Aspose.Words for C++ 22.1 Release Notes

Major Features

We have added the following features from Aspose.Words for .NET on this regular monthly release:

  • Implemented rendering into PDF with PDF/UA-1 compliance. This option assumes compliance with document special accessibility requirements.
  • Improved rendering of operators in MathML formulas.
  • Introduced a new option to control conflicting styles behavior upon import.
  • Added an ability to get saving progress notifications through the SaveOptions.ProgressCallback.

Limitations and API Differences

Aspose.Words for C++ has some differences as compared to its equivalent .NET version of the API. This section contains information about all such functionality that is not available in the current release. The missing features will be added in future releases.

  • The current release does not support Metered license.
  • The current release does not support LINQ and Reporting features.
  • The current release does not support OpenGL 3D Shapes rendering.
  • The current release does not support loading PDF documents.
  • The current release has limited support for database features - C++ doesn’t have common API for DB like .NET System.Data.
  • The current release supports Microsoft Visual C++ version 2017 or higher.
  • The current release supports GCC 6.3 or higher and Clang 3.9.1 or higher on Linux and only for the x86_x64 platform.
  • The current release supports macOS Big Sur or later (11.5+) for 64-bit Intel Mac platform.

Full List of Issues Covering all Changes in this Release (Reported by .NET Users)

Key Summary Category
WORDSNET-22882 Provide dynamic text color setting using LINQ Reporting Engine New Feature
WORDSNET-11575 Add option to stop Document.Save method after specific time New Feature
WORDSNET-23246 Provide list style in Aps New Feature
WORDSNET-1506 Add feature to set image as background of TextBox New Feature
WORDSNET-12792 Add feature to set Fill.ImageBytes New Feature
WORDSNET-6614 Support of PdfCompliance PDF/UA New Feature
WORDSNET-19268 Incorrect behavior of KeepSourceFormatting ImportFormatMode New Feature
WORDSNET-18739 Gather data about gradient fills New Feature
WORDSNET-16357 Implement ability to replace shape background image New Feature
WORDSNET-22884 Cross-reference not working in Docker after CustomXmlParts property is set Enhancement
WORDSNET-22692 Compare document with content control Enhancement
WORDSNET-22664 Shape.OleFormat returns null when Excel chart is copied to Word using Option “Link & Keep Source Formatting” Enhancement
WORDSNET-23223 Pass a hyperlink ScreenTip from model to Aps Enhancement
WORDSNET-20756 DOCX to PDF conversion issue with accessibility Enhancement
WORDSNET-23237 RTF to DOCX - PUA characters treated as symbols instead of text Bug
WORDSNET-22682 After rendering a DML shape gets larger by 1 pixel than its original image Bug
WORDSNET-22853 Image of a DML shape is shifted to the right after rendering Bug
WORDSNET-22854 Image of a DML shape is shifted to the top left after rendering Bug
WORDSNET-23232 NullReferenceException on cloning Bug
WORDSNET-23269 Remove obsolete property LayoutOptions.ShowComments Bug
WORDSNET-22899 Document compare is not working properly Bug
WORDSNET-23224 Process hangs when calling UpdateFields method Bug
WORDSNET-23231 Shape.Id is duplicated for watermarks inserted by Aspose.Words Bug
WORDSNET-23234 NullReferenceException while re-saving document Bug
WORDSNET-17523 How to determine maximum value for table border Bug
WORDSNET-22883 Cross-reference not working after removing XML mapping Bug
WORDSNET-23252 Font is changed after open/save DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-23211 Setting mapping creates corrupted table Bug
WORDSNET-23213 The end-of-cell marker has been removed from the new row Bug
WORDSNET-23180 Section breaks are changed after inserting document Bug
WORDSNET-22845 PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC 3) reports failures upon testing for PDF/UA compatibility Bug
WORDSNET-20766 Structure element issues after DOCX to PDF conversion Bug
WORDSNET-22919 Word table formatting issue using Customer XML data Bug
WORDSNET-23220 The paragraph is missing when using WordOpenXML Bug
WORDSNET-22660 Compile Time error when using Aspose Words for .NET in C++/CLI project Bug
WORDSNET-23226 Incorrect size and position of the minus sign Bug
WORDSNET-23229 Fix minor rendering issue Bug
WORDSNET-22526 Unwanted styles appear during DOTX to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-22939 NullReferenceException while converting DOCX to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-23212 IndexOutOfRangeException at ColorSpaceDeviceRGB.ToRgb Bug
WORDSNET-23194 Saving RTF file hangs indefinitely Bug
WORDSNET-21205 DOCX to PDF conversion issue with chart rendering Bug
WORDSNET-22954 Formatting of footnote is changed after re-saving document Bug
WORDSNET-23175 IndexOutOfRangeException in PdfSyntaxParser.ParseArray Bug
WORDSNET-23187 FileCorruptedException is thrown while loading document Bug
WORDSNET-23203 NullReferenceException at PdfOperatorTj.Apply Bug
WORDSNET-23177 NullReferenceException if page resources are missing Bug
WORDSNET-22804 Document.Compare throws System.InvalidCastException Bug
WORDSNET-23023 FormatException at PdfTokenParser.EnterHexStringState Bug
WORDSNET-21416 Strikethrough formatting in list indent is disappeared after DOCX to PDF conversion Bug
WORDSNET-23171 System.StackOverflowException is thrown while loading RTF Bug
WORDSNET-22710 Bad performance of “UpdatePageLayout” Bug
WORDSNET-23193 InvalidCastException: Cannot cast PdfDictionary to PdfArray Bug
WORDSNET-23189 FormatException at TimeSpanFormat.FormatCustomized Bug
WORDSNET-22981 Image becomes hidden after open/save document Bug
WORDSNET-23151 Wrong date format in chart after converting DOCX to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-22618 Percentage Values of a Vertical Axis of Chart are not Preserved Bug
WORDSNET-22925 Math Equation (Shape) does not render correctly in output PDF Bug
WORDSNET-23041 Wrong letters order for RTL text (Persian OCR) Bug
WORDSNET-23027 NullReferenceException at SASLPrepAlgorithm.MapCharacters Bug
WORDSNET-23192 KeyNotFoundException in RomanNumber.TryParse Bug
WORDSNET-23173 The shape is changed while exporting from DOCX to PDF, DOC or RTF Bug
WORDSNET-22127 Heading style attributes are not applied Bug
WORDSNET-19692 Formula converted incorrectly (DOCX to PDF) Bug
WORDSNET-23184 Opening HTM file hangs indefinitely Bug
WORDSNET-23161 DllNotFoundException occurs when use HarfBuzzTextShaperFactory in .NET 6.0 Bug

Full List of Issues Covering all Changes in this Release (Reported by Java Users)

Key Summary Category
WORDSNET-23142 Support HTML color codes as color values for LINQ Reporting Engine tags New Feature
WORDSNET-22953 Comparing documents with changes around a table cause the table to be marked as deleted and re-added Bug
WORDSNET-22436 Font-size incorrectly added to paragraph tag, it should be added to span instead Bug
WORDSNET-22562 Document.Compare does not ignore comment Bug
WORDSNET-23215 InvalidCastException is thrown upon loading document Bug
WORDSNET-22824 Chart issues when converting DOCX to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-22956 Revision.Accept throws System.InvalidOperationException Bug
WORDSNET-22983 Blank page is produced in output PDF where hidden content was in the original document Bug
WORDSNET-23253 Exported PDF contains image with lower resolution Bug

Public API and Backward Incompatible Changes

This section lists public API changes that were introduced in Aspose.Words 22.1. It includes not only new and obsoleted public methods, but also a description of any changes in the behavior behind the scenes in Aspose.Words which may affect existing code. Any behavior introduced that could be seen as regression and modifies the existing behavior is especially important and is documented here.

The new implementation of System::Xml namespace

The new implementation for System::Xml namespace was provided. Previously, we had custom implementation which was based on the libxml2 and libxslt libraries. The new version is based on the ported CoreFX code. Some APIs may have become unavailable. Some APIs may have changed. The new API is much closer to such of .NET. Please use the API Reference for more information.

Added new Chart.SourceFullName property

Related issue: WORDSNET-22664

The following public property has been added to the Chart class. If a chart is linked to an external xls/xlsx document, the property returns its file name.

/// <summary>
/// Gets the path and name of an xls/xlsx file this chart is linked to.
/// </summary>
public string SourceFullName { get; }

Use Case:

auto doc = System::MakeObject<Document>(filename);
auto shape = System::StaticCast<Shape>(doc->GetChild(NodeType::Shape, 0, true));
std::cout << shape->get_Chart()->get_SourceFullName() << '\n';

Added new ImportFormatOptions.ForceCopyStyles property

Related issue: WORDSNET-19268.

The following public property is added to ImportFormatOptions class:

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets a boolean value indicating either to copy conflicting styles
/// in <see cref="ImportFormatMode.KeepSourceFormatting"/> mode.
/// The default value is <c>false</c>.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// <para>By default, if a matching style already exists in a destination document, the source style formatting
/// is expanded into direct node attributes and the style of this node is reset to a default.</para>
/// <para> When this option is set to <c>true</c>, the source style will be forcibly copied
/// into destination document with unique name and applied to the imported node.</para>
/// <para> Note, in this case it is not guaranteed that formatting of the imported node in destination document
/// will be preserved. </para>
/// </remarks>
public bool ForceCopyStyles { get; set; }

Use Case: Explains how to force import styles in KeepSourceFormatting mode.

// There are MyStyle1 and MyStyle2 in both source and destination document.
// Also there is style MyStyle3 that exists only in source document.
auto srcDoc = System::MakeObject<Document>(u"Src.docx");
auto dstDoc = System::MakeObject<Document>(u"Dst.docx");
auto options = System::MakeObject<ImportFormatOptions>();

auto nodeImporter = System::MakeObject<NodeImporter>(srcDoc, dstDoc, ImportFormatMode::KeepSourceFormatting, options);
std::cout << "Imported styles:\n";
auto paras = srcDoc->get_FirstSection()->get_Body()->get_Paragraphs();
for (int i = 0; i < paras->get_Count(); i++)
    auto importedPara = System::StaticCast<Paragraph>(nodeImporter->ImportNode(paras->idx_get(i), true));
    std::cout << importedPara->get_ParagraphStyle()->get_Name();
// The code produces the following output:
// Imported styles:
// MyStyle1_0
// MyStyle2_0
// MyStyle3

Added SaveOptions.ProgressCallback property

Related issue: WORDSNET-11575

The following public property is added to SaveOptions class:

/// <summary>
/// Called during saving a document and accepts data about saving progress.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// <para><see cref="SaveFormat.Docx"/>, <see cref="SaveFormat.FlatOpc"/>, <see cref="SaveFormat.Docm"/>, <see cref="SaveFormat.Dotm"/>, <see cref="SaveFormat.Dotx"/> formats supported.</para>
/// </remarks>
public IDocumentSavingCallback ProgressCallback

Supported formats are:

  • Docx
  • FlatOpc
  • Docm
  • Dotm
  • Dotx

Consumer should to implement the following interface and set instance of it to the ProgressCallback for ability to get saving progress notifications.

/// <summary>
/// Implement this interface if you want to have your own custom method called during saving a document.
/// </summary>
public interface IDocumentSavingCallback
     /// <summary>
     /// This is called to notify of document saving progress.
     /// </summary>
     /// <param name="args">An argument of the event.</param>
     /// <remarks>
     /// The primary uses for this interface is to allow application code to obtain progress status and abort saving process.<para/>
     /// An exception should be threw from the progress callback for abortion and it should be caught in the consumer code.<para/>
     /// </remarks>
     void Notify(DocumentSavingArgs args);

Structure of the accepted arguments is:

/// <summary>
/// An argument passed into <see cref="IDocumentSavingCallback.Notify(DocumentSavingArgs)"/>.
/// </summary>
public sealed class DocumentSavingArgs
     /// <summary>
     /// Overall estimated percentage progress.
     /// </summary>
     public double EstimatedProgress { get; }

Use case:

/// <summary>
/// Saving progress callback. Cancel a document saving after the "MaxDuration" seconds.
/// </summary>
class SavingProgressCallback : public IDocumentSavingCallback
     /// <summary>
     /// Callback method which called during document saving.
     /// </summary>
     /// <param name="args">Saving arguments.</param>
     void Notify(System::SharedPtr<DocumentSavingArgs> args) override
         auto canceledAt = System::DateTime::get_Now();
         double ellapsedSeconds = (canceledAt - mSavingStartedAt).get_TotalSeconds();
         if (ellapsedSeconds > MaxDuration)
             throw OperationCanceledException(System::String::Format("EstimatedProgress = {}; CanceledAt = {}", args->get_EstimatedProgress(), canceledAt);
     /// <summary>
     /// Date and time when document saving is started.
     /// </summary>
     System::DateTime mSavingStartedAt = System::DateTime::get_Now();

     /// <summary>
     /// Maximum allowed duration in sec.
     /// </summary>
     static constexpr double MaxDuration = 100d;

Loading document code:

aoto cb = System::MakeObject<SavingProgressCallback>();
auto so = System::MakeObject<OoxmlSaveOptions>(SaveFormat::Docx);
   auto doc = System::MakeObject<Document>(u"bigDoc.rtf");
   // Do work.
   doc->Save(u"bigDoc.docx", so);
catch (const OperationCanceledException& ex)
    std::cout << ex.get_Message();
   // Handle saving duration issue.

Added saving to PDFUA-1

Related issue: WORDSNET-6614

New value added to PdfCompliance enum

public enum PdfCompliance
    /// <summary>
    /// The output file will comply with the PDF/UA-1 (ISO 14289-1) standard.
    /// The primary purpose of PDF/UA is to define how to represent electronic documents in the PDF format in a
    /// manner that allows the file to be accessible.
    /// </summary>

Several PdfSaveOptions are prohibited when saving to PDF/UA and they are automatically fixed. Also options which are prohibited for PDF/A formats are now automatically fixed instead of throwing exception. Also warning is issued when option is automatically fixed.

public class PdfSaveOptions
    /// <summary>
    /// Specifies whether to preserve Microsoft Word form fields as form fields in PDF or convert them to text.
    /// Default is <c>false</c>.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>Editable forms are prohibited by PDF/A compliance. <c>false</c> value will be used automatically
    /// when saving to PDF/A.</para>
    /// <para>Form fields are not supported when saving to PDF/UA. <c>false</c> value will be used automatically.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool PreserveFormFields;
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets the details for encrypting the output PDF document.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>Encryption is prohibited by PDF/A compliance. This option will be ignored when saving to PDF/A.</para>
    /// <para><see cref="PdfPermissions.ContentCopyForAccessibility"/> permission is required by PDF/UA compliance
    /// if the output document is encrypted. This permission will automatically used when saving to PDF/UA.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public PdfEncryptionDetails EncryptionDetails;
    /// <summary>
    /// Specifies the font embedding mode.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>PDF/A and PDF/UA compliance requires all fonts to be embedded.
    /// <see cref="PdfFontEmbeddingMode.EmbedAll"/> value will be used automatically when saving to
    /// PDF/A and PDF/UA.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public PdfFontEmbeddingMode FontEmbeddingMode
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets a value determining whether or not to substitute TrueType fonts Arial, Times New Roman,
    /// Courier New and Symbol with core PDF Type 1 fonts.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>PDF/A and PDF/UA compliance requires all fonts to be embedded. <c>false</c> value will be used
    /// automatically when saving to PDF/A and PDF/UA.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool UseCoreFonts
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets a value determining the way <see cref="Document.CustomDocumentProperties"/> are exported to PDF file.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para><see cref="PdfCustomPropertiesExport.Metadata"/> value is not supported when saving to PDF/A.
    /// <see cref="PdfCustomPropertiesExport.Standard"/> will be used instead.
    /// </para>
    /// </remarks>
    public PdfCustomPropertiesExport CustomPropertiesExport
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets a value determining whether hyperlinks in the output Pdf document
    /// are forced to be opened in a new window (or tab) of a browser.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>JavaScript actions are prohibited by PDF/A compliance. <c>false</c> will be used automatically when
    /// saving to PDF/A.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool OpenHyperlinksInNewWindow
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets a value determining whether or not to export document structure.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>
    /// This value is ignored when saving to PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-2a and PDF/UA-1 because document structure is required for this compliance.
    /// </para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool ExportDocumentStructure
    /// <summary>
    /// Specifies how the color space will be selected for the images in PDF document.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para><see cref="PdfImageColorSpaceExportMode.SimpleCmyk"/> value is not supported when saving to PDF/A.
    /// <see cref="PdfImageColorSpaceExportMode.Auto"/> value will be used instead.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public PdfImageColorSpaceExportMode ImageColorSpaceExportMode
    /// <summary>
    /// A flag specifying whether the window’s title bar should display the document title taken from
    /// the Title entry of the document information dictionary.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>This flag is required by PDF/UA compliance. <c>true</c> value will be used automatically when saving
    /// to PDF/UA.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool DisplayDocTitle
    /// <summary>
    /// A flag indicating whether image interpolation shall be performed by a conforming reader.
    /// When <c>false</c> is specified, the flag is not written to the output document and
    /// the default behaviour of reader is used instead.
    /// </summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// <para>Interpolation flag is prohibited by PDF/A compliance. <c>false</c> value will be used automatically
    /// when saving to PDF/A.</para>
    /// </remarks>
    public bool InterpolateImages

Removed obsolete property LayoutOptions.ShowComments

Removes obsolete property LayoutOptions.ShowComments.

public bool ShowComments { get; set; }

Use LayoutOptions.CommentDisplayMode property instead:

auto doc = System::MakeObject<Document>(u"in.docx");