This section briefly describes the steps involved in download and installation of the Standalone Report Designer setup.
Go to Standalone Report Designer download page.
Fill the form input details to register new account or sign in with existing account.
Once portal is created, you will be redirected to the download page.
Click download, then select the file type to download.
Once setup is downloaded, run the installer from the saved location by clicking the
Run button or by double-clicking the EXE file.
Accept the License Agreement of Standalone Report Designer by clicking the
License Terms and Conditions.
Read and accept the
Consent to install CefSharp binaries and dependencies and click
CefSharp is a lightweight .NET wrapper around the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) used for WPF web browser control implementations.
Choose the location where you would like to install the Standalone Report Designer setup and click
Now, the installation begins. You can cancel the installation anytime by clicking
Cancel, if you prefer.
On successful installation, the below screen appears. You can launch the application by clicking the
The installation wizard adds two separate application launchers
Bold Reports Designer and
Bold Reports RDLC Designer to your desktop, they are for creating and editing RDL and RDLC reports, respectively.
Bold Reports RDL Designer, one can design RDL standard reports (.rdl). On the other hand,
Bold Reports RDLC Designer can be used to design RDLC standard reports (.rdlc). Both RDL and RDLC reports follow the same XML schema format. A detailed difference between RDL and RDLC designers are tabulated as follows.
|RDL Designer||RDLC Designer|
|It supports to design the 2008, 2010, and 2016 schema versions of Report Definition Language (RDL) report. The connection string and query details are stored within the report in the form of data source and data set||It supports to design the 2008, 2010, and 2016 schema versions of Report Definition Language Client-side (RDLC) report. This format contains only meta-information of data set fields|
|It provides the in-build data connectors such as SQL, Oracle, OLEDB, ODBC, XML, and Rest API data sources. Report data are processed by the in-build connectors using the connection string and query details, which is stored in the respective RDL report||It does not have any in-build data connectors, instead requires to manually build the data set fields and pass the data information to process the report|
|The RDL reports are ready to be published and uploaded to a SQL Reporting Server or Bold Report Server||The RDLC reports are not suitable for server-side publishing and processing|
|The RDL designer is recommended for user who wants to publish reports into server and access them from multiple application using the single point (server)||The RDLC designer is recommended for user who wants to maintain the copy of the report definition in application and pass data from application level to process report|
The user can go with both RDL and RDLC designers for different purpose. The RDL designer is recommended for users who wants to publish reports into server and access them from multiple application using the single point (server). The RDLC designer is recommended for users who wants to maintain the copy of the report in application and pass data from application level to process report.