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Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate version 2010.3 is released

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We are glad to announce the availability of Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate version 2010.3. With this release, we are proud to announce the availability of numerous changes, enhancements, and improvements. The version 2010.3 comes with improvements across the entire Stimulsoft Reports product line. We have developed sorting of groups by summary, added two new data adapters, one new barcode, new HTML tags, printing in Silverlight, new themes in Reports.Silverlight, WinForms, implemented support of configurations on the properties panel, added new Import.Rtf tool and many many more. The following is a brief summary of the new features introduced in this product:

Sorting of group by summary
We have added three new properties for the GroupHeaderBand to sort the group by its summary. These are SummarySortDirection - the direction of sorting, SummaryExpression - an expression for calculation of summary, SummaryType - a function type of summary calculation.

Sorting of group by summary

Configurations on the properties panel
When you first run the designer, it is hard for to understand all the properties of the components in the properties panel. To simplify this task, we added the configuration options in the properties panel. There are three configurations: basic, standard, and professional. Depending on the configuration the amount of visible properties of components is changed. In the Basic configuration only simple properties are visible. In the Standard configuration almost all the properties except the most complex or rarely used are displayed. In Professional configuration a complete set of properties is shown. Selecting the type of configuration occurs when you first run the report designer, or from the context menu of the properties panel.

Configurations on the properties panel

Conditions and styles
One of the interesting improvements in the new version of our product is the ability to use a style of the report in the condition of a component. Selecting of formatting options for the condition could be done before. But now the selected style is stored and used later for the report generation. So it is enough to change the style and the formatting condition options will be changed too.

Conditions and styles

Conditions and borders of components
In addition to improved using of styles in the condition, we have made yet another improvement. Now you can change the borders of components, depending on the conditions. Our customers asked for this option, and now we are pleased to announce that it is available.

Conditions and borders of components

New data adapters
The new version provides two new data adapters. The first adapter is designed for dot Connect Universal provider. The adapter is available on the Downloads page of our web-site. The second adapter is designed for accessing MS Access database. The adapter is built into the report engine and can be used without additional configuration.

New barcode
We added a new bar code in our report. The full name of the bar code is Royal TPG Post KIX 4-State. This barcode is used for postal purposes in the Netherlands. In the future we will continue implementing new bar codes into our products.

New barcode

New tool
We added a new tool in our product. This is the Import.Rtf utility. The tool provides the ability to import files in the RTF (Rich Text Format) format to the Stimulsoft Reports format.

New tool

New UI themes in WinForms
Five new themes are added to our product for WinForms: Office 2010 Blue, Office 2010 Silver, Office 2010 Black, Windows 7, and Vista. Themes support the new application main menu for the report designer, which contains more features than the main menu with using Office 2007 theme. New themes are used both for the report viewer and the report designer.

New UI themes in WinForms

Report viewer with Ribbon panel for WPF
A report viewer using Ribbon Panel is available in the new version of the product. If the application uses the Ribbon toolbar, the new control will solve the problem with displaying reports in the same style as the application.

Report viewer with Ribbon panel for WPF

Super tooltips for WPF report designer
The new version of the report designer using the WPF technology now shows the super tooltips for each control. This will simplify the work with the report designer for novice users of our products.

Super tooltips for WPF report designer

New Html tags
The list of supported tags is widened with two new tags: <strong> </strong> and <p> </p>. Tags work in a text component if the AllowHtmlTags property is enabled. The <strong> </strong> tag works the same as the <b> </b> tag. The <p> </p> tag defines the text paragraph.

Showing tabs in the report designer
In the new version you can show or hide tabs of viewing report or the code tab in the report designer. Controlling occurs from the context menu of tabs. It is worth noting that since the new version, code tab is hidden by default. Not all of our developers use this tab and for some of them it was not understandable. In any case, the code tab can be displayed at any time using the context menu.

Showing tabs in the report designer

Business Objects and Charts
In previous versions of our product it was not possible to use data from business objects when creating charts. This lack of functionality was corrected in the new version. Data from business objects can be used along with data from data sources.

Printing in Silverlight
The previous version of the report viewer for Silverlight supported printing only via exporting a report to the Adobe PDF format and then a report could be printed from the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The new version of the report viewer now supports printing using built-in Silverlight facility. This extension allows printing the report without using Adobe PDF format. Old and new printing methods are available from the drop down menu when clicking the Print button.

Printing in Silverlight

New Themes for Silverlight
It is now possible to use four new interface themes in the designer and report viewer for Silverlight: Office 2007 Blue, Office 2007 Silverlight, Office 2010 Black, and Office 2010 Silverlight. Themes differ not only by colors but also by functional performance.

New Themes for Silverlight

Editable fields in Silverlight reports
The report viewer for Silverlight now supports the editable fields. Editable fields can be edited directly in the report viewer. You can use this function for a text component or a checkbox component.

Editable fields in Silverlight reports

Charts in Silverlight reports
It was possible to use charts in reports when the Silverlight was used as a part of the client-server configuration of the report generator. However, the chart could not be used in Silverlight applications without a server. Now this issue is solved.

Charts in Silverlight reports

Encrypted data exchange in Silverlight
The new version of the report generator encrypts the data exchange between client and server. This will increase the safety of the viewer and the report designer in Silverlight.

Pages by request in Silverlight
In the first version of the report viewer for Silverlight, the report was loaded on the client entirely using a single query. This mode of transferring of reports was not very good when the report is large. Therefore, we have added a new feature. This is the PageLoadingMode in the StiWebViewerSL component. By default, the entire report is downloaded. But this behavior can now be changed.

HTML Tags in WebViewer.Fx
We have added support of HTML tags in WebViewer.Fx. Tags for setting text color, font face, and font style are available. This allows showing reports more fully in the Web environment.

HTML Tags in WebViewer.Fx

Full screen mode in WebViewer.Fx
Now you can view reports in full-screen mode. This mode can be run with pressing the button in the Control Panel of WebViewer.Fx. To exit this mode simply press the Escape key or click Close.

Full screen mode in WebViewer.Fx

Html Tags in Designer.Web
Designer.Web can now show some HTML tags. These tags are for setting text color, font face, and font style.

New Training Resources
We have added a large collection of new videos. These are step-by-step tutorials which show how to create reports in our products. Our documentation was updated with new topics in the HTML section, Getting Started, Exports etc. When using our training resource materials you will receive everything you need for reducing the time and effort you need to design reports. 
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