What are the benefits of Jaspersoft Studio over iReport Designer?

What are the benefits of Jaspersoft Studio over iReport Designer?
After seeing the below announcement by Jaspersoft, I'm trying to evaluate whether it is worth migrating all of my reports from iReport Designer version 4.0.2 to the latest version of Jaspersoft Studio.
'iReport/Jaspersoft Studio Support Announcement
As of version 5.5.0, Jaspersoft Studio will be the official design client for JasperReports.
iReport will remain as a supported product in maintenance-only mode until December 31, 2015,
meaning we will continue to fix critical defects in upcoming releases but no new features will
be added to the iReport client. Continue to maintain your existing reports with the new Jaspersoft Studio!'
There appears to be a compatibility issue from version 4.6.0 onwards that would affect all of my existing reports. This can be worked around apparently, but why go to the bother? I have a significant amount of report in live use and the risk of them no longer working is not even to be entertained. 
How is Jaspersoft Studio better than iReport Designer? 
Can anyone advise, perhaps if you have already migrated, can you let me know how it went please?
zoombaba's picture
Joined: Sep 11 2013 - 8:56am
Last seen: 9 years 2 months ago

1 Answer:

To me, there's 2 advantages. The main one is that I'll be able to use new JasperReports functionalities. From your post, this may not be too attractive to you because you already have invested time on older version. But be aware, that Jaspersoft only provide supports up to 2 versions.  If you don't need support from Jaspersoft, this won't matter too much either.

The second reason I like Studio is that's it's Eclipse based. I can use many Eclipse plugins. Also, since most other projects are already based on Eclipse, I'll be able to use consistent user interfaces and tools. If you're just only using JasperReports, this may also not be too much of an advantage.

hozawa's picture
Joined: Apr 24 2010 - 4:31pm
Last seen: 4 years 3 months ago

Hi Hozawa
We are using iReport for basic reports as a standalone item and we do not use Eclipse, so it may be best to stick with what we have. Most of the support that we have required so far on iReport has been using the help of the Community like today, so the support may not be too much of an issue either.

Thanks for your very helpful reply.

zoombaba - 9 years 6 months ago