Dynamic Report Layouts/Templates?

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  1. Paul J
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    Posted 29 Jan 2009 Link to this post

    Does Telerik Reporting have the ability to use dynamic content for the layout/design of the reports themselves?

    Example:

    If I give users a radEditor window manipulating and styling (bold, underline,bullets, etc etc) the header and footer content of a report, is there the ability to import this html styled content into the design of the report itself when a user generates the report?

    I'm going to watch the webinar for reporting this morning, but thought i'd try and get an answer to my question first.
  2. Steve
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    Posted 29 Jan 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Paul J,

    Depending on the datasource used for binding the report, the data can be dynamic but not in the way you describe. We suppose your inquiry is for an end user designer that would allow the end users to create/change the report directly. This is in our TODO list but is not available in the current version of the product.
    Unfortunately due to unforeseen health problems, the presenter Kevin Babcock had to cancel today's Webinar, however it will be rescheduled for next Tuesday, February 3, at 11am EST. More info is available in this forum thread.

    Please excuse us for the inconvenience.

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  4. Anthony
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    Posted 10 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    End User Report Designer:

    Has this functionality been implemented in Telerik Reporting for WPF? Is there any type of solution for custom reports created by a user?
  5. Paul J
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    Posted 10 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    and has it been implemented in general? if so, do you have any links to tutorials /info on how to allow an end user to modify the actual layout of a report. to give you our scenario:

    we have a template that we would bind employee data to it and generate it as a PDF. this template has some information on it like dates that we'd like the end-user admins to be able to modify themselves and allow them to change bold, italic, etc and other formatting without getting the development department involved. i.e. maybe they could edit it through a WYSIWYG editor.
  6. Anthony
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    Posted 10 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    Secondly, is there any means of converting an MS Access Report to Telerik Reporting?
  7. Steve
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    Posted 13 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    Hi guys,

    End-user designer is a work in progress and we hope to have a first version sometime this year, but cannot engage with an exact time frame.

    As you have probably seen in other threads, we're gathering feedback on the end user functionality. We would appreciate if you share how you envision an end user designer, in what technology do you see it would best fit, if you have any specific requirements that you want covered, please share them with us there and we would have them in mind while working on this feature.

    Greetings,
    Steve
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  8. Paul J
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    Posted 13 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    hrmm. Okay, so I read the following about Telerik Reporting:

    "Telerik Reporting supports inserting HTML-formatted content directly into the report via

    the HtmlTextBox item to produce customizable and good looking results. The HTML value can be specified

    at design time (either through a WYSIWYG or an expression editor). It can also retrieve content directly

    from a data source by using any expression that evaluates to correctly formatted HTML. Various formatting

    options that are available to control the text presentation are:

    • Font, size, color

    • Bold, Italic, Underline

    • Lists

    • Paragraphs

    • Inline styles (background, border, color, font, padding)

    Formatted text can be rendered to HTML, PDF, and Image formats, in Silverlight, WPF, WinForms and

    ASP.NET applications. The HtmlTextBox item also supports injecting complex expressions into the HTMLformatted

    text for mail merge functionality. "

    So in the meantime, I could allow for end-user design through the following:  Use Telerik reporting and create a report that basically has a single HtmlTextbox, and that's it. I would then let users edit html content via RadEditor to edit the content. I would use keyword  tags using brackets to indicate data place holders  within this html content  (i.e. [Name], [Birthdate], [Address], etc.) and do a find/replace via code within the report to populate the dynamic data (from a data source) into the report itself when the report is generated? Somehwat similar to how Microsoft Word Mail Merge works.

    Thoughts? 

    I would envision your final End-user design methodology would potentially work in this way anyway, albeit it would be a bit smoother than what I described above.
  9. Paul J
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    Posted 13 Jan 2012 Link to this post

    could you provide links to these "other threads" ? I'd love to see what people are suggesting.
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