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OfficeWriter Designer .NET

OfficeWriter Designer

Open a report (server/disk)

Prevents users from opening multiple reports at once

Users can open multiple reports at once which may lead to corrupted reports. 

Save a report (server/disk)

Defaults to XLSX. Remembers last-saved file format.

Defaults to XLS for each save. Does not remember last-saved file format.

View

  • Does not require an RDL to be open in the Designer .NET to view
  • Supports selecting multiple values and cascading parameters in addition to basic parameters
  • Requires an RDL to be open in the Designer to view a particular report
  • Supports basic parameters

Import a template

Supported

Supported in Excel and Word

Report properties

Available in the toolbar

Can only be edited when saving to disk

Insert data place holders based on data sets

Supports inserting data markers (Excel)

Supports inserting data markers (Excel), merge fields (Word) and defining repeat blocks (Word)

Native query builderNot currently supported

Available through MS Query integration

Available through MS Query integration

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Not currently supported. * 
OfficeWriter Designer provides a limited set of similar formulas that are exclusively visible in the Designer. 
See Backwards Compatibility for OfficeWriter Reporting Services formulas for more information.

Feature

OfficeWriter Designer .NET

OfficeWriter Designer

Shared data sources

  • Fully supports RDLs that store absolute paths to shared data sources (i.e. RDLs created in Report Builder 3.0). 
  • When publishing RDLs that only contain the shared data source name (i.e. RDLs created in Visual Studio) to a new folder on the server, it may be necessary to update the reference to the shared data source through Report Manager.
  • Unable to View reports created from shared data sources in Visual Studio.

Correctly handles shared data sources with absolute and relative paths stored in the RDL

Report Models

Not currently supported

Supported

Formulas/expressions defined in Visual Studio or Report Builder

Not currently supported

SHAREPOINT

 

 

Open from a report library

Not currently supported

SharePoint 2007 supported

Save to a report library

Not currently supported

SharePoint 2007 supported

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OfficeWriter Designer Feature

OfficeWriter Designer .NET Support

RDLs with OfficeWriter Reporting Services formulas

Formulas will be preserved. Reports that have formula data markers will still populate the formulas. Formulas are not accessible for adding, removing, or modifying in Designer .NETFully backwards compatible.

RDLs with Word templates from OfficeWriter Designer

Fully backwards compatible.

RDLs with Excel templates from OfficeWriter Designer

Fully backwards compatible.

RDLs created from MS Query integration in the OfficeWriter Designer

Not currently supportedFully backwards compatible.