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Kim Landis

A content marketing manager at GrapeCity, Kim Landis is proud to work on the cutting edge of technology with her coworkers. Before she gained more than a decade of experience in the software industry, Kim graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Japanese. In her spare time, Kim enjoys travelling, knitting funky hats, and shaking her bones to live music.

Recent Posts

Webinar: Free Guided Tour of the New Web Designer

On August 23rd, our ActiveReports Server Product Manager, Bhupesh Malhotra, will present a free webinar introducing the new web designer we've added to the ActiveReports Server Report Designer Add-On.

Spread v10 SP2 Release

We've released Spread V10 SP2. This release adds several features and fixes many reported issues. The biggest new feature is for SpreadJS.Sheets: Support for Angular! Here is a list of the resolved issues:

Miss our webinar? We've got you covered.

UPDATE: On August 9th, one of our Product Managers, Mateen Firoz, presented a free webinar introducing the new features of ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 2.

What's New in ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 2?

Usually, we save major new features for major version releases, and just fix issues and tweak things in service packs. But this time, we added a lot of features and enhancements to both ActiveReports Developer and ActiveReports Server. Plus we added a major feature to ActiveReports Server: a sleek new Web Designer. It is easy enough for newbies to use, but with all of the advanced features and RDL reports that developers and experienced report authors want. Read on to see what else we've included.

Lookup Function

Data sources for business applications reside in different data systems like CRM, Accounting and Financial, HRM, SCM, Ticket Management, Inventory Management Systems, and a host of others depending on the industry.

HTML5 Viewer Enrichment

We're really excited about the ActiveReports 11 Service Pack 1 release. I think you'll like what we've done to improve the HTML5 viewer. In addition to adding user-requested tweaks and fixes, we've added several brand new features: SVG rendering, frozen row and column headers, and chart tooltips. Here are details on these features.

Visual Studio 2017 Support

Update: We've released Service Pack 1. You can download it here:

SQL Server Model Generation

If you have trouble generating models using Windows Authentication with SQL Server, you may see the following errors:

Page-Level Summaries

How you add page summaries depends on the type of report you're using. Here is how to add page summaries to each type of report.

Run-Time Data in the HTML5 Viewer

First, it helps to understand how the ActiveReports HTML5 viewer works. As a JavaScript component, the HTML5 Viewer runs on the client browser. It gets its report output from an ActiveReports 11 Web service (ActiveReports.ReportService.asmx). This is why you can't modify report data sources and pass in parameters using server-side code (.vb or .cs).

Run-Time Images

ActiveReports lets you modify images at run time. How you do it depends on the type of report you are using, so I'll break it down by report type.

The What, Why, and How of Layers

The Layers feature has been around since ActiveReports version 9, but maybe you haven't really checked it out yet. It is a feature that is exclusive to ActiveReports, and revolutionizes a number of scenarios, so I thought I'd share some of these with you.

Server Shared Resources in v11

Sometimes when you improve things, something breaks. One such thing occurred with the new release of ActiveReports Server, so I'm sharing the fix here.

Interview with a Returning Customer

This is an interview with Jeff S on his experience with ActiveReports versus a competitor, and why he chose ActiveReports.

Label Reports

You can create reports with data arranged in columns and rows to print on label sheets. Let's take a look at how to do this with each type of report.

Upgrade Old COM Reports to Version 11

If you use the COM version of ActiveReports and would like to migrate to the .NET platform and use ActiveReports 11, you are in the right place. You can pull all of your layouts in, leaving only the code to update manually. The process is, basically, save, load, update code.

In Windows Forms applications, you can print reports without previewing them using the Print method that is implemented as an extension method for the SectionDocument and PageDocument classes.

Confirming Changes in the Report Portal

In this section, we'll log into the Report Portal and view the report that we modified in Editing Server Reports. Also, we'll check out the report history and how to revert to a version of the report from before our changes.

Disappearing Designer

In certain circumstances, the ActiveReports designer that integrates with the Visual Studio IDE does not display. Here are the possible causes, and how to fix the issue.

Editing Server Reports

Continuing from our previous topic on Connecting the Designer to the Server, we have the stand-alone report designer open, and we are logged in as Jennifer.