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icon2.gif  difference between Character mode report and Bitmap report [message #210890] Sat, 23 December 2006 00:26 Go to next message
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what is diff between character mode report and bitmap report
Re: difference between Character mode report and Bitmap report [message #210908 is a reply to message #210890] Sat, 23 December 2006 03:11 Go to previous message
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In character mode, report design is limited to character cells. It looks as if you used a text editor and wrote everything (labels, items) using Courier font. Every letter has its place in a grid and you know "its address" (for example, label "Employee Name" starts in 4th row 5th column). Borders are to be drawn using characters as well - pipe sign for vertical line, minus (or underscore) for horizontal line, or similar. Basically it looks like reports used to look like decades ago (when there was no GUI available).

Bitmap mode is a "modern" one. Using it, you can put anything you want almost anywhere; of course, it has its limitations (there is a grid as well, but you can adjust it according to your needs). Its output looks as if you took some graphic tool (Corel Draw, for example), and draw the report.
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