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Actuate Free Commercial-Grade BIRT Viewer Toolkit


Analytics company Actuate has announced availability of the BIRT Viewer Toolkit, a free-of-cost companion product to open source BIRT. This developer tool is supposed to speed the integration of BIRT visualizations and reporting capabilities into own applications.

The BIRT Viewer Toolkit includes Actuate's JavaScript integration API. Using JavaScript, BIRT content can now be embedded into applications without having to write Java code. BVT also offers other commercial-grade performance enhancements, including "demand paging" (the ability to jump to any page in a report) and "progressive viewing" (ability to view pages while BIRT completes rendering), providing much reduced response time for users viewing large reports.

BIRT developers can immediately deploy the BIRT Viewer Toolkit within a Java application server and, in theory, offer end users a variety of features including the ability to view, save, link to, print, and export reports in CSV, XML, HTML, AFP, PostScript, and PDF; as well as in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

BVT also shows a report's built-in table of contents, offers parameter collection features including a date picker and multi-page navigation, and handles content hyperlinking.

According to Actuate, BIRT Viewer Toolkit is compatible with its commercial product line powered by the BIRT iHub platform. "Organizations using open source BIRT turn to Actuate's commercial products when their project development outpaces the feature set of open source BIRT, and the need for scalability and security becomes mission critical," said the company.


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