The Most Popular .NET Reporting Toolset
Developers love ActiveReports’ extensive .NET API, data visualization and navigation controls, and distributable viewer controls for desktop, web, and mobile.
ActiveReports helps you design, customize, publish, and view data in your business applications. It has the tools to design everything from simple invoices to complex statistical data visualizations. You can even enable your end users to design reports for themselves while retaining control over their access to your application data.
Report Types for Every Need
Page Reports: Layout Driven Reports
In Page reports, pages act as containers. Each page can be a copy of the first or a clean page. Data that overflows your tables or other data regions can span pages, but you control the layout of each page and specify where the overflow data goes with a placeholder. This report type is great for billing statements, mail merge, catalogs, forms, and other reports with layout constrictions.
RDL Reports: Data Driven Reports
RDL reports are like a continuous roll of paper. You can use multiple report components in one page (traditionally impossible without sub-reports) and multiple data sources in one report. The continuous page is useful when you don’t know how much data there will be. It runs through the data rows until it’s finished. This is a great option for long tabular reports such as General Ledgers.
Section Reports: Traditional Banded Reports
This is the traditional ActiveReports banded report with a detail section for repeating data, and optional header and footer sections for groups, pages, and the overall report. Section Reports can also be completely code based. If you want to generate reports using all code, this might be the option for you.
Complete Collection of Data Visualization Controls
ActiveReports outfits you with a toolbox packed with controls to help you create any kind of report you can imagine, from interactive matrices that the user can expand and collapse to clickable maps and charts, to scannable barcodes and printable books with tables of contents.
Bullets and Sparklines
Tables of Contents
Formatted and Rich Textboxes
Containers and Overflow Placeholders
Customizable Viewers for Every Platform
Embed our customizable viewers into your applications to give your users a table of contents, thumbnails, drilldown interactivity, parameters, and even annotations. They are royalty-free and ready to use, so there is no need to code your own.
Display your reports in PDF format, raw HTML, or in a fully interactive Flash or ASP.NET viewer.
Responsive HTML5 Viewer
Embed it in your web application to offer your users the best experience across devices.
Embed the touch-enabled viewer built specifically for WPF applications.
Displays reports in your Windows applications with full interactivity support for drill down reports.
With an extensive .NET API, you can control Section Report behavior using events or even design dynamic reports entirely in code. Use property expressions to change the run-time behavior of controls in RDL and Page reports.
Unique Code-based Report Type
This special report type has code-behind, just like your Windows Forms controls that lets you use C# and VB.NET code-behind to generate, design, render, print, or export reports.
.NET Overloadable Events
Overload and define what happens at each event in the report execution process, from initialization to run, render, export, and print.
Change the runtime behavior of RDL or Page Reports and their data regions and controls using
The .NET API is integrated into the Visual Studio IDE and provides you with the same control over properties that you expect from Visual Studio controls.
Self-Service Reporting for Your End Users
End users always ask for tweaks in standard reports. Give them the power to make the changes themselves with a fully customizable set of report designer controls.
Report Designer Control
Add a drag and drop report designer to your application. Control the functionality and experience through the extensive set of .NET properties, methods, and events.
Report Library Control
Enable your users to construct reports using parts from other reports in the system. The report parts automatically bring along data and settings, making report design a breeze.
Report Explorer Control
Display the functional parts of their report including datasources, datasets, charts, textboxes, bullets, and more.
Layers and Group Editor Controls
Provide your users with more finite design control for complex reports and data regions.
Integrated with ActiveReports Server Core
Create reports in the developer friendly Visual Studio integrated report designer or the End User Designer controls and publish them, along with related resources, directly to the ActiveReports Server Core for user access.
Use Reports already hosted on the server as Report Parts libraries to create new reports to publish on the server.
Shared Datasources & Datasets
Publish and manage datasource connections to the server. Create secured datasets for easy access to data without needing to recreate datasets for each report.
Format all your reports to look the corporate brand by sharing CSS like Stylesheets for RDL and Page reports securely shared on the server.
Server Images, Master Reports and SubReports
Publish Images, Master Reports and Sub Reports to create brand consistent template reports and shared subreports to use across your reporting requirements.
Server based report execution
Leverage the power of your server environment to execute reports even for your WinForm and WPF Report Viewers.
The Professional edition offers all the features of ActiveReports plus the End User Designer control, Maps, HTTP Handlers, the WebViewer control, DocX exporting, and advanced PDF export options.
The Standard edition offers viewer controls, three report types, a range of exports, and a Visual Studio-integrated report designer with a toolbox full of report controls.
Other Popular Features
Fast .NET Reporting Engine
The ActiveReports engine gets and processes data into the report layout. It is streamlined and performance focused. We constantly ensure optimal memory use and efficient report rendering.
Flexible .NET API
We integrate with Visual Studio as a native toolset, so all the properties that you can set in the Properties window are also available in code. You can even control what happens when reports initialize, run, render, export, and print using events.
Convert Crystal Reports
ActiveReports includes utilities that convert reports from other tools, including Crystal Reports. These converter wizards are easy to use and save time.
Import Layouts from Excel
If you have your report layout defined in Excel, you can import the layout directly into ActiveReports. You can even import the report layout from files exported to excel from other report authoring tools.
Visual Query Designer
In ActiveReports designers, use the Visual Query Designer to generate optimized queries through a drag and drop interface that exposes database tables. You can make complex queries using joins, expressions, filters, and more. There’s even a data preview to confirm your query results.
Rich Chart Controls
ActiveReports includes chart controls supporting financial, bar, pie, bubble, and more types, plus bullet and sparkline controls.
Barcodes help with tracking goods and other operations. ActiveReports offers extensive support for the major barcode symbologies so you can easily add the types you need to your reports. These include Ansi39 variations, Code 2 of 5, Code25intlv, Code25mat, Code39, Code39x, Code 128A, Code 128B, Code 128C, Code 128Auto, Code93, Code93x, MSI, PostNet, Intelligent Mail, Codabar, EAN variations, UPC variations, RM4SCC, UCCEAN128, QRCode, Micro QRCode, Code49, JapanesePostal, GS1 variations, Pdf417, MicroPDF417, and Data Matrix.
ActiveReports goes beyond mere charts and adds advanced data visualization tools such as maps and sparklines to create meaningful data summaries.
Format Reports with Stylesheets and Themes
ActiveReports lets developers and end users work with embeddable CSS like Stylesheets and Themes to consistently format and brand reports through out your application.
Drill Down Interactivity
ActiveReports doesn’t just produce static, printed reports. Give your end users engaging interactivity like drill down, parameter filtering, and sorting.
Excel Rendering Extension
The Excel Rendering Extension provides greater layout accuracy and performance optimization when exporting reports to Microsoft Excel file formats.
Export to Multiple Formats
ActiveReports exports to the major modern document types such as PDF, Excel, DocX, Word, RTF, HTML, Text, XML, and TIFF. You can customize the export process using the API.
Scriptable Runtime Events
Section reports have scriptable report events that you can override to dynamically add controls and fields, manipulate data, and change formatting. No need to write a wrapper and manage your own events. Our built-in events make your job easier and save you time.
Selective Control Printing
You can provide different versions of a report for different targets using the Layers feature, or scan preprinted forms for accurate layout that you can turn off for printing.
All aspects of your project and output can be localized and ActiveReports supports all major language character sets and locales. Standard and custom multi-byte character sets are supported. ActiveReports is also available in multiple languages.
Granular Printing Control
Get system-level control of printer jobs, paper sizes, pages per sheet, duplex, booklet printing, and paper trays. You can specify different trays for letterhead and plain paper and envelopes, different gutters and margins on odd and even pages, and so on.
Custom Control Support
To integrate tightly with your applications, ActiveReports lets you use custom controls. Add your custom control to your project and use it on reports just like any ActiveReports control.
Royalty Free Developer Licensing
ActiveReports is licensed per developer. When distributing the ActiveReports reporting engine as a part of your work, your deployment is royalty free, redistributable without limit, and has no end user licensing requirements. ActiveReports is XCOPY friendly, so you can just copy the assemblies into your project and deploy it all together.
Optional Maintenance Plan
ActiveReports offers an annual maintenance option which includes phone, email, and prioritized forum support. It also includes hot fixes, service packs, and major releases for the year.
Even More Features
Rich Text Support
|Report Designer & Design Time Features|
|Section Reports||Design reports using banded sections similar to those found in Access reports. In addition to the detail section, you can add report and page header and footer sections, as well as any number of nested group header and footer sections.|
|Page Reports||Design reports for specific fixed-page layouts. Ideal for letters, bills, pre-printed forms and other documents where layout is contingent on the space available on the page. Use tables, charts, matrices, lists, and more to create your report layout.|
|RDL Reports||Design reports for continous flow layouts, ideal for reports where data size is variable and strict layout restrictions are not present. Use tables, charts, matrices, lists, and more to create your report layout. Use multiple datasources in one report.|
|Section Report Controls||Label, TextBox, CheckBox, RichTextBox, Shape, Picture, Line, PageBreak, BarCode, SubReport, OleObject, ChartControl, ReportInfo, CrossSectionLine, and CrossSectionBox|
|Page Report & RDL Report Controls||BarCode, Bullet, Chart, Multi-axis Charts **, CheckBox, Container, FormattedText, Image, Line, OverflowPlaceholder, Shape, and TextBox|
|Page Report & RDL Report Data Regions||Tablix, Table, Matrix, List, Sparkline, Calendar, and BandedList|
|Report XML Files||Store reports as files that can be loaded at run time. Supports RPX and RDLX proprietary XML formats.|
|Layers||RDL and Page Reports support Layers to allow groups of report controls to appear differently based on the output target device (screen, print and export).|
|Styles and Settings||Create consistent looking reports through the use of style sheets (across all report types) and themes (RDL & Page reports only). You can save style sheets and themes to external files and use them across multiple reports or embed them to make the reports portable.|
|Scripting||Reports support scripting in VB.NET (Section, RDL and Page reports) and C# (Section only).|
|Design-Time Features||Create reports easily with snaplines, built-in preview, designer zoom, formatting and alignment toolbars, report control z-order, data source dialogs, parameter dialogs, and more.|
|Master Reports||Design report templates that can be inherited to share similar report design and structure with content reports.|
|End User Designer Controls||Developers can use the Designer, ReportExplorer, and Toolbox Windows Forms controls to create their own report designer that allow users to edit or create reports. Developers can then distribute their custom designer, royalty-free.|
|Barcodes||Ansi39, Ansi39x, Code 2 of 5, Code25intlv, Code25mat, Code39, Code39x, Code 128A, Code 128B, Code 128C, Code 128Auto, Code93, Code93x, MSI, PostNet, Intelligent Mail, Codabar, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC A, UPC E0, UPC E1, RM4SCC, UCCEAN128, QRCode, Code49, JapanesePostal, Pdf417, EAN 128 FNC1, GS1 DataBar, GS1 DataBar Truncated, GS1 DataBar Stacked, GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Expanded, GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked, GS1 DataBar Limited, MicroPDF417, MicroQR **, and Data Matrix.|
|2D Charts||Area, Bar, Bezier, Bezier XY, Bubble, Bubble XY, Candle, Doughnut, Funnel, Gantt, High Low, High Low Open Close, Horizontal Bar, Kagi, Line, Line XY, Pie, Plot XY, Point and Figure, Pyramid, Renko, Scatter, Stacked Area, Stacked Area 100 Percent, Stacked Bar, Stacked Bar 100 Percent, Three Line Break, and Dot Plot (Page reports only).|
|3D Charts||Area, Bar, Bezier, Bezier XY, Clustered Bar, Doughnut, Funnel, Gantt, Horizontal Bar, Kagi, Line, Line XY, Pyramid, Renko, Stacked Area, Stacked Area 100%, Stacked Bar, Stacked Bar 100%, Three Line Break.|
|Bullets & Sparklines||Bullets and other dashboard charts.|
|Maps||BingMaps, GoogleMaps, OpenStreet Maps, Mapquest with API.|
|Table of Contents||Generate a table of contents for Page and RDL reports with bookmarked sections, styles, and so on.|
|Data & Datasources|
|Direct Access||Supports ADO.NET data providers, ADO.NET data classes (DataSet, DataTable, DataReader, DataView), ODP.NET (Oracle data provider), XML Data **, JSON Data **, CSV Files **, and custom unbound data.|
|Visual Query Designer||Design optimized SQL Queries through an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop UX supporting filters, groups, joins and SQL expressions.|
|Server-Based Shared Data Sources & Data Sets||Supports Report Server managed data sources and data sets for better data governance and data layer isolation.|
|Viewers & Run Time Features|
|Windows Forms Viewer||Includes a viewer with touch support which allows users to enter parameter values; print; copy to clipboard; search; select from single-, multiple-, or consecutive-page mode; zoom; navigate through pages; add annotations; export; view page thumbnails; and follow hyperlinks. Allows you to customize the toolbar to add your own features.|
|WPF Viewer||Includes a WPF Viewer with parameter input, search, page navigation, exports, printing, among other standard viewer features.|
|Azure Support||ActiveReports supports full and partial trust in Windows Azure. PDF and Excel export filters work under partial trust with certain features requiring full trust.|
|ASP.NET Medium Trust Security||ActiveReports supports ASP.NET Medium Trust, very useful for multiple applications running on a shared server. Note that some features may not work under medium trust.|
|WebViewer Control||HTML Viewer with parameter input, search, and page navigation.|
|Flash Viewer with printing, page range printing, search, single-, multi-, or continuous-page modes, zoom, page navigation, exports, thumbnail views, hyperlinks, and a customizable toolbar.||*|
|PDF Viewer (displays in Adobe Reader).|
|Raw HTML (displays in the browser).|
|HTTP Handlers||PDF (takes a compiled report or RPX file).|
|HTML (takes a compiled report or RPX).|
|HTML5 Viewer Control||Includes an HTML5 viewer that supports desktop and mobile devices with printing, page navigation, galley mode **, exports, emailing, hyperlinks, and customizable UI.|
|Server-Side Report Execution||Use Windows Forms Viewer, WPF Viewer and Report Designers to execute and work with all types of reports published on ActiveReports Server.|
|Import, Export & Other Outputs|
|Import Reports||Import reports from Excel Sheets **, SAP Crystal Reports and Microsoft Access.|
|You can control the size, orientation, binding generation, collation, two-sided printing, and paper feed tray to use when printing. Print programmatically or use the viewer control UI.|
|PDF Export||Supports end-user defined character output.|
|Japanese language font embedding and embedded font selection.|
|Japanese language bold font emulation.|
|Japanese language italic font emulation.|
|Multi-language font support.|
|Multi-language font support with font linking and fallback fonts.|
|Digitally sign exported reports, proving authenticity.|
|Print presets for PDF printing. **|
|Time stamped exported reports.|
|DocX Export||Export Page reports & RDL reports to the Office Open XML document format. Supports natural document flow with page headers, footers, automated table of contents, and page numbers.|
|Other Exports||Includes export filters for PDF, HTML, Excel, Text, TIFF, RTF, and RDF (ActiveReports report document format that you can display in the ActiveReports Viewers). Page reports and RDL Reports also support XML and Word formats.|
|Report Publishing & Server-Based Features|
|Web Based HTML5/JS Report Portal||Responsive report portal with categorized report list that uses role-based security.|
|Web Based HTML5/JS Administrator Dashboard||Responsive administrator dashboard to manage shared data sources, shared data sets, reports, categories, schedules, security, scalability, load balancing and other server settings.|
|Distributed Load Balancing||Built-in plug-and-play architecture using Managed Agents to balance report execution load|
|Centralized, Role-based Security||Server-based user and role management.|
|Scheduling and Report Distribution||User-controlled subscription-based scheduling for automated delivery of reports through email, web links, and file shares.|
|Printer Management and Batch Printing **||User controlled scheduled tasks for batch printing with administrator module for Printer Management.|
|Report Audit Log||Track what reports are run, which users log in, and more for compliance needs.|
|ActiveDirectory/LDAP Support for User Management||Use built-in security provider hook-ups for AD and LDAP based user management.|
|Extensible Security Provider API||Integrate third party user management through an extensive API.|
|RESTful API||Access server features using RESTful API and integrate with external applications.|
|Customizable Portal Themes **||Customize the look and feel of the Rpeort Portal and Administrator Dashboard with your own logos and color themes.|
|Fully Customizable Portal Sample **||Customize Report Portal features, User Interface and User Experience using the source code available on GitHub|
|Single-Sign-On Support||Implement SSO using built-in or external authentication providers.|
|Multi-Tenant Deployment Support||Deploy across multiple customers with user based data isolation mechanism built in to the security architecture.|