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I am in the process of converting a Paradox application to delphi 2.
So far, no pain, lots gained.

However, I have hit one problem with recreating a particular
single-page report - effectively a booking form.  The master table
is linked to two detail tables.  To get the information on one page,
the records from the detail tables need to appear in two columns
in the detail band.  Something like this....

                   _________________________________
                   |                                |
                   |  Master table                  |
                   |  fields go here                |
                   |                                |
                   |________________________________|
                   | _________________   __________ |
                   ||                 | |          ||
                   ||  Detail table 1 | |  Detail  ||
                   ||                 | |  table 2 ||
                   ||                 | |          ||
                   ||                 | |          ||
                   ||_________________| |          ||
                   |                    |          ||
                   |                    |          ||
                   |                    |          ||
                   |                    |__________||
                   |                                |
                   | ______________________________ |
                   ||         Footer stuff         ||

Using Paradox Reports, the records from Detail Table 1 are displayed
as a multi-record object (rather like a Delphi DBCtrlGrid) and Detail
Table 2 is displayed as a simple 2-column table.  There is no direct
line-by-line relationship between the two columns of information -
they are laid out this way to get all the necessary data neatly onto
one page.

With the Paradox report writer, doing this is a piece of cake; but so
far, having tried Crystal Reports 4.5, Quick Reports, Piparti and
Report Printer Pro, I haven't been able to achieve this layout with
any of them because they don't seem to allow you to treat the detail
band as two distinct and independent columns.

List & Label from Combit looks as though it might do something
like this, but it's expensive.  Does anyone have any experience of
this report writer?  Or any other (Crystal Reports v5?) that might
be a solution?

Many thanks in advance.



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 
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