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Pentaho Reporting vs Jasper Reports

 
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I do not know if someone already asked this question. I would like to know how does this compare against Jasper Reports.
 
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Thanks for the pointer. But does this also offer any file format conversion mechanism? Like converting report formats from Excel to PDF to CSV etc?
 
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From a report template that you define in Report Designer, you can generate a report in various output formats, Excel, HTML, PDF, etc.
 
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Ok. So all I need to have is a Report Designer and if I have to convert my PDF to Excel, I need to first create my Report Designer and use that Report Designer to convert it to Excel. Did I get you right?
 
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You can't take an arbitrary PDF and convert it to Excel, you must define a report in Report Designer, and generate either PDF or Excel, they'll contain the same information and look similar, but be in different formats.
 
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If I got this right this time, I need to have a Report Designer for each of my report that I would like to save as a PDF, Excel or whatever format. Now say I have a PDF report and I create a Report Designer that represents that PDF, now would it be possible for me to save this Report Designer else where so that when later one wants to create an Excel for the PDF (for which the Report Designer is already there), I just do it on the fly?
 
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Exactly, you could embed the reporting engine in your own Java application, or use our BI Server to generate the report.
 
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