You probably know that you can edit reports outside of the browser with Windows based tools from available for download here

Our Report Designer Cookbook on SDN

  • Create new reports from scratch
  • Use wizards to quickly create new reports
  • Reports load quickly (the client does not run in a browser window)
  • Use a number of keyboard shortcuts (including Ctrl Z)
  • Preview functionality
  • Create complex SQL queries using the Query Builder
  • Import and export formatting styles

It turns out that the “Preview” functionality does not, you may be seeing the following errors when trying to preview:

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What you need is to copy the following DLLs from your Sitecore _bin _folder into the _bin _directory where Report Designer is installed on your workstation (C:\Program Files (x86)\Stimulsoft Reports.Net 2010.2 Trial\Bin):

  • Sitecore.Oracle.dll
  • Sitecore.Analytics.dll

After you do that, you will be able to preview the reports just fine:

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Happy reporting!