Introduction of Active Reports
Active Reports is a .NET reporting tool used by developers of Windows
application and ASP.NET applications.
It was originally developed by Data Dynamics, which was then acquired by
It will support C# and Vb.Net language.
Active Reports Released Versions 3,6,7,7sp1,8,9.
Export Options for PDF (with advanced security support), Excel, Word, RTF,
HTML, Text, XML, and TIFF.
File Format: .rpx (Retrieval Raw Pixel) denotes a active reports layout file.
Active reports 3.0 working in visual studio 2008 (Framework3.5 and less).
Compare with Crystal Reports
Features Active Reports Crystal Reports
Dynamic Scripting Yes No
File Format XML (.RPX)
Editable with Notepad
Binary (.RPT) Uses SDKs to
Sub-reports 20 levels deep
Object based reporting
improves on sub-report
One level deep
Designer Interface Object based Banded
Extensibility Open architecture Closed architecture
CSS Minimal support Supported
Formula Library 13 financial functions
6 date functions
50+ financial functions
48 date functions
Data Connectivity Shared data sources Single point of entry
CR Server - Shared data source
Latest Version v.9 v.14.1
Environment Microsoft Visual Studio Users can also access Crystal
Reports from outside of
Limitation of Active Reports
Border Height Problem in details section.
Cannot call business object in sub report.
The size of Dot and Dash (the Line Style property) is not exactly the same.
The z-index is not correctly imported.
The HorizontalAlignment property is always set as “Left”.
The CanGrow, CharacterSpacing, TextRotationAngle and HyperlinkText prop
erties are not imported