User Interface

Jaspersoft Studio is offered in two different versions: a stand-alone Rich Client Platform (RCP) product, and an Eclipse plug-in version. If you have worked with Eclipse, you are likely familiar with the user interface; those familiar with iReport will find that the layout is different in the new designer. Both the stand-alone and plug-in versions have a similar user interface. “Jaspersoft Studio User Interface”, shows a preview of the Jaspersoft Studio interface, with the main areas highlighted:

Jaspersoft Studio User Interface

Jaspersoft Studio has a multi-tab editor, which includes three tabs: Design, Source, and Preview:

The Design tab is the main one selected when you open a report file and it allows you to graphically create your report.
The Source tab contains the JRXML source code for your report.
The Preview tab lets you run the report preview after having selected a data source and output format.

You can explore the data using the following views:

The Repository Explorer view maintains the list of JasperReports Server connections and available data adapters.
The Project Explorer view maintains the list of the projects in the current workspace, usually JasperReports Server project.
The Outline view shows the complete structure of the report in a tree-form way.
The Properties view is common to most Eclipse-based plug-ins. It contains properties information for the selected element. When you select a report element from the main design area (such as a text field) or from the Outline, the Properties view shows information about it. Some of these properties are read-only, but most are editable and their modification change the elements that are drawn (such as element width or height).
The Problems view shows a list of problems and errors that can, for example, block the correct compilation of a report.
The Report state summary provides statistics on report compilation/filling/execution. Errors are shown here as well.

This comparison table shows the differences in terminology between iReport and Jaspersoft Studio.

Comparison of Features in iReport and Jaspersoft Studio

iReport

Jaspersoft Studio

JasperReports Server Repository

Repository Explorer

Report Inspector

Outline view

Report Designer

Report editing area

Problems List

Problems view

Elements palette

Designer Palette

Formatting tools

Available via context menu on the element

Property sheet

Properties view

Styles library

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Project Explorer

iReport Output window

Report State summary

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