[xep-announce] ANN: RenderX announces first Beta releases of DataStyler and XML Report Generator.

Michael Sulyaev msulyaev at renderx.com
Thu Jan 31 12:42:10 PST 2008


Dear list subscribers,

RenderX, Inc., (http://www.renderx.com) is pleased to inform you about 
new Beta products' availability - DataStyler 1.3.0 Beta and XML Report 
Generator (XMLRG) 1.3.0 Beta are now released.

DataStyler is an application that uses Microsoft Word 2003/2007 for 
quick creation of templates for variable data embedding. It is possible 
to pick up data from an Oracle database and generate high-quality 
reports with data merged on the fly in XML Report Generator (XMLRG).

XML Report Generator (XMLRG) is a web application that uses templates 
created with Microsoft Word 2003/2007 for variable data merging from 
Oracle DB 9i/10g. The application uses RenderX XEP 
(http://www.renderx.com/tools/xep.html) to produce final reports in the 
PDF, PostScript and AFP formats.


The main features of DataStyler are:
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* Template design in Microsoft Word
The application uses the simple and widely-used environment of Microsoft 
Word 2003-2007 for designing templates - no special editors, no 
programming knowledge needed.

* Rich client interface
DataStyler is created with the rich client technology that features 
floating windows, user views and perspectives, wizards, progress 
indicators, workspace layout management (save/restore), automatic 
updates and so on.

* Data merge: filters, conditions and calculated fields
The process of data merge is of a declarative nature: It is possible to
define conditions for filters for embedded data, calculated fields
(including totals and subtotals), formatting masks, relations between
different XML data fragments (like 'one-to-one', 'one-to-many').

* Fast previewing of designed reports
Integration with the XEP rendering engine enables quick preview of the 
final document in multiple output formats - PDF, PostScript, and AFP.


The main features of XML Report Generator (XMLRG) are:
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* Web client
XMLRG uses a web interface to manage users' access to reports, data
manipulation (e.g. filtering data) and data merging process. The client 
side was tested with the most popular internet browsers: Internet 
Explorer 6, 7; Firefox 1.5, 2.0, Opera 8, Konqueror. The users can login 
from any computer - only a web browser is needed.

* Easy deployment of the server side
The installer creates all repositories needed for the application's 
successful work, including Tomcat configuration.

* Simple creation of report templates with Microsoft Word
Tight integration with DataStyler allows to design and modify report 
templates in the well-known environment of Microsoft Word 2003/2007.

* Data embedding process: advanced features
XMLRG allows creating not just reports based on data stored in a 
databases, but also adding features like filtering, master-details, 
calculated fields totals and subtotals, formatting styles, SVG, etc.

* Multiple report output formats
XMLRG allows choosing different output formats defined by the XEP 
rendering engine - PDF, Postscript, and AFP.


Developer's Kits
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DataStyler API Beta (http://www.renderx.com/download/index.html) is a 
command line utility intended to be used for data merge and reports 
generation. This application uses templates created with DataStyler and 
XML data source files to produce printable reports. It is a 100-percent 
Java application and can be run on both Windows and Linux/Unix platforms.

XML Report Generator API (XMLRG API) Beta 
(http://www.renderx.com/download/index.html) is a software library 
intended for building custom report generating applications with an 
Oracle XML DB backend and XEP for rendering functionality.

For more information, please visit our Web sites:
-	DataStyler: http://www.datastyler.com
-	XML Report Generator (XMLRG): http://www.xmlrg.com


Beta Versions Are Now Available
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RenderX invites you to download XML Report Generator (XMLRG) 1.3.0 Beta 
and DataStyler 1.3.0 Beta, so that you can see for yourself just how 
easy it is to use the software for your needs. Please visit our Web site 
and try it!
http://www.renderx.com/download/index.html


Additional Information
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* XEP XSL FO Formatter version 4.10 or later is required for PDF 
production. Please refer our Web site for the system requirements of the 
XEP XSL FO formatter:
http://www.renderx.com/tools/index.html

* Any browser-compatible PDF viewer is required for viewing generated 
PDF documents.


Best regards,
Michael Sulyaev, on behalf of Lyudmyla Novosilska

RenderX Inc.

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