Working with Report Template
The report template occupies the main part of the Report Builder. It consists of the report objects, which have their own properties to control their displaying behaviour.
Adding an object
To add an object, just select the one from Object Palette and click template in the place, where you would like to place it. If you don't see the Object Palette, choose Options | Toolbars | Object Palette menu.
To select an object, just click it in template or select it in Report Tree window. To select multiple objects, click each object holding Shift down or use rubberband technique holding Ctrl down, as it is shown on the image below. To edit properties of selected object(s), use Object Inspector window or tool bar buttons. When you select many objects, you may edit their common properties as long as move, copy, cut, or remove them.
To delete an object, you should select it and click Delete Object button or press Delete. Note, that when you select many objects, you may remove or cut only those objects, which selected within one container.
Editing objects' properties
You can edit the properties of the selected object(s) in Object Inspector window. Also, some properties can be edited directly in template area by using mouse, for example:
1. Working with columns is allowed until any separate object resized or moved, so it is recommended that you ended work with columns before working with separate objects;
2. Objects of the Page Header, Report Title and Page Footer bands cannot be used in columns.
There are several functions for aligning of selected objects by edge, height, or width of one of them. These functions are located under context menu of the objects or in Objects Alignment toolbar.
Last action in the Report Builder can be undone using the corresponding button or menu item from Edit menu. But there are some exceptions, for example, you cannot undo last action after saving report template, after clearing the template, after rebuilding the template by other report scheme and in some other cases.
Report template can be saved to file (usually with .dtt extension). Such files is called dynamic reports, because such reports, unlike static reports, show their data dynamically from the open database.
You can save the report template to binary or text form (using the correspoding property of the Report object). Template file in text form can be edited directly, but it is not recommended to do so. Use text form of template files when moving the templates between different Database Tour Pro or Reportizer versions.
There are some demo files in the program: several demo databases in dBase (.dbf) and Access formats and a set of reports, which use those databases (all are located in Examples folder). They can help you to learn more about report features.