Designing a Report Layout
Designing a report layout involves inserting field controls, objects, and report components to the report layout page.
A control is a field that you add to the layout pane. It may be a database field, calculated field, display field, parameter (system, report) field, or a control.
Different types of control are simple controls, analytical controls, graphical controls, other controls etc.
Placing Controls on Report
|Label||A Label is used to display static text such as, titles and option button text.|
|Field||A Field control is used to accept data from the user. It is the default control that Intellicus defines when you drag fields from the Fields list window.|
|Check box||A check box control displays an empty or checked box on the report.|
|Barcode||A barcode control displays barcode generated from associated field(s) in the report.|
|Databar||A databar control displays databar generated from associated field(s) in the report.|
|Page Break||A page break control breaks the report from the location it is placed. Remaining information is printed on the next page.|
Note: If you place a field in any of the footer sections, it is auto-set as a summary field.
Label, field, checkbox, image, line, and shapes can be placed on a frame. Chart, crosstab, page break, sub-report, barcode, and databar cannot be placed on frame. You can set individual properties of controls placed on frame by selecting a control and changing properties from Properties pane.
|Chart||To place a chart on your report.|
|Cross-tab||To place a cross-tab (also known as grid or matrix) control on the report.|
These controls enhance the appearance of the report.
|Line||This control draws a straight line.|
|Shape||This control draws a rectangle. It can be changed to ellipse and rounded rectangle.|
|Image||This control places an image file on the report. For example, a corporate logo.
To upload an image:
On the Desktop Studio screen, open the report in which the image is to be uploaded.
Click Insert > Image. The cursor changes to a cross (+) symbol.
|SubReport||This control places a report in the report being designed.|
|Frame||This control is used to group the controls placed on it. This is to handle all the controls as one control.|
You can either insert a new sub-report into the main report and start designing the sub-report or you can embed a pre-existing report into the main report and start modifying it.
For more information on how to design a main report, refer to Desktop Studio – Beginner’s Guide.