Last week, I had the pleasure to be part of a panel that presented on some of the newest features of ActiveReports 13, and how to leverage those features in your applications. We had a great turnout from our existing, and our soon-to-be, customers. A very special “Thank you” to all who registered and attended the webinar.

We were very excited about this webinar and presenting our favorite new features of ActiveReports 13. The only downside was that we didn’t have enough time to present everything we wanted. But, you all made the presentation even more exciting with your wonderful questions.

We had a good number of attendees joining from overseas, asking about localizing our controls, the Web Designer and JSViewer, specifically. Another popular topic/question from current customers is how they could take benefit of these features in their existing applications. Others were looking forward to using ActiveReports 13 in their next gen application using the latest tech. Regardless, we had a great time.

During the webinar, Bhupesh, Evan, Ethan, and I discussed some of our favorite features of ActiveReports. Bhupesh and I discussed the Web Designer and Bhupesh showed off all of the great features of the designer, from the intuitive drag and drop functionality, to creating a simple mail-merge type report using a table and the enhanced FormattedText controls.

In my demo, I showed how you can embed the Web Designer in an ASP.NET Core application. To embed a basic designer, you need only four lines of JavaScript code! I also showed how you can customize the designer to fit your needs. Maybe you don’t want to allow your users to save a copy of the file? Or, maybe you don’t want them to have access to create their datasets? You can watch the recording of the webinar to see how that is done.

Bhupesh also demoed the enhanced FormattedText control. We’ve enhanced the FormattedText to include a lot more HTML tag and attribute support, so you can easily create and style content in HTML. We’ve also enhanced the FormattedText to display your HTML at design time for a true WYSIWYG rendering of HTML text in a report.

Next, Evan took the new Chart controls for a spin. These charts are specifically created for use in web applications, though they can be used in other applications as well. They offer a lot more from an interactivity and ease of use perspective. During his demo, Evan showed how to work with these charts, how to change the plot type, and how to drill down in a chart.

Finally, Ethan showed off our brand new JSViewer. Ethan discussed the responsive design of the viewer, and the fact that it can be easily embedded in an application and run on any major browser, similar to the Web Designer. He showed his favorite features of the JSViewer, including the different display modes (Galley, Single, and Continuous) and the various export formats supported by the JSViewer (PDF, Doc, Docx, Excel, JSON, etc).

Similar to the Web Designer, the JSViewer can also be customized to place custom buttons on the toolbar or to hide certain features. Maybe you don’t want your reports downloaded? You can hide the Download button.

Missed the webinar? No problem. The video playback and the all of resources (slides, samples, code, etc.) are below. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!

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If you attended the webinar, thank you for participating in the event! If you missed the webinar, feel free to watch the playback and let us know if you have any questions.

As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas and look forward to seeing you in our next webinar.

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