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May 27, 2024

Upgrading cloud services to version 2024.2

In the new version 2024.2 of FastReport Cloud and FastReport Corporate Server, we have fixed bugs, and added some new features.
November 18, 2019

Webinar on FastReport .NET 2019.4 features

  Join us on Thursday, November 21, 2.00 pm (UTC) to talk about the features brought by the latest version of FastReport .Net 2019.4   Webinar will be broadcasted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FastReportsAcademy/live. We will follow with Q&A session. Webinar will be recorded so you can refer to you it later.     
November 15, 2019

New version of FastCube .NET 2019.4

Expressions This release brings expressions support to FastCube .Net. Before it was only possible to add calculated measures or totals using the scipt on C# or VB.Net. Which was quite inconvenient for people not handling reports on daily basis. So we decided to add expressions which you may know from our FastReport product. Please checkout our updated documentation and examples to better understand expressions and how they work.   Cube options dialog New `Cube Options` dialog which comes as a replacement for `Information` dialog adds the ability to switch script language and add assemblies to particular cube.   DisplayFormat for dimensions. We added the ability to set display format to dimensions. This is useful when dimension data type is not string. Use `AxisField.DisplayFormat` to get/set format value or use Dimension Editor.   Bind dimension caption with dimension content It is now possible to bind dimension caption width with it content in axis. We added property `AxisContainer.BindCaptionWidth` and `Slice.BindCaptionWidth` to control this behavior. BindCaptionWidth = False  BindCaptionWidth = True     Ignore case option for range expressions We use range expressions for custom dimension filters and for measure highlight rules. Since this release you are able to ignore case for text comparisions in range expressions. You can either do it in code by `Range.IgnoreCase` property or in the range editor.   Other changes * Added methods `PopupWindow.ExpandAll()`, `PopupWindow.CollapseAll()`, property `CustomGrid.AutoExpandPopups` (true by default) which defines whether to expand/collapse all PopupWindow automatically on show.* Added an ability to set own context menu (ContextMenuStrip) for grid zones.* Added clear buttons to the measure editor form.* Added axis menu item to delete measure when clicked on measure header.   Fixes * Fixed errors with dimension values access from script
October 23, 2019

New version of FastReport .Mono - 2019.4

In the new version of FastReport .Mono we significantly improved report engine which is now unified with FastReport .Net. It allows to smoothly transfer fixes and changes between different version of report generators. We also added connection to JSON data which is now available by default and doesn't require plugin installation     [Engine] + added built-in JSON data source engine + enhanced support of RichObject - fixed script warnings - do not stop report generation on warning - fixed double call of FreeHGlobal on programm termination - apply high-load patch from FastReport.NET - fixed bug with checking handlers in Web.config - fixed crash of the program when creating a report using the wizard on Linux [Designer] + enhanced SQL builder - ability to edit existing request - fixed the message panel [Exports] + added events to TrueTypeCollection object. New demo programm shows how to use them - fr_mono\Demos\C#\FontHandlersExportToPDF + enhanced support of fonts with extended weight * source code is divided into engine and UI parts - improved export of RichObject to RTF (set EmbedRichObject propert of RTFExport to true to enable this feature) - updated export to PDF format - code ported from FastReport.NET - fixed exports to various formats in environment 
September 19, 2019

Webinar on FastReport VCL 6 features

Thanks to everyone who was there with us during our webinar! Below we collected questions that you asked along with our answers:   Q: USPS bar code - can you briefly show it in a report? How do you format data for the barcode to meet the USA postal regulations? Show how to format data for the USPS bar code to meet standards for the US postal service??? A:  It depends on your source data. The code should be 20 or 31 digits and you can use expressions to form barcode data, like <ID> + <ServiceID> + <MailerID> + <SerialNumber> + <Zip> in Expression property.   Q: Adding extra bands looks interesting. How about adding just one last row to occupy the rest of free space (but to leave just enough for the page footer)? A: You can use report script and set band height from the code to Engine.FreeSpace - 0.00001 in the band OnBeforePrint event.   Q: What is the difference between release and current versions in the user portal? A: Current version may have experimental features which will be removed later also you can encounter bugs as well.   Q: Can we transfer existing reports to Lazarus ? A: Yes, you can.   Q: Any plans to fix image transparency in the Lazarus version? It seems like such a trivial thing. A: We are going to investigate this issue. We will fix what we can, but lazarus itself works rather poorly with transparency.   Q: Older FR VCL gives very large PDF files; are the new ones smaller? A: It depends what content do you have in a report. FR6 now uses vectors for Charts , Rich Text and maps, so for these objects the size of the file will be smaller than in previous versions.   Q: QR code change its size whit it's content A: You can change this behavior by changing TfrxBarcode2DView.AutoSize property and set it to False.   Q: Can I print barcode from Lazarus ? A: Yes, you can.   Q: Can we use barcode in FastReport FMX too ? A: Yes, but some of barcode types from FastReport VCL are not available in FastReport FMX.   Q: Can we use FastReport FMX for Android and iOS devices ? A: No, we don’t have support of mobile platform, yet.   Q: Is/will be Cocoa/MacOS supported under Lazarus? A: We are looking at it. And partially it already works.   Q: Just double-checking about SVG images, are they now supported by image component? A: Unfortunately, no, we do not support SVG natively.        
September 13, 2019

New version of FastReport Desktop 2019.4

In  the latest version we added Bezier curves for Polygons, new time format and JSON data connector.  [Engine] + added Bezier curve for polygons+ added new time format minutes:seconds [mm:ss]+ added a new Json data connection integrated into the engine+ added RepeatBandNTimes property for bands* updated a polygon object: now the polygon toolbar is displayed not near to the object, but in the main toolbar and in Ribbon; polygon modes are changed, new modes allow editing and adding curves> because polygons have got strong changes, we want to get more detail about the change, the polygon has 5 editing modes: the first allows you to work with the whole object, the second for selecting and moving points, the third allows you to add new points to the polygon, the fourth allows you to edit the curves, the fifth to delete the points of the polygon. For the 3rd and 4th mode, you must select a point- fixed image size calculation when AutoSize is enabled in the preparation stage- fixed RichText lists format- fixed a bug when font changed in parent report were not changed in inherited report- fixed a bug with changing the GroupHeaderBand hierarchy if it had a child GroupHeaderBand [Designer] + added feature to edit the SQL query for the QueryBuilder; if the QueryBuilder cannot process the query a warning will be showed* now when the name of data source changed, its name changes in expressions of TextObject.Text, PictureObject.DataColumn, DataBand.Filter and DataBand.Sort- fixed a bug with rising exception when double clicking on a TextObject- fixed a bug with shadow of report when designer is in Right-to-Left mode- fixed a bug when Query Builder adds extra comma- fixed a bug with adding extra spaces in QueryBuilder- fixed a bug with position of report shadow when zooming in Right-to-Left designer- fixed a bug with the inability to return and cancel actions when copying the format [Preview] - fixed a bug with breaking ManualBuild table with CanBreak = false- fixed a bug with display on the penultimate page with PageFooter PrintOn = LastPage [Exports] + added Hyperlinks to RTF-export+ added an ability to split pages with data in different sheets when exporting to Excel2007- fixed a bug with export of bitmaps in ZPL - fixed a bug with incorrect height of cells in Excel2007- fixed a bug with exporting empty sheet in Excel2007- fixed a bug with exporting the page with the wrong size in Excel97- fixed a bug with exporting empty cells in Excel2007- fixed a bug with strikethrough text in Excel2007 export- fixed a bug with strikethrough text in Word2007 export, when using html-tags and conditional formatting - fixed QR code position in ZPL export- fixed page init priority in ZPL export- fixed a bug with the same images duplication in the HtmlExport (properties: Layers, EmbeddedPictures)- fixed a bug with the lack of hyperlinks in pictures, figures, QR-codes when exporting to PDF- fixed a bug with exporting empty text to RTF, when using CanShrink = true and TextRenderType = HtmlParagraph- fixed RichObject bugs - parsing RTF, enumerated lists, and text colors
September 10, 2019

New version of FastReport .NET 2019.4

In FastReport .NET 2019.4 we significantly improved polygons for which we added Bezier curves and new editing modes. Now you can work with the whole polygon, add a curve to it, change the curve created earlier, and you can also add, delete and move points of the polygon. Added new time format. Added JSON data connection, which is now available by default and does not require the installation of a plugin. For FastReport .NET Core, the graphics dependency has been changed from CoreCompat.System.Drawing to System.Drawing.Common.   Version 2019.4 ---------------   [Engine] + added Bezier curve for polygons + added new time format minutes:seconds [mm:ss] + added a new Json data connection integrated into the engine + added FontListFolder property in the Utils.Config + added RepeatBandNTimes property for bands * updated a polygon object: now the polygon toolbar is displayed not near to the object, but in the main toolbar and in Ribbon; polygon modes are changed, new modes allow editing and adding curves > because polygons have got strong changes, we want to get more detail about the change, the polygon has 5 editing modes: the first allows you to work with the whole object, the second for selecting and moving points, the third allows you to add new points to the polygon, the fourth allows you to edit the curves, the fifth to delete the points of the polygon. For the 3rd and 4th mode, you must select a point - fixed image size calculation when AutoSize is enabled in the preparation stage - fixed RichText lists format - fixed a bug when font changed in parent report were not changed in inherited report - fixed a bug with changing the GroupHeaderBand hierarchy if it had a child GroupHeaderBand     [Designer] + added feature to edit the SQL query for the QueryBuilder; if the QueryBuilder cannot process the query a warning will be showed * now when the name of data source changed, its name changes in expressions of TextObject.Text, PictureObject.DataColumn, DataBand.Filter and DataBand.Sort - fixed TypeConverter on the TextObject.ParagraphFormat property - fixed a bug with rising exception when double clicking on a TextObject - fixed a bug with shadow of report when designer is in Right-to-Left mode - fixed a bug when Query Builder adds extra comma - fixed a bug with adding extra spaces in QueryBuilder - fixed a bug with position of report shadow when zooming in Right-to-Left designer - fixed a bug with the inability to return and cancel actions when copying the format     [Preview]  + added the ability to subscribe to the PreviewControl.OnPrint and PreviewControl.OnExport events, which are called when the corresponding buttons are clicked - fixed a bug with breaking ManualBuild table with CanBreak = false - fixed a bug with display on the penultimate page with PageFooter PrintOn = LastPage     [Exports] + added Hyperlinks to RTF-export + added an ability to split pages with data in different sheets when exporting to Excel2007 * improved an example \Demos\C#\PrintZPL - fixed a bug with export of bitmaps in ZPL - fixed a bug with incorrect height of cells in Excel2007 - fixed a bug with exporting empty sheet in Excel2007 - fixed a bug with exporting the page with the wrong size in Excel97 - fixed a bug with exporting empty cells in Excel2007 - fixed a bug with strikethrough text in Excel2007 export - fixed a bug with strikethrough text in Word2007 export, when using html-tags and conditional formatting - fixed QR code position in ZPL export - fixed page init priority in ZPL export - fixed a bug with the same images duplication in the HtmlExport (properties: Layers, EmbeddedPictures) - fixed a bug with the lack of hyperlinks in pictures, figures, QR-codes when exporting to PDF - fixed a bug with exporting empty text to RTF, when using CanShrink = true and TextRenderType = HtmlParagraph - fixed RichObject bugs - parsing RTF, numerated lists, and text colors     [WebReport] + added PdfImagesOriginalResolution, PdfJpegCompression and PdfColorSpace properties + added rotation for pages with landscape orientation in printing from browser + added event CustomAuth     [.Net Core] * graphics dependency changed from CoreCompat.System.Drawing to System.Drawing.Common - fixed memory leak in PDF-export - fixed memory leak in font engine - fixed glyph widths in PDF-export - fixed errors of report building with complex expressions ("Requested operation is not available because the runtime library function '' is not defined.") - fixed display of fonts in PDF-export, reduced accuracy to 2 decimal places - fixed bug with incorrect display of Arabic characters - fixed TrueType font name conversion for extended weights > font name conversion affected to FR.Core. The existing font.list file must be deleted manually, and will automatically rebuild on next export to PDF. Note that rebuilding of font.list takes long time.
July 23, 2019

Save $100 on PASS tickets in November!

We are excited to be a part of PASS Summit 2019. Use promocode PASSExhibitor during registration to save $100 on your ticket. See you on November 5-8 in Seattle!  
July 11, 2019

Session: Generating document templates using machine learning in Azure

On September 26 lead developer of Fast Reports Viacheslav Shamshin will hold a session on generating document templates using machine learning in Azure during Basta! conference in Mainz. The session discusses the current MS Azure cloud possibilities focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies for automatical creation of reports and document forms. In addition, the speaker presents a new approach for report generation using machine learning for data blocks recognizing. Models for templates deploying of databases and report generators based on cloud structure finalize the session. Buy your tickets for Basta! conference here: https://basta.net/tickets/
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