get from customers – it really is encouraging to see our customers love what we do and rate us highly!
We’ve always prided ourselves on excelling at support, and we personally think its a very important part of what we do. However, the market is showing us that if we want to grow we need to consider no-support options, as they can allow us to scale at a rate we previously were not able to.
Finally, If you do have feedback about this option or want to ask a few questions, feel free to contact us, we will do our best to help.
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Announcing new Pricing: iOS & Android Combined Licenses
Posted by Andrew on 19 September 2016 11:32 AM
It’s only been a few months since the SciChart iOS & Android High Performance Realtime Chart Launches and already we are iterating to bring you new features and improvements along the lines of compatibility performance & features!
New Cross-Platform Pricing
One improvement we’ve also just launched is new pricing for the iOS / Android chart products, as well as combined pricing for buying both SciChart iOS & Android:
In case you didn’t see it, there is a further 20% discount on SciChart iOS & Android Charts available until 30th September 2016.
Hurry, because this offer ends soon!
Features & Work in the Pipeline
As well as combined pricing, which is great, what else are we doing to make our high performance Realtime iOS & Android Charts an attractive offering? Well, the team is right now working on the following. To be released shortly.
iOS: Built in 30-day Trial
No more downloading a trial key from the website to get started. Like Android, iOS will soon have a built in 30-day trial. This should allow you to get started more quickly.
Tutorials & Getting Started guides.
We realise our tutorials & getting started guides are a little thin on the ground, so, we are working to improve these. Having just written an excellent series of tutorials for SciChart WPF Charts, we are porting these to our mobile platforms.
We’re a few weeks away from delivering Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android support for our mobile platform charts. These will bring pre-packaged Binding libraries delivered as NuGet packages so you can include SciChart in your Xamarin Android and iOS projects. Watch our releases page for announcements, or company LinkedIn or Twitter for an announcement coming soon.
New Chart Types
To unify the three platforms (WPF, iOS, Android), a number of new chart types are being developed. These include:
These are in development now and will be ready in the next few weeks.
Our Goal is Excellence, and Cross-Platform
We’re busy writing the common core of SciChart to be shared across platforms, and it is our goal to bring 2D + 3D Charts to WPF, iOS, Android, OSX and much much more. Bear with us as we go through this transition phase from one-trick-pony to something much much cooler.
Finally, if you have a feature request for any platform, or feedback for our team, then please get in contact. We would love to hear it.
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