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Features of displaying images with transparency in Adobe Acrobat

April 4, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Images with transparency are often called images with an alpha channel. What does this mean? The alpha channel contains information about partial or full transparency of the image. It is mainly used in computer animation. RGB images can have up to 24 alpha channels. Each of them contains information...

How to connect database to a cube

April 3, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Typically, the data in the OLAP cubes are loaded from the database. To fill a cube with data, you need to create a data source. And here I would like to say a few words about these sources. A cube can receive data from: • Database (Data source) - creates a connection to the database; • ...

How to make a simple FastCube.Net cube editor

April 3, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

To view and edit cubes and slices from FastCube .Net, you need a special application that you need first create. Since FastCube .Net comes in the form of a library and components, we can easily embed the cubes editor into your existing WinForms application, or create a separate one, specially for it...

How to make a label type report in FastReport.Net

March 6, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In this article, I want to review the label master in FastReport.Net: Labels can be bar codes, business cards, addresses, transport waybills, etc. They can be printed on self-adhesive or plain paper. You can use the built-in FastReport templates of labels or create your own. The label template i...

How to use Online Designer in ASP .Net Core

January 17, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

One of the novelties by FastReport .Net 2018 was the adaptation of OnlineDesigner to the .Net Core framework. In general, the online designer has not changed. Today we will consider some of the features of its use in the ASP.Net Core project. As you remember, you first need to build OnlineDesigner...

How to use WebReport with ASP .Net Core

January 17, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Recently FastReport introduced a new library under the .Net - FastReport Core platform. This is a special version of FastReport.Net for working with ASP .Net Core. The first version of the library did not implement the WebReport object and OnlineDesigner. We had to export a report to HTML, and then ...

Interactive forms in PDF export Fast Report .Net 2018

January 17, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

It's no secret that the PDF standard allows you to create fillable forms. That is, the finished document can be edited directly from the viewer. Most often this is used for questionnaires and various forms. The user fills in the fields and sends the document by email or prints it. In the new versio...

How to print a report in ZPL format

January 16, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

The new version of FastReport .Net 2018.1 has a new export to the ZPL (Zebra Programming Language) format. This format is designed to be used in conjunction with special label printers. More information about ZPL can be found in the article "Page description language – ZPL". When developing r...

Comparative analysis of report generators SQL Server Reporting Services and FastReport .Net. Part 1. Functionality

November 18, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Electronic and printed reporting is used in many areas of our life. Can you imagine an accountancy without annual reports? Or a transport company without invoices? One way or another, reports are of a great importance in production and business. That is why the report generator programs are just as ...

Comparative analysis of report generators SQL Server Reporting Services and FastReport .Net. Part 2. Supported technologies. Report objects.

November 18, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Technologies This article aims to continue examining the capabilities of the report generators in terms of the technologies, that they support. Technology SSRS FR.Net WinForms ✓ ✓ WPF ✓ ✓ ASP.Net ✓ ✓ ASP.Net MVC...

Comparative analysis of report generators SQL Server Reporting Services and FastReport .Net. Part 3. Data Sources. Export.

November 18, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Data Sources The basis of any report is data. Let us examine the data sources, available in Reporting Services and FR.Net. First, let us take a look at the built-in data connectors, which are available to you immediately when creating a data source in the report, without additional installations...

Comparative analysis of report generators SQL Server Reporting Services and FastReport .Net. Part 4. Performance comparison

November 18, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

This is the final part of our comparative study of the two known report generators - Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and FastReport .Net. We have already examined functional capabilities, supported technologies, report objects and supported report export formats of them. To complete the stud...

How to optimize the size of a report file in PDF

October 16, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In this article we are going to talk about PDF export in FastReport.Net. That is, the size of a file of an exported report. The size of the final file is affected by many factors: image quality, embedded fonts, fonts in "curves", background image, etc. Let us take a close look at the export setting...

How to download a report in PDF format with FastReport Core

September 18, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In this article we will continue covering the topic "FastReport Core + .Net Core". In the previous article we have illustrated how to display a report by exporting it to the HTML format. Now I will show how to organize downloading of a report from a browser to a local computer, using a button. We wi...

FastReport.Net Core

September 14, 2017

Author - Anatoly Kukuyuk

FastReport.Net 2017.4 now supports .Net Core, so users can utilize FastReport.Net in Windows, Linux and Docker containers. For using it under Linux one needs XServer, the "libgdiplus" and the "libx11-dev" libraries. The package includes a demo version, which allows to check whether FR.Net is working...

How to use FastReport Core in Linux

September 14, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In the previous article we have considered an example of using a new product of FastReport - the FastReport Core. That was an example for Windows. This time we will overview an example for Linux. First of all, for Linux need additional libraries, which may not be installed by default: Libgdiplus...

FastReport.Net bands

August 30, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

A report page in FastReport.Net must contain at least one band - a container for objects. But for one it might seem too complicated. Why don't we place objects directly on pages without additional containers? However, it is rather difficult to imagine how the system would work without using any band...

FastReport.Net report types

August 30, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In this article we are going to demonstrate the types of reports, that we can create in FastReport.Net. An inexperienced user of our report generator might think that the reports are only lists or grouped lists. However, the capabilities of the report generator are much wider than just displaying so...

How to merge several csv files into one

August 29, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

This article aims to provide the insight into how to use FastReport.Net to merge two logically related CSV files into one. Storing data in CSV files is often very convenient. You can always open such files by any text editor and tweak them. But what if in one document there are references to data f...

Initial knowledge for understanding reports FastReport.Net

August 26, 2017

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

The concept of a "report generator" has appeared relatively recently. Let us define what it is. A report generator is a program, that allows you to create documents, which are ready for demonstration and based on a set of data. First report generators were rather primitive and allowed to create doc...