Project Description

The converter allows you to convert an existing SSRS report definition file to a Microsoft Office Word document. The document which you can use as a template for Windward reporting solutions.


Windward's Conversion Approach

Automatic conversion from another reporting system to Windward will, by definition, never be a 100% automated process. The approach Windward takes to report design is very different from that used by all the other systems. (This difference is what makes Windward so much better.)

How It Works

Things to keep in mind when converting from another system:
  • We will generally bring objects such as text, tables, charts, etc. across fine.
  • In other reporting systems all objects have a fixed position on the page (which is part of why they don't page break well). Our convertor will instead make them part of the Word document flow. The convertor has to make assumptions in this transition and you may have to adjust object positions after the conversion.
  • Select statements will generally come across ok. We never change these.
  • Any programming, events, etc. do not come across. Windward eliminates the need for most of this. And where you do need it, Windward uses a very different approach (which is a lot easier for you to implement). This will have to be carried across by hand after the automated conversion.

Improving Conversion

The convertor can always be better. If your templates have constructs we have not seen before, and it is something that can be automatically converted, please let us know (and provide your templates).

Last edited Feb 22, 2013 at 7:08 AM by shadowmaan, version 7