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    Form printing to Landscape

    I have been redesigning some of my Forms to a landscape size, in order to get some more room ( the length of a form is limited hence the change).
    It seems it doesn't matter what printer I use, even a tiff driver & to pdf using alpha's built in driver I am getting nuisance 1 or 2 blank (separator) pages.
    I have made sure all margins & page design are with the limits of A4 Landscape.
    I also notice when previewing it uses portrait - This may be a bug that creates the Blanks.
    Also the pdf produced is an odd size page - Can you set options via xbasic for the pdf?
    Can any one help with this issue

    Re: Form printing to Landscape

    Sorry, I misunderstood the question. I was thinking of reports, not a Form.

    These are the page settings I use with no problems.


    On the printer tab I have use default printer and checked show printer setup on print.
    Last edited by Ronald Anusiewicz; 01-04-2015, 03:23 PM.
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    Ron Anusiewicz


      Re: Form printing to Landscape

      One thing that can throw you off is that some printers need a 6.7 at the bottom. In landscape, that would be the right side.

      However the top can generally be 2 or 3, so add 2 to right and remove 2 on left.

      I hope that helps a little. It may not be all the problem.

      If the report is based on a set and there are child records with records and others with no records, you can get blank pages.
      There is a setting in the report for that. I will try and find it.

      In report edit:
      report - Properties - band - region properties
      The keys here are keep on page and shrink contents. If you play with the different settings it will generally work out right. Most likely the Detail section or group section will be the needed one(s)
      Last edited by DaveM; 01-04-2015, 01:13 PM.
      Dave Mason
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        Re: Form printing to Landscape

        the length of a form is limited hence the change
        What do you perceive the limit to be and done in what context?
        Dave Mason
        [email protected]
        Skype is dave.mason46


          Re: Form printing to Landscape

          Access the Report tab of the control panel, Right click in the white area, choose Import Layout, choose your form.

          Adjust as necessary. Printing a form is ill advised and can be frustrating.
          There can be only one.


            Re: Form printing to Landscape

            Importing a form on the report tab, just seem to (re)create another form, not a report.

            I there any more advice or help out there for my issue?



              Re: Form printing to Landscape

              No, it recreates your form as a report and you now have the report editor tools available to you.
              There can be only one.


                Re: Form printing to Landscape

                If I export a form to an .a5pkg file, when I try to import on the report tab it just creates another form - where am I going wrong?


                  Re: Form printing to Landscape


                  The desktop user guide has a useful topic on this.

                  You'll find it near the bottom of this material in a subtopic called "Importing a Layout as a Starting Point for a New Report"

                  -- tom
                  Last edited by Tom Cone Jr; 01-19-2015, 10:05 AM.


                    Re: Form printing to Landscape

                    Got it now, thanks & can see that it is likely to be something to do with printing overflow - something you can change in reports but not for forms.
                    Thanks to all.


                      Re: Form printing to Landscape

                      Hi Terry,
                      You also might want to look at the report preview supercontrol that allows you to embed a report into a form. You can create hyperlinks on key fields in the report to drill down to detail reports or open a form; and add ordering and filter features to the form that will refresh the report with the changes. If you are familiar at all with Quickbooks reports, you can create a similar feature in Alpha.

                      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


                        Re: Form printing to Landscape

                        Thanks Robin, but my issue was the other way round, but this may help as I will now investigate if you can embed a form in a report.