QBS Publishing QuickReport Pro 6
QuickReport is a banded report generator written in 100% Delphi code that integrates very closely with Delphi and C++Builder. Design reports within the Delphi/C++ Builder IDE using the form designer as a report designer.
QuickReport 6 Professional introduces new controls designed to help build better web applications and tools to make internet report distribution easier.
- 64/32 bit Delphi source code for Delphi XE2 through to XE10 compiled DCUs and packages
- 64/32 bit C++Builder XE2 through to XE10 compiled libraries and compatible source code
- Export filters for HTML, RTF and PDF formats
- (QRDesign end-user report design component - To be released)
- Electronic documentation and help file
- Report Designing - QuickReport is a banded report generator written in Delphi. Integrated very closely with Delphi and C++Builder, reports are designed in the Delphi IDE, using the IDE form designer as a report designer.
- Data connectivity - QuickReport can use any data component descended from the VCL TDataset class. The abstract table component provides a means to access any data that can be seen by Delphi or C++Builder while retaining all report features.
- Output modes - reports may be sent directly to a printer, saved in document format for later viewing, or saved as HTML, PDF, XML, CSV, XL, WMF or ASCII format. HTML and PDF may be streamed for fileless output.
Features in detail
- Standard preview Thumbnails and text search
- MemoryLimit property of TQRPrinterSettings enables suppression of temporary files. Temporary files will be created if more memory is required than set. The PDF and HTML export filters do not create temporary files
- PrintQuality, Collate and Colour printer settings are in the report printer settings and the QRPrinterSetup dialogue box
- Composite report upgrade enables exporting. TCompositeReport has an ExportToFilter method for use with the PDF, HTML XML and XL filters
- Frames and background exports have been implemented. Band and control frames and backgrounds will be exported
- Export Filters can concatenate reports; PDF, HTML and XLS filters will take several reports
- The Direct print for metafil method may be called to send a saved report directly to the selected printer. Printer settings are respected and take precedence over internal report settings when possible
- Abstract dataset (Table) enables reports to be designed around a set of fields. Data to the fields can be fed in an event that is called when the dataset advances. Reports behave exactly as with a usual dataset
- XML/XSLT export filter outputs the document (not the data) as a browser viewable XML/XSLT document. A stylesheet for browser viewing is supplied
- Transparent bands and background image property is a QRImage control placed on the report (not on a band). The control remains invisible but its bitmap is painted onto each page before other printing. Bands may be set to Transparent to stop them over-painting the background
- Memo and RichText routines calculate the expanded height of a band and is is possible to stop bands breaking across pages without writing code
- RichText controls export to PDF, XML and HTML as images
- PDF filter enables TrueType fonts to be embedded, does not make temporary files and has a corresponding control that integrates with the preview
- The HTML (Web) filter produces smaller files and has properties to fix image linking difficulties and to improve the page-to-page links
- PDF, HTML and XML filters on palette and in preview controls integrate into the preview save menu when put on a form.
- In QRP6 new web controls enable customizable web viewer designs.
- In QRP6 new server library provides a QuickReport object which can execute reports from the .dfm file as well as handling report events.
QuickReport and Unicode
Programmers working in RAD studio have a default unicode string type, so code written using these IDEs can be made unicode compatible. QRP has been adapted to take advantage of this and reports with unicode are supported. In earlier versions of Delphi and C++Builder, QR502 has two extra controls that support the wide character format, which can store UTF-16. The PDF functionality in QuickReport Pro does not use Unicode. We recommend developers needing this to purchase additional software from Gnostice
When you purchase QuickReport 6 Pro you also get:
- Access to legacy systems (QuickReport 5, 4 and 3 Pro)
- QR Design, The end-user report designer.
- QuickReport 6, 5, 4 and 3 Pro source code
- Free technical support
QuickReport Pro 6
This is a new release which maintains compatibility with QR506
and includes new controls designed to build web applications and implement
internet report distribution.
Report Distribution Schema
The best way to make information available is via the internet.
This requires that where possible web browsers should be used rather than native
applications. Most reports designed with QuickReports can be speedily converted
to html and displayed directly in a web browser with the existing components.
The new components allow custom web forms to be built so the reports may be
displayed as if in a local viewer application.
The basis of a report distribution system is a web server which
handles HTPP GET requests by sending existing reports to the client, and POST
requests which require code to be executed to generate real time reports. In the
latter case the QR6 server library provides a QuickReport object which can
execute reports from the .dfm file as well as handling report events.
The purpose of this code is to provide a run-time system that is
free from any reference to the VCL printers unit or the VCL graphics unit. The
first stage in presenting dynamically produced reports in a browser is to create
the HTML in a server environment from live data. QuickReport 6 includes server
adapted versions of the QuickReport object and the QR controls, which can
execute a design in a dfm file and stream the resulting HTML document. The code
is bundled as a component which may be used in console applications called from
a cgi-bin or ISAPI application.
The motivation for developing the web controls is to allow us,
and QuickReport users to create web applications that will present reports on
any device that has a suitable web browser.
QuickReport already has the ability to render report documents
into html which makes them viewable in a web browser. With the web controls,
this report may be presented in an interactive viewer.
Building a web application is exactly the same as designing and
exporting a report. A report with only a title band is populated with web
controls and exported to html. The web controls do not appear in the normal
preview since there is no purpose in this, but the html created may be opened in
a browser to preview the web viewer. The production process is quick and
QuickReport 6 Pro Trial Versions
Trial versions are distributed without source code and are limited to
200 records per report. Also a banner is displayed on every page. Some
exporters will insert random text when the banner display is not
possible. Applications using web controls are limited to five controls
in design mode.