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Stimulsoft Reports.Net version 2008.1 is packed with the PDF417 2D bar-code, 4 types of charts. In addition to previously realized exports of reports, such as PDF, XPS, XML, HTML, Excel, RTF, TXT, CSV, EMF, BMP, etc, developers of Stimulsoft have added an opportunity to export to OpenDocument Writer and OpenDocument Calc formats. Starting with Stimulsoft Reports.Net 2008.1, the Query Builder, added in the version 2007.3, now works with DB2, MySql, Oracle, and VistaDB. For increasing productivity in report creation, some new properties were added.

Please, read more about some some significant changes in our report generator:

New in BarCodes
  • The new 2D BarCode is available - PDF417.

New in Charts
  • The new chart type - Gantt chart.
  • The new chart type - Scatter chart.
  • The new chart type - Scatter with Lines chart.
  • The new chart type - Scatter with Splines chart.

New in Exports of Reports
  • Now you can export reports to the OpenDocument Writer format.
  • Now you can export reports to the OpenDocument Calc format.
  • New options in export to the CSV format - 'Skip Column Headers'.
  • Now export to text supports the CheckBox component.
  • Now export to RTF supports text margins.
  • The new StiOptions.Export.Excel.ColumnsRightToLeft property.
  • The new StiOptions.Export.Excel2007.ColumnsRightToLeft property.
  • The new StiOptions.Export.Pdf.AllowImageTransparency property.
  • The new StiOptions.Export.Rtf.RemoveEmptySpaceAtBottom property.
  • The new StiOptions.Export.Word2007.RemoveEmptySpaceAtBottom property.
  • The export to HTML now supports transparent images (PNG image format) for Opera, Firefox or IE7+.
  • The export to HTML now uses names of styles from a report in CSS.
  • Now the export to CSV supports symbols of tabulations.
  • Speed of export of big reports is increased.

New in Report Dictionary
  • The Guid type is available in a dictionary.
  • Now Query Builder works with DB2, MySql, Oracle, and VistaDB.
  • The new PromptUserNameAndPassword property is added to the Database.

New in Web Reports
  • Now you can save report to the OpenDocument Writer format.
  • Now you can save report to the OpenDocument Calc format.
  • New render mode of the StiWebViewer - AjaxWithCache.

New in Report Designer
  • The new Show Aliases option for QuickInfo.

New in Report Engine
  • Now you can use new variables in CrossTab conditions: tag, hyperlink, tooltip.
  • Now you can localize report variables with help of the GlobalizedStrings property.
  • New CheckStyleTrue, CheckStyleFalse and Values properties are added to the CheckBox component (old reports work fine).
  • The new AspectRatio property is added to the Page.Watermark.
  • The new MinSize and MaxSize properties are added to all components.
  • The ToolTip property is added to all CrossFields.
  • The Tag property is added to all CrossFields.

Fixed Bugs
  • Fix: Some small bugs in WYSIWYG mode.
  • Fix: A bug with blue border in HTML export.
  • Fix: A bug with HorizontalLine, VerticalLine and Rectangle in the HTML export.
  • Fix: Bugs with styles in the HTML export.
  • Fix: Small bugs in the export to RTF.
  • Fix: Corrected behavior of the StiPage.ResizePage method.
  • Fix: ContentAlignment of StiWebViewer
  • Fix: Small bug with style names in the RTF export.
  • Fix: Problem with ImageUrl and compiled reports.
  • Fix: Bug with the export to PDF textbox with email address.
  • Fix: Bug with the export to Excel XML textbox with email address.
  • Fix: Some corrections in the export to HTML.
  • Fix: Problems with the StiOptions.Engine.DefaultPaperSize property.
  • Fix: A problem with symbol '\' in text in the RTF export.
  • Fix: A problem with speed of exporting of transparent images to PDF.
  • Fix: Some corrections in the StiWebViewer.
  • Fix: Small corrections in the export to CSV format.
  • Fix: Small corrections in the export to TXT format.
  • Fix: A bug with export to Word2007 in some cases.
  • Fix: A problem with the PutFeedPageCode in the export to Text.
  • Fix: A bug with aggregate functions in some expressions.
  • Fix: A bug with the ImageUrl property of Image and DoublePass modes of report rendering.
  • Fix: A bug with the PrintOn property and the PageNOfM variable.
  • Fix: A bug with the FooterBand, PrintOn property and the SegmentPerWidth property.
  • Fix: Problems with the Label Wizard.
  • Fix: Some fixes in the export to the RTF format.
Starting with the new version our product supports Microsoft Word 2007 and enables the export of reports to its format. Besides, PDF documents created in the software can be signed with a digital signature. In addition to concentrating on delivering flexibility to formats, we've turbo-charged productivity by adding Query Builder and ensured new localization is integrated into the product. Our customers from Sweden might be pleased to discover that they are now able to use Stimulsoft in their native language.

Please, read more about some some essential changes in our report generator:

Changes in Exports of Reports
  • Now you can export reports to the Microsoft Word 2007 format.
  • Now you can use digital signature in the PDF export.
  • Now export to PDF supports transparent images.
  • Now export to HTML supports watermarks.
  • Now exports to XML and DBF support Date Time types.
  • Exports to PDF, XPS, Excel 2007, HTML, MHT formats are optimized for working with duplicated images.

Changes in Barcodes
  • Now you can use the DataMatrix 2D barcode.

Changes in Cross-Tabs
  • New summary type is available in the CrossTab. Now you can show images in the CrossTab.
  • The new UseStyleOfSummaryInColumnTotal property is added to the cross summary.
  • The new UseStyleOfSummaryInRowTotal property is added to the cross summary.
  • The Hyperlink property is added to all CrossFields.

Changes in Web Reports
  • Now you can use the new Ajax mode of rendering for the StiWebViewer component. This new mode is available with the RenderMode property. In this mode all operations will be processed with help of callback events.
  • Now in WebDialogs you can use the ajax-based DatePicker instead of the old control.
  • The new ShowDropDownMenu property is added to the StiWebViewer. Using this property you can show the ajax-based drop-down menu in the StiWebViewer for export, view mode and zoom actions. This option is available only in .Net 2.0.
  • Now the StiWebViewer can save rendered report to XML and Word 2007.
  • The new DatePickerFormat property is available in the StiWebViewer. This property helps with date format of DatePicker in WebDialogs.
  • The UseCache property of the StiWebViewer is merged with the RenderMode property of the StiWebViewer. All old project and reports will be converted automatically.

New localizations
  • Localization to Sweden is added.

New in Report Designer
  • The Query Builder is added to the SQL Source Editor.
  • Now you can move selected components with minimal report units with help of Alt and cursors keys.
  • Work of Report Tree is optimized.
  • Now you can use aliases of dictionary elements instead of its names.
  • AutoSave function is added to the report designer.
  • Now you can drag and drop values together with labels from dictionary.

Changes in Charts
  • The new Width property is added to Labels of Axis of Chart.

New in Report Engine
  • The new CanBreak property is added to the Image component.
  • Now the Show method of the StiReport supports IWin32Window interface.
  • Now report variables are saved to mdc and mdz files.
  • The new IsEditedInPreview property is added to the StiReport.
  • Following new global events are added: StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.StartEditingInPreview, StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.EndEditingInPreview, StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.EnableEditorMode, StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.DisableEditorMode, StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.DataSourceAssigned, StiOptions.Engine.GlobalEvents.TextChanged.
  • New ShowPropertiesForVariable, ShowPropertiesForDataSource, ShowPropertiesForDataRelation, ShowPropertiesForDataColumn and ShowPropertiesForDataParameter properties are added to the StiDictionaryPanelService.

Fixed Bugs
  • Fix: The problem of SubReport page which has columns on a page.
  • Fix: The problem of SubReports property of StiReport in some cases.
  • Fix: Some corrections of printing from the StiWebViewer.
  • Fix: Export to DBF is corrected.
  • Fix: Problems with ShowExportToXml and ShowExportToWord2007 properties.
  • Fix: The problem with rotated text in export to HTML.
  • Fix: The problem with the SelectedIndexChangedEvent of the ListViewControl.
  • Fix: The problem with functions.
  • Fix: The problem with the ExcelValue and export to the Excel 2007.
  • Fix: Some problems with Conditions of the CrossTab summary.
  • Fix: Some problems with printing watermark.
  • Fix: The problem with the Data Band placement wizard.
  • Fix: The problem with the ICustomTypeDescriptor, Browsable attribute and Business objects.
  • Fix: The problem with the StiWebViewer and the ComboBox, and Timer.
  • Fix: The problem with the Chart Wizard.
  • Fix: Some bugs in export to excel of big reports.
  • Fix: The problem with the ExcelValue property of text components.
  • Fix: The problem with GDI+ when export to PDF richtext objects.
  • Fix: The problem with dragged sub-report.
  • Fix: The problem with the Count summary type in the CrossTab.
  • Fix: The problem with ToolTip in HTML export in div mode.
  • Fix: The problem with WordWrap in HTML export in div mode.
  • Fix: Some corrections in Div and Span modes of the HTML export.
  • Fix: Some problems with the PDF encrypt on Windows 2003.
  • Fix: The problem with the AutoWidth property in the WYSIWYG mode.
  • Fix: The problem with the CanBreak property of the FooterBand and GroupHeaderband.
  • Fix: The Average mode of the CrossTab is corrected.
  • Fix: The problem with the GroupHeaderBand and the PrintIfDetailEmpty property of the DataBand.
  • Fix: The problem with the ReportName property which contains white spaces in Web.
  • Fix: The problem with the SubReport in the report designer.
  • Fix: Mime type of Rtf text files in the Web Viewer is changed to application/msword.
  • Fix: Mime type of Word 2007 files in the Web Viewer is changed to application/msword.
  • Fix: The problem with exporting a rendered report from the Web Viewer.
The new version Stimulsoft Reports.Net comes with a number of changes aimed at providing a better experience from using the product. It has a refined reports designer, which is friendlier than in earlier releases. As a result, many operations take less time to complete than before. The product gives users many new wizards for building reports and an opportunity to export to Microsoft Xps and Microsoft Excel 2007 formats. The choice of supported languages has been expanded with Dutch, making the product accessible to more people in their native language.

Please, read more about some some essential changes in our report generator:

Changes in Exports of Reports
  • Now you can export reports to the Microsoft XPS format.
  • Now you can export reports to the Microsoft Excel 2007 format.
  • Now export to pdf supports an image from the watermark.
  • Now export to pdf supports a gradient brush.
  • Now you can adjust image quality in the export to the Excel.
  • Now you can adjust image quality in the export to the Rtf.
  • The 'Add Page Breaks' option is added to export to the Html.
  • The 'Add Page Breaks' option is added to export to the Mht.
  • The CSV Export: The Tag property may contain the following: Column: "FieldName" "{Expression}". In this case the new "FieldName" column with {Expression} will be added.
  • New mode of export to html - Div.
  • Text export is updated.

New localizations
  • Localization to Dutch is added.

New in Report Designer
  • Now the TextEditor tool supports the RichText component.
  • The new Align context menu item is added to the designer.
  • The new Size context menu item is added to the designer.
  • The special wizard is added to the operation of drag&drop of DataSource to the page.
  • The new Chart wizard is added.
  • The new Cross-tab wizard is added.
  • New abilities to edit multiple selected objects as one table.
  • Context menu items 'Send to Back' and 'Bring to Front' are replaced with the new 'Order' menu item.
  • Dimension lines to all operation of resizing and moving component in report designer is added.

New Components
  • The new RichTextBox control is added to dialogs.
  • The component System Text is merged to the Text component.

Changes in Preview
  • Now the RichText component supports the Editable property.
  • Now the CheckBox supports the Editable property.
  • New events ProcessExport and ProcessSendEMail are added to the StiPreviewControl.
  • The new StiPreviewControl.LoadPreviewControl static event.

Changes in Cross-Tabs
  • The new EmptyValue property is added to Cross-Tab component.
  • The new member of the SummaryType property - None. Now you can output in Cross-Tab component not numeric values.
  • Styles to the Cross-Tab component editor are added.
  • The new HorAlignment property is added to Cross-Tab component.
  • Two new EnumeratorType and EnumeratorSeparator properties are added to the CrossRow and CrossColumn components.

Changes in Charts
  • Now the Range property is available for the YAxis at Chart component.
  • The new StartFromZero property is added to the YAxis of Chart component.
  • The new LabelsOffset property to all line series.
  • Now you can add Constant Lines to the Chart component.
  • Now you can add Strips to the Chart component.
  • The new YAxis property is added to each series. You can specify on which axis values from series will be shown.
  • The new Title property added to Chart property.
  • The new ShowInPercent property is added to Chart series labels.
  • The new ShowZeros property is added to Chart series.

Changes in Web Reports
  • The new PrintMode property is added to the StiWebViewer.

New in Data Processing
  • The new IBM Db2 data adapter.
  • The Sql connection string builder is added.
  • The Odbc connection string builder is added.
  • The Alias property is added to the database.

New in Report Engine
  • The LinesOfUnderling property is replaced with the LinesOfUnderline property. Using this new property you can select style of underlining. All old reports will be converted automatically.
  • The new total function - AvgDate.
  • The new NumberOfPass property is added to report.
  • New system variables: IsFirstPage, IsLastPage.
  • The PrintOn property is extended on all components.
  • The PrintAtFirstPage property is replaced with the PrintOn property. All old reports will be converted automatically.
  • Now you can hide properties from the property grid. Example: StiConfig.HideProperty('Enabled').
  • The new Restrictions property is added to all components. Using this property you can use the StiOptions.Designer.Restrictions static options.
  • The new PaperSize property is added to the page.
  • The IsNull function is added. Example of using: IsNull(Customers, 'Name').
  • The iif function is added. Example of using: iif(condition, value1, value2).
  • The new Double Click event added to component.
  • The new Collate property is added to the report.
  • The new StiReport.CompileReportsToAssembly static method.
  • Now you can save and load packed reports under .Net 1.1 too.
  • Now you can load packed reports and unpacked reports with the Load method of the report.
  • Now you can sort data at hierarchical band.
  • Now you can create not assigned DateTime? variables in the report dictionary.
  • The new RightToLeft property is added to the Databand. This property controls the direction of column rendering.
  • The new RightToLeft property is added to the Page. This property controls the direction of column rendering.
  • The TextOptions.Angle property of the Text component is renamed on the Angle. All old reports will be converted automatically.
  • The TextOptions.WordWrap property of the Text component is renamed on the WordWrap. All old reports will be converted automatically.
Our product Stimulsoft Reports.Net is becoming more and more poweful. In our new release we add new properties, realize new functionality, and, on the whole, make some steps in the product development to simplify work of our customers and, simultaneously, increase capabilty of a report generator.

Please, read about some significant changes realized in this version:

New in Report Designer
  • New tab page in the report designer is available - Html Preview.
  • New report Master-Detail wizard.
  • New option Direction is added to the Label Wizard.
  • Now in Conditions of each component you can specify more than one criteria for each conditions.
  • New context menu item is added to the StiReport component designer - 'Save Report to File' and 'Load Report from File'.
  • New option is added to the report designer - Auto Save report to C# of Vb.Net file.
  • New command to duplicate a style in the styles editor is available.
  • Now in report tree you can remove components with the delete key.
  • Now in report tree you can multi select components with control or shift keys.
  • New menu item 'Properties' in context menu of the Report Dictionary.

New Components
  • New Hierarchical Band component. This band can be used to output hierarchical data.
  • New Overlay Band component. This band can be used to output watermarks.
  • New Text in Cells component.
  • New ListView dialog control.
  • New TreeView dialog control.

New localizations
  • Localization to Chinese Simplified is added.
  • Localization to Chinese Traditional is added.
  • Localization to Slovak is added.
  • Localization to Belarusian is added.

Changes in Exports of Reports
  • Support of Right to Left of exports to Rtf, Excel, Html is added.
  • Now rotated text exported to html as image.
  • Now all exports support Gradient, Glare and Hatch brushes.
  • Now export to TIFF files support multi-pages files.
  • Now export to Pdf supports transparency.
  • New property added to the Pdf export - Use Unicode.
  • Now export to Pdf supports Watermark.
  • Now export to Pdf supports text margins.
  • New Export Page Breaks option is added to the Excel export.
  • New Use One Page Header and Footer option is added to the Excel export.
  • New Export Each Page to Sheet option is added to the Excel export.
  • New Export Data Only option is added to the Excel export.
  • New ExcelSheet option in added to a page. Now you can specify excel sheet for each report page.
  • Now ExcelValue property expression supports percentage values.
  • Now ExcelValue property expression supports currency values.
  • Now ExcelValue property works together with the HideZeros property.

Changes in Charts
  • Wizard for creating Charts is added.
  • New ShowEdgeValues property is added to the XAxis.
  • New ShowLabels property is added to each series type.
  • New ShowOnZeroValues property is added to series labels.
  • New BottomToTop direction is added to the Chart.Legend.Direction property.
  • New MarkerVisible property is added to the Chart.SeriesLabels.
  • New MarkerSize property is added to the Chart.SeriesLabels.
  • New MarkerAlignment property is added to the Chart.SeriesLabels.
  • New Step property is added to the Chart.Area.XAxis.Ticks.
  • New Step property is added to the Chart.Area.YAxis.Ticks.
  • New Format property is added to each series in Charts.
  • New MinorCount property is added to the Chart.Area.GridLinesHor.
  • New MinorCount property is added to the Chart.Area.GridLinesVert.
  • New PointAtCenter property is added to the SteppedLine and SteppedArea series.

Changes in Cross-Tabs
  • New PrintIfEmpty property is added to the Cross-Tab component.
  • New Wrap property is added to the CrossTab.
  • New WrapGap property is added to the CrossTab component.
  • New ability - direction of summary fields is added to Cross-Tab component.
  • New ComponentStyle property is added to all the type of cells of Cross-Tab component.

Changes in Web Reports
  • New ReportExport event is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New ExcelPageBreaks property is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New CsvCharSet property is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New CsvSeparator property is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New ToolbarAlignment property is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New RenderMode property is added to the StiWebViewer.
  • New ContentAlignment property to the StiWebViewer.

New in Data Processing
  • Now you can use dBase files as data sources.
  • Now you can use the VistaDb data adapter.
  • New ability to format values with formatting string from variables and data sources.

New in Report Engine
  • New set of functions for calculation of totals in events, scripts and expressions. Following lines shows how functions can be called: Totals.Sum(YourDataSource, expression), Totals.Sum(YourDataBand, expression). Functions can be passed as the DataBand and GroupHeaderBand argument.
  • Two new aggregate functions - MinDate and MaxDate is available.
  • New NumberOfCopies property is added to the page.
  • New CanBreak property is added to the FooterBand.
  • New PrintAtBottom property is added to the ReportSummaryBand.
  • CanGrow and CanShrink properties are available for the Container with bands.
  • New mode of showing the report dialogs is available. Now dialogs can be shown in the Window of Preview. This mode is enabled when setting the form of the StartMode property in StiFormStartMode.OnPreview.
  • New Double style of border is available.

New in Dot-Matrix mode
  • The PreviewMode property of a report now can have the DotMatrix value
  • Now you can predefine encoding for the Dot-Matrix mode in the StiOptions.Preview.DotMatrixWindow.DefaultEncodings static property.
  • New Open button is available in the dot-matrix preview mode.