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30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

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30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

Is there a white paper or other information more detailed information about the improved report in V19. As someone who influences clients to update ACT the more benefits I can promote the better.


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‎01-27-2017 10:44 AM
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Re: 30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

I can provide some information on the refreshed standard reports. A couple f new reports were added and a couple of alternate versions added. Some default properties were changed such as "Hide on empty subreports" in the Contact report to No as the default. Many of the original standard reports were converted from the standard ACT! 6 reports which made them difficult to edit. The object names were converted to Field1, Field2, etc., which made the fields hard to identify in the editor. All those anonymous object names were changed to object names that related to the associated database fields. Further things like currency fields hid the field object and then used a custom field to format the data for currency. The custom fields were eliminated and the field object shown and formatted using the object properties. There were other cases where chains of custom fields were used for a combination of calculation and formatting. Wherever possible these were simplified. Finally cosmetic. Wherever possible the templates were modified to limit the amount of wasted white space when the report was run. For new client installs, the original report template can be replaced with the refreshed reports. For existing clients, the refreshed reports can replace the original reports provided they haven't edited the original report without renaming the edited version.
Roy Laudenslager
ACT! Certified Consultant
ACT! Report Expert
Durkin Impact Report Designer
www.techbenders.com
royel@techbenders.com
541-343-8129

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Re: 30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

Hi ch1p,

I'm not aware of any detailed documentation on these new reports. All the new reports appear with the extension .rep2 in the Report List so they can be easily identified, and it's possible to hide the old reports using the Options button on the right.
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Accepted by topic author ch1p
‎01-27-2017 10:44 AM
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 6,663
Country: USA

Re: 30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

I can provide some information on the refreshed standard reports. A couple f new reports were added and a couple of alternate versions added. Some default properties were changed such as "Hide on empty subreports" in the Contact report to No as the default. Many of the original standard reports were converted from the standard ACT! 6 reports which made them difficult to edit. The object names were converted to Field1, Field2, etc., which made the fields hard to identify in the editor. All those anonymous object names were changed to object names that related to the associated database fields. Further things like currency fields hid the field object and then used a custom field to format the data for currency. The custom fields were eliminated and the field object shown and formatted using the object properties. There were other cases where chains of custom fields were used for a combination of calculation and formatting. Wherever possible these were simplified. Finally cosmetic. Wherever possible the templates were modified to limit the amount of wasted white space when the report was run. For new client installs, the original report template can be replaced with the refreshed reports. For existing clients, the refreshed reports can replace the original reports provided they haven't edited the original report without renaming the edited version.
Roy Laudenslager
ACT! Certified Consultant
ACT! Report Expert
Durkin Impact Report Designer
www.techbenders.com
royel@techbenders.com
541-343-8129
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Posts: 1,427
Country: United_Kingdom

Re: 30+ refreshed standard reports in V19

Thanks Roy (The ACT Report Guru) for the reply.

 

Going to look at a couple of the reports that would stop working if edited twice to see if that problem is also resolved.