We live in a world today where image is everything. Color and graphics are used to add interest and convey meaning. This is true, not only for TV, newspapers, and magazines, but also for some of the reports you create.
Reports that are going to managers or executives need to provide the quick, concise communication of charts and graphs. Reports that are shared with customers need the polish provided by a well-placed image or two. Reporting Services has the tools you need to effectively communicate and impress in each of these situations.
In this chapter, we will explore the final data region, the chart, and how it can be used to summarize and express data. We will also use the image report item to add graphics to our reports. Next, we will investigate the possibilities for and restrictions on adding ActiveX controls to reports. Finally, we will end this chapter by looking at properties that can be used to format the report output and creative ways to control those properties.