MyEclipse Reports (built on BIRT) has been upgraded and now integrates BIRT 2.5.1,
a major update from version 2.3 used by MyEclipse 7.5. For a complete list of improvements in the mamoth BIRT 2.5.1 release, be sure to check out the BIRT 2.5 New and Noteworthy.
features in this release expand on the already impressive
features of BIRT 2.3 and offer improvements in many areas such
as page management and creation, study charts, parameter
scripts, and event hander performance improvements.
MyEclipse Reports has been upgraded to support BIRT 2.5.1
Default Parameter Values
Most developers use parameters to customize reports to the
consumer’s needs. MyEclipse Reports provides fully functional parameter
capabilities, including dynamic parameters, where values are
retrieved from a dataset to populate list and combo boxes.
Parameters can be required or optional and when a user does not
enter a value for a parameter MyEclipse Reports provides the capability to
use a default parameter. In BIRT 2.5.1, this feature has been
scripting. The Parameter editor now provides an expression
builder button to set the default value for a parameter using a
expression is just converting the current date into a string,
for the default value of a string parameter.
Page Management Improvements
Master pages can now use an SVG image for the background and
support setting border properties using the advanced tab within
the master page property editor.
Column page breaks for crosstabs and tables have also been
improved. Within a crosstab it is now possible to set a page
break interval for columns. The engine will then insert a page
break every n columns where n is the page break interval.
Page Level Variables and Events
In addition to the new page management features MyEclipse Reports now
includes new page scripts that can be used in conjunction with
new page variables to provide such features as individual group
page numbering, first and last page contents, and page level
aggregation. Page Variables are created using the Data Explorer
view and can be one of two types: Report Variable or Page
Variable. Report Variables are evaluated when the report is
complete and Page Variables are evaluated at the time a page is
written. Either type can be placed on the master page by
selecting the Palette View and selecting the Variable AutoText
In BIRT 2.5.1 it is now possible to set Z-order
rendering priority for combination charts.
MyEclipse Reports now supports study charts which allow stacked Y axes. This
can be enabled with any multi-y-axis chart by selecting the
format chart tab of the chart wizard and clicking the enable
study layout checkbox.
Independent Locale Formatting
MyEclipse Reports currently supports automatic formatting of report elements
based on the current user’s or server’s locale. This feature has
been enhanced to allow users to define a given locale for
strings, numbers, currencies, and dates. This feature is
available in the report designer, within the properties editor
for any given element that allows formatting. In the example
illustrated below, two elements an aggregation element and a
date element are formatted using the German locale. The rest of
the report is formatted based on the English locale.
Pasting Formatted Text
With BIRT 2.5.1 a new feature has been added to the designer to
allow pasting of formatted text (RTF or HTML) into a text
element. This feature is available in the context menu of the
Text Item editor and is labeled
Paste Formatted Text.
Crosstab Time Dimensions and separate
Measure/Measure Total columns/rows
MyEclipse Reports uses the crosstab report item to display hierarchal data
that is constructed using MyEclipse Reports data cubes. With this release
many crosstab improvements have been made. One feature that has
been available since 2.3 of BIRT is the ability to show empty
values. This feature has been improved to better support time
dimensions where corresponding dates do not exist in the data
source. For example, suppose we have crosstab that shows the
number of cancelled orders for a product over time. It may be
desirable to show all the months and quarters for data points
that are not present in the database. The Empty Rows/Columns
property has been enhanced to support this feature. The
following illustration demonstrates how to achieve this using
The property editor has been improved to support resetting
default properties and added support for listing properties by
alphabetical, local, or grouped categories.
Style Editor Improvement
MyEclipse Reports uses styles to format report content. These styles can be
imported, referenced, or created using the style editor.
Standard report styles can be overridden or new styles can be
created. When using the style editor it is now possible to
determine which style properties for a given style have been
altered. In addition a restore defaults button is also
Image DPI can now be set using an advanced property on the
report design and the engine will use this setting when
rendering. If the report design dpi setting is set to 0, the
engine will interrogate the image to retrieve the dpi.
In an effort to continue to better support 508 compliance, three
new properties are now available on table cells (headers, scope,
Event Handler Performance Improvement
MyEclipse Reports provides a framework where events are fired during the
lifecycle of report generation and presentation. These events
behavior of report items. In previous releases of MyEclipse Reports when an
event handler was implemented in Java, an instance of the
handler was created for every instance of the report item. For
example when using an event handler for a data item located in a
table, the handler class would be instantiated for every runtime
instance of the data element. This can have an adverse effect on
performance. BIRT 2.5.1 now provides an advanced property that
allows the designer to control how the event handlers are