Information Builders, a leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) and real-time Web reporting, announced several new visual features to WebFOCUS, including new PowerPoint reporting integration and scalable vector graphics (SVG). Typically, business intelligence tools have represented information in a two-dimensional manner. WebFOCUS' visual business intelligence capabilities change this model by offering any level user the ability to see summary and detail data with an interactive and three-dimensional approach - a complete paradigm shift for analysis and reporting.

The new release of WebFOCUS enables the creation of graphs in a SVG output format. Vector-based graphics are fundamentally different from image formats, such as GIF or JPEG because SVG is not pixel-based and therefore allow perfectly smooth curves and angular image elements. WebFOCUS SVG capabilities offer graphics of the highest quality for creating outward-facing materials, such as annual reports, brochures, invoices and billing statements. The result is clean, crisp illustrative charts and graphs for printing and distribution.


In addition to SVG, graphs in WebFOCUS can now be produced in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format. This is a pixel-based format that supports much greater color depth than GIF.


WebFOCUS' visual business intelligence features now also include the capability to save an active dashboard as a PowerPoint slide. Business intelligence solutions typically offer the option to save data in different outputs for varying purposes, such as Excel for data manipulation and analysis, PDF for printing, or HTML for viewing. WebFOCUS scales to more types of users by offering the ability to export directly to PowerPoint.


These new enhancements to the way WebFOCUS can output reports complement the existing capabilities, which include Web service, Excel, PDF, HTML, e-mail, FTP, network printers, and fax.



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