Preview in Web Applications with the Web Report Viewer

Up until version 27, you were able to use the HTML5 Viewer in your own .NET web applications in order to display a report preview directly in the browser. Interactive user actions such as drill down, filtering data using report parameters and much more were already possible. But the technology that was utilized for this is getting older now, as for example the jQuery framework. With the new Web Report Viewer, we have created a modern, highly compatible replacement, which has been available since version 27 (year 2021).

Web Report Viewer with WebComponents

The new Web Report Viewer is based on the latest web technologies and uses so-called WebComponents. This makes it easy to replace jQuery and has the enormous advantage that the Web Report Viewer is usable in other popular JavaScript frameworks such as React, Angular or Vue.

The viewer surface is optimized for all common browsers on desktop and tablet. This allows users to view reports on Windows, iOS, Linux or Android.

The functionality of the Web Report Viewer is identical to the HTML5 Viewer:

  • Interactive report actions such as report parameters, drilldown, sorting, expandable areas
  • Export to popular formats such as PDF, Word, Excel and many more
  • client-side printing

The Web Report Viewer replaces an outdated version of the report preview in the browser. The “old” HTML5 Viewer won’t be maintained any longer. Switching or upgrading to the new Web Report Viewer is therefore recommended.

How to and tips for installing the Web Report Viewer

General information on how to integrate the Web Report Viewer into ASP.NET MVC web applications can be found within the .NET help. Please note that the List & Label installation also provides numerous freely available programming examples for ASP.NET.

In addition, the article “Using Web Report Viewer in React, Angular or Vue.js” shows valuable tips for modern JavaScript frameworks.

Would you like to call up a specific report in the Web Report Viewer within your application via a URL? In the article “Web Report Viewer: Calling up reports via a URL including report parameters” you’ll find out how.

The Web Report Viewer is fully integrated in the Web Report Designer and is used as part of the real data preview.

Get an idea of how it works with our List & Label online demo.

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