Thank you for your interest in the product and that you share your ideas. When considering the further development of the product we will discuss your suggestions and if we find them valuable we will make sure to implement them accordingly.
To comment your suggestions individually:
- The idea of the template is to create a base definition which will speed up your development process. The number of templates is expected to be relatively low and thus the Export Template function is part of the Standalone Report Designer with no current plans of providing a public API. Can you please share with us what is your scenario where you need to export many templates so that a programmatic approach is needed?
- The idea of the designer is to manage the Open / New operations through the File menu. The Welcome page is not meant to be the main means of controlling the designer actions but a rather a "quick start" page providing convenient shortcuts. Currently it lists Opening a report and Creating a new Telerik Report but this might as well change in future.
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- Our vision of using Report Templates doesn't include adding them to the recent documents list as they are not documents that the designer works with but we do have intentions of increasing the usability of the designer and your recommendations may come in handy.
the Telerik team
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