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Data Dynamics Reports, Feature of the Week

FotW – Excel Rendering Extension

I’m starting a new feature here on my blog; the Feature of the Week.  Here I’ll discuss a cool feature of Data Dynamics Reports and why it makes DDR a compelling reporting solution.

This week’s feature is a new one the Excel Rendering Extension just released in beta in the 1.5 release of Data Dynamics Reports.

This feature is notable for what it allows in Data Dynamics Reports, enough that I’m going to spend a couple posts talking about it!

Foremost is that reports can now be rendered in the Excel format.  This means the business managers can put the data into a tool that they’re intimately familiar with and process it along side the rest of their data.

I’ll get into the really cool part next week in, Excel Transformation Extension.  The magic of the rendering side is that by default it will do its best to create the spreadsheet like you would, without creating an excess number of rows and columns.

You can take it for a test drive yourself, just download Data Dynamics Reports and try it out on some of the samples!  Keep in mind, this is just a beta version of the extension so there are some things not implemented yet, such as support for nested data regions and table/matrix groups don’t honor the current visibility when you export the report.  Jon also created a screencast showing off the stuff you can do with it now, and he teases some of the functionality I’ll talk about in a future post.

In a future Feature of the Week I’ll introduce the Excel Transformation Extension and show off some of the power and utility of it.  Hint: its the same extension!

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About James

I am a Senior Developer/Consultant for InfoPlanIT, LLC. I previously spent over 7 years as a Product Manager for what eventually became ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity. While there, I helped to create ActiveReports 7, GrapeCity ActiveAnalysis, and Data Dynamics Reports.

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