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1. Concept



TARGET7 empowers data savvy professionals to effortlessly produce professional management reports without programming.

The user is able to produce fully formatted report documents that include text, graphics, charts, and tables in Word, Excel, PDF, HTML, RTF, and other popular document formats with no technical or limited technical skills. We feel that a capable user can learn and become proficient in using Target7 after 1-2 days of training.

TARGET7 is fully backward compatible, which menas it can read projects create in previous versions. This guide does not aim to cover all Target7 capabilities but rather concentrates on what can benefit the majority of users. Specifically, we left the work with scales outside of this particular guide. We invite the users to log all "Can Target do…?" questions to the Target Learning Center Website. Target is also equipped with the on line Help avilable via Internet.

Main Features

  • Auto-formatting

  • Output formats: RTF, PDF, HTML, Excel

  • Advanced grouping scales

  • Arbitrary grouping customization

  • SQL and VB Script calculations

  • Recursive Calculated Fields

  • Convertible presentation forms

 
 
Target7 Concept

 

The magic of fast and painless reporting is achieved through separation of data access, report definition and visual representation. TARGET7 provides the ability to create complex, professional reports in a few steps all of which are accomplished with simple user interface techniques like drag and drop, visual connectivity, and the editing of properties.

Most reporting tasks are based on data aggregation so the process of configuring a report can be divided into the three major steps:

  1. Data Source Access - Indicate where to get the data that will be used to generate the report(s) (database tables, views, stored procedures, etc.)
  2. Report Data Setup - Indicate which fields will be used for grouping and reporting, and what records will be taken from the data source (scope definition).  Then, specify the report type (summary, detailed)
  3. Visual Appearance - Decide on the type of visual representation to be used for displaying the information (Plain table, Hierarchical table, Cross-Tab table, Charts.)

TARGET7 offers a different reporting paradigm than wizard-based report writers. Wizard-based report writers (most competing products) do allow simple initial report setup, but they do not provide easy means for modifying any of the three reporting aspects after the report is designed.  In contrast to these tools,  TARGET7 allows simple manipulation of all properties during the full lifecycle of your reporting project.
The primary object for setting up a TARGET7 report is a report page element (or Report Setup). A report page element can be connected to virtually any kind of data source. TARGET7 allows to change the input data source at any time and the report setup will automatically adapt to the change.

After an input data connection is established, you can define other reporting properties: custom terms, scope, reporting fields, report type and layout. Any of these properties can be easily modified allowing iterative development of your report with instant feedback. As a result, complex, professional reports can be created in minutes, not hours or days.

Another unique TARGET Reports' feature is variable connectivity. This provides an ability to link multiple variables of the same type to each other, ensuring that their values will always be the same.
Various output formats provide an ability to observe the final reports in viewers most suitable for your needs: MS Word, HTML browsers or PDF viewers. The reporting results can also be saved to a database table for further analysis, exported to a file or returned as a stream, which can be incorporated into your own visualization tool.



Related Sections

TARGET Reports vs. Crystal Reports

Getting Started

User Interface

Setting Up a Report: Step by Step

Samples and Walkthroughs

Programmer's Reference