Currently we do not offer a report designer that can be embedded in clients' applications. Our focus is on catching up with some important features for a tool like this (working with data, etc). The designer is a pretty complicated software and we're not sure whether it is suitable for a conventional usage, so this matter is about to be considered.
The proper way for adding predefined connection strings in an application is to use named connection strings which are added to the application configuration file. When you install Telerik Reporting the standalone designer is a single .exe with a config file. Each user can have his own exe file with the respective config file and use his own connection strings, which can also be predefined by the admin, so the available data sources he can use for creating a report are defined entirely by you, the administrator.
In the upcoming release we will extend the ReportDesigner configuration with assembly references in order to enable UserFunctions in the report expressions and the possibility to use ObjectDataSource component. These configurations will be included in the ReportDesigner config file.
the Telerik team
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