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Five Design Tools for Creating Appealing Reports Using Bold Reports
Five Design Tools for Creating Appealing Reports Using Bold Reports

Five Design Tools for Creating Appealing Reports Using Bold Reports

Reports are important for your business because they help people make smart decisions, keep track of progress, and share important info. But making these reports can be hard and take a lot of time, especially if you don’t have the right tools.

Bold Reports makes this job way easier. It helps you create reports fast. In this blog, we’re going to share five design tools in Bold Reports that let you design effective reports. These tools will help you make your reports quickly and efficiently.

Layout Ordering

When you’re using Bold Reports, it’s like arranging things neatly on a poster. Imagine you have different things to put on the poster, like papers and photos. You want to put them in the right order, so it looks good and makes sense.

In Bold Reports, it’s similar. You have different parts in your report, and you need to organize them in the right order. This way, your report will be easy to read and understand. So, the first set of tools to use lets you put things in the right order in Bold Reports to make your reports look nice and clear.

Bold Reports offers several ordering modes.

Layout Ordering | Reporting Tools
Layout Ordering

Send Backward: Moves the selected object behind its closest intersecting object.

Send Backward | Reporting Tools
Send Backward

Bring Forward: Moves the selected object visually over its closest intersecting object.

Bring Forward | Reporting Tools
Bring Forward

Send To Back: Visually moves the selected object behind all other intersecting objects.

Send to Back | Reporting Tools
Send to Back

Bring To Front: Moves the selected object visually over all other intersecting objects, ensuring it takes the spotlight.

Bring to Front | Reporting Tools
Bring to Front

Alignment

When you’re creating your report, you want everything to line up correctly. Bold Reports gives you the power to ensure all your text, numbers, and pictures are straight and orderly. This way, when someone reads your report, everything looks tidy and organized. This second set of tools is all about making sure everything lines up perfectly in your reports, making them look polished and easy to follow.

In the following images, you can see the different alignment in Bold Reports.

Alignment | Reporting Tools
Alignment

Left Align: The selected items are aligned to the left based on the report item that has the left-most position value among the selected report items.

Left Align | Reporting Tools
Left Align

Center Align: The selected report items are aligned to the center based on the left-most and right-most positions of the selected report items.

Center Align | Reporting Tools
Center Align

Right Align: The selected items are aligned to the right based on the report item that has the right-most position value among the selected report items.

Right Align | Reporting Tools
Right Align

Top Align: The selected items are aligned to top based on the report item that has the top-most position value among the selected report items.

Top Align | Reporting Tools
Top Align

Middle Align: The selected report items are aligned to the middle based on the top-most and bottom-most positions of the selected report items.

Middle Align | Reporting Tools
Middle Align

Bottom Align: The selected items are aligned to the bottom based on the report item that has the bottom-most position value among the selected report items.

Bottom Align | Reporting Tools
Bottom Align

You can align elements both horizontally and vertically.

Center horizontally: Aligns the selected report items to the center of the design surface or parent container horizontally.

Center Horizontally | Reporting Tools
Center Horizontally

Center vertically: Aligns the selected report items to the center of the design surface or parent container vertically.

Center Vertically | Reporting Tools
Center Vertically

Distribute

Think of your report like a cake, and you have different toppings to decorate it, like fruit and chocolates. You don’t want all the fruits piled up in one place, right? You want them evenly spread out to make the cake look yummy and balanced.

In Bold Reports, taking care of distribution is like making sure your report’s decorations (like text boxes and images) are evenly spaced. It’s like placing those yummy cake toppings in a balanced way. This tool lets you make your report visually appealing by spacing elements out evenly. Just like a well-decorated cake, a well-distributed report is pleasing to the eyes!

The Distribute option can be used to place the selected report items with equal spacing both horizontally and vertically.

The following images illustrate the concept of distribution.

Distribute | Reporting Tools
Distribute

Horizontal: The horizontal option distributes the report items in the design surface with equal intervals horizontally.

Before:

Before Distribute Horizontal Align | Reporting Tools
Before Distribute Horizontal Align

After:

After Distribute Horizontal Align | Reporting Tools
After Distribute Horizontal Align

Vertical: The vertical option distributes the report items in the design surface with equal intervals vertically.

Before:

Before Distribute Vertical Align | Reporting Tools
Before Distribute Vertical Align

After:

After Distribute Vertical Align | Reporting Tools
After Distribute Vertical Align

Sizing

Imagine you have different-sized puzzle pieces. To complete your puzzle, you need to make sure each piece fits into its place perfectly. The sizing in Bold Reports is similar. Your report elements, like charts and images, come in different sizes.

Sizing is all about adjusting these elements so they fit well together, just like puzzle pieces. You can make things bigger or smaller to create a balanced and harmonious report layout. It’s like making sure all the pieces of your puzzle fit snugly, creating a clear and cohesive picture in your report. This helps you make your reports visually pleasing and easy to understand.

The sizing options are:

  • Same size
  • Same height
  • Same width

    Sizing | Reporting Tools
    Sizing

The following images visually illustrate the Bold Reports sizing options, showing how different elements can be adjusted proportionally.

Same Size: Resizes the width and height of the selected report items to the size of the first selected report item.

Same Size | Reporting Tools
Same Size

Same Width: Resizes the width of the selected report items to the width of the first selected report item.

Same Width | Reporting Tools
Same Width

Same Height: Resizes the height of the selected report items to the height of the first selected report item.

Same Height | Reporting Tools
Same Height

Align to Grid and Size to Grid

Aligning to grid in Bold Reports means placing your report elements inside the boxes of the design surface’s grid, making everything line up neatly. It’s like arranging toys in a toy box so they don’t spill over.

Sizing to grid is making sure your report elements are just the right size to fit inside these grid boxes. So, the fifth tool you should us is the grid to organize your report elements. By aligning and sizing them properly, you ensure your report looks neat and tidy, making it easy for anyone to read and understand.

The following images illustrate aligning elements to the grid and sizing them to the grid, demonstrating how objects can be precisely arranged and resized within a grid-based layout system.

Align To Grid:

Align to Grid | Reporting Tools
Align to Grid

Size To Grid:

Size to Grid | Reporting Tools
Size to Grid

Conclusion

This blog explored five design tools in Bold Reports to make your reports look their best. To explore further, go through our Bold Reports documentation. To experience the features live, check out our demo samples.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section. You can also contact us through our contact page, or if you already have an account, you can log in to submit your support question.

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