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What’s coming in v3.2 Bold Reports release [Webinar Show Notes]

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What’s coming in v3.2 Bold Reports release [Webinar Show Notes]

This blog provides show notes for our August 28, 2021, webinar, “What’s coming in v3.2 Bold Reports release”. The webinar was presented by Syncfusion developer Richard B.If you missed it or would like to watch it again, you can see it on our YouTube page or below. The Q&A portion of the webinar is provided at the end of this blog.

Agenda

Enterprise Reporting

  • Azure SQL data connector
  • Show or Hide the navigation panel menu based on user permissions
  • Theme customization for navigational panel
  • Font family customization
  • Custom domain

Embedded Reporting

  • Bookmark for easy navigation
  • Barcode rendering in header and footer
  • Reset aggregate function in chart series
  • New sample browser for react platform

Azure SQL data connector

A data connector is a plugin that connects applications to a database from which the user wants to retrieve data. We have included Azure SQL data connector in Report Designer as well as shared data sources.

Azure SQL
Azure SQL data connector

Show or hide the navigation panel menu based on user permission

we are including a custom property named IsUserBasedMenu to show or hide the navigation panel based on user permissions. It is enabled by updating the node fields from the path (C:\BoldServices\app_data\reporting\configuration\config.xml), which is displayed in the following image.

Is_User_Based_Menu
Setting up a user-based menu

Consider a scenario in which the sales administrator wants to provide permissions for the sales team members to create, edit, view, or share reports, data sources, data sets, and schedules. In such cases, the administrator can restrict the permissions for each member according to their roles.

admin and user menu
Admin and user navigation menu options

Custom theme for the navigation panel

Enable a user-defined theme for the navigation panel by updating the node fields IsCustomThemeForMenu and ThemeStyle from the path (C:\BoldServices\app_data\reporting\configuration\config.xml), which is displayed in the following image

set custom theme
Set custom theme

If we need some color variants to suit the user application, we can update the node fields highlighted in the above image.

set custom theme for nav panel
Set the custom theme for the navigation menu

Font family customization

If an application needs font family changes, we have included Add New Font option under the look and feel tab to upload the font as we need. Robotregular is the default font family in Bold Reports. We can change this default in our new Look and Feel tab in the UMS(user management system) site of the Enterprise Server.

look and feel
Look and feel tab

Custom Domain

Consider a scenario if we have two different sets of customer phases with two different tenants. In this situation, we need to map two tenants with different domains. We can use the Domain identifier to map individual phases for a customer.

Custom Domain
Custom domain

Bookmark navigation

We have included bookmark navigation in the Report Designer to navigate different parts of the report quickly. There are two major aspects to set up with a bookmark: its name and link. When a bookmark link is clicked it will navigate to the mapped name.

Bookmark Navigation
Bookmark navigation

Barcode rendering in header and footer

A barcode represents visual data in machine-readable form. Previously, we allowed barcode render in the main design region, and now we can render barcode in the header and footer regions, as well.

Barcode in header and footer
Barcode in header and footer

Reset aggregate function in chart series

We have included an option, None, to reset the aggregate function for y-values in the chart series.

reset aggregate function for chart series
Reset aggregate functions

React Sample Browser

We have developed a sample browser application for React purely built on React framework.

Embedded platform React sample browser
Embedded platform React sample browser

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this webinar and please keep an eye out for our future BoldReports webinars. Following are some of the questions received during the webinar, answered.

Webinar Q&A

Q1: When can we expect the release?

We are in the final stage of testing. We plan to release it in the first week of September.

Q2: In the reset aggregate option, does it affect the already existing report?

No, we didn’t change the existing default property values. If required, we can change to the None option we just provided.

Q3: Can we use (.ttf) font files to customize the appearance?

No, we standardized (.woff2) font files to support font family customization. In the future, based on customer requests, we will provide for other types.

Q4: How can I change the entire report server theme instead of the navigation panel alone?

For now, there is no option to change the entire application theme. It is on our feature request list, so we’ll be working on it for our future releases.

Q5: Is there any plan for a Blazor sample browser?

Yes, we are working on this. Expect it soon after our main release.

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