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Reporting Software / Report Generator: TFORMer Designer

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Published on Aug 12, 2010

https://www.tec-it.com - In this video you'll learn how to create a report with bar codes, page numbering and automatically calculated totals.

Video auf Deutsch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOjsm...

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In this example an article report is designed. The data to be printed is provided by Excel. Based on this Excel table, TFORMer Designer is used to design a report layout with page headers, footers, barcode elements and computed totals.

Use the form-wizard to create a new report. TFORMer Designer displays a sample report with report header, page header, detail area, page footer and report footer. The report header is printed at the first page of the report, the page header and footer are rendered at the top respectively the bottom of each page. The detail band is used for the single entries of the report - it is printed for each line of the article file. The report footer is shown after the last detail band. In this example it is used to display the total amount of articles printed in the report.

In order to create the report layout import the article data file. For each column in this file TFORMer Designer creates a data-field. A data-field is used as placeholder for the actual data of the article file.

In this tutorial, the report header shows a fixed text along with the current date, The data is inserted with a scripting function called Now().

The page header shows only column headers which are entered as simple text into the text elements.

The detail band is printed for each line of the article file. The placeholders created automatically by TFORMer Designer are used as content for the text elements. A data-field can be used as required: it can be printed as text or as barcode. You can even perform computations during run-time with datafields.

Basic formatting like changing the barcode type, the font, the font-size, colors or alignments is done in the toolbar. More advanced options are available in the property list of each element. Just click the element and change the appropriate setting .

This report uses the page footer to print the current page number as well as the total number of pages of the report. For this purpose a predefined expression is used as content of the text-element.

Finally the report should show the total quantity of all items printed. Because this value is not available in the input data this value must be computed by TFORMer Designer. A so-called computed field is used for this purpose. It can be adjusted to compute the cumulative total of an arbitrary value.

The preview displays the current output immediately. If required finish the layout of the report, print it or export it as PDF or HTML.

You are finished now!

TFORMer HIGHLIGHTS

+ Visual layout editor (WYSIWYG, redo/undo, German/English, metric/inch)
+ Extensive barcode support (1D, 2D, GS1, RSS, EAN, UPC, ...)
+ Suitable for labels and reports (page header, page footer, grouping, ...)
+ Advanced features like printer tray-control, computations, conditional printing
+ Outstanding performance
+ Multiple output formats (printing, PDF export, Postscript, images, ...)
+ Serial number support

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