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ActiveReports7: End User Designer for the Web

ActiveReport’s End User Designer (EUD) has always being the star attraction for both developers and end users. The idea of giving the real end users the power to Create or Edit reports and Write Script code, seems to be what has captured the imagination of many customers. They always wanted to take this functionality a step further and use it on the Web as well. Unfortunately, this is where a line needs to be drawn since the EUD is a Windows Form control and therefore cannot be used on the Web.

Language and CurrentCulture in Silverlight and WPF

In WinForms and ASP.NET, numbers and dates are formatted and parsed using the current thread's CultureInfo.CurrentCulture property. This is the value that users may change using the control panel.

Show Loading Indicator while exporting a Section Report

The best thing about ActiveReports is that it can be customized the way you like to. Exporting a report to PDF, over the web is one of the coolest feature of ActiveReports. However this can be made more presentable and attractive by including a "Loading Spinner" to indicate that the report is being exported, and work is in progress. The following image will make it more clear.

Spread for WPF-Silverlight 1.0.5.0 Released!

I am happy to announce the release of Spread for WPF-Silverlight 1.0.5.0!

Wijmo Tree : Find Node by Value

Wijmo Tree widget is used to present items in a hierarchical tree structure. It supports expand/collapse animations, stylish themes, and drag-and-drop functionality etc.

C1GridView: Runtime DataBinding of Template Field

In my previous blog we discussed how to bind a Template Field containing DropDownList using a lookup table. Binding was done at design time using the DataSourceID property of C1GridView. You can refer to the blog here.

How To: Pass Parameters from ASPX Page to a Section Based Report

ActiveReports 7 being a powerful and flexible report tool supports parameters and stored procedures. Parameters allow users to display a report in accordance to the values they pass to the report. In ActiveReports 7, the HtmlViewer type of the WebViewer control allow users to pass parameters to the report; however one common question which users have is how to pass parameters over the web from a different aspx page.

Upgrade ActiveReports 2 COM Reports to ActiveReports 7

ActiveReports 7 happens to be latest addition to the legacy of ActiveReports. Talking of legacy, we still have few customers who are still using the COM version of ActiveReports, and would like to migrate to ActiveReports 7 which targets the .NET platform.

ActiveReports 7: Display a "continued..." Message When a Group Spans Across Pages

The Grouping feature of ActiveReports allows to group the data (keep them together) in a report. All you need is to set the Group Header section's DataField property to the field on which you want to group the report. When you run the report, it renders the group header, followed by all the related instances of detail section, and then the group footer (considering non-multiple grouping scenario). You can set one or more than one nested groups in a report, known as multiple grouping. You can find more information about this in Grouping Data topic in our documentation site.

Mail Merge with C1Report in Silverlight

Mail Merge is a useful feature and it helps generating multiple documents from a single template.

C1GridView: Binding Dropdown Column

We can create different types of columns in C1GridView. Following documentation link provides detailed information on the available column types for C1GridView.  In these different types of columns, C1TemplateField is very popular as it can be customized to meet various user requirements. We can include controls in the ItemTemplate Property of C1TemplateField and bind it with data that will be shown when the grid loads. We can also include controls in EditItemTemplate Property of C1TemplateField and these controls can be used as an editor for the grid.  See the documentation topic "Adding Controls to a column" for details on how you can create a  C1Templatefield, include them in C1GridView and add controls to this column.

Scrollable Legend in C1Chart

Chart control is popularly used in various domains to analyze data. They are often used to ease understanding of large quantities of data and the relationships between parts of the data.

ActiveReports7: Plotting Negative and Positive Values in 2D Bar Chart

Users often want to display both positive and negative values on the Bar chart and require the bars to be plotted on either side of the X Axis depending on whether the Y value is positive or negative. This can be achieved by setting the Position property of the X Axis to 0. This results in X Axis to be plotted from the position where Y value is 0.

Design Tips for Creating Modern Style Charts in XAML

Designing a chart for a Modern UI-style application should be one of the easiest tasks in a developer’s lifetime. The Modern UI (formerly Metro) style that you know has very simple and minimalistic qualities to it. Some of those qualities include:

Carousel control in Wijmo suite provides us the ability to dynamically display text, images, controls, and more over web browsers. Typically users display images by directly providing the ImageUrl to the Carousel control and the images are then loaded onto the browser. However there might be cases when a user may want to directly pull the images from a database and then display them in the Carousel.