Astral Reports - Help V5:

Introduction

Astral Reports For Business Central is a simple to use Business Central Reporting tool that utilises the power of excel to build powerful dynamic reports based on live data.

The functions have been designed specifically for “high end reports”, such as Statutory Accounts or Management Accounts. These are typically summary level reports that do not require vast amounts of transactional data to be extracted from the system. The functions utilise the “Flowfield” technology within Business Central 365, and as such, each function is tuned to retrieve data from the system in an efficient manner. They do not attempt to perform complex queries using inefficient keys and will therefore not place a large burden on the performance of the database server. Furthermore, since the functions utilise Webservices rather than ODBC, there is no need to download rows and rows of data into a separate worksheet before using complex VLOOKUP or SUMIF formulae to create a set of Financial Statements or Management Accounts.

Once installed the functions will be visible in three places. Firstly, a new “Astral Reports” Menu Ribbon will appear on the toolbar (see figure 1).

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Figure 1 | The Astral Menu

Secondly, a new function category “Astral Reports” will appear in the Insert Function wizard (see figure 2).

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Figure 2 | Insert Function Wizard

Finally, the cell Right-Click menu will contain two additional options (see figure 3).

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Figure 3 | The Right-Click Menu