New Mobile Report Publisher preview now available


We’re excited to announce that the latest preview of the Mobile Report Publisher was released last week and is now available for SQL Server 2016.  This latest release should be used in conjunction with SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services RC3, released earlier this month.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and stability improvements we’ve taken care of, there were a few new features I wanted to call your attention to –

Save your mobile report to multiple servers

With this release, you now have the ability to publish a single mobile report to multiple servers even if it uses shared datasets.  To do this, simply create a new mobile report and save the file locally vs. publishing it directly to the Reporting Services instance you connected to for your shared datasets.  Once you’ve saved your file locally, you can use the upload functionality in Reporting Services to upload and save the file to each report server you wish to publish to.  The only thing to keep in mind is that the data source and dataset must follow the same folder path on each server so the mobile report can be viewed.


Custom mobile report color palettes

In RC1, we first introduced functionality where you could apply a custom brand package to your Reporting Services portal.  Now, when you connect to a server for the first time, if a custom brand package is available, it will download locally and be available to use for any mobile reports you wish to create.  Simply connect to the server that has the custom brand package and then restart Mobile Report Publisher after you successfully connect.  You should now see the theme available in the color palette dropdown to use.


Additional Authentication Options

In addition to both NTLM and Basic Authentication, we’ve added support for companies that use the Negotiate authentication option on their server and streamlined the sign-in process.  Now, when you connect to a new report server, it will try to connect you automatically based on your current Windows credentials.  You will also still have the option to enter credentials manually as you could in previous releases.


Simulated Thumbnail Data

We rec’d feedback about real data being used when thumbnail images were created for a mobile report.  In this release, we’ve updated this functionality so that simulated data is now used instead during the thumbnail generation process when creating or updating a mobile report.  Your thumbnails will still reflect the layout and theme of your mobile report, but you’ll no longer have to worry about folks seeing data they shouldn’t when looking at the report thumbnails in the portal or in the mobile apps.


As always, please continue to provide us feedback in the comments section and thanks for reading!

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