Creating a report is simple and the output is saved as XML report definition (.trdx or Telerik Report Definition XML) in a proprietary XML format, which can be shared with other users. Your existing reports (if saved as XML definitions) will work with the new ad-hoc report designer.
Appealing, interactive and sophisticated reports are created in a few simple steps. The Report Designer supports SQL Data Source and Cube Data Source. The Report, Table or Crosstab wizards guides you through the process of creating the reports. Their intuitive step by step instructions would get you going in no time as no previous experience is needed when using the wizards.
The Data Explorer and Report Explorer tools are used to quickly add, navigate and edit report items.
Modifying the existing items styles is facilitated by the Style Editor or the new user friendly Ribbon home tab:
The powerful expression engine is still easy to use with the Expression editor:
By using the Group Explorer and the Group Property window one can easily browse the existing groups of the report and quickly modify their properties, creating powerful and easily customizable layouts:
In conclusion we can say that with the Report Designer and its variety of additional tools the report authoring is made extremely easy and user-friendly, providing the non-technical users with the ability to quickly create and distribute full-blown interactive reports.
Vassil Petev is a Product Manager at Telerik. Loves gadgets, sailing, skiing and DJing.