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<h1>The Idea of ReportingCloud</h1>
<p>Tired of building PDF documents by "programming" them? Use ReportingCloud to merge JSON data into pre-designed MS Word documents and create pixel-perfect PDFs from any application.</p>
<h2>See how That Works</h2>
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<p>Using the online template designer part of the <a href="http://portal.reporting.cloud/">ReportingCloud Portal</a>, you create a template with placeholders and repeating blocks:</p>
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<img src="{path}introduction/images/creating-template.gif" />
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<p>Prepare your data by serializing your business objects and any other data sources to JSON:</p>
<script src="https://gist.github.com/bjoerntx/10d405cd989509b180776a6f43281d17.js"></script>
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<p>Create the document by sending a simple HTTP GET request to the Web API:</p>
<script src="https://gist.github.com/bjoerntx/867c579984a480d02a662f643b936732.js"></script>
<p>Or use one of our fully maintained <a href="../sdks/overview">ReportingCloud SDKs</a> and create the document using an API call in your preferred language.</p>
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<p>The next animation shows the merging process where the JSON data is merged into the placeholders. MS Excel compatible formulas can be used to calculate cell values.</p>
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<img src="{path}introduction/images/merging-template.gif" />
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<a class="btn btn-primary" href="../introduction/trial">Get Started</a>
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