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Archive for August 15th, 2009

Report Manager 2008 R2 August CTP Facelift

Posted by denglishbi on August 15, 2009

Still exploring around in the recently release SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP and this morning I am checking out the Report Manager interface. 

Here are some before and after screenshots comparing 2008 and 2008 R2:

2008

    

2008 R2

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    Displays current location in the Browser’s title, removed the tabs, new look-and-feel, drop down list on items to get at additional options (without switching to details view), new icons
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    new look-and-feel, last run instead of when run
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    new loading message and cancel option
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    removed tabs, condensed the view to allow more space for viewing report, new icons, new Export to Data Feed option (.atomsvc output), and notice the title in the Browser tab – no more just ‘Report Manager’, displays current location also
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    new context menu on items to get at additional tasks such as Edit in Report Builder and Manage along with new Folder Settings option in the toolbar (no more properties tab)
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    This is the new Manage option in the context menu to get at the properties and also includes the History and Subscriptions information now

So you got to like the new UI changes.  The context menus on the items is a great improvement and I also like how the current location is displayed in the Browser window title.  Getting rid of the tabs was a nice improvement and making the report viewing area larger is nice also. 

When I selected the new Export to Data Feed option when viewing a report it generated a .atomsvc file which I went ahead and opened.  When I did this Excel 2010 fired up and the Gemini Add-In launched (I am currently evaluating the August CTP release).  Gemini was actually able to consume the data feed and pull in the data from the chart and tablix data regions that were in the report.  How cool is thatHot

I would have to definitely give the Reporting Services Product Team some kudos for the new changes.  Nicely done gangOpen-mouthed

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