The Software Makers from Lake Constance Are About to Release combit List & Label 17 - The Next Generation of Professional Reporting for Coders
Nineteen years after the product debuted, version 17 of the report generator List & Label will be released this autumn. The software producers from the south of Germany will thus stick to the rhythm of past years and continue to push the development of one of the most important report generator coming from Germany.
Nineteen years after the product debuted, version 17 of the report generator List & Label will be released this autumn. The software producers from the south of Germany will thus stick to the rhythm of past years and continue to push the development of one of the most important report generator coming from Germany. With the upcoming generation, the developers at combit focused on the end user Designer and further expanded the possibilities of web reporting. Although List & Label may be used in a variety of development environments, the progress in the area of .NET development again played a central role.
In the Designer, the most striking thing one notices is the new Gantt chart. It allows cooperation in projects, vacation schedules and other time-sensitive projects to be reported in overlapping time lines. "A feature, customers have desired for a long time. And we are now able to offer this" says List & Label project manager Jochen Bartlau. "We were able to close a gap for which there was previously no good workaround. For a report generator, the new Gantt diagram offers an unusual big range of options right from the start." he proudly adds. According to the manufacturer, in the segment of development components combit could also grab attention for its automatic table of contents and the new PDF object. The latter speeds up form processing very much when complex official forms are positioned as PDFs directly into the workspace and just need to be filled with data and can then be printed as combined result. The precalc function is a rather inconspicuous feature, "it's a sly old dog" states Jochen Bartlau smiling. For analyses in which aggregate functions such as sums, maximums or minimums of all values are relevant, these can be pre-calculated and set in relation to the individual values at the time of output.
List & Label 17 is available as a new version of the Standard Edition starting at € 610 / US Dollars 833, as an upgrade starting at EURO 312 / USD 426, the subscription editions Professional and Enterprise start at € 1160 / US-$ 1584, each excluding VAT (Exchange rate as of 09/20/2011). A subscription includes Service Packs, feature updates released throughout the year as well as major version upgrades and a support flat rate. A free, fully functional 30 day trial of the reporting tool is available for download at:
List & Label 17: Highlights of The New Features
Vacation and project schedules or maintenance schedules and their temporal context are presented clearly through overlapping time bars. There are many of possible settings.
The preparation of forms is considerably faster; one places a PDF in the workspace, adds data to it and then prints the combined result. Recreation of forms is no longer necessary, they can even be embedded.
The value of aggregate functions such as maximum, minimum or sum can be pre-calculated. This allows comparing the actual value to the actual max, min or sum of all values even if the application doesn't explicitly supply these aggregates.
They quickly and easily visualize data in graphs: bars, stars, and traffic lights in each line and allow an overview of large amounts of data. Data graphics may be used in combination with the precalc function.
Areas and Bubbles
Bubble charts allow for four-dimensional reporting – x-axis, y-axis, color and bubble size – area diagrams are particularly interesting convincing in their stacked form and provide more data transparency than line charts.
The new design schemes can be used with all objects effortlessly. One either chooses from one of the pre-defined shemes or defines one that fits the corporate design.
Designer as Control
The List & Label Designer can be hosted in a control platform (.NET/VCL). The result is a smooth integration of the Designer into the application.
The existing export function was improved. Custom print style sheets make sure that the print out adheres to the actual layout, the corresponding toolbar allows to navigate through the XHTML result.
Viewer Plug-ins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera
The complete spectrum of browsers is now supported. End users can create browser-supported PDFs as well as work with, print and export drilldown reports.
.NET: Individual Designer Objects
Custom objects now have full properties in the Designer. One example shows the interface with Bing Maps, OpenStreetMap and others, including Geocoding.
.NET: JSON, CouchDb, MongoDb
With new providers, the .NET component can network with these popular sources of web data. The "NoSQL" databases CouchDB and MongoDb get by without a rigid schema and scale well for the internet.
combit List & Label Product Description:
Coders all over the world have used combit List & Label since 1992 and now in its 17th version. They expand their own products with a multitude of reporting functions, and have access to nearly any type of data source in classic applications just as well as in web reporting and in the cloud. Compared to other development components , List & Label provides the biggest degree of flexibility in regard to the types of data that can be analyzed, the supported program languages and the number of export and barcode formats. The List & Label Designer is available in a multitude of languages and can be integrated into the application without additional license fees. This way, end users can generate, too. The reporting module List & Label from the German software developer combit is available in German and English and is offered in three editions. The subscription-based versions include feature updates and a support flat rate.
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