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      04-01-2009
Background
Have you ever seen a reporting software which has a more suitable
interface to design static reports than Excel?
I believe that those who have made or read a certain number of reports
will say no to this question. Exactly, Excel's interface is the best
choice for static report design, as it has incomparable advantages in
efficiency, operation and setting.

Then, drag and drop reporting tool and Excel-like reporting tool,
which is better?
This dispute has once appeared in the professional reporting tool
industry. After all, those senior reporting tools are using the drag
and drop style. However, RAQ Report gives a resounding answer by
releasing a real Excel-like reporting tool: Even in professional
reporting tools, the efficiency of Excel-like reporting tool is much
higher than that of a drag and drop reporting tool.
Even for non-professionals, Excel is a reporting tool easy to use. It
only needs a little time to grasp the basic knowledge, and everyone
can make a table with beautiful interface from scratch quickly.

Details
The main design interface at the left side is the most common Excel-
like spreadsheet. If you set format there, you will find that RAQ
Report is totally the same with Excel in static style setting.
1. Cell's width, height, background, foreground, display format, line
break, gridline, etc.
2. Contentís font, font size, bold, italic, and underline, etc.
3. Dataís horizontal alignment and vertical alignment.
4. Format painter.

In format definition, RAQ Report and Excel have no difference.
Moreover, besides these inheritances in static format, RAQ Report also
inherits the cell expression of Excel.
For example, in Excel, if you want to make a summary of the data of A3-
D3 in E3, you should write "=SUM(A3:E3)" in E3. Then, if you want to
do this in RAQ Report, you will find that it is similar with that in
Excel.
Like Excel, RAQ Report also can automatically adjust the expression in
the cell whose position changed. If you insert a new column between B3
and C3 in the table above, then the expression in F3 (original E3)
will adjust to "=SUM(A3:E3)" automatically. Similarly, if you insert a
new row or column in RAQ Report, corresponding expressions will also
adjust automatically. Moreover, flexible expressions, such as "A2+B3-
A4" and "(A1+E2*D4)/C3", can also be operated correctly.

Besides inheriting the design style of Excel, RAQ Report realizes
dynamic data extension which Excel can not realize.
In terms of efficiency, RAQ Report is certainly a powerful reporting
software to make reports like the one above. Due to the advanced Excel-
like design style, RAQ Report can improve the efficiency by 90%.
Compared with traditional reporting tools, RAQ Report exactly can
improve the efficiency of Web report design, shorten development
cycle, and reduce development cost.
As a result, RAQ Report is so popular with large report designers,
programmers and project managers.

For more about RAQ Report, you can refer to http://www.raqsoft.com/category/product/overview/.

This post is from freezea's blog. You are welcomed cc it anywhere, and
please indicate the source.

If you would like to read more articles about reporting tool, you are
also welcome to refer to his blog at http://freezea.blogspot.com/.
 
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      04-19-2011
Very nifty tool. Allowing it to work alongside Excel is brilliant because A) so many people use Excel and b) nobody wants to give it up.

-Grahm
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