The Report Author super-element allows end-users to work with a dashboard-like interface to create their own basic reports at runtime.
The following topics discuss the use of the Report Author super-element:
- Report Components
- Design Mode
- Adding Visuals
- Exporting Visuals
- Component Settings
- Report Author Attributes
- Using the Report Author
- Customizing Report Author Appearance
About Report Author
The Report Author super-element isavailable in Logi Studioonce the Self-Service Reporting Module (SSRM) add-on is installed. More information is available in Add-on Modules.
Reports created with Report Author can include charts, tables, images, labels, links, PDF, and Excel export links. Charts and tables, which are created using an Analysis Grid, are retrieved when using the Report Author from a "Gallery" file.
The Gallery file is created using the Analysis Grid's "Add to Dashboard" feature but without actually involving a dashboard - the data is simply saved to a file that isn't related to the usual Dashboard "Save" file. This is discussed in more detail in The Analysis Grid for End Users.
Images can be included in Report Author reports by users at runtime by uploading files to a designated folder and then selecting them during the report design process.
Gallery, Save, and uploaded files can also be stored in a database, see Storing Bookmark, Gallery, and Save Files in a Database.
The Report Author is often used with the Auto Bookmark element, allowing all aspects of a report to be automatically saved as the user works with the report. For more information, see Adding Automatic Bookmarks.
The appearance of the Report Author user interface is controlled by any Theme or other styling you may care to apply.
The data used in the Report Author is described in a Gallery file, which in turn is based on metadata. If that metadata changes, such as the removal of a column, the Report Author will display a warning about the missing column, instead of the expected visualization.