With R2 2020, we continue the development of Web Report Designer in Telerik Reporting. It enables developers to bring report editing functionality to their end users right from their web applications.
Let’s review the major enhancements in this release that drive feature parity with desktop report designers.
Graph item Wizard
The new Graph item Wizard enables easy setup of line, pie, area, bar and column charts without leaving the comfort of the Properties area. Configuring the Categories, Series and Values is done intuitively by dragging and dropping the corresponding fields.
The Web Report Designer relies heavily on the type information served from the backend so that it can offer the editing capabilities for the Telerik.Reporting APIs. With this release we consolidated big chunks of requests, which makes the initial loading of the report designer much faster. The change is easily noticeable when using the full .NET framework service implementation where the report now loads up to 3x faster than before.
The overall User Experience is leveled up by multiple changes, fixes and refinements of the Properties area editors, additional commands and behaviors in the Report Explorer area. The Web Designer also got a loader to indicate if a task takes more than expected.
Some months ago, Telerik Reporting introduced a new report viewer for Blazor. It wraps the flexible HTML5/JS web report viewer and ensures fast and easy preview of reports directly into a Blazor application. With this new addition any web developer is empowered to:
With R2 2020 the Blazor Report Viewer is extended further with advanced properties, methods, and commands using the Razor syntax so that it covers the full API offered by the HTML5 Report Viewer.
*Telerik Reporting features report viewers for Blazor, ASP.NET Core, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web Forms, WPF, WinForms, HTML5, Angular, React, and Vue apps.
With R2 2020, we enable the report authors who want to use the highly requested Data Matrix barcode symbology into their reports. We’re also introducing Planet and IntelligentMail symbologies, previously available in our Desktop control suites.
In R2 2020, we have improved the end user’s experience by enabling the Table headers’ freeze. This would prevent the row and column headers from scrolling out of view while examining extensive data of a report document in our Web-based report viewers. The feature is like the one found in MS Excel, where users can keep an area of a worksheet visible while scrolling to another area.
Nowadays, when it is all Web, Base64 encoded data is a common way of transferring and storing data, including images. We’ve covered this scenario by enabling Picture box and other image containers to be directly bound to a Base64-encoded string representing the image data.
As the most exercised way of report generation, the service constantly gets internal improvements. This time, it’s the way it stores its cached report pages for preview. By default, they are now compressed to save space and transfer to time to the target cache provided.
The second improvement brings a change in the custom report resolver APIs so that implementer has access to additional information while resolving the report.
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