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Manage Exporting Capabilities in ASP.NET MVC

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The Web Dashboard allows users to export an entire dashboard or individual dashboard items.

Server-Side API

DashboardExtensionSettings

The ASP.NET MVC Dashboard extension’s server-side API allows you to customize the default export options, customize export documents at runtime, etc.

DashboardExtensionSettings.AllowExportDashboard
Gets or sets whether end-users can export a dashboard.
DashboardExtensionSettings.AllowExportDashboardItems
Gets or sets whether end-users can export dashboard items.
DashboardExtensionSettings.PdfExportOptions
Provides access to options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to PDF format.
DashboardExtensionSettings.ImageExportOptions
Provides access to options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to an image.
DashboardExtensionSettings.ExcelExportOptions
Provides access to options related to exporting a dashboard item to Excel format.
DashboardConfigurator.BeforeExportDocument
Allows you to hide specific dashboard items when exporting the entire dashboard.
DashboardConfigurator.CustomExport
Allows you to customize the exported document.
DashboardConfigurator.CustomizeExportDocument
Allows you to customize the stream containing the resulting document (such as PDF, Image, or Excel).

WebDashboardExporter

The WebDashboardExporter allows you to implement server export for the ASP.NET MVC Dashboard extension.

WebDashboardExporter.ExportDashboardItemToExcel
Exports the dashboard item to the specified stream in Excel format.
WebDashboardExporter.ExportDashboardItemToImage
Exports the dashboard item to the specified stream in Image format.
WebDashboardExporter.ExportDashboardItemToPdf
Exports the dashboard item to the specified stream in PDF format.
WebDashboardExporter.ExportToExcel
Exports a dashboard to the specified stream in Excel format.
WebDashboardExporter.ExportToImage
Exports a dashboard to the specified stream in Image format.
WebDashboardExporter.ExportToPdf
Exports a dashboard to the specified stream in PDF format.

To use WebDashboardExporter API, pass the default DashboardConfigurator instance to the WebDashboardExporter constructor.

using DevExpress.DashboardWeb;
//...            
WebDashboardExporter exporter = new WebDashboardExporter(DashboardConfigurator.Default);

Then, use the required method exposed by WebDashboardExporter to export a dashboard or dashboard item (such as WebDashboardExporter.ExportToPdf or WebDashboardExporter.ExportDashboardItemToImage).

View Example: How to add custom information to the exported dashboard

DashboardExporter

You can use the non-visual DashboardExporter component to implement server-side export of a dashboard or dashboard items without referencing dashboard UI controls ( DashboardDesigner, DashboardViewer, ASPxDashboard, and so on) or DashboardConfigurator.

To integrate the DashboardExporter into a service, register the DevExpress NuGet feed as a package source and install the DevExpress.Dashboard.Core package. See the DashboardExporter class description for details.

View Example: Non-Visual Export Component

View Example: How to Email a Dashboard

Implement Server-Side Export

The WebDashboardExporter class allows you to implement server export for the ASP.NET MVC Dashboard extension and ASP.NET Core Dashboard control. You can specify a dashboard state and export options to be applied to the resulting document. Refer to the WebDashboardExporter class description for more information.

This example demonstrates how to export a dashboard displayed using the ASP.NET MVC Dashboard extension on the server side using the WebDashboardExporter class. The following API is used to implement this capability:

View Example

using DevExpress.DashboardCommon;
using DevExpress.DashboardWeb;
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Web.Mvc;

namespace MvcDashboard_ServerExport.Controllers {
    public class HomeController : Controller {
        public ActionResult Index() {
            return View();
        }

        [HttpPost]
        public ActionResult ExportDashboardToPdf(string DashboardID, string DashboardState) {
            using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream()) {
                string dashboardID = DashboardID;
                DashboardState dashboardState = new DashboardState();
                dashboardState.LoadFromJson(DashboardState);

                DashboardPdfExportOptions pdfOptions = new DashboardPdfExportOptions();
                pdfOptions.ExportFilters = true;
                pdfOptions.DashboardStatePosition = DashboardStateExportPosition.Below;

                string dateTimeNow = DateTime.Now.ToString("yyyyMMddHHmmss");
                string filePath = "~/App_Data/Export/" + dashboardID + "_" + dateTimeNow + ".pdf";
                ASPxDashboardExporter exporter = new ASPxDashboardExporter(DashboardConfigurator.Default);
                exporter.ExportToPdf(dashboardID, stream, new System.Drawing.Size(1024, 768), dashboardState, pdfOptions);
                SaveFile(stream, filePath);

                ContentResult result = new ContentResult();
                result.Content = filePath;
                return result;
            }
        }

        private void SaveFile(MemoryStream stream, string path) {
            var fileStream = System.IO.File.Create(Server.MapPath(path));
            stream.WriteTo(fileStream);
            fileStream.Close();
        }
    }
}
function onBeforeRender(sender) {
    var control = sender.getDashboardControl();
    control.registerExtension(new DevExpress.Dashboard.DashboardPanelExtension(control));
    $("#buttonContainer").dxButton({
        text: "Export to PDF",
        onClick: function (param) {
            var dashboardID = control.dashboardContainer().id;
            var dashboardStateJson = control.dashboard().state();

            $.ajax({
                url: 'Home/ExportDashboardToPdf',
                data: {
                    DashboardID: dashboardID,
                    DashboardState: JSON.stringify(dashboardStateJson)
                },
                type: 'POST',
            }).success(function (result) {
                DevExpress.ui.notify('A dashboard was exported to ' + result, 'success', 5000);
            });
        }
    });
}

Client-Side API

You can use the Web Dashboard’s client-side API for exporting to various formats, customizing export options, etc. For this, use the members of the DashboardExportExtension:

exportToPdf
Exports the entire dashboard to a PDF file.
exportToImage
Exports the entire dashboard to an image.
exportToExcel
Exports the entire dashboard to an Excel file.
exportDashboardItemToPdf(itemName)
Exports a dashboard item to a PDF file.
exportDashboardItemToImage(itemName)
Exports a dashboard item to an image.
exportDashboardItemToExcel(itemName)
Exports a dashboard item to an Excel file.
getPdfExportOptions
Returns options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to PDF format.
getImageExportOptions
Returns options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to the Image format.
getExcelExportOptions
Returns options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to Excel format.
setPdfExportOptions(options)
Sets options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to PDF format.
setImageExportOptions(options)
Sets options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to the Image format.
setExcelExportOptions(options)
Sets options related to exporting a dashboard/dashboard item to Excel format.
showExportDashboardDialog(format)
Invokes the dialog that allows end-users to export the entire dashboard to the specified format.
showExportDashboardItemDialog(itemComponentName, format)
Invokes the dialog that allows end users to export the dashboard item to the specified format.

Custom Export

The Dashboard Control raises the ASPxDashboard.CustomExport/DashboardConfigurator.CustomExport event before saving the exported document to the PDF and Image formats. The event allows you to customize the exported document.

The following table illustrates dashboard items and their corresponding printable XRControls:

Dashboard Item XRControl
ChartDashboardItem XRChart
ScatterChartDashboardItem XRChart
PieDashboardItem XRChart
RangeFilterDashboardItem (When CustomExportBaseEventArgs.ExportMode is SingleItem) XRChart
GaugeDashboardItem XRGaugeDashboardItem
TextBoxDashboardItem XRTextBox

Example: How to Customize Dashboard Items in the Exported Document

The following example shows how to customize dashboard items in the exported document when you handle the ASPxDashboard.CustomExport / DashboardConfigurator.CustomExport events. You can use the CustomExportWebEventArgs.GetPrintableControls method to obtain the printable controls.

Web Dashboard - Export To PDF

using DevExpress.DashboardCommon;
using DevExpress.DashboardWeb;
using DevExpress.XtraCharts;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;

protected void CustomizeExport(object sender, CustomExportWebEventArgs e) {
  foreach(var printControl in e.GetPrintableControls()) {
    if(printControl.Value is XRGaugeDashboardItem) {
      var gaugeItemName = printControl.Key;
      var gaugeDashboardItem = e.GetDashboardItem(gaugeItemName) as GaugeDashboardItem;
      foreach(var dashGaugeElement in gaugeDashboardItem.Gauges) {
        foreach(var gaugePanel in e.GetGaugeContext(gaugeItemName).GetPrintableGauges(dashGaugeElement).Cast<XRDashboardGauge>()) {
          if(gaugePanel != null) {
              gaugePanel.MainSeriesLabel.ForeColor = Color.Red;
          }
        }
      }
    }

    if(printControl.Value is XRChart) {
      var chartItemName = printControl.Key;
      var chartDashboardItem = e.GetDashboardItem(chartItemName) as ChartDashboardItem;
      foreach(var pane in chartDashboardItem.Panes) {
        if(pane.Series.Count > 0) {
          foreach(var dashSeries in pane.Series) {
            if(dashSeries != null) {
              var controlSeries = e.GetChartContext(chartItemName).GetControlSeries(dashSeries);
              if(controlSeries != null) {
                foreach(var ser in controlSeries) {
                  LineSeriesView view = ser.View as LineSeriesView;
                  if(view != null) {
                      view.LineStyle.DashStyle = DashStyle.DashDot;
                  }
                }
              }
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
  }
}

Example: How to Add Custom Information to the Exported Dashboard

The following example shows how to specify header and footer content of an exported dashboard. For this, the CustomExport event is used.

View Example: ASP.NET Web Forms

web-customized-exported-dashboard

Example: How to Add a Custom Header to Each Sheet

The following example shows how to add a custom header to each sheet for the exported Excel workbook. For this, the CustomizeExportDocument event is used.

View Example: ASP.NET Web Forms

web-dashboard-customize-export-document

Example: Non-Visual Custom Export

This example shows how to use the DashboardExporter component in a console application to export a dashboard with a custom Funnel item.

View Example

See Also