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Why Choose Professional Edition?

ActiveReports Professional Edition enables developers to address BI requirements such as ad-hoc reporting, custom visualizations, and extensible data access. Here are some of the features exclusive to the Professional Edition. Scroll down for a more detailed feature comparison.

  • Ad Hoc Reporting

    Ad Hoc Reporting

    A fully customizable set of Report Designer controls with free runtime re-distribution.

  • ASP.NET Web Viewers

    ASP.NET Web Viewers

    Render reports in web applications using ASP.NET, Flash, raw HTML, or PDF output.

  • Exclusive Report Tools

    Exclusive Report Tools

    More report items and other resources to use for visualizing your data like Maps, Word exports, HTTP handlers, and more.

  • Table of Contents and DocX

    Table of Contents and DocX

    Use special controls like the TOC control to add a dynamic ToC in DocX files using the new DocX export API.

  • Digital Signature and Signed PDFs

    Digital Signature and Signed PDFs

    Secure and digitally sign exported reports as PDFs including support for PDF/A, bold font emulation, and multi-lingual support.

  • ActiveReport Server Integrations

    ActiveReport Server Integrations

    Leverage server-based execution and other features right from your applications using ActiveReports.

FeatureDescriptionStandardProfessionalServer
FeatureDescriptionStandardProfessionalServer
Report Designer & Design Time Features
Section ReportsDesign reports using banded sections similar to those found in Access reports. In addition to the detail section, you can add report and page header and footer sections, as well as any number of nested group header and footer sections. 
Page ReportsDesign reports for specific fixed-page layouts. Ideal for letters, bills, pre-printed forms and other documents where layout is contingent on the space available on the page. Use tables, charts, matrices, lists, and more to create your report layout.
RDL ReportsDesign reports for continous flow layouts, ideal for reports where data size is variable and strict layout restrictions are not present. Use tables, charts, matrices, lists, and more to create your report layout. Use multiple datasources in one report. 
Section Report ControlsLabel, TextBox, CheckBox, RichTextBox, Shape, Picture, Line, PageBreak, BarCode, SubReport, OleObject, ChartControl, ReportInfo, CrossSectionLine, and CrossSectionBox 
Page Report & RDL Report ControlsBarCode, Bullet, Chart, Multi-axis Charts **, CheckBox, Container, FormattedText, Image, Line, OverflowPlaceholder, Shape, and TextBox 
Page Report & RDL Report Data RegionsTablix, Table, Matrix, List, Sparkline, Calendar, and BandedList 
Report XML FilesStore reports as files that can be loaded at run time. Supports RPX and RDLX proprietary XML formats. 
LayersRDL and Page Reports support Layers to allow groups of report controls to appear differently based on the output target device (screen, print and export). 
Styles and SettingsCreate consistent looking reports through the use of style sheets (across all report types) and themes (RDL & Page reports only). You can save style sheets and themes to external files and use them across multiple reports or embed them to make the reports portable. 
ScriptingReports support scripting in VB.NET (Section, RDL and Page reports) and C# (Section only). 
Design-Time FeaturesCreate reports easily with snaplines, built-in preview, designer zoom, formatting and alignment toolbars, report control z-order, data source dialogs, parameter dialogs, and more. 
Master ReportsDesign report templates that can be inherited to share similar report design and structure with content reports. 
End User Designer ControlsDevelopers can use the Designer, ReportExplorer, and Toolbox Windows Forms controls to create their own report designer that allow users to edit or create reports. Developers can then distribute their custom designer, royalty-free.  
BarcodesAnsi39, Ansi39x, Code 2 of 5, Code25intlv, Code25mat, Code39, Code39x, Code 128A, Code 128B, Code 128C, Code 128Auto, Code93, Code93x, MSI, PostNet, Intelligent Mail, Codabar, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC A, UPC E0, UPC E1, RM4SCC, UCCEAN128, QRCode, Code49, JapanesePostal, Pdf417, EAN 128 FNC1, GS1 DataBar, GS1 DataBar Truncated, GS1 DataBar Stacked, GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Expanded, GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked, GS1 DataBar Limited, MicroPDF417, MicroQR **, and Data Matrix. 
2D ChartsArea, Bar, Bezier, Bezier XY, Bubble, Bubble XY, Candle, Doughnut, Funnel, Gantt, High Low, High Low Open Close, Horizontal Bar, Kagi, Line, Line XY, Pie, Plot XY, Point and Figure, Pyramid, Renko, Scatter, Stacked Area, Stacked Area 100 Percent, Stacked Bar, Stacked Bar 100 Percent, Three Line Break, and Dot Plot (Page reports only). 
3D ChartsArea, Bar, Bezier, Bezier XY, Clustered Bar, Doughnut, Funnel, Gantt, Horizontal Bar, Kagi, Line, Line XY, Pyramid, Renko, Stacked Area, Stacked Area 100%, Stacked Bar, Stacked Bar 100%, Three Line Break. 
Bullets & SparklinesBullets and other dashboard charts. 
MapsBingMaps, GoogleMaps, OpenStreet Maps, Mapquest with API.  
Table of ContentsGenerate a table of contents for Page and RDL reports with bookmarked sections, styles, and so on.  
 
Data & Datasources
Direct AccessSupports ADO.NET data providers, ADO.NET data classes (DataSet, DataTable, DataReader, DataView), ODP.NET (Oracle data provider), XML Data **, JSON Data **, CSV Files **, and custom unbound data. 
Visual Query DesignerDesign optimized SQL Queries through an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop UX supporting filters, groups, joins and SQL expressions. 
Server-Based Shared Data Sources & Data SetsSupports Report Server managed data sources and datasets for better data governance, security, multi-tenant support, and data layer isolation. 
 
Viewers & Run Time Features
Windows Forms ViewerIncludes a viewer with touch support which allows users to enter parameter values; print; copy to clipboard; search; select from single-, multiple-, or consecutive-page mode; zoom; navigate through pages; add annotations; export; view page thumbnails; and follow hyperlinks. Allows you to customize the toolbar to add your own features. 
WPF ViewerIncludes a WPF Viewer with parameter input, search, page navigation, exports, printing, among other standard viewer features. 
Azure SupportActiveReports supports full and partial trust in Windows Azure. PDF and Excel export filters work under partial trust with certain features requiring full trust. 
ASP.NET Medium Trust SecurityActiveReports supports ASP.NET Medium Trust, very useful for multiple applications running on a shared server. Note that some features may not work under medium trust. 
WebViewer ControlHTML Viewer with parameter input, search, and page navigation.  
Flash Viewer with printing, page range printing, search, single-, multi-, or continuous-page modes, zoom, page navigation, exports, thumbnail views, hyperlinks, and a customizable toolbar.*
PDF Viewer (displays in Adobe Reader).  
Raw HTML (displays in the browser).  
HTTP HandlersPDF (takes a compiled report or RPX file).  
HTML (takes a compiled report or RPX).  
HTML5 Viewer ControlIncludes an HTML5 viewer that supports desktop and mobile devices with printing, page navigation, galley mode **, continuous page view **, exports, emailing, hyperlinks, and customizable UI.
Server-Side Report ExecutionUse Windows Forms Viewer, WPF Viewer and Report Designers to execute and work with all types of reports published on ActiveReports Server. 
 
Import, Export & Other Outputs
Import ReportsImport reports from Excel Sheets **, SAP Crystal Reports and Microsoft Access. 
PrintYou can control the size, orientation, binding generation, collation, two-sided printing, and paper feed tray to use when printing. Print programmatically or use the viewer control UI. 
PDF ExportSupports end-user defined character output.  
Japanese language font embedding and embedded font selection.  
Japanese language bold font emulation.  
Japanese language italic font emulation.
Multi-language font support. 
Multi-language font support with font linking and fallback fonts.  
PDF/A support.  
Digitally sign exported reports, proving authenticity.  
Print presets for PDF printing. **  
Time stamped exported reports.
DocX ExportExport Page reports & RDL reports to the Office Open XML document format. Supports natural document flow with page headers, footers, automated table of contents, and page numbers.  
Other ExportsIncludes export filters for PDF, HTML, Excel, Text, TIFF, RTF, and RDF (ActiveReports report document format that you can display in the ActiveReports Viewers). Page reports and RDL Reports also support XML and Word formats.
 
Report Publishing & Server-Based Features
Web based HTML5/JS Report Designer for RDL and Semantic Reports **Web based designer allowing users to design new reports as well as modify existing reports using any desktop browser without needing to download any plugins or installers.  
Web Based HTML5/JS Report PortalResponsive report portal with categorized report list that uses role-based security.  
Web Based HTML5/JS Administrator DashboardResponsive administrator dashboard to manage shared data sources, shared data sets, reports, categories, schedules, security, scalability, load balancing and other server settings.  
Distributed Load BalancingBuilt-in plug-and-play architecture using Managed Agents to balance report execution load  
Centralized, Role-based SecurityServer-based user and role management.
Scheduling and Report DistributionUser-controlled subscription-based scheduling for automated delivery of reports through email, web links, and file shares.  
Printer Management and Batch Printing **User controlled scheduled tasks for batch printing with administrator module for Printer Management.  
Report Audit LogTrack what reports are run, which users log in, and more for compliance needs.  
ActiveDirectory/LDAP Support for User ManagementUse built-in security provider hook-ups for AD and LDAP based user management.  
Extensible Security Provider APIIntegrate third party user management through an extensive API.  
RESTful APIAccess server features using RESTful API and integrate with external applications.  
Customizable Portal Themes **Customize the look and feel of the Rpeort Portal and Administrator Dashboard with your own logos and color themes.  
Fully Customizable Portal Sample **Customize Report Portal features, User Interface and User Experience using the source code available on GitHub  
Single-Sign-On SupportImplement SSO using built-in or external authentication providers. 
Multi-Tenant Deployment SupportDeploy across multiple customers with user based data isolation mechanism built in to the security architecture.  

* The built-in report viewer in the Server add-on cannot be customized.

** Bold features added as part of ActiveReports 11.

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