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PREREQUISITES:

Visual FoxPro 9 SP2

If you use Top-Level forms, the installation of the latest cumulative HotFix for VFP9SP2 KB 968409 is required, to fix a bug from SP2 that makes the toolbar in a Top-Level form look disabled. The easiest way to update your VFP9SP2 with the latest hotfixes is to install Woody's runtime installer, that can be found here:
Woody's VFP9 SP2 Runtime Installer with all hotfixes (Rev 7423)
Mirror at Foxpert.com


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FAQS

LINKS

Getting support


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Documentación en español

Cómo obtener soporte

FAQ#1 - Barra de herramientas no funciona

FAQ#2 - Las imágenes incluidas en mi Proyecto / EXE no son exportadas a PDF

FAQ#3 - Los reportes no imprimen


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Türkçe Dökümantasyon

USAGE:

To use it with your own reports has become even more simple than it was originally. Now you can use FoxyPreviewer in two ways:
  • 1 - WITHOUT CHANGING ANY CODE IN YOUR APP (Simplified and recommended mode)

See how simple it is to change completely the look and give some super powers to your reports:

DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP 
REPORT FORM YourReport PREVIEW 


That's all !
That means that all you need to do is to "DO FoxyPreviewer.App" at the beginning of your executable, and ALL your reports that use the "PREVIEW" clause will be shown using the simplified but super powerful interface of FoxyPreviewer!

IMPORTANT:
Make sure to store the file FoxyPreviewer.App in a folder that has READ/WRITE permissions, because it will create and store some helper files that it needs to use at the same folder.


  • 2 - THE ORIGINAL MODE (Complete mode) NOT RECOMMENDED
Deprecated Complete Mode



CUSTOMIZING SETTING PROPERTIES

The properties below are available both in Complete and in Simplified mode

For The "Simplified" mode, immediately after you "DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP" all the properties below will be available in the "_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer" object.
For the "Complete" mode, these properties are available directly in the "PreviewHelper" object.


Of course, you may choose what features will be available in the report preview toolbar, customize your documents, and even how the dialogs will appear. There are some few and obvious properties that you may set in order to fit your needs. Below are the methods and properties available:

Methods - APPLICABLE ONLY TO THE COMPLETE MODE

For the smarter users who chose to use the "Simplified" mode, the information in this topic does not apply.

(all methods obligatory if using the Complete mode)
  • meth.gif AddReport(tcFRXFile, tcClauses, tcAlias)
    • That's the place where you determine what report and which clauses will be used
    • tcFRXFile - character, the FRX to be run
    • tcClauses - character, the report clauses
    • tcAlias - character, the name of the table or cursor to be selected before running the report
eg.: .AddReport(_Samples + "\Solution\Reports\wrapping.frx", "NODIALOG FOR title = 'S' RANGE 3,3")

  • meth.gif RunReport()
Runs the chosen report, and shows the preview window and FoxyPreviewer toolbar

Properties - APPLICABLE TO ALL MODES

(all optional)

You don't need to configure them at all. You can let your users determine all their preferences using the preferences button.

General
  • prop.gif cTitle - character, the preview window title
  • prop.gif nShowToolBar - numeric, determines the visibility of the report toolbar when the preview is run. (1 = Visible (default), 2 = Invisible, 3 = Use resource)
  • prop.gif nWindowState - numeric, defines the previewform.WindowState 0 = Normal, 2 = Maximized
  • prop.gif nDockType - logical or numeric (0-4). If False, the dock will follow the resource file used. Or numeric, to force the toolbar docking.
    • –1 Undocks the toolbar or form.
    • 0 Positions the toolbar or form at the top of the main Visual FoxPro window.
    • 1 Positions the toolbar or form at the left side of the main Visual FoxPro window.
    • 2 Positions the toolbar or form at the right side of the main Visual FoxPro window.
    • 3 Positions the toolbar or form at the bottom of the main Visual FoxPro window.
    • 4 Keep the current dock settings from the resource file
  • prop.gif nMaxMiniatureDisplay - numeric, the quantity of reports to be shown in the miniatures form.
  • prop.gif cFormIcon - character, the file name of the icon to be used in the preview and other helper forms
  • prop.gif lDirectPrint - logical, Flag that directs the output directly to the printer, without preview (default = False)
  • prop.gif nThermType - numeric, the thermometer (progress bar) type used (1 = VFP9 Default, 2 = Enhanced windows compatible, recommended)
  • prop.gif lUseListener - logical, determines if ReportListeners will be used during printing. The report previsualization will always use listeners. There are some situations or incompatibilities between some printers and report listeners so you may try setting this property to .F. to get an "old way" printing. So, when .F., REPORTBEHAVIOR will be set to 80. Useful for dot-matrix printers. (Available only in complete mode)
  • prop.gif lQuietMode - logical, determines the QuietMode property for the listeners used. The progressbar for the report generation and email sending is determined by this property. && Default = .F.
  • prop.gif cDestFile - character, determines the filename of the output file to be generated when "RunReport()" is called. If you set this property the report will not be previewed in the complete mode. updated.gif This property is also populated with the last file name that the user chose for saving the output of the current report session.
  • prop.gif nSearchPages - numeric, determines the quantity of pages that will be scanned during Searches in previews. Default = -1 (all pages)
  • prop.gif nButtonSize - numeric, determines the size of the buttons in the preview toolbar (1 = 16x16 pixels (default), 2 = 32x32 pixels)
  • prop.gif cLanguage - character, the default language used in all dialogs and tooltips
  • prop.gif cPrinterName - character, the name of the default printer to be used in the complete mode
  • prop.gif lOpenViewer - logical, determines if the saved report will be automatically opened after generated, using the default app
  • prop.gif cSuccessor - character, the name of the report successor class. (For advanced users only)
  • prop.gif lExpandFields - logical, makes the report not to show the "*" if numeric values overflow. Since it makes the report running a little bit slower, by default it will continue with the original behavior. You have to set it manualy if you need it.
  • prop.gif cPrintJobName - character, the name of the current PrintJob used. That's the name that will appear in the printer spooler.
  • prop.gif lRepeatInPage new2.gif - logical, determines if the current report will print twice in the same page, repeating the contents, starting from the half vertical part of the page. Works only when you run the report in the preview. In the preview window, the report will look as original. The 2nd copy will be printed in the same page only when you click the "Print" button in the toolbar or Context menu.


Toolbar
  • prop.gif cToolbarTitle - character, determines the title of the report toolbar new2.gif
  • prop.gif lSendToEmail - logical, determines if the "send to email" button will be shown (not available yet)
  • prop.gif lSaveToFile - logical, determines if the "saveto file" button will be shown
  • prop.gif lShowCopies - logical, shows the copies spinner
  • prop.gif lShowMiniatures - logical, shows the miniatures page
  • prop.gif lShowSetup - logical, shows user preferences button in toolbar
  • prop.gif lShowPrinters - logical, determines if the available printers combo will be shown
  • prop.gif lShowSearch - logical, determines if the Search buttons will be visible
  • prop.gif lShowClose - logical, determines if the Close button will be visible
  • prop.gif nCopies - numeric, the default quantity of copies to be printed
  • prop.gif lPrintVisible - logical, shows the print and exporting related buttons in the toolbar and context menu; if .F., excludes ALL print-related controls from the toolbar, regardless of their individual include/exclude property settings.
  • prop.gif lShowPrintBtn new2.gif - logical, allows to individually include/exclude the "Print Report" button, so that you can use the Print Prefs button "instead of," rather than only "in addition to.". This is different from the property "lPrintVisible", that hides/shows all the printing related buttons. This new prop, deals only with the "Print" button.
  • prop.gif nZoomLevel - numeric, the initial zoom level of the preview window. Possible values are: 1-10%, 2-25%, 3-50%, 4-75%, 5-100% default, 6-150%, 7-200%, 8-300%, 9-500%, 10-whole page, 11-page width
  • prop.gif lPrinterPref - logical, shows the "Change printer preferences" button in the toolbar
  • prop.gif nPrinterPropType - numeric, the type of printer preferences dialog (1 = PRINTER PROMPT Printer dialog, 2 = Current printer properties)
  • prop.gif nCanvasCount - numeric, the initial nr of pages rendered on the preview form. Valid values are 1 (default), 2, or 4.
  • prop.gif lShowPageCount new2.gif - logical, shows / hides the option to change page count in the preview toolbar.


Toolbar Appearance

The following properties are applicable only if the property 'nButtonSize = 1' (16x16 pixels)
  • prop.gif cImgPrint - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Print" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgPrintPref - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Printer Prompt" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgSave - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Save" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgClose - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Close" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgClose2 - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Close" button in the preview toolbar. This 2nd image will be switched in the MouseOver event of the "Close"button.
  • prop.gif cImgEmail - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Email" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgSetup - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Setup" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgMiniatures - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Miniatures" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgSearch - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Search" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgSearchAgain - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Search Again" button in the preview toolbar.
  • prop.gif cImgSearchBack - character, the FullPath of the image file to replace the image of the "Search Back" button in the preview toolbar.


The following properties are applicable only if the property 'nButtonSize = 2' (32x32 pixels)
  • prop.gif cImgPrintBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Print" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgPrintPrefBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Printer Prompt" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgSaveBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Save" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgCloseBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Close" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgClose2Big new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Close" button in the preview toolbar. This 2nd image will be switched in the MouseOver event of the "Close"button. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgEmailBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Email" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgSetupBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Setup" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgMiniaturesBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Miniatures" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgSearchBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Search" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgSearchAgainBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Search Again" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons
  • prop.gif cImgSearchBackBig new2.gif - character, the FullPath of the 32x32 pixels image file to replace the image of the "Search Back" button in the preview toolbar. Applicable when the property 'nButtonSize = 2' && big buttons


Output types allowed in the "Save as.." button from the toolbar and context menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsImage - logical, includes the "save as Image" option in menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsHTML - logical, includes the "save as HTML" option in menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsMHT - logical, includes the "save as MHTML" option in menu (available only in Simplified mode)
  • prop.gif lSaveAsRTF - logical, includes the "save as RTF" option in menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsXLS - logical, includes the "save as XLS" option in menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsPDF - logical, includes the "save as PDF" option in menu
  • prop.gif lSaveAsTXT - logical, includes the "save as TXT" option in menu (available only in Complete mode)
  • prop.gif cOutputPath - character, destination path used to save the outputs


Generic Email settings
  • prop.gif nEmailMode - numeric, the email type (1 = MAPI, 2 = CDOSYS HTML, 3 = CDOSYS TEXT, 4 = Custom procedure)
  • prop.gif lEmailAuto - logical, Automatically generates the report output file
  • prop.gif cEmailType - character, the file type to be used in Emails (PDF, RTF, HTML or XLS)
  • prop.gif cEmailPRG - character, the name of a PRG that will fire your custom email. In this PRG, you need to receive one parameter, tcFiIle, that is the temporary output file that you'll send by email. A complete sample, "MYSENDMAIL.PRG" is available, showing you how you can send your emails. To use it, you need to set the value of this property, for instance: .cEmilPrg = "MySendMail.Prg"
  • prop.gif cSaveDefName - character, the default name of the save file. Available in the SAVE AS dialog OR automatically used if lEmailAuto
  • prop.gif lAutoSendMail - logical, to send an email automatically when processing the report (available only in Complete mode)


CDOSYS EMAIL PROPERTIES
  • prop.gif cSMTPServer - character, the SMTP server address
  • prop.gif nSMTPPort - numeric, the SMTP port (usually 25)
  • prop.gif lSMTPUseSSL - logical, determines if the SMTP server requires SSL (security connection)
  • prop.gif cSMTPUserName - character, your SMTP user name
  • prop.gif cSMTPPassword - character, your SMTP password
  • prop.gif cEmailTo - character, the destination email. You may use the comma "," separator to use more than one address
  • prop.gif cEmailCC - character, the destination COPY email. You may use the comma "," separator to use more than one address
  • prop.gif cEmailBCC - character, the destination BLIND COPY email. You may use the comma "," separator to use more than one address
  • prop.gif cEmailReplyTo - character, the email to be used for replies
  • prop.gif cEmailSubject - character, the email subject
  • prop.gif cEmailBody - character, the email text body
  • prop.gif cEmailFrom - character, the email sender information. You may add some custom captions, eg: 'FoxyPreviewer team<foxyteam@hotmail.com>'
  • prop.gif cEmailBodyFile - character, the HTML file to be used as email body
  • prop.gif lReadReceipt - logical, determines if the message will ask for a read receipt
  • prop.gif lPriority - logical, determines if the priority level will be high
  • prop.gif cEncryptProcedure - character, The programmer can apply his own Scrambling method on the password string (for advanced users)
  • prop.gif cDecryptProcedure - character, The programmer can apply his own Scrambling method on the password string (for advanced users)
  • prop.gif cCryptKey - character, the crypt key used to encrypt the SMTP password stored in the settings table (for advanced users)
  • prop.gif cAttachments - character, the fullpath of the files to be attached to the email message. Use a comma "," as a delimiter between files (for advanced users)
  • prop.gif cAdressTable - character, the name of the alias or FullPath of a table that contains an adress book with emails to be used when sending email messages using the provided form. This table MUST contain a Field of Character type, named "email". Apart from that, it can contain any other data that you want to be visible in a search grid, helping the users to choose the destination. For a better comprehension, please refer to the samples provided and the FAQS. (for advanced users)
  • prop.gif cAdressSearch - character, optional, the name of the field to be used for making searches. (for advanced users)


PDF properties
  • prop.gif lPDFasImage - logical, the PDF document will generated as an image document && Default = .F.
  • prop.gif nPDFPageMode - integer, determines the Page mode for the PDF document. && Default = 0, 0 = Normal view, 1 = Show the thumbnails pane
  • prop.gif lPDFEmbedFonts - logical, determines if the PDF engine will embed the true type fonts in the PDF document
  • prop.gif lPDFReplaceFonts - logical, determines if the PDF engine will replace some basic fonts that are already embedded in any PDF document. Recommended for people using codepage different from 1252 (latin). Default = .T.
  • prop.gif lPDFEncryptDocument - logical, determines if the PDF engine will encrypt the PDF document, allowing you to set other restrictions to the documents, using the properties below
  • prop.gif lPDFCanPrint - logical, determines if the 'encrypted' PDF document will allow printing. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif lPDFCanEdit - logical, determines if the 'encrypted' PDF document will allow editing. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif lPDFCanCopy - logical, determines if the 'encrypted' PDF document will allow copying. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif lPDFCanAddNotes - logical, determines if the 'encrypted' PDF document will allow adding notes. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif cPDFMasterPassword - logical, determines the master password of the 'encrypted' PDF document. Must be different from the 'User Password' property below. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif cPDFUserPassword - logical, determines the user password of the 'encrypted' PDF document. Must be different from the 'Master Password' property above. Works only if lPDFEncryptDocument = TRUE (see above)
  • prop.gif lPDFShowErrors - logical, determines if error messages during the PDF generation will be raised to the user. Please set this property to TRUE if you are facing some PDF issues, missing fields, etc. This will help us find the source of the problem.
  • prop.gif cPdfAuthor - character, the author of the document
  • prop.gif cPdfTitle - character, the title of the document
  • prop.gif cPdfSubject - character, the subject of the document
  • prop.gif cPdfKeyWords - character, the keywords that you want to include in the PDF document
  • prop.gif cPdfCreator - character, default: "PDFx / FoxyPreviewer"
  • prop.gif cPDFSymbolFontsList - character, a Fonts list that can't be converted in PDF. Usually, bar codes and symbol fonts. Delimited with commas, eg. "Webdings,Biro". Internally, FoxyPreviewer has already a list of more than 30 fonts that will always be converted to images. Please try first to generate your PDF without adding the font to the list. If it does not render correctly, just add it here!
  • prop.gif cPDFDefaultFont - character, the name of the default font name to be used as default in the PDF document


Excel properties
  • prop.gif cExcelDefaultExtension new2.gif - character, default = "XLS". This is the default file extension shown in the PUTFILE() dialog to save as worksheet. Fill it with "XML" if you don't have MS-EXCEL, OPENOFFICE or LIBREOFFICE installed. Fill it with "XML" if you want this extension to be used in Excel outputs. Ideal for OpenOffice Calc users.
  • prop.gif lExcelConvertToXLS new2.gif - Logical, default .T., offers a new option to convert the worksheet to 'Excel 97' format. (requires MS Excel or OpenOffice installed). FoxyPreviewer will always first generate an Excel compatible XML worksheet. If you choose XLS, it will use MSOFFICE, OPENOFFICE or LIBREOFFICE automation to make the convertion to pure XLS.
  • prop.gif lExcelRepeatHeaders new2.gif - Logical, default .F., repeat report page headers in worksheet.
  • prop.gif lExcelRepeatFooters new2.gif - Logical, default .F., repeat report page footers in worksheet.
  • prop.gif lExcelHidePageNo new2.gif - Logical, default .F., hides report fields that contain "_PAGENO" information.
  • prop.gif lExcelAlignLeftnew2.gif - logical, for Excel spreadsheets, Aligns to the left all the string fields.
  • prop.gif nExcelSaveFormat new2.gif - integer, the Excel automation constant that defines the type of output to be applied when converting to pure Excel. Applicable only if the property "lExcelConvertToXLS = .T." . See list of possible values at http://fox.wikis.com/wc.dll?Wiki~ExcelConstants. The default value is 43 (xlExcel9795)


Error related
  • prop.gif lSilent - logical, Stay silent regarding errors AND write any messagebox to the cErrors properties
  • prop.gif cErrors - character, brings error messages when lSilent = .F.


Watermark related new2.gif (only in Simplified mode)
  • prop.gif cWatermarkimage new2.gif - character, the name of the WM image. Important: this image MUST be stored locally, CAN'T be embedded in your EXE, obligatory property if you want to show the watermark
  • prop.gif nWatermarktype new2.gif - numeric, 1 = Colored (default), 2 = Converts the source image to grey scale, optional property
  • prop.gif nWatermarktransparency new2.gif - numeric, from .10 to 1, default = 0.25, the transparency level of the WM image; 1 = Opaque, optional property
  • prop.gif nWaterMarkWidthRatio new2.gif - numeric, default = 0.75, the width size in proportion of the watermark in the report page, optional property
  • prop.gif nWaterMarkHeightRatio new2.gif - numeric, default = 0.75, the height size in proportion of the watermark in the report page, optional property


Returned information (Read only properties)
  • prop.gif nVersion - numeric, returns the simplified FoxyPreviewer version information
  • prop.gif cVersion - character, returns the detailed FoxyPreviewer version information
  • prop.gif lPrinted - logical, to be checked after the report is run. Tells you if the user printed the current report
  • prop.gif lSaved - logical, to be checked after the report is run. Tells you if the user saved the current report to a file
  • prop.gif lEmailed - logical, to be checked after the report is run. Tells you if the user emailed the current report
  • prop.gif nPageTotal - numeric, the quantity of pages of the current report


SPECIAL FEATURES new2.gif

FULL JUSTIFIED texts

Add the <FJ> Tag in the User tab in the Report designer
Detailed info: http://weblogs.foxite.com/vfpimaging/2012/02/25/full-justified-texts-in-reports-with-foxypreviewer/

WATERMARKS

Add watermarks to your reports by setting just one property

TAGGED FORMATTING

Draw texts in HTML formatting using the <TF> Tag in the "User"
Detailed info: http://weblogs.foxite.com/vfpimaging/2012/02/22/foxypreviewer-html-like-formatting/

REPEAT REPORT IN SAME PAGE

You can also print the same report twice in the same page.
In several cases we need to print some receipts in 2 copies. Normally these reports are small, using only half the page. If you have this situation, you can set just one property, and FoxyPreviewer will repeat the current report in the same page, starting from the half vertical part of the page.
Works only when you run the report in the preview.
In the preview window, the report will look as original. The 2nd copy will be printed in the same page only when you click the "Print" button in the toolbar or Context menu.
Works only in Simplified mode !
DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.lRepeatInPage = .T.
REPORT FORM YourReport PREVIEW
See also: http://weblogs.foxite.com/vfpimaging/2012/02/02/foxypreviewer-v2-96-updates/

ENHANCED PROGRESSBAR

Use the '.nThermType = 2' property to tell FoxyPreviewer to use the cool progressbar below instead of the original.

SENDING BY EMAIL

Email types and configurations
Email sending form for CDOSYS

CONFIGURING AT RUNTIME

Settings dialog

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  • Simplified mode

Immediately after you Initialize FoxyPreviewer with "DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP", it will insert an object to the "_Screen", that will allow you to change every configuration. This object will be available immediately, and you can consult it every time, using Intellisense, like below. Notice that the captions of the properties are shown correctly as well:

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TRANSLATING TO NON ENGLISH LANGUAGES

As listed above, the property cLanguage allows you to change the language that all dialogs, forms, titlebars and tooltips appear.
The default language is ENGLISH, and right now we have 17 available: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Turkish, Czech, Persian, Arabic, Italian, Indonesian, Polish, Swahili , Russian , Simplified Chinese new2.gif, Traditional Chinese new2.gif, Dutch and Bulgarian new2.gif.

Special tweaks were applied to allow exporting to double-byte languages, such as Chinese and Japanese.

To set the language, you may pass the english language name or the local language name, for example, to change the language to French:

loPreview.cLanguage = "FRENCH"
or

loPreview.cLanguage = "FRANÇAIS"


And in the Simplified mode:
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cLanguage = "SPANISH"

To change the default language you have 2 options:
  1. Open the FoxyPreviewer project, browse the table FoxyPreviewer_DefaultSettings, find the record that contains the "cLanguage" property, replace it with your desired language, and recompile the project
  2. Run once time a FoxyPreviewer report. It will create the settings table - FoxyPreviewerSettings.dbf, and save it in the same folder that you stored FoxyPreviewer.App. Browse the table FoxyPreviewerSettings.dbf, find the record that contains the "cLanguage" property, replace it with your desired language. Then make sure to distribute this file, and save it in the same folder of FoxyPreviewer.App .

Some of the languages are not updated. Feel free to send to vfpimaging at hotmail dot com your updated translations, or even introduce a new language ! I'll be happy to update the localizations table in the future updates.

DISTRIBUTION

FoxyPreviewer consists of a set of separate utilities, that were adapted to work together.
These files include classes, prgs, images, dlls and header files.

In order to simplify the distribution and to avoid adding many individual files to your project, all the related files have been compiled into a single APP file - FoxyPreviewer.App

The usage is simple:

1 - Simplified mode:
Just store the FoxyPreviewer.App file somewhere at the LOCAL disk, in a place that can be found by your executable. Make sure to make "SET PATH" include that folder.
DON'T embed this file in your project. If you want make sure to mark this file as "Excluded"


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If you don't want to use a separate APP file, you can have FoxyPreviewer included in your project normally.

Make sure to include all classes, VCX/VCT, images, the header files (*.H), the dialog forms, the file FoxyPreviewer.Prg in your Project, except the file LIBHPDF.DLL and compile. That's all. All these files are in the "Source" folder of FoxyPreviewer. There will be just one single file to take an extra care: LIBHPDF.DLL, that you need to distribute separately, in order to allow the PDF generation. Your EXE will not be able to use the functions of the DLL if it is not stored at any disk location.

Then, instead of calling FoxyPreviewer.App, you'll call Foxypreviewer.PRG

BUT:
THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED !
That's because FoxyPreviewer is under constant development, and changes, fixes, enhancements may be applied very soon. When that happens, you'll need to update all the sources in your project. So, the recommended is to use just the APP, and distribute it separately. That way, you wont need to update your EXE when a new Version of FoxyPreviewer is released.

USING THE ADRESS BOOK TO SEND EMAILS

Adress book form

The adress book form contains a grid that will bring all the fields provided by your cursor or table, so please make sure to send only the fields that you want to appear. The grid brings some facilities:
- Column reorder by double-clicking at the column header (Thanks to Paul Mrozovsky, with his RCS Grid reorder class)
- The search field can be changed by right-clicking at the column header
- Selecting all the adresses, or inverting the selections, by clicking at the 1st column header

Just create a cursor or table, containing an obligatory field called "email", and set a property in the FoxyPreviewer object telling the name of the Alias / Cursor or path to access that table.

The command below creates a table using the Customers table that comes with VFP, adding the "email" field, that originated the abopve adress book:

*' Creating a table with the adress book
SELECT CAST(LOWER(GETWORDNUM(Contact, 1, " "))+"@vfp4.com" AS C(30)) As email,* FROM (_samples + '\data\customer') ;
	WHERE .T. INTO TABLE c:\Test2 READWRITE

Next step is to tell FoxyPreviewer the name of your table!

  • For users of the SIMPLIFIED mode, use the _Screen.oFoxyPreviewer object:
*' Setting the global properties
DO FoxyPrevieweer.App
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cAdressTable  = "c:\Test2.dbf"
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cAdressSearch = "Contact"                 &&' Optional
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cEmailTo      = "test@foxypreviewer.org"  &&' Optional
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.nEmailMode    = 2 && CDO/HTML

REPORT FORM YourReport PREVIEW

  • For users of the COMPLETE mode:
LOCAL loReport as "PreviewHelper" OF ("FoxyPreviewer.App")
loReport = CREATEOBJECT("PreviewHelper")
WITH loReport as ReportHelper
	.cAdressTable  = "c:\Test2.dbf"
	.cAdressSearch = "Contact"
	.AddReport(_Samples + "\Solution\Reports\percent.frx")
	.RunReport()
ENDWITH


Adress book form

As the dialog image above said, you first need to configure your email SMTP. This can be done using the Settings dialog, at the Email Tab. Make sure to select CDO-HTML and provide your SMTP server info.
Obviously, you can also set the according properties directly, or even edit the Settings table, providing the needed information.
Please refer to the documentation page of FoxyPreviewer for more detailed information about the properties needed for setting your email. There are several pictures available to ease things for you.

ABOUT THE OUTPUT TYPES AVAILABLE

  • PDF - The PDF Engine is run by the LibHaru library, originally created by Takeshi Kano. FoxyPreviewer, during the first run will install the file libhpdf.dll in the same folder of FoxyPreviewer.App . The PDFS generated can be opened by any PDF reader application. THe PDF engine allows lots of customizations. Please refer to the properties available in this document, or use the Settings form to change these definitions interactively.
  • RTF - The RTF generated is very rich, and the result is really very close the the original report. It can be viewed using MS Word, MS Word Viewer (freeware), OpenOffice Writer and other tools.
  • XLS - The Excel output is somehow tricky. In fact, the output generated is not a pure Excel (XLS) type. That's a rich XML type that "MS Excel" and "OpenOffice Calc" can open without any pain. Excel 2003 can open these files normally, but newer versions will probably show a dialog saying that the file is in a wrong format. Just ignore and tell it to try to open and the worksheet will be opened. OpenOffice Calc needs that these files use the XML extension.
  • HTML - In the Simplified mode, FoxyPreviewer uses some very basic HTML Style commands to generate the output, with a very good result, and without any external library. In the complete mode we use an adapted version of the HTMLListener from VFP9 FFCs that uses an XSLT transformation to map the XML to HTML. During this process it uses the MSXML4 library. If that's the case for you, make sure to have the MSXML4 library installed in the user's computer.
  • IMAGE Types - FoxyPreviewer allows you to save your reports as images. Just select the desired extension in the PUTFILE dialog, or using the cDestFile property directly, and it will generate the image according to that extension. For TIFFs, Multipage one single Multipage image file will be generated for the current report. For all the other types, that don't allow multipages, several images, one for each page of he report will be generated, with the suffix of the page number in the file name.
  • TXT - This output type is only available in the complete mode

FAQS:

How can I generate a PDF (or any other available type) without opening the preview window ?
  • Simplified Mode

The trick is t use the new "Object Type" 's available. Just change the Object Type value to get different outputs automatically, super fast !
New Object Type's available, after you Initialize FoxyPreviewer with a "DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP" :
  • 10 = Regular PDF
  • 11 = PDF AS IMAGE, to be used when the report is somehow complicated, with many objects over the others. The rendered PDF document pages are images, that don't allow making searches, with a baz zoom effect
  • 12 = RTF
  • 13 = XLS
  • 14 = HTML (not recommended for people who work with languages with double-byte characters) updated.gif
  • 15 = HTML new2.gif - Generates simplified HTML outputs. Good to be used in websites, no need of MSXML, faster rendering and Double-byte languages friendly


DO LOCFILE("FoxyPreviewer.App")
*' Make PDF
REPORT FORM ;
	(_Samples + "\Solution\Reports\Wrapping.frx") ;
	OBJECT TYPE 10 ; &&' OBJTYPE 10 = PDF , 11 = PDF AS IMAGE , 12 = RTF , 13 = XLS , 14 = HTML
	TO FILE "c:\TestReport.Pdf" ; &&' Destination
	PREVIEW &&' Open the default PDF viewer

  • Complete Mode
The trick is to use the property cDestFile. FoxyPreviewer will generate the output according to the file extension that you pass that property.

SET PROCEDURE TO LOCFILE("FoxyPreviewer.App") ADDITIVE 
LOCAL loReport as "PreviewHelper" OF "FoxyPreviewer.App" 
loReport = CREATEOBJECT("PreviewHelper") 
WITH loReport as ReportHelper 
        .AddReport(_Samples + "\Solution\Reports\percent.frx", "NODIALOG") 
        .cDestFile = "c:\Teste1.pdf"  &&' Use to create an output without previewing
        .RunReport() 
ENDWITH 
loReport = NULL 
RUN /N Explorer.Exe c:\Teste1.pdf 


The Print Preview Toolbar is visible but all buttons are disabled (not responding) in my Top-Level form report. How to fix that ?

Unfortunately, there is a known bug in VFP9 SP2, that makes all toolbars inside Top-Level forms not to respond. Fortunately, MS is distributing a hotfix for SP2, that fixes this issue. Please download the latest cumulative hotfix - KB968409 from
http://http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB968409/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2445

Please follow carefully all the instructions provided in the text file included in the download, and your toolbar will start working as advertised.

The easiest way to update your VFP9SP2 with the latest hotfixes is to install Woody's runtime installer, that can be found here: Woody's VFP9 SP2 Runtime Installer with all hotfixes (Rev 7423)
Mirror at Foxpert.com


updated.gif When I run my reports with FoxyPreviewer sometimes asterisks symbols ********************* appear instead of the field. This was originally working, before using FoxyPreviewer

That happens because FoxyPreviewer uses the SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 90 mode, that uses GDI+ to render the texts. Unfortunately there is a slight difference of the size of the strings between these modes. To fix it, just edit your report and enlarge that field !

You can set the new property - lExpandFields to make the report engine show the field numeric value ignoring the field size.
Using "lExpandFields", FoxyPreviewer retrieves the value that overflowed and resends it to the report engine with an enlarged field width.

This is a known issue, and Lisa Slater Nicholls wrote a short blog post regarding it:
Why do report layouts in VFP9 need wider field/expression controls than in VFP8 and earlier?

And here's another interesting text from Lisa, that explains the reason for that:
With REPORTBEHAVIOR=90, the new report engine uses GDI+ to render output, and text string rendering requires more space than plain old GDI.
The Report Desiginer uses GDI - not GDI+ - to render the report layout components, including all the text strings that you see. So if you visually right-align a label report element, the report designer records the leftmost co-ordinates of the element (the text start position) in the layout.
The length of the string under GDI+ rendering will most likely be greater than what you would think, based on what you see in the Designer.

The Search button is not appearing
I can't see the save as PDF / RTF / XLS options when clicking the save button

Even if you setup correctly, marking these features to be shown, it may happen that FoxyPreviewer could not manage to load all of its libraries.
Make sure NOT TO USE the property cDefaultListener. Probably this will make everything to work as desired.
The cDefaultLIstener is for ADVANCED users only, people who really know how to use reportlisteners. And if you really need it, make sure to be using a subclass of FoxyListener, that is in PR_ReportListener.vcx in the Sources folder.


My VERY BIG report can't run with FoxyPreviewer

Unfortunately the VFP9 reporting system has a limit of pages / characters to be rendered. In most cases, reports with more than 3000 pages do not work, raising the error "Insufficient GDI+ resources". This is not a FoxyPreviewer issue. This limitation comes from VFP. Please reduce the scope of your report, or use SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 80 to run that report.


Reports characters are appearing very small when printed in a dot-matrix printer

This is a limitation of the VFP9 reporting system. If you are using FoxyPreviewer in the complete mode, you can setup the property lUseListener = .F. for that specific report. This will make FoxyPreviewer run the report in the ReportBehavior 80 mode.
If you are using FoxyPreviewer in the simplified mode, unfortunately there is nothing to do, except:
- Using FoxyPreviewer in the complete mode for this specific report

* ' Sample showing how to use the Complete mode for Dot-matrix printers
LOCAL loReport AS "PreviewHelper" OF "FoxyPreviewer.App" 
loReport = CREATEOBJECT("PreviewHelper") 
loReport.AddReport(_Samples + "\Solution\Reports\colors.frx") &&' FRX File, Clauses 
loReport.lUseListener = .F.
loReport.RunReport() 

or
- Run this report using SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 80


How can I disable FoxyPreviewer?

Sometimes for some specific reason you need to turn off FoxyPreviewer, and reset your report settings to their original status.
Just run this single line of code:
DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP WITH "Release"

Another simple option:
SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 80


I can't send emails

Please check carefully the "Settings options" form.
In some computers the "MAPI" option does not work, and you should use the "CDOSYS" instead. Check with your SMTP server provider for the correct settings.


Updated! During FoxyPreviewer initialization, I get the error "Could not load the FOXYPREVIEWER report factory"

This happens because you are probably using an old version of ReportOutput.App

At the FoxyPreviewer downloads page you'll find the correct versions for you to download directly. Look for the file called Report.APP VFP9 SP2* at the "Other available downloads" section:
New!

Another option, you can also get an updated version directly from VFPX, or even get the sources of it directly from MS and recompile it:

To recompile ReportOutput.App:
1 - Get the sources of them, the best place is MS Website directly
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=320B6438-BE76-48C7-A68E-1792E2AA3BF2&displaylang=en
2 - Get the ZIP, unpack it
3 - Go to the ReportOutput folder. Open the ReportOutput project
4 - Recompile that project, following Leonid's suggestions,
5 - Use the new App instead of the original.
Please make sure to be using the latest version, by renaming all the old versions you have in your computer.


Can I use FoxyPreviewer without SP2 installed in my VFP9 ?

Yes !!!
For that, you'll just need to use the latest versions of ReportOutput.App and ReportPreview.App. Please read the previous item to get instructions on how you may get those files.


Do I need to Release FoxyPreviewer after every report ?
No !!!
You need to initialize FoxyPreviewer ONLY ONE TIME, at your startup PRG. After that, all reports from your application will have the benefits of FoxyPreviewer without any code change. If for any reason you need to return to the original behavior, just call SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 80, to tell VFP to return to the old Reporting style. To get back to FoxyPreviewer style, just call SET REPORTBEHAVIOR 90. In fact, when you switch between different REPORTBEHAVIOR settings, FoxyPreviewer keeps loaded in memory, but is not used if you select "80". FoxyPreviewer occupies few resources, so there's no reason to release it all the time.
If you need a full release, then
DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP WITH "Release"
This will restore the SET PROCEDURE, SET CLASSLIB, Extension handler, and PreviewContainer


How can I provide user specific settings using FoxyPreviewer ?
There are several ways for you to do that.
At first run, FoxyPreviewer creates a Settings table that cotains information about the settings chosen by the user, when setting the Preferences window. This file is originally stored at the same folder of the file FoxyPreviewer.App. So, make save your FoxyPreviewer.app file in a folder that has Read/Write permissions.
You can also tell FoxyPreviewer the location where you want it to store the Settings file, or the folder where the settings file that you want is stored, by passing the directory as a parameter during the initialization:
DO FOXYPREVIEWER.APP WITH "c:\myApp\Users\John"

Apart from that, you can also determine which options will be available to each user in the Settings form. Apart from determining if he'll have the settings button available, you can also determine which PgFrame pages will be available, and even what controls will be enabled. Use the _Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.oSettingsDlg object. Use the Intellisense in development mode to see all the available properties or refer to the docs of FoxyPreviewer.

DO FoxyPreviewer.App

_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cLanguage  = "PORTUGUES"

*' After initializing FoxyPreviewer, here are some optional properties that you can set:
*' choosing what controls or tabs will be disabled in the settings form
*' This brings you an option to control what functions each user will have available
WITH _Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.oSettingsDlg
	.lEnableTabPdf        = .F.
	.lEnableLanguage      = .F.
	.lEnableChkSaveasTxt  = .F.
	.lEnableChkSaveasHtml = .F.
ENDWITH 


When I click on the "Save" button at the preview toolbar, the file options menu does not appear - (Thanks to Hernan Cano and Jose Antonio Blasco for the find)
First of all, make sure to be using the latest version of FoxyPreviewer. There was a related issue that happened with people who have the "SET KEYCOMP TO DOS" setting enabled. This was fixed since v2.60.
Apart from that, some incompatibilities with some visual or non visual OLE controls (active-X) may happen. FoxyPreviewer can get confused if these objects maintain the focus during the Report run. Please make sure to remove the focus from any Active-X object, such as the WebBrowser control, the MS TreeView control, etc, and run the REPORT PREVIEW.


When I send a report directly to the printer using "REPORT FORM ... TO PRINTER", without previewing, it does not print with full justification when I add the "<FJ>" tag in the User field of the report

The FOXYLISTENER, that is who is responsible for the FullJustify, and other effects is not initialized by default. FoxyPreviewer was created originally to manipulate previews, but there's something that you can still do for direct printing using that Listener:

DO LOCFILE("FoxyPreviewer.App") &&' Init FoxyPreviewer
*' Create an instance of the FoxyListener from the class stored in the APP
LOCAL loListener as ReportListener 
loListener = NEWOBJECT("FOXYLISTENER", "PR_REPORTLISTENER.VCX", "FoxyPreviewer.App")
loListener.ListenerType = 0 &&' Set the listener to "Printing" mode
REPORT FORM YourReportWithFJ TO PRINTER OBJECT loListener &&' Call the report normally



When I run my report some strange text is echoed to the screen as if a mysterious SET TALK ON had been issued.

Cathy Pountney has already posted about this issue: SET TALK appears to be on when running reports with SP2

SET TALK seems to be ON during report

Make sure to use the most recent versions of the Report.App files. At the FoxyPreviewer downloads page you'll find the correct versions for you to download directly. Look for the file called Report.APP VFP9 SP2 at the "Other available downloads" section:
New!



My PDFs show some strange "open boxes" when there are CRLF characters - CHR(13) + CHR(10) in fields

CRIssue.png

This is a known issue in the PDF library, external to FoxyPreviewer. To avoid this issue, make sure to set the property "lEmbedFonts = .F."



My PDF is too big!

Try setting the property "lEmbedFonts = .F."



Images are not appearing in my Excel documents

The Worksheets engine uses the Excel XML format, that unfortunately does not support images.



in Excel documents, some fields are in the wrong column, or misaligned, or missing

The issue is related to the original alignment of the FRX. Make sure to align the title labels with the fields below them, that contain the values.

Open your report, and change the "x" cordinate position of the label titles, and make new tests with the XLS output, and you'll probably find a good position.
In fact, there is no missing values, but they are not aligned.
The best to do is to use the menu "Format-Align", to make sure all the needed fields are correctly aligned.


How to set a password to my PDF document?

You need to setup at least 3 properties: 'lPDFEncryptDocument = .T.' , 'cPdfMasterPassword = "YourPwd1", 'cPDFUserPassword = "YourPwd2" . To encrypt a document, you ALWAYS need to setup 2 different passwords! One for the "Master", and the other for the "User" passwords. Check the related properties in the documentation for more details.

DO FoxyPreviewer.app
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.lPDFEncryptDocument = .T.
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cPDFUserPassword = "pwdmaster"
_Screen.oFoxyPreviewer.cPDFMasterPassword = "pwduser"
REPORT FORM (ADDBS(_Samples) + "SOLUTION\REPORTS\PERCENT.FRX") OBJECT TYPE 10 TO FILE "c:\Test1.pdf" PREVIEW


How to save my reports as Image files ?

DO Foxypreviewer.App
Local loListener as ReportListener
loListener = CREATEOBJECT("FoxyListener")
loListener.ListenerType = 3
REPORT FORM (ADDBS(_Samples) + "Solution\Reports\colors.FRX") OBJECT loListener

LOCAL lnFileType
&&' 100 - EMF
&&' 101 - TIFF
&&' 102 - JPEG
&&' 103 - GIF
&&' 104 - PNG
&&' 105 - BMP
lnFileType = 104 &&' PNG

FOR lnPage = 1 TO loListener.PageTotal 
	loListener.OutputPage(lnPage, "c:\Test" + ALLTRIM(STR(lnPage)) + ".png", lnFileType)
ENDFOR 
loListener = NULL

Language flags by DoubleJDesign


My reports are correctly showing in Preview, but they are not being printed at the desired printer, or are taking too much time to begin printing.

Make sure to UNMARK the option “Save Printer Environment” of your reports. If marked, the printing engine will force the printing to that Printer environment. If that printer is not available, the report will not print.

From VFP9 Help file: "Sometimes you design a report always to be printed in a single environment, requiring settings specific to a single printer. In this case, you can opt to save the Printer Environment with your report. Even in such a case, however, it is often better practice to omit the printer environment settings from the report or label definition file (frx or lbx)."

PrinterEnvironment.png



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