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Pixel-Perfect Reporting

What is Pixel-Perfect Reporting?

Pixel-perfect reporting is the process of formatting an operational report that allows you to control every component down to the individual pixel level, so the rendered report set is exactly to spec. High-precision reports have become an essential requirement for making better business decisions. That’s why pixel-perfect reporting is an essential feature of modern analytics software. Pixel-perfecting reports are commonly built to be printed or formatted for complex requirements such as fitting an existing tax or regulatory document format. Complex data using charts, tables, and diagrams are presented in precise layouts that are easy to understand.

On a pixel-perfect operational report, everything needs to be in the right place. One small mistake and it could fail to accurately convey critical information. Pixel-perfect reporting is ideal when you need a precise layout that can scale to handle large amounts of data and support formats including browsers, PDF, and print. Because of the common distribution methods, pagination is often an essential feature of pixel perfect reports.

High-precision reporting can range widely in the scope of technical requirements needed to properly format a report. For example, if you need to fill specific fields on a long tax document based on the data from a relational data source, there will be a certain amount of spatial acuity needed to actively design these reports. Some reporting tools force you to rebuild the preformatted report before you are able to actively input data elements into it. Other reporting tools allow you to overlay an image of a blank report and then add data elements on top, for an accurate printable report. Look for a reporting tool that gives you the flexibility to do one or the other.