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As part of the Eclipse Ganymede release BIRT 2.3 is now available and contains many enhancements and new features.

Most notable is a new JavaScript debugger, which allows debugging BIRT event handlers within the debug perspective. In addition the JavaScript editor has been improved and general error reporting has been enhanced. BIRT 2.3 also adds a plethora of enhancements to the crosstab and charting elements. Crosstabs elements now support scripting, multiple and derived measures, filter by dimension or measure, horizontal page breaks, and can present measure data as text or as a chart item. Bidirectional (BIDI) support is now available in supported output formats, which includes HTML, PDF, PPT, Excel, and Word. Charts can now be created directly from a table or crosstab, by making use of the new multi-view report item feature. In addition to consuming data from datasets, charts can now use data from an existing report item or a data cube. One other feature of note is the inclusion of the Data Tools Platform SQL Query Builder prototype, which allows queries to be built graphically.

These are just a few of the new features that are available with the 2.3 release. To read more about the release, see http://www.eclipse.org/birt/phoenix/project/notable2.3.php.

A webinar is also available that demonstrates some of the new capabilities. It can be found here: http://live.eclipse.org/node/484



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