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Michael Santoro
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Michael Santoro asked on 14 Sep 2006, 06:22 PM
A few things I would like to see are:
1) Cross Tab  - This is huge, people have been requesting this from Active Reports for a long time.
2) Expandable lines - Sounds minor, but crystal has it, AR doesn't, and it makes creating grids in AR a pain.
3) Caching report creation to disk - This is critical for large reports, AR has killed many asp.net processes because it was putting the whole report in memory before it saved it to disk.
4) Alignment helpers in the designer, like in vs2005 winform designer.  When I move a control, a helper will show a line and snap it to a control in the vicinity.
5) Zoom in the designer



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Ivo
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answered on 15 Sep 2006, 02:46 PM
Hello Michael,

Thank you for your feedback. All your comments are taken into consideration.

Up to your points:

1) We will have a Cross Tab report in our product, however it is not in the scope for the first version. It will be available next year.
2) Do you mean lines that can be resized in the VS design-time surface? Yes we will have those
3) Yes, caching and performance are a top priority for us and we have them in consideration.
4) We will have alignment helpers (the first version will most probably feature only snap to grid functionality and we will have snap lines in the second release)
5) Zooming in the designer will also be possible.

Your comments will be highly appreciated once we have the bits for the beta out next month.

Best wishes,
Ivo
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Michael Santoro
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answered on 15 Sep 2006, 03:22 PM
Hi Ivo,
Sounds great!
For the expanding lines.  Suppose you have a detail section that is 30px high,and you draw vertical lines 30px high to separate the columns.  Now suppose the data for one of those columns goes over the field width, thus forcing to render part of the data the next line.  So for this record, your detail section may now become 60px high, but my lines separating the columns are only 30px high.  In crystal, if you select the expand option, the lines will automatically expand their height to the height of the detail section (or whatever section they are in).  AR doesn't do this, you have to write code to adjust for this.


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Mike
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Svetoslav
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answered on 19 Sep 2006, 07:33 AM

Hi Michael,

At the moment, we won't provide such functionality. Instead of this, our items used to build a report have the ability to specify the style of all border sides as it is in HTML. Also we will provide table item to create table layout (again similar to HTML). You can use the cell padding and borders to create you layout as you do in HTML. As textbox/cell items can become larger/smaller according to their setting their vertical borders will be with the same height.

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Svetoslav
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