Monthly Archives: February 2012

Adding watermarks to reports is something that I've already blogged years ago during the development of GdiPlusX. In those times, we needed to create a specific ReportListener to manage the report pages, and draw the watermarks. We needed another external library, GdiPlusX, that was responsible for drawing at the report surface, and for applying some special effects to the images, such as transparencies and converting to grey scale.

FInally, we have this feature in FoxyPreviewer too ! That means that from now on, you can add watermarks to your reports without having absolutely any knowledge about GDI+ or… Continue reading

Thor is one of the newest VFPX projects, that brings probably the most helpful set of tools for VFP9 developers, bringing for FREE, TONS of features that were available only in other languages, or even as paid tools. As it’s described in the THOR main web page:

Thor is a tool for managing add-on tools in the IDE, managing menus and hot key assignments for IDE Tools.

But as you’ll see below, it’s much more than that !!!

 

Today I found myself having to do lots of data manipulations, and to create several SQL INSERT instructions. I remember to… Continue reading

A relative old feature, but that I missed to blog about is the possibility of adding justified texts in your report fields.
In FoxyPreviewer, that's really very very simple !

  • Select the field that you want to justify
  • Double-click that field to access the properties dialog
  • Select the "Other" Tab
  • Click "Edit User Data" button
  • Add the "<FJ>" tag in the textbox

That simple !
When you run your report, that field will appear justified.

This setting works also when you export your report to PDF, RTF and HTML!

FoxyPreviewer brings another cool facility, that allows you to draw your texts in the report surface (and export it) having control on each word. Forget those old workarounds, generating images to draw some texts in your reports or even embedding RTF controls in your reports !

 

This brings a super cool new feature, allowing you to add some basic HTML texts to your fields. This means that you can from now on determine how EACH WORD in your field should be formatted!
See the image below, all the text is in ONE SINGLE FIELD !

How to do it… Continue reading

FoxyPreviewer brings 4 ways for you to send emails:

 

1 – MAPI - Uses the WinAPI MapiSendMail to try to send the current report as an attachment.

This setting sends a standard message, with one or more attached files and a cover note. The cover note is a dialog box that allows the user to enter a list of recipients and an optional message and other sending options. It will open a dialog email sending message, waiting for a user interaction. The message will not be sent automatically. It’s up to the user to veryfy the information ofthe message… Continue reading

Released v2.96
http://foxypreviewer.codeplex.com/releases/

This release brings a new cool feature, allowing you to print the same report twice in the same page.
In several cases we need to print some receipts in 2 copies. Normally these reports are small, using only half the page. If you have this situation, now you can set just one property, and FoxyPreviewer will repeat the current report in the same page, starting from the half vertical part of the page.

Currently works only when you run the report in the preview.
In the preview window, the report will look as original. The 2nd copy… Continue reading