2 Understanding Report Printing Administration Technologies

This chapter contains the following topics:

2.1 Report Output

In JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Report Design Aid (RDA), you create reports and define specific printing properties to affect the report output. The report developer can process reports from the Microsoft Windows client. The batch engine can process reports on various servers or on the workstation.

After development is complete, the reports and associated batch versions are checked in and advanced through the development cycle. The system administrator then builds a package and deploys the reports and batch versions to the enterprise server. The reports and batch versions are generated to HTML so that they can be run from the web client.

Report output from the Microsoft Windows client can be in these formats:

  • PDF

    View the report online in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Comma separated values (CSV)

    Export the report to a CSV spreadsheet application.

  • Output stream access (OSA)

    Export the report to a third-party product using OSA interfaces.

  • Printed copy

    Send the report to a printer.

  • XML

    XML output is generated by running a Report Definition.

    See JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools BI Publisher For JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Guide.

After report processing is complete, output management handles the generation and output of the report.

From the web client, the batch engine processes reports on various servers. Report output from the web client can be in these formats:

  • PDF

  • CSV

  • Output Stream Access (OSA)

  • Printed copy

  • XML Publisher

    XML Publisher output is generated by running a Report Definition.

    See JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools 8.97 XML Publisher Guide.

Viewing the report on screen is not an option at runtime from the web client. However, once the report has been processed, you can view the report online using options on the Row menu.

2.2 Output Management

Output management refers to managing the different output options available for viewing a report. You can view reports in different file types, send them to different printers, and create output in different forms or paper sizes. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne accommodates simple output processes such as viewing the PDF of a report online or sending it to a network printer. You can also use more complex processes such as sending versions of a report to different printer drawers or defining versions to print to different printers across the country.

Some output options are defined in initialization files. For the Microsoft Windows client, the jde.ini is read at runtime by the Microsoft Windows client. For the web client, the jas.ini is read at runtime by the JAS server.