Management Reporter CU15 – Printing in the Web Viewer is an Incomplete Feature


It’s been more than couple of weeks since the cumulative update 15 (CU15) for Management Reporter (MR) had been released. With MR CU15, we got some really interesting feature additions and plenty of fixes.

However, one particular feature addition was probably the most interesting. Printing in the Web Viewer.

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We did not have this feature till CU15. Users had to either use browser’s print option (which would render the report awkwardly) OR they had to download the report to Report Viewer. I had received many requests from customers to help them change the default viewing client from Web Viewer to Report Viewer.

However, sadly, this feature has solved only 1/2 the printing limitation. It does give you an option to print a report, but does not let you print it.

Let me explain. You have an option to only download the report as an XPS file using this new *printing* feature. How about that? To be honest, this has rather created more confusion. I have to download the report as an XPS file, open that XPS file using XPS Viewer and then print the report to a printer/PDF writer.

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I’ve been thinking. Even if downloading the report as a PDF file is possible (along with Excel, XPS & Report Viewer), we might not feel the absence of a direct print functionality.

With the tools that we have now and the kind of programming talent available, how difficult is it to achieve this simple yet crucial functionality?

VAIDY

Management Reporter CU15 Available Now


We have got another cumulative update (CU), CU15, available for Management Reporter (MR). Dynamics CPM Team has posted the link to download CU15 with the list of new features.

Web Viewer Responsiveness and Data Mart Reset Through PowerShell are my favs.

Most important points to be note:

  • SQL Server 2012 or higher is mandatory now. Anyone who’s using a lesser version won’t be able to update MR anymore.
  • Installing .NET Framework 4.6.1 is mandatory and would require a reboot. We must make sure that proper downtime is added to the update schedule.

Direct Download Link (CustomerSource Access Required): Management Reporter for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Installs and Service Packs Overview

VAIDY