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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 make label type report in FastReport VCL

March 6, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Printing labels is one sphere of application of report generators. In this article, we will look at some aspects of creating a report with labels. In label reports, data headers are usually placed in a column, rather than in a row, as usual. What does it mean? I will show you by an example. Here i...

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 save a report to cloud services using FR VCL 6

January 18, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

We usually download and save reports on a local drive when working with a desktop application. An alternative to this is the client server application. The reports will be stored on a remote server. But, what if there is no way to deploy a remote server, and you want to store reports on a shared res...

Updated export engine in FastReport VCL 6

January 18, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Fast Report 6 pleased us with an updated export engine. This affected the export of compound objects, such as charts, maps, RichText. Earlier these objects were exported as a picture, but now a vector representation of objects and text is used. This means the scaling of objects does not affect the q...

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...

How to use interactive maps in FastReport VCL 6

January 16, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Interactive maps have become very popular with the appearance of Google Maps. They allow you to navigate the map, zoom in and out, and many other functions. With the release of FastReport VCL 6, such maps can be embedded in reports. To do this, you must obtain a map in one of the two available forma...

How to edit a report in the preview mode in Fast Report VCL 6

January 15, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Some objects in FR VCL 6 can be edited in the report viewer, that is, in the .fp3 format. After changing the objects, you can save the modified report in a preview format or export it to any other format. When can this be useful? For example, you do not have a report template, but there is only a pr...

How to generate a chart for groups in FastReport VCL 6

January 11, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In the article "How to display the totals in a group header in FastReport VCL 6" we examined how to use the Processing property for the "Text" object. However, this property is also typical for the other objects: Chart, Gauge and Barcode. Today, we'll look at applying the Processing property in the ...

How to use Guides in FastReport VCL 6

January 10, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

Each report designer encounters a situation where it is necessary to arrange controls at the same level, or to stretch a group of elements at once. It is necessary to adjust each member to each other. It takes time, and sometimes nerves. In previous FR VCL versions we were offered a grid that facili...

How to display totals in a group header in FastReport VCL 6

January 10, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

One of the new features appeared in FastReport VCL 6 is the ability to display the grouping results in the header bands. Previously, you could only display the results after grouping. If the group is large enough, you have to scroll it down to find out the result. It is much more convenient to print...

How to use the new Table object in FastReport VCL 6

January 10, 2018

Author - Dmitriy Fedyashov

In my opinion, a very useful innovation in FastReport VCL 6 is the Table object. Previously, we only had a cross-table, which in fact was a matrix. And we need the matrix in specific reports. There was not enough ordinary table, which is convenient for scaling and moving fields. All the data in one ...

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...