Fastreport as replacement for LaTeX


We currently have a printing mechanism running on Ubuntu that uses LaTeX templates and structured data to generate PDF files.

All works fine but there is a big requirement for WYSIWYG editors where clients can maintain templates themselves.

I'm now looking at FastReport as a possible solution with a designer component (Online Designer?) and a report (PDF) generating component.

This implies having a executable that:

- runs on Ubuntu

- preferrably does not require a connection to the DB

- takes as arguments (either by specifying the path to file location OR directing (PIPE) data into the app):

 1) the template (fr3 file)

 2) the data in some kind of structured format (typically JSON)

Is this at all possible with FastReport ? Which of the products should we be looking at ?

Any thoughts or comments will be appreciated.

P.S. We have some experience using FastReport VCL with Delphi XE5 where we provided a customizable PDF report solutions to customers in a Win32 application.



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