Review: Nevron .NET Vision
 
Published: 13 Sep 2006
Abstract
Zach Bussinger reviews Nevron .NET Vision, a powerful diagram, chart and user interface development suite.
by Zachary Bussinger
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Introduction

Nevron .NET Vision is a full-featured and robust data presentation suite meant to provide the developer with tools to create attractive and functional charts and user interfaces for their applications.

The Three Main Components

Nevron's suite consists of three main components. They are as follows:

1) Nevron Chart for .NET (Windows Forms and ASP.NET)

This is the charting component of the suite.  Functionality is available for a Windows environment and an ASP.NET environment.  Nevron has really gone above and beyond here with the available chart types.  As an intern, I have not yet done a lot of work with charting and can honestly say that I do not even know what some of these charts would be used for (This is not a negative statement- I know they all have a function!).

I worked extensively with simple chart types in a web based environment to get a feel for how to programmatically create these charts and access their various attributes and properties.  I worked mainly with a smooth line chart and toyed around with various ways to customize its look and feel through C# code.  I also looked at the various methods of data population and it seems that Nevron has included just about any method of data population a developer may need.

Wizards are included for data population and for creating the appearance and attributes of your chart.  These wizards work well and are fairly simple to understand.  There is a definite learning curve, especially if someone using this program is relatively new to using charting utilities, but you can take faith in the fact that Nevron's documentation is very handy, well thought out and easy to use should you run into any problems.  They also offer support packages that can be purchased to go along with your copy of the program.  In my experience, support representatives have been helpful and have responded to questions in a timely manner.

Another thing about these charts that should be mentioned is that they look really great; it is easy to create an extremely attractive chart.  Nevron has also gone so far as to include 3-D support, thus allowing users to make charts that are 3-Dimensional and can be grabbed and rotated.  They look really great; I actually cannot wait until I get an opportunity to use them here at work.

2) Nevron Diagram for .NET

This is fairly self explanatory.  This part of Nevron's suite includes diagramming functionality that is just as powerful as the charting.  These diagrams, like the charts, can be used in Windows Forms or ASP.NET.  Again, these are very attractive components; users can create trees, flow charts, organizational charts, science diagrams and much more.  Just download the trial version and look at the examples.  There is a lot of very nice stuff to work with here.

3) Nevron User Interface for .NET

User interfaces are not my area of expertise and I did not go too in depth with evaluating this portion of the suite.  However, even from just looking at the examples provided, it is clear that Nevron has gone just as in depth in terms of functionality with their user interface solutions. They have included a lot here; some of the highlights being docking panels, command bars, customizable progress bars and scroll bars, tabbing functionality and a very attractive and customizable tree view control.

I look forward to implementing Nevron's UI features in future applications.  If programming these is as easy as it was to work with their charts, then I will not be complaining any time soon.

Nevron's Documentation and Examples:

As I mentioned before, using Nevron's suite does have a bit of a learning curve if the user is not incredibly familiar with charting utilities.  Of course, this is true of any third party .NET product. Nevron has done a really great job, though, of putting together an extensive set of documentation and examples.

For each of their three components in the suite, there is an example program that can be run.  In these programs (one for charts, one for diagrams and one for user interfaces) a tree view is presented with a content window.  Users select a chart type (or diagram/ UI) and an example of that type is displayed in the content window.

Many of these examples allow the user to toy around with different properties through drop down lists, sliders, and buttons, so one can instantly see what these properties affect.  One of the best things, however, is a tabbed view at the bottom that allows you to select a written overview and description of the component or a view of the source code.  This was a really important and useful feature to me; being able to see the source code for each and every one of these examples gives a really good idea of where to get started working with Nevron's components.

Conclusion: What about the Negatives?

Overall, I do not have much of anything that I do not like about Nevron's .NET Vision.  At first it seemed a bit daunting and then at times the naming conventions for accessing various classes/ methods/ properties of the components programmatically were a bit awkward.  However, this was a minor issue.  All it takes is a little time looking at Nevron's excellent documentation and getting your feet wet with a couple of sample projects (to try things out for fun!) to get a good start working with this powerful product.  And remember, support packages are available upon purchase.

The bottom line here is that Nevron .NET Vision is a very powerful data presentation application with functionality for just about ANY type of data you may need to work with.  With it you also get a full-featured set of user interface components and the ability to create diagrams.

Adding everything up, this product seems more than worthwhile.

About the Product

Product

Nevron .NET Vision Professional

 

 

Publisher

Nevron LLC

Price

US $989.00 Base (w/o support or subscription) Volume discounts for multiple licenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rating

*****

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