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  • Report - form backdrop

    Is anyone using a graphic image as a backdrop "form template" for a report? Example, using a scanned JPG image of IRS1040 as a backdrop, then positioning field values so that they register with the template. I'm finding the only setting for embedded images as a backdrop that works is the Stretch option. If you are really careful, that will work, but more likely the imave will be fuzzy. Other than with stretch, the image ends up being a small 1-1/2 in square on the printer and preview.
    Last edited by Steve Wood; 06-20-2008, 11:41 AM.
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    Re: Report - form backdrop

    How are you making/creating/using the backgound Steve?

    To experiment, I just created a report with only a Report Header, 10" high. I added in a .jpg object that fills the report header, and selected the "Best Fit" option. The result is a nice, clear image that fills all dimensions as I'd expect.
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      Re: Report - form backdrop

      I'll try again; I got 6 pt text to deal with. Still, there is a bug as Absolute should render in output the same size as the original, not as a small, square watermark image.
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        Re: Report - form backdrop

        Ah, I see and I agree. When I created my example, I only tried the "best fit" which worked well. When I set it to absolute, the display is way wrong.
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          Re: Report - form backdrop

          I do this with a number of reports that are scanned backgrounds. Seems better with bmp. They need a high resolution of scan to be better. I then open them in a paint program and clean them up. I scan at full or larger size, no small pics. it is better to shrink them after than to try and enlarge.

          Some forms in my reports, I just redraw them if they are not to complicated.


          Hope this helps.

          EDIT: I use stretch for them all as they are almost always larger than the report size.

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            Re: Report - form backdrop

            Originally posted by Steve Wood View Post
            I'll try again; I got 6 pt text to deal with. Still, there is a bug as Absolute should render in output the same size as the original, not as a small, square watermark image.
            it is actually not a bug that 'absolute' prints a small image.

            on the screen there are 72 pixels per inch.

            on a printer there are typically 800 or more pixels per inch.

            so a bitmap that had a width of 72 pixels would be 1 inch wide when viewed on the screen using absolute scaling, but using the same absolue scaling would be 72/800 inches wide when printed.

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              Re: Report - form backdrop

              Hi Selwyn,

              Originally posted by Selwyn Rabins View Post
              on the screen there are 72 pixels per inch.

              on a printer there are typically 800 or more pixels per inch.

              so a bitmap that had a width of 72 pixels would be 1 inch wide when viewed on the screen using absolute scaling, but using the same absolue scaling would be 72/800 inches wide when printed.
              But if the image is specified in inches or cm or whatever the stored unit is (if any) of the image file, then it should be spread across that size in the choice of absolute, not in absolute pixels.
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                Re: Report - form backdrop

                I guess what I am searching for is the "Actual Size" setting. Stretch and Best Fit distort the image, Tile repeats it and also uses the Absolute logic of 'shrinking' the image. If I embed a 792x612 pixel image (about 8-1/2 x 11) I cannot get "Actual Size" without using Stretch or Best Fit and being very rigorous about my page margins so that it will 'stretch' to the size it is actually supposed to be. The slightest amount of stretch distorts the image, which is problematic for very finely drawn images.

                If I embed that same 792x612 image in Word, or print it directly from AI, it 'properly' prints it as about an 8-1/2 x 11 image.

                Plus, in Alpha, that image displays in WYSIWYG as about 8-1/2 x 11 on the screen - why would anyone want to have an image display at one size, and then print as a different size. I can't see the commercial logic in that.

                I can make it work with fine adjustment, so I'm OK on development. But still wonder why there is not an "Actual Size" option and why the difference in WYSIWYG and printout.
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