The Openoffice Report Designer is a plugin used to create reports for OpenERP. It is an easy to install and use plugin. The main advantage of this plugin is that anyone can easily create and modify reports for OpenERP.
Install using Extension Manager in Openoffice.org Writer
You will find the 'Extension Manager' under the tab 'Tools' in Openoffice.org Writer. Here you can add the 'openerp_report_designer.zip' file. After adding the file, restart the Openoffice.org Writer and the OpenERP Report Designer Menu and Toolbar will be available.
This functionality is used to connect with the OpenERP Server. Here, we can select the database and login as particular user. And now, we can start creating the report by selecting the 'Open a new report' option in the menu.
Add a loop
Using this functionality, we can create repeatln statement in Open Report.
Add a field
This functionality can be used to insert the OpenERP fields in the report.
Add an expression
Using this functionality we can create expressions which cannot be achieved by adding fields. The expressions can be entered in python language which use the fields for calculations.
Send to Server
This functionality is used to send the created report to OpenERP Server.