The KoolReport Blog

Announcements, discussions, and more for KoolReport and its extended packages.

KoolReport 4.3.0 has been released!

We would like to inform that we have released new version KoolReport 4.3.0 ready for your upgrade. This is a worth upgrading version containing many improvements and important bug fixes.

Details

For further details of the changes in this new version, please follow these links:

This upgrade is backward compatible so feel free to upgrade now!

Some more good news

On further update, we have released a new chart package called D3. The package is built on top of D3JS (Data-Driven Documents) to provide visualization strength for KoolReport. D3JS is very famous Javascript library which is behind many beautiful charts and graphs. Except for the most common charts like Line or Pie, we have added Waterfall and FunnelChart to extend choices for your data visualization. IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING! More and more stunning charts will be added to D3 package.

KoolReport Pro 4.3.1 has been released as well with new core and the upgrades of 14 packages including Pivot, DataGrid, Export and more.. If you have KoolReport Pro license, you may upgrade now via manual download or composer installation. If you have not owned a license yet, please consider to get one now. You will love it!

P.S: KoolReport team wish you have a great day and do not forget to support us. We are and will work hard to bring you to best product saving you time & effort. That's our promise.

<koolreport team

KoolReport 4.0.0 has been released!

LET PARTY! We are very happy to let you know that KoolReport 4.0.0 has been released. There are many enhancements in this version that worth your upgrade.

New release of KoolReport 4.0.0

Composer Friendly

Now all our packages both free and paid can be installed through Composer. The free packages are hosted with famous Packagist and the commercial packages are hosted with our self-built private repository.

Core Enhancement

Since we moved our GitHub repository from koolphp/koolreport to koolreport/core, we have adjusted our folder structure a little bit for unity between manual installation and composer installation.

The core itself has been improved so much from datasources to data processes and the visualization. Those existed bugs from version 3.x has been solved completely in this version.

We added a new widget added called Card to the core. The Card allows us to show the important KPI value in our report. If you aim at constructing a dashboard, Card widget is very useful.

Template Engine

KoolReport 4.0.0 is extended capability to work with other template engines rather than just default and boring .view file. To support this feature, we have released 3 new template engine packages:

  1. Blade: You are in love with Blade in Laravel? Now you can use blade for your report view
  2. PlatesPHP: You just want to use native PHP template? PlatesPHP is your best choice.
  3. Twig: Another famous and proven template engine. Fast and secure.

All of them are free. You can download those packages via our website or install them with composer.

New Package

Planning to release in previous version but we are only able to perfect and release our Amazing theme package now. The Amazing theme allows us to make our report look new and modern. Built on top of Bootstrap 4, the amazing theme inherits all cool features of Bootstrap 4 together with new look and feel. We also added some cool widgets for this theme package as well. Say no more, you can have a look at this new package here

Amazing Theme Introduction - Amazing's ChartCard

Other Packages' Enhancements

  1. Pivot: New Pivot2D has been added. Algorithm change for better and faster data summarization.
  2. Excel: Able to create Excel charts using template, more widgets are added.
  3. Cube: Improve efficiency.
  4. CloudExport: Update ChromeHeadlessio service
  5. DataGrid: Improve security for server processing feature.
  6. ..and many others.

KoolReport Pro

If you have owned KoolReport Pro license, you can upgrade via composer with package name koolreport/pro. You may login to our website, heading to My Licenses page and generate token key to upgrade. If you have not, please consider getting KoolReport Pro as it is the most valuable package that we offered.

Summary

KoolReport 4.0.0 is a must-upgraded version as it contains many important improvements and bug fixes. We are working hard to make KoolReport better and better day by day.

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Enjoy!!

<3 koolreport team

Awesome KoolReport v3.25.3

We are very glad to let you know that we have released new version 3.25.3 of KoolReport. This version is our continuous effort to ensure the product quality and improvement. The update is completely backward compatible so you feel free to upgrade without worrying about your current works. Upgrade Now.

Enhancements

We have made a number of enhancements to the core. The first one is conversion of code base to comply with PSR Code Standard. This standard is accepted and adopted by wide range of developers all the world because it will help code look cleaner, easier to read and avoid potential code mistakes. Furthermore, by following this standard, our code base could be parsed by intellisense extensions in modern IDEs like Visual Studio Code or PHPStorm.

We have continued to improve the most used widget, Table. In previous version, we have new feature Row Grouping. In this version, we add more flexibility to Table's grouping template and style. We also add new sorting property to let you sort data on the table.

Google has updated the its charting library so we have update our Google Charts in KoolReport as well. If you use old version of KoolReport, it will not be possible to load multiple type of charts (coming from different chart packages). We have spent days to analyze the issues and make it work. If you have this issue, please upgrade to the newest version.

Bug fixes

We have fixed a big issue in Widget when we define data source by function. We also fixed the error related to grouping feature of Table when there is no data. We fixed the data duplication in KoolReport's run() methods. There are some other minor fixes as well that we could not list all here.

New package

The CloudExport is a new added package. The CloudExport will be a service hub to connect to online service provider to export your report to PDF, JPG, PNG or other formats. The package is totally free and available to download. The first cloud service that we implemented is ChromeHeadless.io. CloudExport will be alternative solution for Export package if you find difficulty to install PhantomJs or if you want to off-load the export function to cloud service and save your server's resources for other crucial tasks.

KoolReport Pro

KoolReport Pro 3.25.3 is also released together with new core. This release contains some new package releases: DataGrid 2.5.0, Excel 5.0.0, Inputs 4.5.0, Instant 3.5.0, DrillDown 3.0.0 and Pivot 4.3.0.

As you may aware, KoolReport Pro is yearly subscription based product. To add more flexibility in term of license, we added the Perpetual Usage badge which can be purchased together with KoolReport Pro license. This badge allows you to use KoolReport Pro forever even after subscription is expired. However it does not cover the Priority Support and Free Upgrade privilege.

In addition, we provide the Perpetual Usage, Support and Upgrade badge. If you purchased this badge together with your license, you will own the life-time usage for KoolReport Pro plus you will be entitled Life-Time Priority Support and Life-Time Upgrade privilege.

Summary

The KoolReport 3.25.3 is a must-upgraded version as it contains important enhancements and bug fixes. The update is backward compatible and you can upgrade without any changes to your current reports.

Upgrade Now

Enjoy!!

<3 koolreport team

KoolReport 3.0.0

LET PARTY to celebrate this amazing 3.0.0 version of KoolReport. There are many more improvements in this version than any versions released before. One of the greatest enhancements is the ability to add theme to your report and work seamlessly with other PHP Frameworks.

Let party to Welcome to KoolReport 3.0.0

Stunning & stunning

We are often reminded that "Don't judge a book by its cover". Why's so? Is this because we tend to look at cover first to decide whether to read a book. In other words, the book with beautiful cover naturally catches our attention and more likely they will be read by us, won't it. The same with data report. Reading a data report will be less painful and more joyful if the report looks clean and beautiful. Koolreport may not help you to create interesting content (since it may depends on your creativity) but it surely will help you to create a beautiful one so that when look at it, people want to discover your report's content.

In this version, we would like to introduce the report theming capability. A theme when applied to your report will change the way widget rendering its contents together with color and even behaviors. As a result, your report will look very much better and will impress the viewers. You will love it, your boss will love it and your clients will love it.

We have released two basic themes Bootstrap 3 and Bootstrap 4 however more themes will come in near future. FYI, The reports in our new demos site uses theme called Amazing which will be available soon!

class MyReport extends \koolreport\KoolReport
{
    use \koolreport\amazing\Theme;
}

Seamless integration

We understand that nowadays barely is an PHP application built without a framework. From the beginning, we designed KoolReport to work inside any PHP Frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter or Symfony. In this version, the integration of KoolReport into other frameworks goes to new level in which you may even use KoolReport's widgets inside those frameworks without initiating a report.

For example, you may create ColumnChart in Laravel's view file simply like this:

<?php ColumnChart::create(array(
    "dataSource" => DB::table('orders')
                    ->select('department', DB::raw('SUM(price) as total_sales'))
                    ->groupBy('department')
                    ->havingRaw('SUM(price) > ?', [2500])
                    ->get()
));?>

Do you see that ColumnChart widget is able to receive Collection of Laravel Framework and use it as its data source. Also, the widget does not need any further settings to be rendered on Laravel's environment. KoolReport's widgets are able to work in CodeIgniter and other framework in the same ways. More information!

Release Notes

There are much more to say about this release but we only are able to highlight the most interesting parts here. If you are interested on more details, please read our KoolReport Version 3.0.0 Release Notes.

New Examples and Documentation

We have created a new look for our Examples and Demos. Not only new look is implemented but also 70+ more examples have been added for you to get started with.

Together with new examples, we have also upgraded our Documentation as well. We have been working very hard to write every details of the framework so that you can understand it deeper and use it better.

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Enjoy & Have A Great Day!

<3 koolreport team

A Must Upgraded KoolReport 2.78.0

LET PARTY to celebrate the new version of KoolReport 2.78.0. We are very proud because we thought everything was just perfect in the previous version but still this new one comes with a lot of improvements. We have been working hard to find every enhancement point even tiny. So here come the new version, all are backward compatible so you need not to worry. Please upgrade!

The core

In this version, we have reviewed all datasource classes once more time to assure they are totally safe from any security threats. Furthermore, we have improved datasources for MySQL, Postgre, SQLSRV and Oracle to reduce their response time and memory usage by enabling the connection sharing. It means that, if you have multiple queries to the same database, connection will be shared between them thus reducing the unneccessary of re-connecting time. This technique has been implemented for PdoDataSource but have not done for others.

We have improved the src($name) function as well. Previously, this method requires us to specify the name of datasource. However we found that 80% of the cases, we have only ONE datasource. So we thought that it would be nicer to just write src() without any parameter, KoolReport will automatically get the first datasource to use. A tiny improvement but it can free our mind and reduce the typo of datasource name which resulted in error.

We have also enhanced the SubReport feature. In the previous version, we use HTML comment tags to mark subreport section but we found that some web servers remove the HTML comment tags for the purpose of optimization which will cause big issue for SubReport so we change to use HTML element. As a result, SubReport now works perfectly.

In previous version of KoolReport, we may need to remove the resources folder when upgrade to new version. It is quite troublesome and easy to forget. In this version, we use KoolReport's version and widget's version as a factor to generate widget's url. It helps us to reduce the unneccessary work when upgrade library, KoolReport will make sure all generated resources files stay updated.

Another great improvement in this version is the ability to write Javascript function inside Widget creation. We have created an advanced jsonEncode() function which able to detect javascript string and later turn them into javascript function at client-side. As a result, we can write PHP and Javascript in an unified block of widget creation. Furthermore, this feature will unleash features of many widgets with heavy client-side code. Please check our case of DataGrid usage in this forum post to understand better this enhancement.

Last, we have improved the event of Google Chart and Table. Now in those events like rowClick or itemSelect, we will receive selectedRow with associate data beside the array one. For example, you can access the row id by selectedRow[0] or by selectedRow['id']. This will add convenience to get data cell value for further processing.

Above are highlights, you may view the full release note.

Packages

Together with the new core, we have release below new package version:

  1. DataGrid 1.5.0: Adding formatValue for footer and enable data-search and and data-order feature.
  2. Pivot 4.1.0: Add count percentage and sum percentage to pivot process
  3. Cube 2.1.0: New SuperCube widget
  4. Excel 3.0.0: Change to advanced PHPOffice/PHPSpeadsheet library and discard the deprecated PHPExcel library.
  5. ChartJS 1.2.0: Return associative array on event
  6. SparkLines 1.20: Add ability to write js in widget creation.
  7. Inputs 3.5.0: Add ability to write js in widget creation.
  8. Morris Chart 2.0.0: Use advanced jsonEncode() function.
  9. DrillDown 2.0.0: Ability to work with Table and ChartJS.

Beside the new version of above packages, we have add two brand new packages

  1. Codeigniter 1.0.0
  2. Laravel 1.0.0

Those two packages are free and born to make KoolReport work seamlessly in CodeIgniter and Laravel environment. In the future, we will add more packages like those two to support KoolReport working in other PHP Frameworks like Symfony, Yii2 and etc.

KoolReport Pro

And not to forget, we released KoolReport Pro 2.78.0 containing all above released packages. If you own KoolReport Pro, you may upgrade now.

Wrap-up

Have thought that the previous version was perfect, we are proved to be wrong by this new releases with a lot of enhancements. Listening to users is the key point and we will continue to do so. We thank you so much for all of your suggestions, bug reports, your case of usages that you shared with us. That's priceless! Thank you!

If you have any questions or comments, please post on this forum topic.

Enjoy!

<3 koolreport team


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