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  • Images in Reports

    I have a free-form report with images in pulled from a MS-SQL database. I'm using the latest build of Alpha. I have modified the field definitions to make them JPEG. They are taken from the camera of a android tablet using Phone Gap and I want each image to be approx. 1 page on the report. Providing the database contains data and I leave the objects on the report alone all is well and I get a nice looking report.

    The problem is that not all of the image fields always contain data. So let's say image 3 is empty on some occasions; no matter what I try either I cannot see the image when there is data there or I get a blank page when there is not.

    If I set "Shrinkable" on the report object, when there is no data everything behaves correctly (pulling image 4 up to beneath image 2) but when there is data it just doesn't display the image. I can only think this a bug - I turn shrinkable off - the image appears - I turn it on the image disappears. If leave things alone when there is no data I get a blank page between image 2 and 4.

    I've tried every dynamic setting I can think of but nothing works. I've tried prototyping it in a free-form report with nothing but three images in and can reproduce the above exactly but am no closer to salvation

    PLEASE HELP - its driving me mad

  • #2
    Re: Images in Reports

    I have an image I call "blank.jpg" which is just blank and sized to fit. So, if I have a missing image, like a client logo, I just replace it with that. Works great.
    Pat Bremkamp
    MindKicks Consulting


    • #3
      Re: Images in Reports

      Edit the datasource of the report. Select Advanced Options. Check 'Override field definitions of selected fields'. Override your image to JPEG image. That should do it I think.
      Mike Brown - Contact Me
      Programmatic Technologies, LLC
      Independent Developer & Consultant


      • #4
        Re: Images in Reports

        Pat: thanks for the lateral thinking, that would potentially work but its not really an acceptable solution
        Mike: I've already done that as I said in my post, they don't appear at all if you don't do that

        I **THINK** I've solved it myself - surround a given picture with a conditional object, set the conditional object to be shrinkable and set the condition to be
        .not. isblank('pic_name')
        this seems to work correctly both when there is a picture and when there isn't

        I've done it for two pictures and so far so good. I'll do it to the whole thing and see if it works in practice rather than just in test.


        • #5
          Re: Images in Reports


          So that works perfectly in the Preview from the report designer and it works perfectly using a Javascript Action to open the report when in Working Preview but it doesn't work from either Live Preview or in the real world!!!!

          The images that are in conditional objects don't show. Anyone anywhere got any idea what I can do about it?


          • #6
            Re: Images in Reports

            I'm reading through your post but I keep getting confused...

            You're working with a Free-Form Report and an MSSQL source. Your SQL table contains an Image field... a blob. Valid images are stored.

            You're working with the latest build of Alpha, but that could mean 2 different things... which build/version are you using?

            You want your report to display 1 record per page... so 1 image per page. Is there any other data on the report?

            In the data coming from the table, if each row contains an image, the report is ok. What do you want to happen if, for example, your report has 4 rows... normally 4 pages... but row 3 has no image.
            Do you want a page 3 with an empty image... or do you want page 3 to be ignored?

            If you want to ignore page 3 because it has no image, why not select rows from the table that only contain an image?


            • #7
              Re: Images in Reports

              Originally posted by Transpeed View Post

              The images that are in conditional objects don't show. Anyone anywhere got any idea what I can do about it?
              Did you put the conditional object on, set the conditions, then open the proper tab of the conditional object and add the image object?

              Or did you put the image down and "surround" the image with a conditional object? What does that mean?
              Al Buchholz
              Bookwood Systems, LTD
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              • #8
                Re: Images in Reports

                Thanks for the comments; I have been working on this and I find the following

                If I set a picture / image to "shrinkable" - it shrinks to nothing even it has data
                If I set the condition of a conditional object to be .not. isblank('imagename') it works in preview but not in the real world

                I can only assume these are bugs in Alpha but I note from T&Cs that if I pay for support they consider it resolved if, and I quote, "Confirmation that the issue is caused by an unresolved issue in an Alpha Software product" so they can stick that where the sun don't shine.

                I can work round the above MOSTLY by using a logical field in my data i.e. setting the condition of the conditional object to be a logical field which the users set (e.g. "thing is present which I want to take a picture of") which shows that my methodology, my data selection & report construction etc etc works