Report Improvements (coming in 13.1)

We have decided to make usability a point of emphasis when it comes to our great set of tools designed to deal with complex data. As such we have introduced a number of enhancements which should improve the way you interact with our reporting suite.

Consolidation

When dealing with WinForms reporting there were a number of components one could choose from in order to either view or design reports.

Old Reporting Toolbox

We realized that the use case was pretty simple: you want to either add the ability to view a report or edit one. As such we have greatly simplified the way in which this is done by consolidating some of the tools available in the toolbox.

New Reporting Toolbox

When dropping a Document Viewer you can then choose to create a standard or ribbon toolbar as well as choose the initial report you would like to load:

New Report Viewer Component

Dropping the End User Designer item from the toolbox creates everything you need to get started with editing and designing reports.

Building Reports

By the time you are ready to build reports we understand you want to get them out the door as quickly and as easily as possible. Here are a couple of features that will help:

Cntrl + Select fields then drag to table

Dragging Fields

Cntrl + Select fields then drag (right mouse button) to drag labels to a table

Dragging Headers

Convert Table to Labels

Converting to Labels

We pledge to continue this trend of enabling you to procrastinate (effectively) the task of writing reports.

As always, if there are any comments and/or questions, feel free to get a hold of me!

Seth Juarez
Email: sethj@devexpress.com
Twitter: @SethJuarez

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