What's New in Telerik Reporting R2 2018 (version 126.96.36.1996) Retail
Telerik Reporting is a powerful reporting solution that enables you to create, view, and export rich, interactive, and reusable reports. It supports various data sources, such as databases, web services, objects, and more. It also provides a variety of report viewers for different platforms, such as ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Silverlight, HTML5, Angular, React, and Blazor.
In this article, we will explore some of the new features and improvements that are included in the latest release of Telerik Reporting R2 2018 (version 188.8.131.526) Retail[^1^].
Web Service Data Source
One of the new features in this release is the ability to use web services as report data sources using a built-in declarative way[^1^]. You can easily configure the web service data source by specifying the URL, the HTTP method, the request headers, and the parameters. You can also preview the data returned by the web service and select which fields to use in your report.
Page Breaks in Table Item
Another new feature is the ability to precisely specify how the table rows and columns are dispersed across the report pages[^1^]. You can use the TableGroup.PageBreak property to control whether a page break should occur before or after a table group. This can help you to avoid splitting table rows or columns between pages and improve the readability of your reports.
Digital Signing of the PDF Rendering Output Documents
You can now digitally sign PDF documents to prove the origin of the produced documents[^1^]. You can use the PdfDeviceInformation.Signature property to specify the digital signature information, such as the certificate file path, the password, the reason, the location, and the contact. You can also customize the appearance of the signature by setting its position, size, border style, font, and image.
Report Viewers: Report Content Search
You can now search for word or text in the previewed report in all desktop and HTML5-based report viewers[^1^]. You can use the search toolbar to enter your search query and navigate through the matching results. The search feature supports case sensitivity and whole word options.
NuGet packages for the Telerik Reporting runtime and viewers
You can now reference all runtime libraries including all desktop and HTML5-based report viewers along with the report generation services from dedicated NuGet packages instead of assembly references[^1^]. The NuGet feed is https://nuget.telerik.com/nuget. This can help you to easily manage your project dependencies and keep them up-to-date.
New Data Scope functions
You can now utilize some new functions designed for more advanced scenarios[^1^]. The 'Exec' function now supports body scopes by specifying cross-section of two scopes. The 'Previous' function is introduced to enable referencing the data scope of the previous group data member.
Improved Crystal Report Converter
The Crystal Report Converter tool has been improved to support converting Crystal Reports created with version 184.108.40.2069 (Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010) or newer[^1^]. You can use this tool to migrate your existing Crystal Reports to Telerik Reporting format with minimal effort.
Telerik Reporting R2 2018 (version 220.127.116.116) Retail is a major release that brings many new features and improvements to help you create stunning reports with ease. You can download it from here and try it out yourself. aa16f39245