Using SubReports

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Taras asked on 28 Jan 2022, 05:30 PM

I have a PDF report to create..  Its usually 2 pages long and contains the information for a single record.  It is generated by manual selection one record at a time.  It already includes a sub-report with multiple child entities related to the parent record.

The thing is the parent record contains 134 fields.  I've got these split into multiple related panels currently

For maintainability, is it easier to split the panels into sub-reports?  Is there any performance issue with that? Although only 1 report is selected at a time.

I find that when I have to make a change the desktop report designer isn't very user friendly when panels need to be moved down to expand a prior panel. 

Or am I just not familiar with the designer enough to more things around efficiently?

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answered on 02 Feb 2022, 04:43 PM

Hello Taras,

The SubReports with a small amount of data shouldn't have a substantial performance impact. That said, you may use several SubReports without being concerned about the performance.

Regarding maintainability, I think it would be easier in case you reuse the subreports in multiple main reports. If they are used only once, I don't think this would be beneficial.

When it comes to our Standalone Report Designer UI, I tested and was able to move the Panels down in the Report. Even when there wasn't sufficient space, the corresponding report section auto-expanded. I was also able to select and move more than one report item, for example, two or more Panels at a time by holding the 'Shift' button when selecting the items. Can you elaborate on how you would like the Panels to be moved so that we can consider this for improving the designer functionality?

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Todor
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