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Master Reports (Feature request?)

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Andrew asked on 05 Jun 2013, 06:00 PM
Having previously used ActiveReports, there was a functionality they call "Master Reports" that works as a parent wrapper used by the actual report being designed.  In essence, they basically work in a similar fashion to what a Master Page would be used for in ASP.NET.  I haven't seen this kind of functionality in Telerik Reporting, but it would be nice to have since it allows you to define base templates for your reports rather than having to constantly copy common content sections (i.e. header or footer) or include multiple sub-reports. 

Anyone else?

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IvanY
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answered on 10 Jun 2013, 02:37 PM
Hello Andrew,

There are two ways to reuse your reports or create a boilerplate report. The first approach is suitable if you are using the designer. In that case you can simply create a number of reports that only have the basic items/sections/color schemes in them. After that you can simply copy one of those reports and use it during the creation of your new report.

If you are using code (and since everything you make in the designer can be achieved via code) you can add the logic needed for all your reports in the constructor, using a method or even a class with several methods. The downside will be that at design time the report will not display those items/sections. 

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IvanY
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Have you tried the new visualization options in Telerik Reporting Q1 2013? You can get them from your account.

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answered on 10 Jun 2013, 05:07 PM
The copy/paste option is basically what we are doing right  now.  The downside to that is if the header or footer need a change globally, then we have to go back thru each report and make the changes.  This makes maintaining the design going forward much more complicated than having master/child report options (where the changes would only be needed once), especially when this change needs to be done to 20-30 reports at a time.

Like I said originally though, this is mainly a suggested feature since I know it's not really an option with the current version. 
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IvanY
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answered on 13 Jun 2013, 06:59 AM
Hello Andrew,

As mentioned in the previous ticket you can use the other approach - add all predefined items and sections through code. You can use this approach even if you use the designer, but the downside is that you will not be able to see those items while designing.

I hope that helps.

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IvanY
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Have you tried the new visualization options in Telerik Reporting Q1 2013? You can get them from your account.

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