Hartford, Connecticut (PressExposure) June 29, 2011 -- One of the leading developers of software business tools and in particular reporting tools has just released their latest version of Sunset Reports. This software, based on award winning components and proven technology, provides users an alternative to such software as Crystal Reports. It boosts that it is powerful enough for IT Professionals, but simple enough for end users.
The software was originally developed back in 1997. The functionality and architecture has evolved over the years on different platforms and during that time the software was part of several different applications and software products. It was not until January of 2011 that is came to market as a stand alone product.
With its flexible data connectivity, it can easily connect to such databases as MS Access, SQL Server, MS Excel, Oracle, OLEDB, ODBC, MS Outlook, MySQL, and more. Its visual query builder includes such features as grouping, sorting, filtering, sub-queries, derived tables, union queries, advanced properties, aliases, virtual fields, various SQL dialects and visual representation modes.
The report designer handles all types of content, controls, bands, 56 different business graphs including regression and trend plots, plus parameters, scripts, pivot tables with OLAP and KPI graphics, wizards, labels, bar codes, mail merge, drilldown, drillthrough, document maps, and multiple reports within a single report. And you can even import report designs from Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Data Dynamics Active Reports, and DevExpress. Even RTF files from word processors like Microsoft Word can be imported into a report design.
Reports can be exported as documents: pdf, html, mht, rtf, txt; Data: txt, csv, xls, xlxs; Graphic: bmp, emf, gif, jpeg, png, tiff, wmf; and PDF's can be password protected. Reports can be previewed, printed, be sent via email or transferred via FTP.
The Report Server runs as a service in the background and handles report subscriptions and the report queue. It even monitors email requests and replies to emails with attached reports/documents. The report queue allows for scheduling of reports including recurring schedules and provides easy to use list and calendar views.
Besides using Sunset Reports as a reporting tool, it is perfect for data analysis, business analytics, visualizations, web site design, making labels, data conversion, document management, and document distribution, among others.