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ActiveReports 11 Server - New Web Designer

Last week we hosted a webinar to introduce the new web designer. The goal of this webinar was to provide a hands-on session taking attendees through the steps to create:

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.

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.

The New Web-Based End User Designer

ActiveReports Server has always had a web designer for business users. We created the web designer to enable end users to build reports from scratch or modify existing reports using nothing more than a browser. We presumed that these end users knew little to nothing about databases and query languages.

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:

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.

ActiveReports 11 - Faster Reporting for the Enterprise

ActiveReports 11 was released on November 15, 2016. The release includes updates to both ActiveReports Developer and ActiveReports Server. This is an important release that ticks a number of milestones on our road map:

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.

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.

Connecting the Designer to ActiveReports Server

This section describes how to use the stand-alone version of the report designer included with the developer version of ActiveReports.

Scheduling Reports

In this exercise, we log in as an end user and use the shared schedule template that we created in the Administrator Dashboard to schedule a report in the Report Portal. We will also learn how to look at the report creation history.

Schedule Template Setup

If you already set up the SMTP server in the Server Configuration wizard, you can skip this first part.

Set User Categories

This section describes how individual users can organize reports their way by creating user categories.

User Login

Log in as the administrator and as each user that you created in Creating User Accounts, and make sure that you can view the right reports for the category and permission settings.

Find and Display Reports

Now that we've set up the Administrator Dashboard, we can shift over to the Report Portal, where our users will access reports.

Setting Report Permissions

On the Reports list page of the Administrator Dashboard, we can set report permissions and categories. Now that we've created a “Quick Start” category we can put a report in it. Also, we can put the Employee Directory report in the "HR" sub-category.

Avoid Drudgery with Report Parts

The best innovations spring out of our desire to avoid boring, repetitive, drudge work. This is why we bring you (*ta da!*) report parts.