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Hello,

I'm looking for suggestions for an application that can mine data from an Oracle source using a custom command, yet also be able to place print-proof images and features.  My current solution has been to create a report in Crystal Reports with all of the charts and data that I need, and then copy and paste into Adobe Indesign, which hosts all of the pictures.  The end product looks something similar to a corporate annual report.  The problem is that while charts copy and paste quite nicely, I need to manually enter a great deal of summary data from Crystal to Indesign.  I can't create the report totally in Crystal because any picture placed decompresses into a bmp and eventually disappears when too many are placed.

Has anyone had a similar need?

Thank you!


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A lot of companies use Cognos 8 to do this for things like corporate reports, billing, and market reports.  You can directly create PDF documents that are print-ready, or you can use Go! Office to integrate charts, reports and other objects into a MS Word or PowerPoint document.    
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What kind of images/graphic can be inserted in a Cognos report?  The problem with Business Objects is that it can not handle alot of images unless if they are 75dpi bitmaps.  I'm hoping to find something that can accept vector images at 150 or 300dpi.
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?  That's a contradiction in terms.  A "Vector" image, by defintion, isn't a collection of pixels, so it won't have a DPI.

Cognos 8 handles standard image types (gif,bmp,tif,jpg); if you have a custom vector graphic, you'd need to convert it to one of those.  Cognos renders PDF's at 300dpi, but it'll accept images at any resolution and up/downscale as needed.  Of course, that leaves you at the mercy of the scaling algorithm, so you're best to provide images in the appropriate resolution already.  For HTML and most Excel outputs, Cognos doesn't actually render the image; you provide Cognos with a URL to the image location, and cognos just passes that along.  That changed a bit when they added Excel 2007 support though, and i'm not sure off hand if it does any scaling for that format; my tests suggest it doesn't.  There's conditional formatting if you need to have it provide different images (at different resolutions) for different output types too.
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Thank you for the info- I was speaking of rendering when I asked about DPI.  This sounds very different from Business Object's image handling, is at converts any image to uncompressed bitmap and thus cannot accept a vector.

Can Cognos also do CMYK color mode?

Thanks again-
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