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Wrong Record in the Page Header Section

This is an issue that our customers ask about often. To get a clear handle on the situation, let me clarify some basic points about how Section reports work.

Avoid Drudgery with Report Parts

The best innovations spring out of our desire to avoid boring, repetitive, drudge work. This is why we bring you (*ta da!*) report parts.

Adding Group Page Breaks

To display each data group on a separate page, you need to sort the data and add page breaks for each group. Where you do this depends on the type of report you're using. Let's take a look at grouping in each report type.

Three Ways to Use Summaries in Section Reports

In Section reports, the TextBox control has several Summary properties that, combined, let you render running summaries and grand totals in header or footer sections of your reports.

Combining Reports

With ActiveReports, you can combine multiple reports into one. How you do it depends on the type of report.

Printer and Page Settings (Section Reports)

In Section reports, you can set the printer paper size and report margins at run time in the Report Settings dialog. All of these settings are in the first page, Page Setup, and the second one, Printer Settings.

Verifying Your Server Configuration

Once we finish Installing ActiveReports Server, we want to verify that we have set it up correctly. Let's log into the Report Portal and look at a sample report. Use the administrator account that we created in the Server Configuration Wizard just after installation (user name: administrator, password: secret) to log in.

Firewall Settings for ActiveReports Server

We have finished setting up and installing ActiveReports Server. However, in its current state, you can only access the Report Portal and Administrator Dashboard from the PC on which it is installed.

Is there a way to automatically resize fonts to fit text within a control?

The answer to this question is yes! And we've made it easy by providing a ShrinkToFit property on the TextBox control in Page and Section reports, and on the Label control in Section reports. Set the property to True and ActiveReports takes care of the rest.

Installing ActiveReports Server

Continuing from the previous post on Preparing Your System for an ActiveReports Server Installation, here are the steps to install ActiveReports Server.

Microsoft Edge and PDF

UPDATE: Microsoft has fixed this issue in the Windows 10 November update, so we were able to add a print button for Edge as well. You can find it in ActiveReports 11 and in the upcoming ActiveReports 10 Service Pack 3.

Page Break After N Records (Section Reports)

In a Section report, you can add page breaks for each section at any point. Set it using the NewPage property of the section. If you set the NewPage property of a section to After, ActiveReports creates a new page after displaying the section.

Changing Control Properties at Run Time

Depending on the type of report you are using, Section or Page/RDL, there are different ways to change control properties at run time. In this article, we will take a look at the procedure for each report type.

ActiveReports 10 Service Pack 1: Enabling Design-Time Collaboration

Last week, ActiveReports 10 Service Pack 1 was released with new features focusing on design-time collaboration. These features enable the report author working in the Visual Studio integrated report designer or the End User Report Designer to collaborate with other report authors. Many of these collaboration features are also available through the extensive API to provide more flexibility for run-time customization of report layouts.

Quick LightSwitch Application Powered by ActiveReports

With the ease of use that comes with the LightSwitch platform, it is, well, easy to understand why some developers like it. You can quickly create business apps in Visual Studio LightSwitch without much work and even without writing a single line of code.

Workflow for Sharing Data Sets

With ActiveReports Server and ActiveReports 10 Professional Edition, you can share data sets on the server for improved data governance and reusability. We've talked a little about who might want to do this and why. Now we'll talk about how.

Models vs. Shared Data Sets

ActiveReports Server now supports two methods for reports to access data: Shared Data Sets and Data Models. The obvious question then is which should you use? To answer that question, we need to understand what types of reports you are serving up using ActiveReports Server.

Shared Data Sets: Why Should You Care?

Not everyone will find the shared data sets feature useful, but for those who do, it is huge. If you use ActiveReports Server to deliver Page or RDL reports created using ActiveReports, you can share data source and data set definitions on the server.