Posted 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTAs Data Dynamics is being discontinued, can you advise on how we transfer our large investment in Data Dynamics to Active Reports. Can a DD report be used directly in Active Reports 7 or do we have work to do on a report by report basis? Does Active Reports support drill through reports that we have set up in Data Dynamics? Does it use our Master reports or will these have to be rewritten?
Using Data Dynamics reports in ActiveReports 7 due to Data Dynamics being discontinued
Posted by: davidm06 on 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm EST
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTHello,
ActiveReports7 supports two different types of reports i.e Section Reports and Page Reports. Section Reports are based on the Active Reports model and Page Reports are based on the Data Dynamics Reports model, hence you can directly use the Data Dynamics Reports in ActiveReport7. Most of the features of Data Dynamics Reports are supported in ActiveReports7. Please refer to the following links that provide you with more details about ActiveReports7.
Hope it will help you. Please let me know if you have any queries further.
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTThank you for this. When you say "Most of the features of Data Dynamics Reports are supported in ActiveReports7", could you give details of what features are not supported so we can work out the implications of moving. I cannot find this information on the links you provided.
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTI'm only aware of a couple things that are not implemented in AR7 that existed in DDR.
1) The toolbars in the viewer controls no longer contain options to export the current report. This can be added through custom toolbar code, for example see my AR7ExportToolbar project on github: https://github.com/hasaki/AR7ExportToolbar
2) The "DateOnly" Date/Time parameter option is ignored.
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTThe areas we are worried about are as follows:
- handling of html tags. We run reports on a database with a significant number of formatted html fields. The Active Reports website suggests a limited number of html tags are supported, significantly less than Data Dynamics. This will create all sorts of problems in the reports.
- We programmatically insert images and maps into our reports and also default parameters based on database settings and are concerned these will no longer work unless the object models are the same.
Given these issues, could you advise if there are plans for Active Reports to support the range of html tags that Data Dynamics does and when that might happen and equally if it is likely to support our programmatic sql insertion.
If there are no such development plans for Active Reports7, we will probably have to discard our investment and move to another system.
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTHi,
The PageReport option in ActiveReports 7 is the Data Dynamics Reports reporting engine with new features added to it. If you use the FormattedText control in a Page Report you'll get the same HTML tag support you found in Data Dynamics Reports.
SectionReports offer a RichTextBox control which, as you noted, does not support the same range of tags. There are currently no plans to enhance the tag support in the RichTextBox control.
Some class names have changed (Report -> PageReport, ReportRuntime -> PageDocument) as have the namespaces, but the same capability to modify a report programmically still exists for PageReports.
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Does this mean that actually its exactly the same code that has been ported across - or is it a re-write to support the same range of tags?
The reason I ask is that data dynamics reporting has a fair few pretty critical bugs in html rendering even limited to the tags its supposed to support. Most notably pagination and page formatting issues - which can range from just overflowing other text to throwing 100s of pages.
Obviously if the code is a direct port the bugs are likely to remain - if its a rewrite they may have been fixed - or more added.
I have to say we are pretty disapointed with the lack of information that has been available around the retiring of this product and previously to that as seems to have been found by others the fact that bugs persist from version to version even when logged on your system.
Can you give any guarantees that the same won't just repeat itself with AR7 ?
Replied 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm ESTHello,
I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you in the past. Could you please list down the bugs that were reported in Data Dynamics Reports. It would help me to verify the status of the bugs and if required, I would request the development team to fix the same in ActiveReports7.