AutoTag is a reporting software add-on for Microsoft Office, so it can use either Word, Excel or PowerPoint to generate reports. It is similar to software like Crystal Reports.
AutoTag is a part of Office so the interface is immediately recognizable. If you are using Office 2007 or Office 2010 you gain the huge benefit of using ribbon which is vastly superior to the cluttered toolbars of old that Crystal Reports still uses. AutoTag feels very light weight and friendly when you begin using it. There is no "start page" blabbing on about the company or a nagging auto updater like Crystal Reports uses. Instead you are greeted by a friendly Start Here menu that explains all the basic features of AutoTag and sends you into powerful report generation within minutes.
AutoTag uses "tags" that are placed in any word document. Tags look like markup language when no nickname is being used for them but a nickname is always automatically applied that makes them easily readable. Tags can be simply created by dragging data from a data bin into an office document. If you drag out nested data AutoTag will automatically create a table with its forEach tag, which is a for loop that displays every repeat element for the parent element.
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Tags can also be created by clicking on the add tags icon in the ribbon interface. Tags are then edited in the easy to use tag editor that provides wizards and help hints that make using tags possible without reading documentation.
A useful tag set is the "if" "else" and "endif" tags which provide easy conditional statements unlike Crystal Reports confusing Formula field. These tags act exactly like any programming languages conditional statements and they can even be nested inside of other conditionals and forEach loops without any effort!
One essential feature lacking from Crystal reports Included in AutoTag is that of a report scheduler that will automatically generate and email reports.
Jumping into AutoTag is a breeze and you can easily create powerful reports through the intuitive design without even looking at documentation. The tag system beats the fields and objects that Crystal Reports uses any day. In comparison Crystal Reports feels like it was originally made as an IDE for Java or C++. But reporting isn't programming, reporting is a problem with a simple solution, AutoTag.
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