We strive to make the experience of
using R&R as pleasant as possible, and have made many changes in R&R V10 to
do so. Here is a sample of the most significant enhancements.
Improved Field Listings
Since lists of fields are ubiquitous
in R&R, we enhanced to this component a whole lot! The field listing boxes
have been widened to show the entire field name and descriptions, when added
to the new DDE as described above.
At key points, you can now sort
field lists by table, alphabetically, type (field, calc, total, etc.), and
select a field by name with progressive typing. The field list automatically
adjusts based on these selections to display the field’s table alias.
Redesigned Selection Rule Dialog
We have added a series of updated
prompts make it easier to specify the values for selecting records. You no
longer need to put quotes around character entries or curly braces around
dates, and in-the-range and in-the-list options will present a series of
entry boxes. Entries are validated for data type automatically, so no more
complicated syntax to learn.
These enhancements apply to both
Report Designer and runtime, making this potentially complex part of any
report simpler to learn and understand.
Drag/Drop Calcs / ParameteRRs
/ Totals from Dialogs
With this new feature, you can
create a new calculated, ParameteRR or total and immediately drag/drop into
the layout. This saves several clicks and makes it simple to define a series
of calcs or totals and quickly place them in the layout!
Export to Excel Format
R&R will now export directly to
Microsoft Excel format (.xls) for the ‘worksheet’ export option. Result Set
Browser will also export to Excel.
Additional ‘Calc’ Field
Do you need a calculated field for
joining tables, but haven’t defined it yet? With a new ‘Calc’ button on the
Edit Relation table join dialog (xBase Report Designer only), you can define
it on-the-fly. A similar box has been added to the line properties to allow
definition on-the-fly for a line logic control field (xBase and SQL
This new feature allows for
scheduling of reports that contain ParameteRRs so that R&R will not stop and
wait forever for input. Specify the values beforehand (or use RIPARAM values
in Rapid Runner) and use the same report for unattended production and
production on demand.
‘Right-click’ Field Totaling
Point to any field in the layout,
right-click and see the new option to generate a total from that field.
There’s also an option to view/edit the dictionary settings.
There are many more enhancements
that apply to Report Designer, Runtime, Report Librarian and Rapid Runner.