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Using Magallanes

To quickly start using the application, you would first need to have Java 1.4 or higher installed in your system. But if you want to use the static reports, it requires a JDK version instead of JRE. (Because it makes a dynamic compilation of those reports based on JasperReports. We recommend using a JDK to use all the demo reports)

To know the installed java version, execute from the command line:

java -version

Once this is checked, you should download jmagallanes. It's recommended to download the latest version (this tutorial is based in standalone version, not J2EE). For example, you can download: jmagallanes-0.9-standalone. (The J2EE tutorial will be available in February).

Next uncompress the file. A directory tree will be created (it will be further explained in documentation), and in the root you should have a file to execute, depending on the platform you have.

For Windows systems you may double click the "startup.bat" to start the application

For Unix platforms you may use "startup.sh"

First you would be requested to insert a login. The default test user given is: User=root, password=1. The login is used to log the user activity and to restrict users to execute certain reports (a roll based system).

Finally the application is launched. You will see a large combo box, above a big white space. That is the report selection combo box. You should select one and execute it pressing the green arrow button at the right of the combo. The options for execution are:

  • Distribution Salary Cube: Pivot table report whit drill down options (you may see the examples in the screenshots)
  • Distribution Salary Accumulated: Static Report launched in new window (PDF appearance)
  • Distribution Salary Chart: Chart report based on jfreechart (you may see the examples in the screenshots)

Once you have selected and executed a report, you can start using the rest of the options available. For example, for the pivot table report you can:

  • Use drag & drop with the dimensions to move them from one axis to other or remove them from the table.
  • Use the buttons to export to different formats Use semaphores to "paint" cells with different colors if they has certain condition
  • Add/delete/modify profiles (a profile its a view of a report, saved for further reuse). Profiles would be selected from the small combo box near the report selection one.

NOTE: as you can see this is a really short guide for the user, to get you in touch with the tool. For detailed documentation, go to Docs.