Webinar Q&A: Introducing JReport 11

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During yesterday’s presentation, we introduced many of the NEW features of JReport 11 highlighting this version’s expanded data visualization with live charting as well as JDashboard and our new mobile solution. JReport 11 makes it even easier for users to visually explore their data and conduct a more intuitive analysis of their business metrics.

If, you weren’t able to join us yesterday, you can click here to access a copy of the recording or take a look below at some of the questions we answered live, during the presentation. And don’t forget to register for next month’s webinar, “Self Service Reporting: Empower Your End Userswhich will be held on July 18th at 2PM (EST)!

1) What components and chart types are supported in HTML5? Can we see a fully HTML5 dashboard?
JReport supports both Flash components and HTML5 components and virtually every chart is available in both. So, anything that you can do in Flash you can also do without the Flash for things like mobile apps, iPad and iPhone etc. that may not support Flash. So there is no limitation whatsoever,  you can see virtually everything in either type of component. Additionally, you don’t need to be concerned about what platform your end users want to use JReport on, they’re always going to be able to see everything, the actual presentation will be slightly different in an HTML5 component but the data will be exactly the same.

2) Can you explain how to incorporate the real-time charts into reports and dashboards?
Real-time charts are very easy to put anywhere that you can put any other type of chart. The only thing different about a real-time chart is the capability to dynamically add data over real-time. So rather than do a query to the database and get all the data for each time you run the report, you do a query that just retrieves the next record for that particular time frame. This is really useful for things like stock quotes or real-time monitoring of an application running on your system or real-time transactions monitoring to see how many transactions are coming in over a time period. So the data type is a little different than running a report directly from the database, although it can come from a database. The best part is that you can use it the same way as all the other types of charts and it will just show you a line chart that line will continually grow and you can specify how long you want to see it for example, one hour or one day.

3) Are there any distinct features in JDashboard that make it different from other dashboarding tools?
JDashboard has a lot of unique features. One of those is that you can show actual reports, you aren’t limited to just the components that have been pre-defined for dashboarding. The end user can also, using ad hoc, build their own reports and use a whole report on a dashboard in a new tab or take the individual components from an ad hoc report to include in their dashboards. It is very flexible with a multi-tab interface, the support for Flash and HTML5, the support for mobile with JReport Mobile, the support for Google Maps, the ability to resize things dynamically so that all of the items within a component are resized when you resize the component on the dashboard. There are a lot of unique things and each individual can save their own dashboard and reuse that too. It’s a very powerful dashboarding and reporting concept.


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