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Get 25% off GrapeCity Products on CyberMonday

Next Monday, November 27, kicks off Cyber Monday, and GrapeCity is in on the action! We'll be offering 25% off new licenses across all* GrapeCity Developer Solutions lines.

Announcements from Microsoft Connect(); 2017

In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from the first day of the Microsoft Connect(); developer conference.

Free Webinars: New in ActiveReports 12 and ActiveReports 12 Server

Register today for two upcoming ActiveReports webinars. You'll learn all about the new features in ActiveReports 12 and ActiveReports 12 Server.

GrapeCity Releases November 2017 Products

Get the highlights of GrapeCity's November 2017 release, which includes ActiveReports 12, ActiveReports 12 Server, and new versions of ComponentOne and Wijmo.

ActiveReports 12 Releases

ActiveReports 12 and ActiveReports 12 Server have released! New features include customized installation, CSV and JSON exports, report templates, and more.

Did You Mean Enterprise Reporting or Self-Service BI?

While I was at DevIntersection 2017 this last week, I got into many wonderful and thoughtful conversations about ActiveReports and the business cases that existing customers use it for and what prospects are considering it for. The business requirements varied drastically from healthcare-targeted products with end users as nurses to manufacturing and the food industry. Each conversation was unique but similar at the same time. Unique in the sense that the business requirements were very different and the type and amount of data that was managed by the reports was quite varied. However, there was a fundamental undertone of the two ecosystems of reporting that seem to be trending.

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How to painlessly design ActiveReports with PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is one of the most commonly used open source data sources. It has an interface that makes it easier to use than MySQL. Recently one of our customers asked how to bind ActiveReports to a PostgreSQL database, so I decided to write this blog article to help other customers who work with PostgreSQL.

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:

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.

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:

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).