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    opinions wantted merits of pdf reports vs html reports and vice versa

    What are the pros and cons of PDF vs HTML reports? Alpha gives the option of either (as well as text) for outputting reports on the web. I like the PDF reports, and it seems they can be more readily saved for later use (I may be wrong about this).

    But, html reports seem to work better on PDA's, where PDF's sometimes do not work that well at all. But there are probably other issues as well.

    Most people seem to be use PDF's for the reports, and there must be reasons for that.

    I am interested in hearing what people have to say about the issues of using one over the other.

    Thanks ...

    Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

    Re: opinions wantted merits of pdf reports vs html reports and vice versa

    PDFs are always accurate - you get the exact represenation you want.

    HTML reports are not. Alpha Software has acknowledged that the third-party addin they use for these leave room for improvement.

    I have no experience with PDAs and A5 reporting, so if HTML reports work better for you there, and you get consistent, reliable results, well use 'em!


      Re: opinions wantted merits of pdf reports vs html reports and vice versa

      There are also a variety of functions you can use on PDF's that would be difficult with HTML. For a recent project I had a 'report from hell' with two columns each with individual detail sections. I found it impossible to create it as one report. I ended up creating two different reports, sending each to a PDF, and then using pdf_merge() to overlay them to create the finished report. I've used HTML for simple reports that look more like web pages than reports.
      Steve Wood
      See my profile on IADN


        Re: opinions wantted merits of pdf reports vs html reports and vice versa

        Steve and Steve,

        You're comments are very much appreciated, and very helpful.

        What I have now done is give the user the option of printing either HTML or PDF.


        Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


          Re: opinions wantted merits of pdf reports vs html reports and vice versa

          Speaking of PDF's...
          I receive the following error in Version 9 when I try to convert a report to PDF even after reinstalling Adobe reader.
          My operating system is Vista SP1.
          Layout name: East Metro Church@c:\program files (x86)\afv9\eastmetrochurch\people.dddLayout type: reportError communicating with printer

          Any suggestions? Thanks - Dave