PRLog - Nov. 10, 2011 - KONSTANZ, Germany -- 19 years after the brand was first released, version 17 of the report generator List & Label has been released. The software makers from the south of Germany will thus stick to the rhythm of recent years and continue to push the development of one of the most flexible reporting tool coming from Germany. With the new generation, the programmers at combit concentrated on the end user Designer and further expanded the possibilities of web reporting. Although List & Label can be used in a variety of development environments, the progress in the field of .NET development again played a central role. In the Designer, the most striking thing one notices is the new Gantt chart. It allows cooperation in projects, vacation schedules and other time-sensitive projects to be presented in overlapping time lines. "A feature, customers have desired for a long time. And we are now able to offer this" says List & Label project manager Jochen Bartlau. "We could close a gap for which there was previously no satsifying workaround. For a reporting tool, the new Gantt diagram gives an unusual big range of options right from the start." he proudly continues. According to the company, in the segment of report generators combit could also gain attention for its automatic index and the new PDF object. The latter speeds up form processing drastically when complex official forms are positioned as PDFs directly into the workspace and only need to be filled with data and can then be printed as combined result. The precalc function is a rather inconspicuous feature, "it's a sly old dog" describes Jochen Bartlau smiling. For analyses in which aggregate functions such as sums, maximums or minimums of all values are relevant, these can be pre-calculated and set in relation to the individual values at the time of output. List & Label 17 is available as a new version of the Standard Edition starting at EURO 610 / US-$ 841, as an upgrade starting at EURO 312 / USD 430, the subscription editions start at EURO 1160 / USD 1598, each excluding VAT (Exchange rate as of Nov. 09, 2011). A subscription includes Service Packs, feature updates released throughout the year as well as major version upgrades and a support flat rate. A free, fully functional 30 day trial of the report generator is available for download at:www.combit.net/
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List & Label 17: Highlights of The New Features
Vacation and project schedules or maintenance schedules and their temporal context are explayed clearly through overlapping time bars. There are an ambundance of possible settings.
The preparation of forms is a lot faster; one places a PDF in the workspace, adds data to it and then prints the combined result. Recreation of forms is no longer necessary, they can even be embedded.
The value of aggregate functions such as maximum, minimum or sum can be pre-calculated. This allows comparing the actual value to the current max, min or sum of all values even if the application doesn't explicitly supply these aggregates.
They quickly and easily visualize data in graphs: bars, stars, and traffic lights in each line and allow an overview of large amounts of data. Data graphics can be used in combination with the precalc function.
Areas and Bubbles
Bubble charts allow for four-dimensional reporting - x-axis, y-axis, color and bubble size - area diagrams are particularly striking convincing in their stacked form and provide more data transparency than line charts.
The new design schemes can be used with all objects effortlessly. One either chooses from one of the pre-defined shemes or defines one that fits the corporate design.
Designer as Control
The List & Label Designer can be hosted in a control platform (.NET/VCL). The result is a harmonious integration of the Designer into the own software product.
The existing export function was improved. Custom print style sheets ensure that the print out adheres to the actual layout, the corresponding toolbar allows to navigate through the XHTML result.
Viewer Plug-ins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera
The full spectrum of browsers is now supported. End users can create browser-supported PDFs as well as work with, print and export drilldown reports.
.NET: Individual Designer Objects
Custom objects now have genuine properties in the Designer. One example shows the interface with Bing Maps, OpenStreetMap and others, including Geocoding.
.NET: JSON, CouchDb, MongoDb
With new providers, the .NET component can network with these popular sources of web data. The "NoSQL" databases CouchDB and MongoDb get by without a rigid schema and scale well for the internet.
combit List & Label: Product Description
Coders around the world have used combit List & Label since 1992 and now in its 17th version. They expand their own products with a multitude of reporting functions, and have access to almost any type of data source in classic applications just as well as in web reporting and in the cloud. Compared to other development components , List & Label provides the highest degree of flexibility in regard to the types of data that can be analyzed, the supported program languages and the number of export and barcode formats. The List & Label Designer can be switched over into many languages and can be integrated into the application without additional license fees. This way, end users can create reports, too. The reporting module List & Label from the German software developer combit is available in German and English and is offered in three editions. The subscription-
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Founded in 1988, combit GmbH is situated in Constance, Germany. The software house develops and markets developer components for other software developers as well as standard software for small and large corporations.