In earlier versions, it was necessary to call the new connection command to create a new data source. Then the New Data Source command was called, and, based on this connection, the data source was created. After in-depth analysis, taking into account the wishes of our users, we optimized this process and redesigned the form of creating the new data source. Now you need to select New Data Source in the data dictionary, define the source type, select the connection string, and select data tables.

New Form to Create New Data Source

All types of data sources are grouped by the type of a connection. It is also possible to create a list of favorite data sources.
Previously, when creating reports and transmitting data, built-in and external data adapters were used. In order to use external data adapters, it was necessary to download the adapter from the site, unzip the file, add a reference to the dll and etc. And only after that you could work with a particular type of data. From the version 2015.2 all adapters that were external, were grouped and embedded into the reporting tool.

We cannot distribute the database libraries from vendors. So the user, when selecting a desired data source, will be prompted to download the necessary libraries from the NuGet gallery.

Data Adapters NuGet

At the same time, if you are using an external data adapter then your reports will work as well.
At the end of September 2015 we will release the new versions of reporting tools – 2015.2. One of important changes is a brand new report component - Gauge.

The information in the reports looks better if it visualized. One of the tools for data visualization is the Gauge component. This one is designed to display a specific value out of the range of values. Gauges are divided into linear and radial. From the release of 2015.2 in the reporting tools Stimulsoft Reports.Net and Stimulsoft Reports.Wpf will have the Gauge component.

Radial Gauges

Linear Gauges

Gauges are presented as a separate component in the report designer. This component has a fully functional editor, with help of what the gauges can be configured.

Gauge Editor
We are glad to announce that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has awarded our Stimulsoft Reports.Web a 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

“Congratulations to Stimulsoft for being honored with a 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Stimulsoft Reports.Web is truly an innovative product and is amongst the best solutions that facilitate data processing brought to market in the past twelve months. I look forward to continued excellence from Stimulsoft in 2015 and beyond.”

TMCNet Award
We would like to announce that we have done successful tests of our reporting tools on recently released Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6. Our products work as expected. The only issue that we met was related to crashing of printing task from WPF in .NET Framework 4.6 that was described in our knowledgebase. Now the issue is fixed in our latest prerelease build 2015.1.16 from 2015.08.07.