Looking for a better report writer than Acubench

We have been succesfully porting our legacy app to the Thin Client but now need to replicate a lot of our reports. AcyBench is horrible when it comes to report writing. Is there an alternative for this? A large amount of our reports are written in troff but I am looking to have more reports that are written through the app and would be made availabel to the thin client user instead of having it done through the server.

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  • We haven't looked at the XML extensions but html does not have the formatting we need.. The Report designer in Acubench leaves a lot to be desired. We have issues with the way it formats based on the browser settings. This is expected as it uses the default browser settings of the user. We have troff documents that we could redesigne and create a pdf on the server but we have issues with that as well.  But we would like to generate some new reports directly in the program for the user to get quickly, Now maybe that means we create the troff document and output it to a pdf on the server and then get it to the user to view and print but if you have ever worked with a troff document it is not trivial to build a table, add a bold line etc. Also trying to distribute the work load and get a non COBOL programmer to create the reports in and IDE.

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  • We haven't looked at the XML extensions but html does not have the formatting we need.. The Report designer in Acubench leaves a lot to be desired. We have issues with the way it formats based on the browser settings. This is expected as it uses the default browser settings of the user. We have troff documents that we could redesigne and create a pdf on the server but we have issues with that as well.  But we would like to generate some new reports directly in the program for the user to get quickly, Now maybe that means we create the troff document and output it to a pdf on the server and then get it to the user to view and print but if you have ever worked with a troff document it is not trivial to build a table, add a bold line etc. Also trying to distribute the work load and get a non COBOL programmer to create the reports in and IDE.

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