QuickReport is a set of components and controls that allow reports to be designed and previewed in the Delphi and C++ Builder IDEs. Applications including Quickreport functionality can then be deployed royalty free.
Report Designing - QuickReport is a banded report generator written in Delphi. Integrated very closely with Delphi and C++Builder, reports are designed in the Delphi IDE, using the IDE form designer as a report designer.
Data connectivity - Quickreport can use any data component descended from the VCL TDataset class. The abstract table component provides a means to access any data that can be seen by Delphi or C++Builder while retaining all report features.
Output modes - reports may be sent directly to a printer, saved in document format for later viewing, or saved as HTML, PDF, XML, CSV, XL, WMF or ASCII format. HTML and PDF may be streamed for fileless output.
Features in detail
Standard preview Thumbnails and text search
MemoryLimit property of TQRPrinterSettings enables suppression of temporary files. Temporary files will be created if more memory is required than set. The PDF and HTML export filters do not create temporary files
PrintQuality, Collate and Colour printer settings are in the report printer settings and the QRPrinterSetup dialogue box
Composite report upgrade enables exporting. TCompositeReport has an ExportToFilter method for use with the PDF, HTML XML and XL filters
Frames and background exports have been implemented. Band and control frames and backgrounds will be exported
Export Filters can concatenate reports; PDF, HTML and XLS filters will take several reports
The Direct print for metafil method may be called to send a saved report directly to the selected printer. Printer settings are respected and take precedence over internal report settings when possible
Abstract dataset (Table) enables reports to be designed around a set of fields. Data to the fields can be fed in an event that is called when the dataset advances. Reports behave exactly as with a usual dataset
XML/XSLT export filter outputs the document (not the data) as a browser viewable XML/XSLT document. A stylesheet for browser viewing is supplied
Transparent bands and background image property is a QRImage control placed on the report (not on a band). The control remains invisible but its bitmap is painted onto each page before other printing. Bands may be set to Transparent to stop them over-painting the background
Memo and RichText routines calculate the expanded height of a band and is is possible to stop bands breaking across pages without writing code
RichText controls export to PDF, XML and HTML as images
PDF filter enables TrueType fonts to be embeded, does not make temporary files and has a corresponding control that integrates with the preview
The HTML (Web) filter produces smaller files and has properties to fix image linking difficulties and to improve the page-to-page links
PDF, HTML and XML filters on palette and in preview controls integrate into the preview save menu when put on a form.