InetSoft Reporting Software: Report Viewing

This article presents various aspects of viewing reports.

Live Edit and Preview View

In the regular design mode, data does not show up in the elements that have data binding defined, in order to get a better view of the overall report layout. However, there are times when the design of the report is made easier by seeing how the space is used when the data is rendered on the elements.

The ‘Live Edit’ option provides a view of the report with rendered data, and allows further design manipulation. Select the ‘Live Edit’ button to switch between regular mode and live edit mode. Since a large dataset may slow down editing, the result set size is limited to 500 rows by default.

Selecting the ‘Preview’ button opens up a new tab inside the Designer and shows the completed report including all data and scripting. A number of options related to previewing are available in the Preferences dialog box. Go to Tools → Preferences... and select the Misc tab. ‘Preview server features’ enables hyperlinks and other server features inside the preview window.

‘Parameter Name Unique’ specifies whether every occurrence of a parameter name in a report refers to the same parameter. ‘Query Max Row’ is the maximum number of rows in the data result set which will be displayed, and ‘Query Timeout’ refers to the maximum query execution time consumed on the database server before timing out.

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InetSoft Software provides an exporting functionality to export the reports in numerous formats. In the Report Designer, a report can be exported through File → Export.

Report Export Format Options

report export options


InetSoft Viewpoint

“Virtualization has a couple of different connotations, abstraction connotations, the connotation of providing data when asked for, not necessarily in real time, but close to that, or in right time, if you will. And then the types of information sources tend to be pretty diverse, not just what's in the data center, not just what's in content management systems, or desktops, but also external partner data, big data, cloud-based data, social media, and even unstructured information.

The challenges in this context are not new. The data integration challenges are similar to what they would always be, except that they are growing in complexity, growing in magnitude. There’s really an exponential growth in data that is being collected and saved. We will see some quotes here shortly on what's happening the data silos. It isn’t just within the organization but also the customer voice coming from the Internet in the form of unstructured data, big data coming from the cloud, partner information, log files, etc. All of these add complexity, add more rigidity if you haven't started to make them flexible, and they can add high costs in maintaining them.” - Mark Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer

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