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  • how to change the naming convention for reports

    I am new to Alpha anywhere. Is there a way to change the naming convention of a printed report. Presently the naming convention defaults to something like this-> ( 4).pdf when I am printing as a pdf file. Older versions had the name of the table from which it originated. Thank You

    Lou Marini

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    Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

    Tell us the steps you follow to save the report as PDF.

    If you wrote a script to automate this I believe you could specify the exact filename you wish Alpha to use when creating the PDF.

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    • #3
      Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

      I simply use the print preview function, then use the print function from that screen, then use my Adobe printer driver to print the report.

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      • #4
        Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

        I see.

        You're not using the built-in functionality to "save" the report as PDF, you are "printing" to a 3rd party driver. I don't have an answer to your question, then. Sorry.

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        • #5
          Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

          Hi Lou,
          Not sure if you solved the problem. We are having the same issue. No question that Alpha is presenting a modified name to whatever you send to a pdf printer. We have to manually change the name back every time. Also, we get an error EVERY time we try to "save as" a pdf right from Alpha's FILE menu, we get an -30 error, and need to reboot Alpha because it will no longer allow you to change a printer in "printer setup". Frustrating.

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          • #6
            Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

            I learned to live with it. However, I am not getting any errors but I am using Adobe pdf printer to print

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            • #7
              Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

              Using Report.SaveAs allows you to use a predefined (unique) name to your PDF report.

              Example:
              Fld5 = "ZRT_" + Fld1 + ".PDF" (This defines a unique name as Fld1 contains an invoice number)
              Archief = alltrim(VDocPath)+"\\"+"Frist"+alltrim(vStage)+"\\"+alltrim(VCust)+"\\" +Fld1+"\\"+Fld5
              Report.SaveAs("Uni_Cert01","PDF", query.filter,query.order, var->Archief,.F.) (by changing .F. in .T., the pdf print dialog will be opened to print the report)
              Jo Hulsen
              Dommel Valley Solutions
              The Netherlands

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              • #8
                Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

                you are going about it the wrong way - from the preview screen you can click on the pdf button and it will automatically print to a pdf
                Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                972 524 8714
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                • #9
                  Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

                  Martin,

                  I assume you are responding to my post. You are right that from the preview screen you can click the pdf button and it will automatically print to a pdf.
                  My post was a response to the initial question: Is there a way to change the naming convention of a printed report?
                  I don't think I am going about it the wrong way. It is an alternative way to produce a pdf report with a different name than the original report name. In the example it produces a unique name.
                  Jo Hulsen
                  Dommel Valley Solutions
                  The Netherlands

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                  • #10
                    Re: how to change the naming convention for reports

                    If you mean, more or less, that you would like to change the report name each time you print it, then I understand your frustration - however, if that is not the case, why not just change the name of the the report.

                    The easiest way would be to use 'report.saveas' which lets you name the report as part of the process. You could give the user an option to "name the report" and store the name in a variable, and use it in the report.saveas code.

                    As I think about it, you might use something like var->reportname + now() - this would give you a unique name that showed the date and time of the report, albeit the name would be a bit long.
                    Last edited by martinwcole; 12-04-2015, 09:31 AM.
                    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                    972 524 8714
                    [email protected]

                    ____________________
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