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Free application for Lasso Professional users speeds process of creating robust reports on MySQL data Lasso Reporter is a new tool for quickly creating robust reports from data contained within MySQL databases, and can be freely used on servers running Lasso Professional.

"Collecting large quantities of data is totally useless unless you have a way in which to easily generate meaningful reports," said Bill Doerrfeld, CEO of Blue World. "With Lasso Reporter, knowledge workers have a solution which makes it very easy to quickly build robust reports from most any set of data, with zero programming required. By allowing knowledge workers to take control of data themselves, organizations can dramatically increase their productivity while reducing IT costs."

Lasso Reporter empowers business professionals to make sense of data by building custom reports without having to hire a programmer or utilize their organization's limited information technology resources. Lasso Reporter allows Lasso developers to spend less time building custom reports for their clients and more time developing innovative solutions.

"Lasso Reporter was born out of a real knowledge management need within our own company as we migrated from an old workgroup database system to a new system and no longer had access to intuitive, GUI-based tools for quickly building reports," said Bill Doerrfeld. "In fact, the lack of easy reporting tools is one key reason why many knowledge workers hold off on migrating their solutions to more robust database systems. With Lasso Reporter, that barrier is removed. Lasso Reporter brings the same ease-of-use for report generation found in leading workgroup database products to MySQL databases."

Lasso Reporter Overview

Lasso Reporter allows multiple users to log-in to create and securely view their own private reports along with reports to be shared with others. Reports contain a header, footer and body area where data can be summarized, sorted, and calculated by individual groups or by the total found set. For example, a report can be quickly created which groups together and sorts all records in a specified date range based on a "product" field, summarizes the total sales for each product, and shows the total number of units sold for each product. An unlimited number of user-defined custom reports can be created, and existing reports can be quickly recalled for edits and enhancements.

Lasso Reporter Features

Multi-User Security - Multiple users can log-in to create and view reports for databases and tables for which they have been granted access in Lasso Administration. Private reports are easily distinguished from those accessible to others.

Unlimited Dynamic Reports - An unlimited number of custom report formats can be created and stored. The content of reports changes dynamically with each report run as data within the found set changes. Default report settings enable users to instantly create and publish reports.

Export and Print - Reports can be exported for additional processing in other applications or printed from within Lasso Reporter.

Custom Queries - Each report can be based on a found set of records established via multiple queries on several database fields, each controlled by a full collection of query operators and logical comparison operators. The query criteria can also be displayed in the report.

Grouping and Sorting - The found set from compound queries can be grouped (e.g. creating sub-summaries) and sorted in ascending and descending order. Grouped field summaries can be displayed by themselves or along with all records within each group.

Date Ranges - Several built-in date range options speed the specification of precise date ranges. Date ranges for reports may be conveniently displayed within the header or footer of the report.

Localization Display Options - The preferred display format for dates and currency can be customized.

Grand Totals and Sub-Totals - Both leading and trailing grand total summaries can be inserted within report headers or footers respectively. Sub-totals and running totals can appear in group section headers and report columns within the body of the report. Summaries can be calculated based on averages, sum total, maximum value, minimum value, record count and more.

Display Options - Labels, field items, header/footer items, group header items, group column items and more can be individually modified and shown or hidden as required. The display order and size for items is customizable.

Quick Installation and Setup - Lasso Reporter is quickly installed simply by dragging and dropping the Lasso Reporter LassoApp (a single-file encrypted application) into your Web documents folder on your server running Lasso Professional 6. Set up is accomplished by selecting the "Initialize" button in the Setup area which automatically creates the preferences table where all report settings are stored.

Requirements and Availability

Lasso Reporter requires a single-user or multi-user version of Lasso Professional 6 which includes a built-in Lasso MySQL database from which reports may be derived. Reports may also be created based on data contained within any external MySQL databases. Lasso Reporter operates on all platforms supported by Lasso Professional 6, including Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), Windows 2000/XP and Red Hat Linux 7.3. Lasso Reporter 6 is immediately available for download via the Lasso Reporter Web site at Reporter. Lasso Reporter is available for free use by registered customers of Lasso Professional 6 and Lasso Studio 6 products.

Live Demo, Slide Show and Additional Information An online live demo of Lasso Reporter is currently running on the Blue World Web site along with a slide show overview of the Lasso Reporter interface. The demo, slide show and additional information are collectively accessible via the Lasso Reporter Web site at Reporter [retired]

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