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December 16, 2020

Summary and plans

We could talk a lot about our experiences and difficulties in the past year, but we'll just take stock of this year and talk a little bit about our plans for the future. In spite of all the difficulties, we worked hard this year. Not everything we planned has been completed, but we are committed to achieving all of our goals for the foreseeable future. What's done? Over the past year we were able to implement new quality control processes for our products. Work in this direction will continue. We have optimized and improved exports to various formats, added new object properties, improved report generation algorithms and fixed many bugs. We have added support for 5 new barcodes and 6 new formats for saving documents. We want to acknowledge the hard work our developers did to refactor the code to merge the .NET family source code into a common repository. In addition, in FastReport NET we added Windows Forms support for .NET Core 3.1 and support for .NET 5, introduced security control of the report script when working in web applications, and developed a new demo application. Also we deprecated .NET Framework 2.0 support in the FastReport NET product. The FastReport Mono gained the ability to build charts. We added support for new RAD Studio in FastReport VCL, did a lot of work to improve the user interface, added new features to build complex reports, and improved the quality of generated reports. Separately we note the work on improving the product FastReport for Lazarus. In turn, FastReport FMX has gained the ability to work in 64-bit apps under macOS operating system, the report designer has been improved as well as work on data processing and document generation. OLAP FastCube .NET product can be used in ASP.NET Core web-applications now, it has an improved interface, new possibilities of data filtering were added and it works in Mono. FastCube VCL got expression support, it works better in Lazarus. In FastCube FMX new options for data highlighting were added. We want to thank all FastReport Open Source users, those who contributed to its improvement and those who wrote to us with their issues. What's next? Our analysts together with the entire team closely follow trends in software development and the entire IT industry. We are constantly learning and trying to improve our products according to our customers' wishes. Let's start with the FastReport VCL and FMX product plans: we want to release FastReport VCL 7; the tables in the reports will be improved; PDF documents will get digital signing capabilities; reports will be able to use SVG images; new transports will be added; the Lazarus version will get a RichView object; new interface styles will be added. The FastReport .NET product will get: support for high-resolution screens (high dpi); components to work with the Blazor framework; support for the new .NET 6; digital signatures for MS Office documents; parallel printing on multiple printers; ability to connect to the Clickhouse column based DB. FastReport Mono cross-platform report generator will become even more compatible with different operating systems - we plan to improve stability and performance of this product. Browser-based report editor FastReport Online Designer will be added support for editing charts, new report objects, improved user interface. Work on improvement of the FastCube user interface will be continued, also it is planned to expand its capabilities to connect to different DB. It is planned to release a new product for generating reports and launch its closed beta-testing. You can take part in it. Just follow our news. We also plan to update and publish documentation for all our products. We also plan to introduce a subscription-based licensing model for those products which haven't used it yet. Good luck in the new 2021! We want to wish you good and positive emotions in the coming year 2021! May your programs be bug-free and your reports always complete and timely! May your DB queries run fast, and may users' requests to you for new features not hamper you! And let the suppliers of libraries for your products fulfill your requests quickly! In any case - we'll do our best for you! We always welcome your requests - write us your wishes about our products, and we'll try to fulfill them! With respect,Fast Reports team
December 14, 2020

New version of FastReport VCL 6.9 released!

In new version added interactive forms support in PDF export for objects: Text, CheckBox  and Picture. With ability to include only required font glyphs into interactive form via InteractiveFormsFontSubset property. Learn more in our blog. HTML exports now can export Outline tree. Editing of dialog pages in the report becomes easier with guide lines support. Added filtration support in preview window outline tree for fast search and navigation. Added two new linear barcodes Deutsche Post Identcode and Deutsche Post Leitcode. Also, added Beta version of Client-Server components for Lazarus (Enterprise version). Learn more in our blog. Check full list of changes.   Version 6.9 ----------------------------   + Added support of interactive forms in PDF export for Text, CheckBox and Picture objects (Use Editable property with [ferAllowInExport] flag) + Added InteractiveFormsFontSubset property in PDF export which allows to set used glyph for interactive forms with embedded fonts via expression like : A-Z,a-z,0-9,#43-#47,!@#$ + Added outline support to HTML export filters(frxExportHTML and frxExportHTML) + Added support of Client-Server components for Lazarus in Beta stage + Added support of Guide lines for dialog pages in the report designer workspace + Added filtration support in preview outline tree for fast search of nodes + Added support of save and load for SQL editor presets settings + Add ZUGFeRD minimum level to PDF export filter + Added CC and BCC fields support for E-mail export Indy and Outlook + Add preset helper class for SBER QR code + Added RTL support to DOCX Export filter + Added new linear Barcodes: Deutsche Post Identcode and Deutsche Post Leitcode [!!!] Changed behavior of interactive objects. Restrictions -> [DontEditInPreview] is deprecated. Now all Text objects is disabled for editing in preview by default. To allow editing use Editable - [ferAllowInPreview, ferAllowInExport] for text objects (its impacts only text objects) - Copy-paste bugs fixed when operation doesn't copy child objects of container (Dialog page containers) - Fixed bug when copy-paste operation assigns child objects to container before it's getting pasted - Fixed processing of FIB UTF8 blob field - Fixed bug with merge of duplicates in multi-column report - Fixed bug in 2D barcodes with long data - Fixed object inspector for multy monitor configurations - Fixed Integer Overflow error during draw operation for some objects - Fixed bug with OnLoadTemplate event in inherited reports - Fixed bug when calls NewPage inside OnBeforePrint event changes current band which affects aggregates calculation - Fixed Dropbox transport processing of root folder - Fixed bug in RTFexport with color table - Fixed bug when report Engine forces Keeping mode for child bands sequence linked with a report title - Fixed memory leaks with an empty detail reports - Fixed Barcode draw on screen for 100% scale (incorrect stretch 1:1) - Fixed removing of temporary folder after mail export - Fixed bug with split big pages printing mode when additional page was added - Multi byte input support for Syntax memo moved from define to the report designer settings - Fixed Ctrl + backspace hotkey in Syntax memo
December 07, 2020

New version FastReport .NET 2021.1

In the new version of FastReport .NET 2021.1 we implemented support of .NET 5. Added new barcode - Deutsce Post Leitcode. The algorithm of converting RTF to report objects has been significantly improved. And also added new functions for converting numbers.  Version 2021.1   --------------- New barcode - Deutsce Post Leitcode   And barcode Sberbank   [Engine] + added support of .NET 5 + added a new barcode - Deutsche Post Leitcode + added a new barcode - SberBank QR + added functions of converting numbers to letters + added functions of converting numbers to words for Indian language + added rupee symbol for Indian currency + added functions of converting numbers to words for Persian language + added functions of converting numbers to words for Ukranian language + added the Report.Prepare (int pagesLimit) method, which allows to prepare a limited number of pages* optimized work of VisibleExpression, PrintableExpression and ExportableExpression properties for bands * optimized work of VisibleExpression, PrintableExpression and ExportableExpression properties for bands * improved algorithm of converting RTF to report objects - fixed a bug with web response stream reader when connecting to remote JSON - fixed a bug while compiling the report with some expressions in the properties VisibleExpression, PrintableExpression and ExportableExpression - fixed a bug with font.list file leading to  exception "System.IO.FileNotFoundException". - fixed a bug with incorrect checksum calculation in Deutsche Post Identcode barcode - fixed ReCompile (adding assemblies after Compile with error)     [Designer] - fixed a bug with empty database name after reloading the report - fixed a bug when double click to arrow buttons on report tab creates a new report page     [Exports] - fixed a bug with exporting strings containing only spaces in DXF export - fixed a bug in PDF export, leading to disappearance of spaces when there are tabs in the report - fixed a bug with exporting page footers when export to Excel 2007 in seamless table mode - fixed a bug with exporting "\" character in Excel 2007 export     [WebReport] + added correct view of script errors in ScriptSecurity mode - fixed a bug with PDF export in online designer - fixed a bug with ParagraphOffset     [.Net Core] + added properties ShowDbfExport, ShowMhtExport, PrintInHtml, PrintInPdf for WebReport that allow you to enable/disable the display of buttons in the toolbar of the corresponding exports/print * now in FR.Core we detect WebProcess and StubClasses aren't added to ConsoleApp\Library on FR.Core - fixed a bug with RichObject expressions - fixed a bug with exporting MSChartObject in Power Point 2007 export - fixed a bug with exporting images in Excel 2007 export on Windows     [Resources] * updated French resources     [Extras] * changed dependency in project of Crystal Reports converter from System.Windows.Forms.DataVisualization to FastReport.DataVisualization * updated MongoDB connection plugin in Core and OpenSource  
October 13, 2020

FastCube .NET Release 2020.2

New features are already expected in the update: - Added Mono platform support.Starting with this version we add support of cross-platform Mono framework. - Major changes: * Before this release we shipped FastCube.Olap package with depency on FastReport library.Now we moved this dependency and therefore integration with FastReport into a separate package FastReport.Olap.Report for the .Net platform and FastReport.Olap.ReportMono for Mono platform. Other changes: * Expression editor now shows dimension/measure/field names instead of their captions. Errors resolved: * Expression errors does not raise Exceptions;* ExpressionHighlight errors does not raise Exceptions;* Fixed move to group error;* Fixed chart data representation in some locales;* Fixed "List of values" aggregate calculation;* Fixed "Median" aggregate calculation.
September 22, 2020

New version of FastReport 6.8 VCL!

In the new version, we have updated help for classes and methods of components and added Class references for Code Completion. Added ability to customize SQL syntax in the SQL editor. Added a pool of deferred commands which allows a report to rebuild itself from the script code. Also we’ve redesigned mechanism of the preview pages for detailed reports and improved compatibility with the new Lazarus version. Version 6.8 ---------------------------- + Added class references for main package classes + Added customization of SQL editor in the report designer + Added delayed command pool for actions of TfrxReport: PrepareReport, ShowReport, LoadFrom .It possible to call Report.ShowReport to rebuild active report or load another one from the script. + Added TfrxEngineOptions.ZeroPrecisionValue property contains precision value for zero comparison operation in Text objects(used with HideZeros property). + Added PNG export filter in registered export filter * All calls to refreshes of preview now affects only active previewed report for detail page * Reworked preview pages and preview Tabs mechanism. TfrxPreviewPagesList class now manages active preview pages instances. * Added synchronization of creating printer context from non GUI thread * UpdateResorce function moved temporarily to constructor for old behavior compatibility * Embedded Designer moved to HostControls * Chart object Highlight disabled when Hyperlink is empty - Fixed server log path - [Lazarus] Fixed Unicode output in DOCX export filter - Several fixes in QR converter module - [Lazarus] Fixed SQL parameters editor - Fixed attached files for MSOutlook option in e-mail export filter - Fixed order of tabs creation in the report preview (should follows after Workspace creates) * [Lazarus] Added font substitution of "Nimbus Sans L" to "FreeSans" under linux * [Lazarus] Improved compatibility with  FPC 3.2.0 - Fixed IIF function with nested functions - Fixed memory leak in TfrxTreeView - Fixed TfrxDataTreeForm.UpdateSize when it’s called before construction - Fixed bug in font packing mechanism - Fixed Arial font size in PDF export - Fixed C++Builder compatibility - Fixed exporting of the text with HTML tags to PDF - Fixed building of string for Swiss QRCode - Fixed formatting for duplicates values - Fixed attach file name in the TfrxMailExport when DefaultPath <> '' - Fixed logo position in the QR Code
September 16, 2020

New version of FastReport Mono 2020.4

In the new version of FastReport Mono -2020.4 added: barcodes(ITF-14, Deutsche Post Identcode) and the ability to align them, new types of export, checking the code for malware.   Version 2020.4 --------------- [Install] + added product installation package in DEB format + added product installation package in RPM format [Engine] * rewritten RichObject code for translation of RTF document to report objects + added new barcode ITF-14 + added new barcode Deutsche Post Identcode + added ability to align barcodes + added property PictureObject.ImageSourceExpression that allows to set expression containing source of image + added possibility to use expression in brackets in VisibleExpression, PrintableExpression and ExportableExpression properties + added the PictureObject.ImageFormat property, which allows to select the image storage format * now FastReport.DataVisualization added to the list of assemblies by default (FR .Net, FR.Core) - fixed a bug where the designer crashed when the "Start new page" property is enabled for the page header child band - fixed a bug where the value of an expression was displayed by the text of this expression [Designer] + added possibility to load CSV files via URL * updated plugin for connecting to MongoDB, to actual versions of MongoDB - fixed a bug, when empty string in Datamatrix barcode causes exception - fixed a bug where the gauge window had the wrong width [Exports] + added PDF/A-2u export + added property ReportPage.ExportAlias, which allows to set the page name when exporting to Excel 2007 * now, in Excel 2007 export for sheets without pictures, files with a description of pictures and relations to them are not created - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to table breaks - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to incorrect merging cells - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to incorrect exporting of images - fixed a bug where links with national alphabets letters did not work in PDF export - fixed a bug where the dates of creation and editing of the document did not match the equivalents in the metadata in PDF/A-1a export - fixed a bug while exporting to Excel 97 causes exception "Huge SAT not implemented" - fixed a bug with exporting texts containing ampersand '&' in Excel 2007 export - fixed a bug while exporting MapObject to PowerPoint - fixed a bug with exporting gradient fills with owner or user password in export to PDF - fixed a bug with encryption of digital signature in PDF-export when protecting a document with a password - fixed a bug with paragraph offset in export to OpenOffice Writer [WebReport] * added check of the report script for malicious code. This option is enabled by default for the Web. - fixed figures absence on window print from browser - fixed incorrect calculation of page sizes in FastReport.Core.Web, if at least one page was in landscape orientation - fixed a bug where objects with Exportable = false were not visible in WebPreview  
September 09, 2020

New version of FastReport .NET 2020.4

In new version of FastReport .NET 2020.4 added new barcodes: ITF-14 and Deutsce Post Identcode. Now there is a possibility to choose the format for storing report images. You can also change the number of rows and columns of the table by dragging the mouse. Added support of export to PDF/A-2u format. In addition, the report script is now checked for the content of malicious code. A new demo application has also been added. It looks better and is more convenient to use: in black   And in white:   Version 2020.4 ---------------     [Engine] + added new barcode ITF-14 + added new barcode Deutsche Post Identcode + added ability to align barcodes + added property PictureObject.ImageSourceExpression that allows to set expression containing source of image + added possibility to use expression in brackets in VisibleExpression, PrintableExpression and ExportableExpression properties + added the PictureObject.ImageFormat property, which allows to select the image storage format * now FastReport.DataVisualization added to the list of assemblies by default (FR .Net, FR.Core) - fixed a bug where the designer crashed when the "Start new page" property is enabled for the page header child band - fixed a bug where the value of an expression was displayed by the text of this expression - fixed incorrect drawing of ITF-14 barcode - fixed a bug with transparency of RichObject     [Designer] + added the ability to edit the number of rows and columns of the table by dragging the mouse + added loading of RTF texts, tables and styles when converting DevExpress file + added possibility to load CSV files via URL * updated plugin for connecting to MongoDB, to actual versions of MongoDB * changed focus order of elements when clicking "tab" on a tab with creating swiss QR - fixed a bug where switching properties to alphabetical order did not work - fixed a bug with loading page size when converting DevExpress file - fixed a bug, when empty string in Datamatrix barcode causes exception - fixed a bug where the gauge window had the wrong width     [Exports] + added PDF/A-2u export + added property ReportPage.ExportAlias, which allows to set the page name when exporting to Excel 2007 * now, in Excel 2007 export for sheets without pictures, files with a description of pictures and relations to them are not created - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to table breaks - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to incorrect merging cells - fixed a bug when exporting to Excel 2007 in the "Seamless table" mode leading to incorrect exporting of images - fixed a bug where links with Russian letters did not work in PDF export - fixed a bug where the dates of creation and editing of the document did not match the equivalents in the metadata in PDF/A-1a export - fixed a bug while exporting to Excel 97 causes exception "Huge SAT not implemented" - fixed a bug with exporting texts containing ampersand '&' in Excel 2007 export - fixed a bug while exporting MapObject to PowerPoint - fixed a bug with saving default theme in export to Excel 2007 - fixed a bug with exporting gradient fills with owner or user password in export to PDF - fixed a bug with encryption of digital signature in PDF-export when protecting a document with a password - fixed a bug with paragraph offset in export to OpenOffice Writer     [WebReport] * added check of the report script for malicious code. This option is enabled by default for the Web. - fixed figures absence on window print from browser - fixed incorrect calculation of page sizes in FastReport.Core.Web, if at least one page was in landscape orientation - fixed a bug where objects with Exportable = false were not visible in WebPreview     [.Net Core] + added Dialogs for WebPreview on FastReport.Core * now you can only build FastReport.Core and FastReport.OpenSource for netstandard2.1 on supported versions of VisualStudio (MSBuild) * now FastReport.DataVisualization does not need to be added to References in user application on .Net Core3 - fixed problem with user applications on the .Net Core3, referencing FastReport.Core. Now FastReport.Compat does not need to be added to References in the user application     [Demos] + added new demo application * updated references to FastReport packages in demos to the latest versions  
September 04, 2020

FastReport components help in fighting against COVID-19

For decades, the FastReport and FastCube libraries have been helping to organize fast reporting and powerful multidimensional analytics in various applications and industries. Particularly in Medicine. Dozens of development companies from all over the world (China, Africa, USA, Europe) responded to our offer to get a library for developments in medical science for free. Today we want to tell you about only one of these cases – from our clients – Ascom UMS, Italy. Ascom is a global provider of healthcare solutions. The company is especially known for its software packages in the field of intensive care and resuscitation.Italy became one of the first EU countries to fall under the powerful wave of the new virus. We are proud that our colleagues, IT specialists from Ascom, have also come out to fight a new challenge for all mankind!Indeed, to successfully fight the virus it is necessary to comprehensively understand what we are facing. As Nicola Franchi (the R&D manager from the Italian division of Ascom) notes, FastReport.Net with .net Core support came in handy here. See for yourself: Ascom has created a remote patient surveillance tool. Continuous monitoring aim is to reduce complications so that healthcare providers spend less time on administrative work and better provide medical care. To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Ascom has developed a package within the Digital Suite called Wearable Monitor. It is used to monitor patients undergoing treatment at home and allows you to notice changes in the patient’s condition in the early stages. Each patient receives a set of wearable devices that continually sends data to the app so that doctors in healthcare facilities can instantly identify the deterioration caused by the coronavirus. The devices are able to measure not only heart rate, temperature and physical activity, but also the rhythm of respiration and saturation - the level of oxygen in the blood. The latter are critical in surveillance of the condition of patients with coronavirus. See also: Ascom Integrates Oxitone 1000M Pulse Oximetry Into Its Digistat Wearables For Monitoring COVID-19 Patients Digisat Suite is a solution that collects statistics from connected sensors for further analytics and detecting abnormal readings for decision making. The main processing and storage of medical information occur under the control of .NET Core. The output of the resulting reports and documents, their delivery and saving in various formats take place in FastReport .NET. Nicola Franchi, Ascom UMS “We found it very easy to integrate FastReport .NET in our .NET Core project, thanks to the delivery package and the clarity of API. Even if .NET Core is a quite new technology, FastReport .NET performs well and we were able to provide to clinicians the reports they need with small development effort”   Picture 1: Agreement that the patient signs upon the wearable devices delivery. Picture 2: Summary table of all current patients, their addresses and current vitals Picture 3: History of the patient and all his parameters We bow our knee to these people, helping all of us. We will be able to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic with the joint efforts of professionals from all industries!
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