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Actuate Launches BIRT iHub F-Type


Actuate has announced BIRT iHub F-Type. The software claims to boost open source developer productivity through free access to the features of the commercial BIRT iHub deployment platform.

F-Type is an open source technology platform used to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications.

Previously, a developer using open source BIRT had to build a deployment infrastructure in the form of a custom report server in order to share content with individual end-users across multiple devices.

In contrast, within the first 15 minutes of downloading BIRT iHub F-Type, a developer can import a BIRT report, schedule secure distribution, or export their report as a full-function Excel spreadsheet.

Another feature is the personalization capabilities that are automatically enabled for end-users. Additionally, BIRT iHub F-Type enables developers to embed dynamic reports and visualizations in their own custom-developed applications.

CEO Pete Cittadini says that increases developer productivity by streamlining the process of managing, scheduling, sharing, integrating, and delivering BIRT reports and visualizations for end-user interaction.

"In the case of BIRT iHub F-Type, rather than throttling the volume of data input as Splunk does, the volume of daily data output is limited to a level suitable for many developers' needs, while placing no limit on data input. Developers will get 50MB free, per day, of data output capacity that can be used to deploy hundreds of reports containing thousands of tables and visualizations each day," said the company.

When daily output volume exceeds the free capacity, developers have the option to buy additional output capacity by subscription, from right inside BIRT iHub F-Type. In order to gauge how much data will be consumed by the end-users, a developer can exceed the daily capacity twice before the daily limit is enforced.


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