How to Create Stunning Reports with Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10 is a comprehensive solution for creating reports for the .NET Framework platform. It offers a rich set of tools and components that can help you design and render reports under WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF environments.
In this article, we will show you how to use Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10 to create a simple report that displays some sales data in a table and a chart. We will also demonstrate some of the features and benefits of this product, such as:
Easy installation and activation using NuGet, Maven or NPM extensions.
Intuitive report designer with Ribbon or Standard UI.
Support for .NET Core components in Reports.Web.
Various report components, such as text, image, panel, barcode, chart, etc.
Ability to use the TreeMap chart for hierarchical data visualization.
Ability to set anchors for report components to adjust their size and position.
Ability to use interactive charts with drill-down functionality in Reports.Web.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Install and Activate Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10
To install Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10, you can use one of the following extensions:
NuGet: If you are using Visual Studio, you can select the Manage NuGet Packages... command in the context menu of your project, and then search for Stimulsoft in the search field. Choose the product, its version and click the Install button.
Maven: If you are developing on Java, you can add the Reports.Java product to your project using the Maven extension.
NPM: If you are developing on Node.JS, you can add the Reports.JS product to your project using the NPM extension.
To activate Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10, you need to use a license key that you can get from your user account on the Stimulsoft website. Select the product in your account, copy the activation code or download the file with the license key of the product, and use this key to activate the product in your development environment.
Step 2: Create a New Report Project
To create a new report project, you can use one of the three report designers that are included in Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10:
Report Designer for WinForms: This is the most functional report designer that supports WinForms technology. It has two types of user interfaces: Ribbon and Standard.
Report Designer for WPF: This is a report designer that supports WPF technology. It has a Ribbon UI.
Report Designer for Web: This is a report designer that supports ASP.NET and .NET Core technologies. It is a web-based application that runs in a browser.
In this example, we will use the Report Designer for WinForms with Ribbon UI. To launch it, you can double-click on the Stimulsoft.Reports.Win.exe file in the installation folder of Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2017.1.10.
In the report designer, click on the New button on the Home tab to create a new report project. You can choose from various templates or start from scratch. We will choose the Blank Report template.
Step 3: Add Data Source and Data Band
To add data to your report, you need to create a data source and a data band. A data source is an object that connects your report to an external data source, such as a database, an XML file, a JSON file, etc. A data band is an object that displays data from a data source in your report.
In this example, we will use a sample JSON file as our data source. The file contains some sales data for different products and regions.