BiLog: Expanding your choices…….New V7 Portrait Report Templates Available
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Choices. Every aspect of our lives is packed with them. Firefox, Chrome or IE? Small, Medium, Large or Jumbo? Mouse or touchpad? Blueberry pie – with or without ice cream? Shoes, Sneakers or flip flops? To tweet or not to tweet? Keeping with that trend, we are now enabling you additional choices for your development of V7 reports with the delivery of Portrait Report Templates.
Report Templates are one of a few different ways your report
developers can create custom reports in the Version 7 Report Design Tool. Other ways include modifying the delivered
reports, or exporting an ad hoc report from the Maximo applications.
When you use the report templates as a starting point for your
custom report designs, they contain the required library files
and data source to enable the integration between Maximo and reporting. The templates are available in a variety of
graph types, and include listing and detail report formats.
Currently, V7 delivers landscape templates so the maximum number of fields can be displayed on a report. However, to enable you additional choices and increasing flexibility to meet your unique business needs, you can now download a set of portrait report templates from IBM’s ISM Library. Enabling the new portrait report templates is straightforward. Simply extract the zip file located in the ISM library to the Maximo report directory of your report developer. Then, open the BIRT Report Designer, and select New Report. You will then see an updated listing of templates, including both the previous Landscape and New Portrait Templates. The Portrait templates are identified with the text Portrait in their title, like 'Tivoli Maximo Portrait Subreport Template'.
Your selection of a landscape versus portrait report template impacts the amount of page area available to you horizontally. Landscape reports enable 10” of field space horizontally versus 7.5” of field space with letter size paper. If your custom report requires a large number of fields to display in a subsection, the landscape template may be better suited for your requirements.
You can view additional details and on report page size and orientation here or also in this V7 Report Page reference document. This document additionally details how you can change all or a subset of your existing reports to use portrait orientation by either modifying the System Library File or the Master Page.New report features....new choices!