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Essential Studio

UI development suite for .NET, Xamarin, Javascript, Angular

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Essential Studio Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Essential Studio product overview

What is Essential Studio?

Syncfusion's Essential Studio is a UI development suite that offers 1,600+ software components and frameworks for developing web, mobile, and desktop applications. Essential Studio supports ASP .NET, Javascript, Angular, React, jQuery, Xamarin, Flutter, WinForms, WPF, and file format libraries for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.

Key benefits of using Essential Studio

• Developers' one-stop solution for components and frameworks.
• Best-in-class support, provided by product developers.
• Web, desktop, reporting, and file formats.
• First-to-market when new frameworks are available - Xamarin, Blazor, Flutter...

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
Email/Help Desk
Chat
Phone Support

Training options

Webinars
In Person
Documentation
Videos
Live Online

Essential Studio pricing information

Value for money

4.5

/5

319

Price starts from

No info

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Essential Studio features

Functionality

4.5

/5

319
Total Features48 5 categories

Most valued features by users

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Collaboration Tools
Reporting/Analytics
Drag & Drop
Workflow Management
Graphical User Interface
Software Development

Functionality contenders

Essential Studio users reviews

Overall rating

4.4

/5

319

Positive reviews

90%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.7/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

171

117

24

1

6

Pros
They are all easy to use and well documented with good examples. Their developer support is fast and awesome.

AR

Abdul Rahman S.

I love the community license for small developers like myself. I have only used customer support a few times, but each time the response has been outstanding.

DB

Dennis B.

The Community License, this is so amazing. And very outstanding amazin support, never seen this before.

BN

Benjamin N.

Cons
It seems lack of unit tests to their products. For example, some correct Excel equations could be messed up for some reasons which may scare users.

BD

Bing D.

It makes me very hesitant to upgrade to the latest version for fear that something which used to work now doesn't (unit testing UI components is very hard).

JH

John H.

The documentation is very bad. Include only very basic and unreal samples.

AA

Abigail A.

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Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Complete, robust, fully functional web UI

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall it's a great product. It does everything Telerik Kendo does but is cheaper and therefore a better value.

Pros

The Syncfusion Grid component is as good or better than any other on the market. It has every feature you could want: paging, sorting, filtering, sizing and reordering columns, exporting to PDF, CSV, or Excel. And they have just about every other rich web component you think of: Calendar, sortable list, embedded rich text/HTML editor, charts, maps, you name it. And best of all, their free community license includes ASP.Net MVC so you can develop rich MVC web UI applications. And also includes Xam

Cons

Although they have extensive documentation, they so many components that do so many things, that not every feature has specific programming examples, so you sometimes have to figure things out through trail and error. And although the MVC components all have tons of methods and parameters you sometimes have to write JavaScript to make it work the way you want. So you need to be a strong programmer.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Product

Reviewed 9 months ago

Overall it's been great. As my familiarity with the product increases, my productivity has increased dramatically, which I'm very excited about.

Pros

I love the fact that the software is usable across a broad spectrum of different technologies - Blazor, ASP.NET Core, Javascript, Flutter, etc..

Cons

The 'immediate' support team could do a better job, but support overall is better than it would first appear. You have to

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Syncfusion Review

Reviewed a month ago

Overall, I very much enjoy the software. While there is functionality found in other software of this type but not present in Syncfusion is a bit unfortunate, I however much prefer the implementation of the Controls from Syncfusion, and implementing said missing functionality to controls is easy and very much doable. I find Syncfusion to be quite polished.

Pros

I very much liked the built in functionality with a majority of the Controls it includes. In areas where functionality was not available, but needed for development, it was easy to incorporate custom functionality into the controls through control events, and via JS if needed.

Cons

I feel some additional Demos or documentation is needed for some controls and their functions/features. I found myself in a few spots where I needed to do something, and based on reading the documentation I'm lead to believe it can be done, but no indication as to how. This results me in heading to user submitted questions looking for answers, and those tend to be very relevant to the Users needs. Of course this all isn't helpful with examples, but ultimately it could be called pet peeves as its functionality that not overly important but nice to haves.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Syncfusion for the StartUp

Reviewed 2 years ago

In addition to supporting Xamarin Forms, we are following a strict MVVM methodology and leveraging C# as much as possible across as many platforms as possible. Currently, this includes the most popular standard platforms that Xamarin Forms supports: iOS, Android, UWP. We will also be supporting Blazor (C# in browser web assembly) and one of the Syncfusion features we hope to leverage is their Blazor support. We are waiting for .NET 5 GA to leap into that part of the project, but are hopeful our good experience with Syncfusion componentson Xamarin Forms supported platforms will be matched in the Browser based client using Syncfusion Blazor components.

Pros

Our project is to build a commercial-grade, security-compliant, serverless mobile app platform using only tools that are budget-friendly for startups. Our tool-chain selection includes AWS services (API Gateway, Cognito, Lambda, DynamoDB, ...), Microsoft .NET Core/Standard, Visual Studio and Xamarin. All these tools are essentially free until your app starts scaling. Syncfusion's community edition was chosen because it provides commercial-grade features and doesn't burden the entrepreneur with out-of-pocket expenses until their app is generating revenue. Finally, our experience with Syncfusion's support has been first rate.

Cons

Syncfusion targets many different UI presentation layers. In our case, we use Xamarin Forms which is relatively new for Syncfusion. The controls are generally solid but do require more "code-behind" work than is generally recommended in the Xamarin community. There are shops that totally refuse to allow "any" code-behind and if you are one of those you may have some issues using all of the Syncfusion controls. In our case, the limited code-behind required is not considered a barrier. In addition, the Syncfusion documentation is obviously not written by a native English speaker and as such can be amusing at times and occasionally annoying .

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Good product

Reviewed 3 months ago

Satisfactory

Pros

Conversion of word docs to pdf with ease

Cons

Having to obtain a new key for every version and/or bug fix Conversion of word doc to pdf was buggy at first - tables were not converted properly

Essential Studio FAQs and common questions

Essential Studio has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, Subscription
Free Trial: Available


Essential Studio has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Essential Studio supports the following languages:
English


No, Essential Studio does not have an API available.


Essential Studio offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

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