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is a new breed of
report writer designed for everyday business people.
to mine your data and produce a wide variety of useful reports,
spreadsheets, charts, pivot tables, and data files - in minutes. Without
becoming a database geek.
Foxfire! creates reports for the Windows desktop or the web, and
they interoperate fully. A report you create on the desktop will run
unchanged on the web, and vice versa.
course, some database geeks love to use Foxfire!
because they can do so much in so little time - but that's another
you’ve used earlier versions of Foxfire!,
Foxfire! v8+ will blow your mind. If you’ve
never seen Foxfire! before, you’ll discover you really can do
here and see how easy reporting can be
The Foxfire! Difference
Foxfire!’s usability comes from
two features: an intuitive report designer that helps you visualize your
results and a place for your developer/administrator to hide geeky
details from view.
designer is easy to learn and to use.
design a report, you constantly preview the result.
tools are presented in plain English with graphics.
And it guides and assists you at every
step, by adding appropriate formatting and totals automatically and
preventing wrong moves. We call it the managed reporting
experience, and it’s available only
by storing all the technical details about the data and any special
processing internally. Once the details are input by your technician,
you won’t need to learn or remember technical details or terms.
be free to follow your hunches and focus on
instead of stumbling on database structures and mechanics.
Introducing Foxfire! v8+
nearly five years in development, new Foxfire! v8+ has two main
Providing everyday business users with the easiest reporting
experience possible, without compromise power or flexibility
Enabling technicians to achieve a glove-fit for even the most
complex and challenging database architectures
result is amazing - a reporting tool with a glove fit for each database
that enables a regular business user to do far more in less time than
any other tool on the market.
What’s New for Report Designers
Design and preview modes are combined. You drag
items onto a live image of the report, move them around,
change appearance properties, add totals, and more. As you work,
the image reflects your changes immediately. You will always
know what to expect when you click Run.
The Workbench (formerly, the Request Editor) can be
repositioned wherever you want it.
Each item’s appearance can be changed for individual
reports. Change column headings, fonts, display widths,
automatic summaries, and more.
New items can be created on the fly while you lay out the
report. Easy-to-understand forms assist with plain
English explanations. As you create an item, a preview area
shows how it will look.
Filtering and searching and filtering have been simplified,
and many options added. More options are available to end
users (such as the ability to display calendars or filter on
plain-English date ranges like “Last month”, “Last quarter”, or
“This year to date”), where before they had to be created by
Sorting and grouping are presented visually, making them
easier to understand. At the same time, many options have been
added for group changes (e.g. appearance options like custom
formatting, separation-lines, or indentation, etc., and summary
options like changing or suppressing automatic totals, etc.)
Total item counts and unique-value counts
(“Distinct Count”) are available in Summary Requests.
Page formatting options when you exceed the allowed width.
These are automatic but you can set them in advance and
override them at will).
New output formats (e.g. PDF, .doc, .rtf, formatted .xls,
four kinds of XML, and email).
Separate-and-send™ report pages by email. When a data
group changes, you can send the current pages to a file
(PDF, XLS, etc.) and email it to a email address unique to that
Report definitions can be exported to a file and shared with
others, who can import them into their own copy of Foxfire!
Batches enable you to run or schedule multi-step jobs.
What’s New for Developers and
A super-fast and simple upgrade utility can import your
older Foxfire! setups in seconds, so they can be run by
v8+. Foxfire! installations as far back as v2.5 (first
released Oct 8, 1993) can be upgraded.
Data Items can be organized into searchable subgroups
easily with a new drag ‘n drop Data Item Group Builder.
The Relationship Manager helps finds candidates for table
relationships, then assists with entering them into the data
dictionary. Once entered, Foxfire!’s powerful SQL
generator uses them to create very sophisticated, optimized SQL
Alternate relationships can be substituted programmatically
behind the scenes - without the designer knowing it’s happening
- when they specify a particular type of report. This means that
you can offer incredible flexibility, without the user having to
understand what’s happening behind the screen.
The Date Item builder quickly creates additional date
items such as month-and-year or month-and-quarter of a
particular date already defined in the dictionary. These makes
it easy for to filter, sort, and summaraze more flexibly and
more precisely in their summary and cross-tab reports.
The Template Editor lets you create your own report
style-sheets, including logo’s, page X of Y, and more.
The new event customizer (FFConfig Editor) greatly
simplifies and organized the process of adding custom processing
(i.e. your own source code) into Foxfire! events,
enabling you to extend or replace Foxfire! standard
processes at any key point during a startup, a reporting
session, or invidual report execution.
The Distribution Wizard makes it easy to send a copy of
Foxfire! to a remote location for quick integration with
A new, robust object model makes it easy to operate
Foxfire! programmatically, or from your own user interface. Just
point directly to the new Foxfire! Request object and you’re off
experience this tool to understand it. Get the whole picture by
downloading an evaluation copy and
checking it out. Or view a video to
see how easy report design can be.
Want to see what's
changed or individual application refreshes? View the
Here is a summary of just some of the hot features
in Foxfire! 8.0:
1. Live Design surface area that previews your entire report instead of
just the columns.
2. Drag and Drop fields into the detail area for adding new fields, sort
orders and group breaks and re-ordering.
3. Report-specific settings. Change headers and fonts for individual
data items on specific reports. You can even create new data items while
building a report!
4. The Request Editor Workbench can be un-docked off the main preview
page for easier previewing.
5. More group options including hiding automatic subtotals, custom
6. Data Item property sheets so changes can be made while looking at the
7. Support for Distinct Counts when building summary requests.
8. Our Distribution Utility makes it easier than ever before to
integrate Foxfire! into an application!
9. The Import/Export and Batch features are directly built into the
Request Manager so you don't have to leave what you're doing to get work
done. You can even export a request directly to email to send it to
10. Powerful object model that makes it easier to do everything in
In fact, the object model is what was used to create Foxfire! 8.0's new
live design surface area! Want to create your own User Interface? Just
point it directly to the new Foxfire! Request object and away you go!
11. Fantastic new Expression Builder makes it easier to see what your
data item will look like when it's being built!
Foxfire! is a new
breed of Report Writer. It’s unique for three reasons:
1. Fast Results
without the Work.
query and report creation a no-brainer for end users. It handles all
the complex SQL creation and Report Painting tasks automatically. It
empowers users to create complex joins or lay out reports with page
breaks, subtotals, outer joins, and much more – with just a few
clicks. They don’t need technical knowledge or skills because it’s
all contained in Foxfire!’s data dictionary!
Need a new
feature in your query or report procedures? You can add custom
processing anywhere and everywhere. No need to wait for the next
release. With Foxfire!, you can code it tonight and run it tomorrow.
No other report writer can provide this.
Most Bang for the Buck
Foxfire!'s total cost of ownership with any other reporting tool
in its class. Nothing even comes close.