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Reporting Tools Comparison

Find the Reporting Tool that Fits Your Project

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Compare Nearly 150 Features

Are you currently looking for a reporting tool and comparing different providers? Just take a look at the following reporting tools comparison table. Our list shows nearly 150 features which are supported by the most popular reporting tools. This way you can compare development components like Crystal Reports, DevExpress, Telerik, ActiveReports, and others among each other and to combit List & Label.

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The extensive reporting tool comparison saves you a lot of time and provides you with a good overview.

Report Design Features

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
Number of supported features 91 143 144 147 93 106 89 68 76 88 117 98
Aggregate with previous values
Collection variables  
Crystal Reports compatible
Crystal Reports compatible
Custom scripts per item and event
Design schemes
Design schemes per item 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Design wizard
Hyperlink embedding
Interactive sorting 2 2 2
Label support
Label templates
Localization / Internationalization 3
Multilanguage (language quantity) 2 ● (13) ● (12) ● (12) ● (24) 2 ● (28) ● (2) ● (11) ● (30) 2
Native barcode support (quantity) ● (41) ● (58) ● (58) ● (58) ● (2) ● (27) ● (24) ● (41) ● (39) ● (25)
Report parameter
Ribbon-UI
Side-by-side reports
Spell checker 2
True layout for the reports
Unicode, internationalization support
End User designer
User-defined Functions
User-defined Objects
Webdesigner
Restore last step
Format Painter
Native aggregate functions  
Conditional formatting
Nested tables
WYSIWYG full page design
Drilldown

Features for Users

Report Preview Features

In addition to report design features, such as design schemes, designer objects, Web Designer, and assistants, features in the preview are also highlighted. This way you can check whether, for example, collection variables, collapsible regions or interactive sorting are available. Licensing and ways to distribute a report designer along with your application are another important point. Some reporting tool providers charge additional runtime fees in this case, others don’t.

Fees per installed designer may be difficult to predict in advance. But if the designer can be distributed without any additional fees, the overall cost is much more transparent. If your business case requires the ability to design reports yourself and make them available to users for a fee, you’ll benefit from a designer that offers the features to implement all the design requests yourself.

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Viewer Features

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
Collapsible regions
Interactive sorting 2 2
Collapsible regions (Web)
Interactive sorting (Web)
Multilanguage (language quantity) ● (13) ● (12) ● (12) ● (9) 2 ● (28) 2 ● (11) ● (28) 2
Report parameter
Report parameter with drilldown
Report parameter with drilldown (Web)
Side-by-side Reports
Ribbon-UI
Subreports
Viewer-Technology – AJAX
Viewer-Technology – Flash
Viewer-Technology – HTML
Viewer-Technology – HTML5
Viewer-Technology – Java
Viewer-Technology – OCX
Viewer-Technology – Silverlight
Viewer-Technology – Standalone
Viewer-Technology – Windows-Forms
Viewer-Technology – WinRT
Viewer-Technology – WPF

Barcodes and Charts in the Reporting Tools

Barcodes for Your Applications

Many documents and reports require barcodes. Therefore, a large selection of different barcodes is mandatory. The more barcodes that are supplied, the more confident you can be that your users will always be able to use the required one, e.g. EAN, Codablock F, or MicroPDF417. Is it created directly from the reporting tool? Or do special fonts have to be installed for it?

Charts – The More, The Better

Even the type and amount of charts plays a role. Most tools have standard charts such as the bar chart, line chart, and pie chart. It gets even more challenging if you’d like to offer your users Gantt, treemap, or waterfall charts. Compare the output formats in the list of reporting tools as well! Your users save time-intensive conversions, if they can directly export into the needed output format, e.g. PDF, SVG or XHTML.

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Report Features

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
Automatically generated table of contents 2 2 2 2
Automatically generated index 2 2 2 2 2
Calendar 3 3
Chart type – Area
Chart type – Bar
Chart type – Bar & Lines mixed 3
Chart type – Bubbles / Dots
Chart type – Circle / Ring
Chart type – Funnel
Chart type – Lines / Symbols
Chart type – Maps / Shapefiles 3 3
Chart type – Radar
Chart type – Range
Chart type – Rscript
Chart type – Treemap
Chart type – Waterfall 2
Chart type – Candlestick
OLE Container 2 2
OLE Container 64 Bit
Cross-tab
Data Graphics   3 3
Gantt
Gauges / Dashboard-Controls 3 3
PDF Object 3 3
SVG Object
Print / Preview
Report caching
Web report caching

Export Features

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
BMP
CSV
DOC / DOCX
Email (Extended MAPI)
Email (Simple MAPI) 2 2
Email (SMTP)
EMF
Cloud
GIF
HTML
HTML5
JPEG
ODS
ODT
PDF
PDF/A
PNG
PPT / PPTX
RTF
SharePoint
SVG
Text
TIFF
TIFF (Multipage)
XHTML
XLS / XLSX
XML / XAML
XPS

Supported Data Sources

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
ADO
ADO.NET
Cassandra
Control binding to data sets
CSV
DB2 2
Enumerable interface .NET object support
Excel
JSON
LINQ
MS SQL Server
Multiple DataSource reports
MySQL 2
In-Memory
NoSQL
NuoDB
JDBC
Google Analytics 2 2
Google BigQuery
OData
ODBC
OleDB
Oracle 2
PostgreSQL 2
REST 2
SharePoint
SQLite 2
Unbound data support
XML

End User Licensing

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
“Royalty Free” Report Designer Control

Supported Development Environments

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
.NET
COM (ActiveX)
Delphi VCL
DLL
JNI (Java)

Other

ActiveReports (12) combit List & Label
(22)
combit List & Label
(23)
combit List & Label
(24)
Crystal Reports (2016) DevExpress
Universal (18.1.6)
FastReport.Net (2018.4.2) Izenda Reports (2018) Jaspersoft Studio
(6.4.2)
MS Reporting Services
(2017)
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate (2018.2.3) Telerik
Reporting (12.2.18.912)
64 Bit
Framework for mobile apps
German manufacturer
German support
High DPI display support
Interface to third party digital signature solution
More complex control of different printers possible 2 2 2 2 2
Styling of UI possible  
NuGet
Object Model (DOM)
Simple redistribution
Filter functions on database level
VBScript scripting
C# scripting
Windows 10 support
Windows 8 support
ZUGFeRD support

1) charts only
2) only programmatically / with scripting
3) not in Designer, but with full demo

Disclaimer
Due to short release cycles, individual points may change extremely quickly. If you are a manufacturer of one of the products compared and notice any discrepancies, or would like changes to be made, please contact us via email or give us a call at T +49 (0)7531 90 60 10 or toll-free in North America T +1 800 256 3608. (Status as of October 2018)