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We are pleased to announce the release of the new version Stimulsoft Reports 2018.2 which is now available for download. We have prepared a number of changes that you will be able to immediately use in your projects. The most important changes are expanded functionality for work with resources, custom fonts, the new style editor, access to reports and many others.

Resource Panel in Viewer
Now documents (PDF, Word, Excel, etc.) and images added to the report resources can be displayed in the viewer. To do this, select the checkbox for the Available in the Viewer option in the Edit Resource dialog or when creating it. After that, this resource will be displayed in a separate panel in the viewer window or in the preview tab. Also, it can be viewed or saved to a file in the viewer.

Resource Panel in Viewer

Custom Fonts in Reports
The release of 2018.2, we added the ability to use custom fonts in the report. To do this, drag the file with fonts (ttf, otf) to the Dictionary of the report. In the font collection, you will add custom fonts that you can apply to the text components of the report.

Custom Fonts in Reports

New Style Editor
We have completely redesigned the style editor. Collections and styles are now displayed in a hierarchical form. Use drag’and’drop to change the collection for the style. Also we added filters and sorting styles. In addition, all the styles used in the report are checked with markers in the style editor. Also, search of a style by name or part of name is added.

new style designer

Refresh Time for Reports
Starting with release 2018.2, you can define the time interval after which the report will be rebuilt. In addition to the preset values, you can enter custom values in seconds.

refresh time for reports

Access to Reports
In the release 2018.2, you can configure remote access to the report preview from the report designer. To do this, select File -> Share. Save the report in Stimulsoft Cloud, set the access settings and view the report remotely by reference, by the barcode or embed the report code in your HTML page.

access to reports

Sub-reports from Resources
Starting with the release 2018.2, you can add other reports (mrt, mrz, mdc, mdz) to the report as resources, and use these built-in reports in the Sub-Report component. To do this, in the Hyperlink tab in the editor of the sub-report, select a report from the resource gallery or specify a link to the resource manually.

sub reports from resources

Interactive Chart in Reports.JS
Starting with the release 2018.2, you can view reports with interactive data in the charts. Interactivity of data can be organized from a chart to a diagram, from a chart to other components of a report, from other report components to a chart. Interactivity of charts works in both the Web viewer component and in the preview tab in the report designer.

interactive chart in js

Text Files in Report Resources
You can add text files (txt, rtf) to the report resources, and then display them in the report using the RichText component. Add text files to the resources, then open the RichText component editor text and select a text file from the resource gallery.

Text Files in Report Resources

Dragging Data to a Dictionary
When dragging a data file into the dictionary, there are various options for adding it. If the file is dragged to the top of the dictionary, a new data source will be created based on this file. If you drag the data file to the bottom of the dictionary, the data file will be added to the report resources.

Dragging Data to a Dictionary

Move to Resources Command
When creating file data sources, you can move them to report resources. To do this, click the Move to Resource button in the New Data window. After that, the data file will be added to the report resources, and the data source will be created based on this resource. In addition, for DBF and CSV data sources, you can specify the path to the repository with multiple CSV and DBF files. In this case, when you click the Move to Resources button, all CSV and DBF files from the specified repository will be added to the report.

Move to Resources Command

Saving Resources
In the release 2018.2, the ability to save resources to a file is added. To do this, click the Save button in the Edit Resource window. The resource will be saved to a file of the same type that it was before the report was added.

Saving Resources

New Command for Resources
The new New Data Source [resource name] command has been added to the data dictionary. This command is only active for resources that contain data files. Select a resource in the data dictionary, on the New Item menu or from the context menu, call the New Data Source [resource name] command. After that, the New Data dialog will be called with a link to this resource.

New Command for Resources

Search for Items in Parameters
In the release 2018.2, the ability to find parameter values is added. If the number of parameter values is greater than 10, the search field will be displayed in the list of values. It is enough to enter a symbol, a part of a value or an entire value, and the list of parameter values will be filtered in real time.

Search for Items in Parameters

New Files in Resources
Now you can attach PDF files as Word to the report. To do this, drag the files to the Dictionary of the report. Also, these files can be displayed in the resource panel in the viewer.

New Barcode Editor
For the release 2018.2, we improved the editor of the Barcode component. The basic settings can be found in the barcode editor, and additional settings - in the property panel. Also there is a barcode preview bar in the editor.

New Barcode Editor

New Shape Menu
Beginning with the release of 2018.2 all primitives are grouped in one menu and split by the shape type. The Shapes menu is located in the Insert tab and on the Toolbox in the report designer.

New Shape Menu

New Page Button
Previously, the command to add a new page to the report template, depending on the designer, was placed in various locations. Now, in order to add a new page to the report template, click the Page button on the Insert tab.

New Page Button

New Status Bar
The WinForms designer now has the redesigned status panel for the preview and report designer. Earlier, there were two of them, now the panel is one, while full functionality is remained. Also, a visual element of the report rendering was added.

New Status Bar

Globalization in reports

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Published on 28 March 2018

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When designing reports, there can be situations when users who view rendered reports have different language cultures. In this case, they can make the required number of copies of the report, each of which is localized in a specific language. However, when editing one report template, you will have to do changes in all of its copies. Thus, every change in the report template will increase the time spent on preparing the report and significantly increases the likelihood of errors in copies of this report.

Our reporting tool provides the ability to localize the report depending on the selected report culture. The Globalization Strings tool is used for this. You can define a list of cultures with which the elements of the report will be translated. The items for which you can configure localization include:

- Report properties: Report Alias, Report Author, Report Description;
- Text component, text in cells, Rich text;
- Each cell of the Table and the Cross-tab components;
- Variables in the report;
- The text fields of the Chart component (labels, legends, rows, charts, and also you can override the values of the text properties before and the text after these chart items).

You should know that for each text component, as well as for each cell in the Table and Cross-tab, you can override several properties of this component. For example, if the report uses the text component Text1, then:

- In the Text1.Hyperlink property, you can specify a hyperlink (or expression) when you select a specific culture. For example, you can specify a hyperlink (or expression) on a localized page of your website;
- In the Text1.Tag property, you can specify a tag (or expression) for this text component when you select a specific culture. The tags in the report are used to refer to a particular report component;
- In the Text1.Text property, you can specify the text (or expression) of the text component that will be processed when the report is rendered and displayed to the user when a particular culture is selected;
- In the Text1.Tooltip property, you can specify the tooltip (or expression) of this text component when you select a specific culture.

If a property is not filled, then when you select a specific culture, the result will be empty. For example, if you do not specify anything for a particular culture in the Text1.Text property, then when you select this culture, the text component will be printed without any content.

Notice
The report culture does not depend on the localized GUI of the report designer. The culture of the report depends on the value of the Culture property. The list of values for this property depends on the list of cultures supported by the operating system. By default, the report uses the current culture of the operating system.

To call the Globalization Editor, you should go to the report properties and click in the report template area.

Globalizaion Editor

And on the properties panel, click the Browse button on the Globalization property. Below is the view of the Globalization Editor.

Globalizaion Editor

1. Click this button to add a new culture. The added cultures will be displayed in the list of cultures.
2. Select the culture in the list and click this button to remove the culture from the list.

3. The buttons to control cultures.

- Get the culture settings from the report, in this case, for the items of the selected culture, the values that are used in the report will be specified.
- Transfer culture settings to a report, in this case, the values from the selected culture will be specified for the report items.

4. If the Auto Localize Report on Run option is enabled, then, when rendering reports, the report engine will check the report culture and whether they are presented in the list. If identical cultures are found, then expressions of the report items will be replaced.

5. The list of cultures, setting which, the localization of the report items will occur (i.e. replacing expressions that are specified in a particular culture).
6. The list of report items, which localization can be configured.
7. An expression of the item that will be assigned to the selected report item when you select a specific culture.

The list of cultures, setting which, the localization of the report items will occur (i.e. replacing expressions that are specified in a particular culture).
The list of report items, which localization can be configured.
An expression of the item that will be assigned to the selected report item when you select a specific culture.

In order to automatically localize the report, you should specify the report culture after specifying the list of cultures and their settings. To do this, select the required value in the Culture property of the report. Then, when rendering the report, the report engine will check the report culture and their presence in the list of cultures. If identical cultures are found, the expressions of the report items will be replaced.

You can also set the report culture from code. To do this, you should call a special method before rendering a report and specify the culture as an argument.

Information
The culture which is indicated as an argument of the method should be in the list of cultures. Otherwise, the localization of the report will not be performed and it will be displayed with the localization of the default elements.

To localize the report in Reports.Net, Reports.Wpf, Reports.Web, Reports.Java, Reports.UWP, Reports.Silverlight.

C#
StiReport report = new StiReport();
string cultureName = "en-US";
...
report.LocalizeReport(cultureName);
report.Render(false);

//report.LocalizeReport(cultureName);
//report.Show();

To globalize reports in Reports.JS, Reports.PHP (JS).
JavaScript

var report = new Stimulsoft.Report.StiReport();
var cultureName = "en-US";
report.localizeReport(cultureName);
report.render();

To globalize reports in Reports. Flex.

Flex
var report: StiReport = new StiReport();
var cultureName: String = "en";
...
report.localizeReport(cultureName);
report.render(false);
...
//report.localizeReport(cultureName);
//report.show();

To localize reports in Reports.PHP (Flash), you need to set the globalization value for the GET or POST requests when viewing the report.

Hyperlink
http: //localhost/stimulsoft/index.php? Stimulsoft_client_key = ViewerFx & stimulsoft_report_key = Report.mrt & globalization = en-US

To localize reports in Report.Java (Flash), you should set the localization parameter when viewing the report:

Java
<stiviewerfx: button value = "Show Report" report = "Report.mrt" variableStr = "globalization = en-US" />

* the globalization parameter specifies which culture will be used in the report.

ComponentSource Awards for 2018

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Published on 28 February 2018

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We are glad to announce that Stimulsoft has won two awards from ComponentSource — Top 50 Publisher Award and Top 100 Product Award.

Publisher Award
Stimulsoft – Top 50 Publisher Award

CS Award 2018 Publisher Top 50

Product Award
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate – Top 100 Product Award

CS Award 2018 Product Top 100

We would like to thank all of you, our valuable clients, who are our friends and colleagues. Without your continued support and active participation in products development, we would never be able to create such products and get these awards.

Top 100 Bestselling Awards for 2018 from ComponentSource are based on the following criteria:
- total sales USD $ order value for the individual product
- for sales made to our customers in over 180 countries worldwide
- less the value of any refunds made due to issues with the product
- between the dates Jan 1st, 2017 to Dec 31st, 2017 inclusive
- sales made in non-USD $ currencies have been converted into USD $ to get a final total value
- the list has then been sorted and the awards made based on the ranking achieved
- the awards were announced in 2018, hence we use 2018 in the Award name

ComponentSource pioneered the open market for reusable software components and tools, through innovative use of electronic software delivery (ESD).
Today, they offer the world's best collection of labor saving software through their eCommerce Web Sites; carrying over 10,000 SKU's from 250+ Publishers.

Happy New Year 2018

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Published on 01 January 2018

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Another year filled with sweet memories and joyous times has passed. You have made this year very special, and we wish for you to continue to do so. With you around, every moment is a special occasion for all of us. We hope you have a great year ahead. May God bless my love with his care and warmth. We wish you a very Happy New Year.

Cheers!

Christmas Sales. 20% Off

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Published on 04 December 2017

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Dear Friends!

From miles away, no matter how far we are, the warmth of Christmas will bring us closer together. Sending you lots of love and heartfelt wishes to have a wonderful Christmas and holiday cheer.
 
Christmas Sales. 20% Off.
Check out our Big Christmas Sales offer. Right now you can buy Stimulsoft Reports products as well as to upgrade your current subscription with the 20% discount. The discount will be applied automatically when placing the order.

Go to the online store and use this special offer right now!
Christmas Sales starts right now and will be valid until December, 31 2017.

Merry Christmas and a healthy and wealthy Happy New Year!
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