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Database Reporting Software

RenderX software can be used to dynamically generate reports from databases for display to a user on the web, as a document inside a business system workflow, or to stream that data to printers for mailings such as bills and statements.

Demo: Oracle Reporting

Designing with Microsoft Word

In order to produce easy to use, expressive reports with charts, tables, and textual descriptions out of a
centralized database, a web form that allows report customization based on a number of parameters needs to be created.

XEP Engine

Integration & Connectivity Kit

When XEP Server is installed on customer's Java Application Server, Java Servlet (provided in the Integration & Connectivity Kit) connects XEP server to the customer's application program. The component calls the database, retrieves the data, submits it to XEP via the servlet and then serves the generated report in PDF to the user.

XEP automatically generates text, tabular data and business graphics from the same source formatted in accordance to the customer's stylesheet. The server simultaneously serves multiple users and handles concurrent queries.

EnMasse

Alternatively our products could facilitate building customized selections out of large quantity of available items and print them for easy reference (e.g. customized schedules for an attendee of conference with several concurrent tracks).

Story: Conversant

An application that allows building customized selections (e.g. customized schedules) needs to be installed on the computers used for this task (e.g., PCs available in the conference lobby). These computers need to have access to the active folder of EnMasse:Actinia, installed on a separate server in the same network.

Users create their selections, and the program passes them through EnMasse. They receive their selections in PDF and can then save their selections in PDF or print them.

Using RenderX products with Altova MapForce for database reporting

 

Companies often store their data in databases, such as Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL. The primary input for RenderX's formatting engine is XML, however. While some may think that it will be difficult to use these technologies in one business application, we believe that RenderX formatting engine can be used with any structured data. Because the data is structured, all you need is to define rules which translate (or map) one format to another. In general, the process of generating reports using RenderX's XML-to-print formatter (PDF, PostScript, AFP, and other supported outputs) from data that resides in a database can be represented by the diagram below:

Database reporting via XSL-FO: Map database to XML, design XSLT report template, generate output.

  1. Define data mapping / data translation rules (database-to-XML transformation).
  2. Create an XSLT which will translate.
  3. Run XSL-FO formatter to generate the reports.

RenderX provides solutions for steps 2 and 3 above. Users only need to choose an application that will do database-to-XML mapping. Since XML is an open standard, any application that supports XML output from a database can be used. For example, Altova MapForce provides a graphical database mapping solution that can be used together with RenderX products, such as VisualXSL and VDPMill, to create a complete database reporting solution which includes a GUI-based report designer and a high-performance formatting platform.

Using Altova MapForce, RenderX VisualXSL and VDPMill, this simple process of generating reports from database can be defined with more details:

Database reporting: MapForce for XML mapping, VisualXSL for XSLT design, VDPMill for PDF generation.

  1. You need to develop XML mapping for your data in Altova MapForce. Detailed instructions are available from the Altova Web site.
    1. The resulting XML can be generated from MapForce directly using GUI, by using the MapForce CLI, or compiling and running Java, C#, or C++ code.
  2. The resulting XML output can be used to design reports in VisualXSL - a graphical report editor.  
    1. We suggest that you generate a smaller file for design purposes.
    2. The resulting XSLT is the report template (stylesheet) that can be used with any RenderX formatting solution.
  3. Generate reports by running VDPMill and specifying the XML data source file and XSLT you would like to use for these reports.
    1. The main advantages of using VDPMill is that you can several output formats (PDF, PostScript, AFP) that will be produced simultaneously and different splitting options for these formats (one large PostScript file for printing and individual PDFs for online delivery and archival purposes, for example).
    2. Depending on your requirements, you may use RenderX XEP / XEPWin or EnMasse, if you don't need all the advanced functionality of VDPMill.

A similar procedure can be used for flat files, EDI, Excel 2007+, XBRL, and Web services, or for designing reports that aggregate data from different sources.

News

July 15, 2014
XEP 4.23 released

Improved Sec. 508 accessibility:
new RenderX extensions;
relaxed input requirements; several bugfixes in SVG;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 16
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August 28, 2013
VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

Cell spanning, conditional rows. Reusable/referable blocks. Conditional and Choose blocks. New property fields, improved UI.
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August 8, 2013
XEP 4.22 released

External PDF injection:
entire document, specific page;
improved Sec. 508 accessibility;
bugfixes in SVG gradients;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 15
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October 25, 2012
XEP 4.21 released

Extended Sec. 508 accessibility,
improvements in bidi algorithm,
XEPOUT diagnostics, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen Editor 14.1
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July 23, 2012
XEP 4.20 released

New Java and Windows installers,
multicolumn footnote balancing,
GNU FreeFonts, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen XML Editor 14
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