For 7.2 we’ll deliver the new standalone ReportWriter, and provide support for integrating the new report engine into Clarion Win32, Clarion#, and C# applications.
The new ReportWriter has major improvements in both functionality and ease-of-use, and of course it’s fully compatible with the Windows 7 64bit OS. It is extremely easy to create great looking reports, and reports can be exported to PDF, HTML, Excel, RichText, CSV, MHT, Text, and a variety of image formats (PNG, BMP, etc.). The ReportWriter also has support to export to any of those formats and email them in one operations. You can also preview reports in HTML format.
You’ll definitely want to offer upgrades to your end users so they can start using the new ReportWriter. The new ReportWriter automatically converts existing TXR libraries into the new library format. For quantity purchases we’ll be offering custom branding opportunities.
Using the report engine
Clarion 7 has existing support to work with TXR based reports from within your applications (see the Invoice example to see how it’s implemented), and we’ll continue to support TXR based report libraries in version 7.2. So any programs that are using the win32-based report engine won’t need any changes. But now in the release of 7.2, the ReportEngine class supports working with both the old report engine (TXR based reports), and the new report engine. The ReportEngine class determines which engine to run based on whether it’s asked to open a .TXR or a .REPXL library (.repxl is the extension used for the new report library files). And on the .Net side its equally easy to integrate the new report engine into your Clarion# or C# applications.
Bob Foreman is doing a ClarionLive presentation tomorrow (5/21), and he’ll be showing the new ReportWriter and showing how to integrate the new report engine into your applications.