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.
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.
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?