Further Finetuning in the Designer

As with every release, we've added a lot of finetuning to the Designer and its objects. We haven't been able to cover each of the new features in the past LL21 blogpost feature marathon – there are just too many gems to uncover. So here are some of these new Designer features you don't want to miss that make working with LL smoother than ever before.

  • The property windows now have a filter which allows to quickly find and select properties. If you're looking for something "color" related, simply type "color" into the filter window and only properties that match your search phrase will be visible. This is one of those "how could we live without that until now" features once you're accustomed to it.
  • The structure of the report container now hides relation names from the UI where they aren't needed. This makes for a clearer, more end user friendly UI.
  • The report container itself now has a frame property. No more fiddling with header lines and a frame at the top, data lines and a frame left and right and an otherwise empty footer with a frame at the bottom to simply get a frame round the container.
  • Support for input objects in tables – use edit controls, checkboxes, combos (which are now also supported in the PDF export) and buttons in table objects.
  • Adapted look and feel for toolbars and property grid – looks much more modern now, gradients removed, now more blue selection bar of property group headers.
  • New "Colors" tab in the formula wizard to ease the creation of formulas that need color parameters
  • Improved object tree scrolling when using Drag & Drop – simply drag an object outside of the window to start scrolling up or down.
  • We now use the standard Windows common dialog for search in the preview – that's what users know. As a side effect, we can now also support Ctrl+F as a shortcut in the Ribbon interface.
  • Optional automatic position adaption of objects when flipping orientation – incredibly handy if you want to change the orientation for an existing project:

New feature of version 21
 

And now fasten your seat belt, step in the time machine and push the fast-forward button. Only a few days to go until release. List & Label 21 is coming. Look forward to it!

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6 Comments on “Further Finetuning in the Designer”

  1. It’s in the backlog for one of the next major versions. However we haven’t scheduled the feature yet. So currently I cannot commit to a timeframe.

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  2. I don’t know the full functionality of L&L because we use ActiveReports now. But we are in the process of migrating our Application to ASP.MVC and evaluating other Reporting solutions. Yes it should be possible to design the whole report in the browser (also Scripting, Subreports etc.)

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  3. Thanks Robert – your best bet currently would be to use our WebDesigner then (overhauled in version 21). It requires installation on the client side but comes with most of the functionality of the “normal” Designer. I fully understand the request for a native, browser based HTML5 designer, however.

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