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What's New in GrapeCity Documents v5

We are pleased to announce the GrapeCity Documents v5 release! The latest version of GcDocs adds new features to all the GcDocs products, including a new function that supports quick XLSX data importing, plus new printing APIs to programmatically print documents in GcExcel and GcPdf.

Multiple enhancements were made to the GcPdfViewer UI that enhance the user experience when editing PDF documents in web applications. Support for SVG, including full access to the SVG DOM, has also been added to GcPdf and GcImaging.

Learn more about the great new features below!

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Full .NET 6 is Supported

GrapeCity Document APIs are fully supported in .NET 6 applications. No extra steps or dependencies are required to generate documents with these APIs in .NET 6.

GrapeCity Documents for PDF (GcPdf) and GrapeCity Documents for Imaging (GcImaging)

SVG Support

Compared to classic bitmapped image formats such as JPEG, PNG, SVG-format vector images can be rendered at any size without loss of quality. This format gives designers and developers a lot of control over the image appearance.

It is also a standardized format for web graphics, designed to work with other web conventions like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and theDocument Object Model. Due to the many advantages of SVG, it is essential to use SVG images in documents, such as PDF and images.

With the v5 release, we introduce a new GcSvgDocument class that can create, load, inspect, and modify the internal structure of an SVG image. You can also obtain an Image from a File or stream, or byte array and draw the SVG image to the GcPdfDocument, GcBitmap, or GcWicBitmap classes using the GcGraphics.DrawSvg method.

All SVG features (including access to SVG DOM) are fully available in both GcPdf and GcImaging.

The code below draws svg files from a folder to a rectangle grid defined in PDF document.

// Render all images within the grid, adding new pages as needed:
var g = doc.NewPage().Graphics;
for (int i = 0; i < images.Count(); ++i)
        var rect = new RectangleF(ip, new SizeF(sWidth - gapx, sHeight - gapy));
        g.FillRectangle(rect, Color.LightGray);
        g.DrawRectangle(rect, Color.Black, 0.5f);
        rect.Inflate(-sMargin, -sMargin);

        var svg = images[i].Item2;
        var s = svg.GetSize(SvgLengthUnits.Points);
        if (s.Width > 0 && s.Height > 0)
            // If image proportions are different from our target rectangle,
            // we resize the rectangle centering the image in it:
            var qSrc = s.Width / s.Height;
            var qTgt = rect.Width / rect.Height;
            if (qSrc < qTgt)
            rect.Inflate(rect.Width * (qSrc / qTgt - 1) / 2, 0);
            else if (qSrc > qTgt)
            rect.Inflate(0, rect.Height * (qTgt / qSrc - 1) / 2);
         // Render the SVG:
         g.DrawSvg(images[i].Item2, rect);


You can also perform additional operations with SVG images. Check out full demos in the sample browser.

Create SVG Images and Render to PDF Documents

Create a full SVG image and render it to a PDF document. Check out this demo that creates SVG images with geometrical shapes and renders them to a PDF document.


Access the SVG DOM

The GcSvgDocument class provides full access to the SVG Document Object Model. The following elements are currently supported: svg, g, defs, style, use, symbol, image, path, circle, ellipse, line, polygon, polyline, rect, clipPath, linearGradient, stop, title, metadata, desc, and more. Find more information below:

GcPDF Help | GcImaging Help | GcPdf Demo | GcImaging Demo

Check out the release notes for GcPdf and GcImaging.

GrapeCity Documents for PDF (GcPdf)

Users need to print the digital document when working with PDF documents using a PDF API. Until now, cross-platform APIs working in .NET Standard Apps have had the challenge of using Print commands programmatically due to certain limitations with Printing APIs not available on such platforms.

In this release, we provide the GcPrintManager class that can be used to print a PDF on Windows platforms using Direct2D programmatically.

The GcPdfPrintDocumentPrintExt class also included in the sample adds a convenient extension method GcPdfDocument.Print(). These classes are fully functional, and full source code is included in the sample here. You can download this sample and include it in your application to print a PDF document to a printer.

The following code prints a simple document directly through the API to a physical printer:

GcPdfDocument doc = new GcPdfDocument();
GcPdfPrintManager pm = new GcPdfPrintManager();
pm.Doc = doc;
pm.PrinterSettings = new PrinterSettings();
// Set the printer name and/or other settings if not using the defaults.
// pm.PrinterSettings.PrinterName = "my printer";
pm.PageScaling = PageScaling.FitToPrintableArea;

This solution works on Windows. For printing on macOS and Linux, PDF printing is built into OS (a PDF can be printed using a simple command line). You can find more info in the resources below.

Help | Demo

Linearize Existing PDF Documents

Linearized ("Fast Web View") PDFs are used in web applications to speed up opening large documents. GcPdf has supported linearizing a new PDF document in .NET applications, but with the new v5 release, you can linearize any existing PDF document using a new 'SaveMode' enum with enum type 'Linearized'.

Help | Demo

New SaveMode Enum

GcPdf now supports three different modes in which the PDF document can be saved using the new 'SaveMode' enum:

  • Default: Document saved will not be linearized or saved with an incremental update
  • Linearized: The PDF document is saved in a linearized form, optimized for web view
  • Incremental: All changes performed in the PDF document are added to the existing document. This mode is often used when adding a signature to an already signed PDF document

New overloads have been added to GcPdfDocument.Save and GcPdfDocument.Sign methods. These overloads will now take the SaveMode enum value to linearise or not linearise the document accordingly while saving the method.

Check out the release notes for full changes and additions.

GrapeCity Documents PDF Viewer (GcPdfViewer)

UI Enhancements

The UI enhancements will make it easier to use editing options when working with PDF documents in GcPdfViewer. The new arranged panels and UI options would make it easier to apply changes to the PDF documents.

The following new changes are introduced:

1. New Secondary Toolbars for Editing Options

The following new buttons have been added to the main toolbar:

  1. Text Tools
  2. Draw Tools
  3. Attachments and Stamps
  4. Form Tools
  5. Page Options

Clicking any of these buttons will open a secondary toolbar below the main one with appropriate editing tools that allow you to perform quick edits without the need to switch to the complete Annotation or Forms Editor.


2. New Themes

GcPdfViewer can now be used in two additional themes: Light and Dark. These themes can be changed using the theme button on the main toolbar.


3. Create Custom Secondary Toolbars

Use the viewer.options.secondToolbar option to define your custom secondary toolbar and the showSecondToolbar method to show the toolbar. The following code adds a custom secondary toolbar and adds a custom action button 'Action', which opens an alert on clicking the button:

var React = viewer.getType("React");
// Create custom toolbar controls:
var toolbarControls =[React.createElement("label", { style: {color: "white"} }, "Custom toolbar"),
React.createElement("button", { className: "gc-btn gc-btn--accent", onClick: () => { alert("Execute action."); }, title: "Action title" }, "Action")];
// Register custom second toolbar for key "custom-toolbar-key":
viewer.options.secondToolbar = {
render: function(toolbarKey) {
 if(toolbarKey === "custom-toolbar-key")
   return toolbarControls;
 return null;
// Show custom second toolbar:


4. Customise the Secondary Toolbar of Available Tools

Use the secondToolbarLayout property to configure available tools:

var viewer = new GcPdfViewer(selector, {
  supportApi: {
    apiUrl: 'http://localhost:5004/api/pdf-viewer',
    webSocketUrl: false
const secondToolbarLayout = viewer.secondToolbarLayout;
secondToolbarLayout["text-tools"] = ['edit-text', 'edit-free-text'];


Developers can continue to use the old UI for editing PDF documents. The two buttons on the left panel are still retained to open the complete Annotation and Form Field editors.


Annotation Editor Help | Form Editor Help | Demo

New Panel to Show and Navigate Structure Tags

We have been supporting generating and modifying PDF documents with structure tags using GcPdf. In the v5 release, there's a new structure tree panel to GcPdfViewer using the addStructureTreePanel(..) method, which will help navigate through the structure tree tags in a tagged PDF File.

It's now possible to view a tagged PDF file in GcPdfViewer and view the tags available in the PDF file in the new Structure tree panel of GcPdfViewer and navigate through those tags. Read the structure tree data using the structureTree property.

The following code adds the Structure Tree panel to the GcPdfViewer:

const viewer = new GcPdfViewer(selector);

The following code reads available Structure Tree data from a PDF file:

const viewer = new GcPdfViewer(selector);
const structureTree = await viewer.structureTree;

The video below shows the Structure Tree panel added to the left panel and how a user can navigate through the various tags in the PDF file to the specific location on the document:

structure tree

Help | Demo

Support Navigation Through History

PDF Link Annotations of type 'Action' will now allow going forward/go backward, as per the view history of the Viewer, similar to browsers' go back/forward actions. For example, if you add a Link Annotation on the first page and set the 'Action' property to 'Last page', clicking on the link will navigate to the last page. If you navigate to another page, the navigation history will be maintained.


Help | Demo

New Radio Button and Checkbox Custom Appearance

The appearance of a radio button or checkbox embedded into PDF needs to be injected and rendered to a particular layer which takes some time to render when PDF has a lot of radio buttons/checkboxes. To improve interactive Acroform's performance, GcPdfViewer renders own its custom appearance for the radio and checkbox button controls. Three new appearance types have been introduced:

  1. Web: This is the standard appearance for a form field. It uses platform-native styling, depending on the OS/browser


  1. Predefined: A predefined appearance stream is taken from PDF when available. If an appearance stream is unavailable, the custom appearance will be used. Predefined type renders appearance exactly as defined in PDF


  1. Custom (Default): The custom appearance supports additional background color and border styles not supported in Web appearance. Custom appearance is more close to styles defined in PDF

Here's a sample screenshot:


An example code of how to set 'Predefined' appearance for radio button/checkbox:

var viewer = new GcPdfViewer("#root", { fieldsAppearance: { radioButton: "Predefined" } });

View more details:

Help | Demo

XFA Forms Support

Many XFA Forms are being used on the web for data collection. Although these forms are deprecated in PDF 2.0 specification, their wide usage makes it useful to support web-based PDF Viewers. You can now view and print XFA forms in GcPdfViewer. By default, the support for XFA is enabled. Disable the XFA Forms rendering using the new enableXfa option.

// Turn off XFA forms rendering.
var viewer = new GcPdfViewer(selector, { enableXfa: false });


Help | Demo

Also, view the release notes for the full list of changes and additions.

GrapeCity Documents for Excel (GcExcel)

We are pleased to announce new feature additions to GcExcel API in v5. See key highlights below.

  1. Import data function
  2. New Formula2 property to set Dynamic Array Formula
  3. Add Threaded comments to Excel documents
  4. Support for adding Linked Picture
  5. Workbook Views
  6. Print documents directly to physical Printer
  7. More features for GrapeCity SpreadJS integration
    1. Support for GETPIVOTDATA Function
    2. Support for Table expandBoundRows API

Read the release blog for full details.

GrapeCity Documents for Word (GcWord)

Support Arrays of Primitive Types and Strings as Data Sources for Report Templates

Lists and arrays of primitive types (types for which Type.IsPrimitive gets true) and strings can now be used as data sources in GcWord Report Templates. The array elements' values are injected into the generated document with the "Value" template tag, as the example below shows.

var doc = new GcWordDocument();

// Add a few simple arrays as data sources:
doc.DataTemplate.DataSources.Add("dsInts", new int[] { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 });
doc.DataTemplate.DataSources.Add("dsConsts", new double[]
doc.DataTemplate.DataSources.Add("dsStrs", new List<string>()
// Add a list template so that the data is formatted as a list:
var myListTemplate = doc.ListTemplates.Add(BuiltInListTemplateId.BulletDefault, "myListTemplate");

// Integers:
doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("Integers from 1 to 9:", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.Heading1]);
var p = doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("\{{#dsInts}}\{{dsInts.value}}\{{/dsInts}}", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.ListParagraph]);
p.ListFormat.Template = myListTemplate;

// Math constants:
doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("Constants from the Math class:", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.Heading1]);
p = doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("\{{#dsConsts}}\{{dsConsts.value}}\{{/dsConsts}}", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.ListParagraph]);
p.ListFormat.Template = myListTemplate;

// Strings (oceans):
doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("Strings (oceans):", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.Heading1]);
p = doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add("\{{#dsStrs}}\{{dsStrs.value}:toupper()}\{{/dsStrs}}", doc.Styles[BuiltInStyleId.ListParagraph]);
p.ListFormat.Template = myListTemplate;


Help | Demo

Define and Embed Fonts

You can now define and embed fonts in MS Word documents to render the document correctly, even if the Fonts are missing on the system. With the new Font API, you can now -

  • Allow users to define and embed any fonts in documents, so Microsoft Word will correctly render documents even if the fonts are missing in the local system.
  • Allow users to read and use fonts data for Word document rendering.
  • Allow users to find and remove embedded fonts from Word documents.
  • Get more info about ThemeFont class properties used in Word documents.

The following new additions have been added to the Font API supported in GcWord.

  • Extended ThemeFont class with new properties:
    • Add new FontInfo class
    • Add new FontInfoCollection class that represents FontInfo collection
    • Add a new FontSignature class to support FontInfo.Signature property
    • Add new EmbeddedFont class to support FontInfo.Embedded property
    • Add new EmbeddedFontCollection that represents EmbeddedFont collection
    • Add Fonts property to DocumentBase class to get access to FontInfoCollection

Users can manage fonts in GcWordDocument and GlossaryDocument classes.

The following code embeds the Times New Roman font into a DOCX under a custom name "My font 1":

GcWordDocument doc = new GcWordDocument(); 
const string myFontName1 = "My Font 1";
// Use first of the fonts to be embedded:
var p = doc.Body.Paragraphs.Add();
var run = p.GetRange().Runs.Add($"Text rendered using embedded font \"{myFontName1}\".");
// Apply custom font to the run:
run.Font.Name = myFontName1;

// (in this case we simply duplicate "Times New Roman"):
 var font1 = doc.Fonts.Add(myFontName1);

// Use "Times New Roman" font settings:
font1.CharSet = FontCharSet.Ansi;
font1.Family = FontFamily.Roman;
font1.Pitch = FontPitch.Variable;
font1.Panose = new List<byte> { 2, 2, 6, 3, 5, 4, 5, 2, 3, 4 };
font1.Signature.CodePageRange1 = 0x000001ff;
font1.Signature.CodePageRange2 = 0x00000000;
font1.Signature.UnicodeRange1 = 0xE0002EFF;
font1.Signature.UnicodeRange2 = 0xC000785B;
font1.Signature.UnicodeRange3 = 0x00000009;
font1.Signature.UnicodeRange4 = 0x00000000;

// Load the "Times New Roman" font data:
byte[] data1 = File.ReadAllBytes(Path.Combine("Resources", "Fonts", "times.ttf"));
// Embed font data into the document:

font1.Embedded.Add(EmbeddedFontType.Regular, FontDataType.ObfuscatedTrueTypeFont, data1);

Help | Embed Fonts Demo | List Embed Fonts Demo| Remove Embed Fonts Demo

Check out the release notes for a full list of changes and additions.

Breaking Changes

In this release, we have made a few changes to streamline our packages. The following changes may require you to change references to GrapeCity.Documents packages in your projects (note that these changes affect only package/dll references, and should not require any changes in your code):

  • GrapeCity.Documents.Common package has been removed. All types that lived in that package have been moved over to GrapeCity.Documents.Imaging package
  • GrapeCity.Documents.Common.Windows package has been renamed to GrapeCity.DioDocs.Imaging.Windows
  • GrapeCity.DioDocs.Pdf.Resources package has been removed. Types that were defined in it have been moved to GrapeCity.DioDocs.Pdf

If you have any comments on the new features or want to share how these are helpful, drop a comment below!

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