Bhupesh Malhotra

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    Bhupesh Malhotra commented  · 

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the clarifications about your use case.

    In the #1 option that I shared, I was indicating the use of Web Services directly to run the report with passing parameters as well and getting the rendered output (say in PDF for example). This process does not need to have any visual component and can be done such that the output is stored as a file on a pre-defined location.

    Thus as you have mentioned, you can call the report at the press of a button and the web service call in the code behind your button will do the rest.

    For a sample of the Web Services interface, please have a look at this page: http://www.activereportsserver.com/EvaluationGuide/References

    You can also see documentation related to calling a report using the web service and passing parameters in the SDK documentation here: http://www.activereportsserver.com/Documentation/SDK/

    Let me know if this will address your requirement.

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    Bhupesh Malhotra commented  · 

    Can you please help me understand the use case in a bit more detail?

    Am I correct to say that you have a report designed which has some user prompts and you want to run the report with different combinations of user prompt values automatically and export the report into PDF format for the users to view at their convenience?

    If this is the case, then you can do this in two ways with ActiveReports Server today.

    1. Use the Web Services interface to call the report multiple times and pass it the different sets of parameters each time. You can render the report as a PDF through the web services and save it at a location you desire for your users to access.

    2. Use the Scheduling service to run the report periodically. In the Schedule tasks you create, you can specify the different combination of parameters. Thus you will have tasks for each set of parameter combinations. In the latest version of ActiveReports Server (v1.11) you are able to save the report output as a file in the windows file system, so you do not need to be dependent on the email only. You will just need to choose the folder location that your users have access to.

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    Bhupesh Malhotra commented  · 

    In each prompt dialog, at design time you have the option to specify the default values.

    Does this work for your requirement or do you think there is something additional here that would make it easier for you to create the multi-use reports?

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