Reporting in navision
Reporting in navision was, to put it mildly, never an easy task. Developers and consultants had to struggle through a painstaking process. This was the inspiration to come up with Document Creator, reporting in navision was never this easy!
Document Creator compared to report other systems
Document Creator is built from perspective of completely replacing RDLC all its shortcomings, with a more sophisticated reporting solution. Document Creator supplies a report converter only as a valuable additional option. This add-on fully adopts the modern paradigm of separating data gathering and presentation with reporting in navision. For example, ForNav still mixes building layouts and dataset design. To the latter may sound as a feature, but in fact this violation of software design rules might just leave you with some very scary situations where you can easily make mistakes that mess up both layout and dataset.
Due to the structured dataset which Document Creator uses, it is much faster than, for example, ForNav and the memory usage is managed much better. This not only results in faster processing and printing, but is also a big advantage when it comes to larger datasets. Standard RDLC, and also the ForNav solution which is built on top of standard RDLC, works with flattened datasets which can make it very hard for a client device to process larger reports.
Getting started with Document Creator
Editing in Document Creator layouts is very easy, however reporting in navision from scratch, although very time saving and much more effective than other report designer tools, requires some building experience. This is why it is not recommended to start with creating a new Document Creator Report from scratch, first take a look at some example layouts on this website and start learning by editing a copy of an existing Document Creator Report.
Please keep in mind that although Document Creator is very powerful, user friendly, flexible fast and time-saving, it is just a tool to represent the data. So, even with a great report layout designer, a good dataset (the navision report object) stays essential.
Are you curious about reporting in navision in combination with Document Creator? Please contact us!