Introduction to Logi Info v12.7
Logi reports deliver data in a presentable and accessible manner as web pages. They use Internet technologies and a browser to distribute rich, interactive reports and applications. Logi Info brings leading-edge Internet technologies together, allowing you to quickly deliver results efficiently.
The Logi Info v12 Help System provides you with everything you need to know to fully utilize all of the features of Info v12. This topic provides a brief explanation of Info v12, and you can access other relevant information using the links we have listed in this topic, or by looking at the Table of Contents, or by using Search.
If you are already familiar with Info and want to read up on the latest updates, see: Release Notes.
For information about hardware and software requirements for Logi Info v12, see: System Requirements - Logi Info.
Logi Info v12 provides a robust feature set to meet your Analytic needs.
A Logi application consists of one or more reports. A "report" is really a web page so, while Logi applications are most frequently used as reporting and analysis tools, they can also be used to create full-featured websites. The Logi Analytics DevNet website, for example, is built with Logi Info. The framework underlying this consists of:
- Logi Studio, an integrated development environment.
- Report Definition text files, which contain source code (in our XML-based coding language).
- The Logi Server Engine, a web server extension.
If you're a developer who's just getting started with Logi Info, you may not be aware of all of the features available in the products. If you'd like a visual introduction to the elements, you can go back into DevNet to see our Element Gallery.
DevNet also includes a number of free sample applications that you can download and run in Studio to see the techniques used to produce a variety of reporting applications.
Here are categorized links to relevant topics for many features:
|Logi Studio||Studio is our development tool. Your next step should be learning about Studio's features (see Introducing Logi Studio) and how to use them (see Using Logi 12 Studio). Our Datatable Tutorial - Wizard will help you get started.|
|Managing Your Product||Updates for Logi Info are available monthly. Keep abreast of the Current Product Releases and the Release Notes so you'll be up-to-date.|
|Designing Reports||Design a Logi Report helps you understand how to design a basic page and use elements to achieve the desired result.|
|Accessing and Retrieving Data||The first step in reporting is often getting the data. Logi Info is able to get data from a large number of data sources. First you need to connect to a data source (see Datasource Connections) and then you need to retrieve its data (see Datalayer Introduction).|
|Tabular Data||Some data is best reported in tables and we have a variety available, including the regular data table (see Data Tables), the crosstab (or "pivot") table (see Crosstab Tables), Multi-Column Lists, and data lists (see Work with Data Lists).|
|Charts||Charts are a great way to present data, and we have traditional static and animated charts (see Chart Canvas Charts). We also have non-traditional charts such as Heat Maps, polar charts (see Polar Charts), and text clouds (see Work with Text Clouds).|
|Dashboards||Dashboards, with the multiple panels, provide a great way to see a variety of data in a glance, and our dashboards offer runtime flexibility and customization, if desired. For more information, see Logi Info Dashboard .|
|Tabbed Panels||A excellent method of organizing information on the page is to use Tabbed Panels.|
|Maps||Associating data with maps is a popular technique and we offer animated maps (see Intro to Animated Maps ), Google Maps and, in v12.5+, Leaflet Maps.|
|Super-Elements||Logi Info includes a set of "super-elements", which are self-contained elements that produce tables and charts, and that have their own user-interface, so users can manipulate them at runtime. They include The Analysis Chart, The Analysis Filter, Analysis Grid (see Use the Analysis Grid ), Chart Grid (see Intro to the Chart Grid), Dimension Grid (see Dimension Grid Wizard), OLAP Grid (see Logi OLAP), and Report Author.|
|Presentation||The appearance of web pages is governed by style classes. We offer built-in Themes and the ability to work with your custom style sheets (see Intro to Style Sheets). In addition, you can add HTML tables (see Work with HTML Tables) and divisions (see Work with Divisions) and Format Data to get the desired look. We also support Doctype Declarations.|
|Showing & Hiding||Our dynamic reporting approach allows your to show and hide sections of reports based on data, security roles, or other criteria. Show Modes (see Work with Show Modes) and Conditions (see Work with Conditions) can be used to control element visibility.|
|Passing Information||Information and data can be passed from one report definition or (in Logi Info) process task to another. For more information, see Pass Information.|
|User Input||We provide a range of HTML-based user input elements and validation, so that users can control reporting dynamically at runtime. For more information, see Introducing User Input Elements.|
|Pop-up Menus and Pop-up Panels||Users can also interact with a variety of pop-up menus (see Work with Popup Menus) and Popup Panels at runtime.|
|Shared, Reusable Code||Some code, such as headers and footers, might appear in multiple reports, and it can be created as Shared Elements, which are easily reused and maintained in a single place.|
|Exporting Data and Reports||We make it easy to export your data and reports to a variety of formats, including Word (see Export to Native Word), Excel Template , CSV (see Export to CSV File), PDF (see Export to Adobe PDF), and XML (see Export to XML).|
|Printing Reports||It's also possible to Create Printable Reports, adding pagination, special headers and footers, and other features.|
|Templates||You may need to fill forms using data, see Form-based Reporting. We offer features that make it easy to create report definitions that will fill-in Word (see Export to Native Word), Excel Template , and PDF templates (see Export to Adobe PDF).|
|Security||Logi security offers a variety of levels of security granularity and lets you work with network security such as Windows Domains and LDAP. For more information, see Intro to Logi Security .|
|Scheduling||The Logi Scheduler allows report generation and distribution to occur at regular intervals. For more information, see Intro to the Logi Scheduler.|
|Process Tasks||You can also make use of Process Tasks to provide automation and conditional processing.|
|Web Services||Logi reports are capable of interacting with web services, including Salesforce (see Work with Salesforce), Twitter (see Work with Twitter), and those you may write.|