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Windward Reports 4.0 Java J2EE/.NET Reporting Engine Released

Windward Reports works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source or any combination

Windward Studios announced the public availability of Windward Reports 4.0. The new release introduces a suite of advanced report-presentation formats and a new version of AutoTag, Windward’s Microsoft Word add-in that greatly simplifies report design and data sourcing.

Windward Reports 4.0’s new presentation formats create reports that communicate more effectively by way of colorful charts and graphs, as well as dynamically generated tables of contents, newspaper columns, bookmarks, and indexes. Also, report templates can now be WordML in addition to .RTF.

Already in a class by itself with respect to ease of use, 4.0 AutoTag now features a select wizard and “drag & drop” functionality that combine to make report design so simple anyone in the office can do it, regardless of technical ability. The wizard facilitates selecting and inserting correct data tags. Drag & drop lets users click and drag tags as opposed to re-keying them. Report design is faster and less error-prone.

Summary of Windward Reports 4.0’s New Capabilities
Version 4.0 adds the following significant features to Windward Reports:
Charts and graphs
Tables of contents (that are built dynamically in final report)
Indexes (built dynamically in final report)
Newspaper-type columns
Use of WordML templates
“forEach” capability for handling multiple columns in a row

New version of AutoTag:
Select wizard
Drag & drop
Test reports generated in any format
Toolbar at top
Right Mouse Button menu has insert/edit/select tag
Export/import of template data-source settings

Launched in 2002, Windward Reports is the only full-featured, robust J2EE/.NET reporting engine to use Microsoft Word as a layout tool, putting report-design and -generation power in the hands of the end user, technical or non-technical. Any Word user can easily and securely create reports with almost no learning curve. Also unique, Windward Reports implements in hours, offers affordable use-based pricing, and offers “prompt, fantastic” technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts.

Windward Reports works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source—or any combination thereof—with a Microsoft Word report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report that can be generated in PDF, .RTF, HTML, WordML, .XLS, SpreadsheetML, .TXT, or multipart-MIME-email format. Available as a Java library, Windward Reports runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment.

Windward Reports developer and production systems are available for purchase or free trial at (7MB download).

Windward Reports’ user group spans 65 countries and all continents except Antarctica. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, Patriot Act, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, Gramm-Leach-Blailey, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

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