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8 Running a Report

This section describes how to view, save, and print the output of a report.

For information about running DataVision from the command line, see Starting DataVision.

8.1 Displaying a Report On-screen

To view a report, select Run Report from the Report menu. A new Report View window opens, displaying the first page of the report. As more data is loaded, more pages become available. From this window, you can print a report or export the results to a file.

If you cancel a report, either by closing the Report View window or clicking the Cancel button in the status dialog, the report run will be canceled and the Report View window will be closed.

The toolbar contains buttons for printing, exporting, and navigating between report pages.

8.2 Saving a Report's Output

From the Report View window, you may print the report or save its output in any of the formats allowed by the layout engines. See Layout Engines for a list of available layout engines and their file formats.

Alternately, you can run DataVision from the command line, specifying a layout engine and an optional output file name. See Running DataVision from the Command Line for a command synopsis.

8.3 Printing a Report's Output

Reports can be printed from within the Report View window or by printing an output file generated by one of the layout engines.

To print a report from within DataVision, run the report. The Print menu item and printer button will become enabled as soon as the last report page is read. Click either one to print the report.

While the report is printing, a status dialog displays the page number being printed. Click Cancel to cancel printing.

8.3.1 Printing from DataVision

From the Report View window, use Print from the File menu to send the report to a printer. Alternately, you can click the print button on the toolbar.

8.3.2 Printing a Report Output File

Printing or viewing an exported output file from the command line is system dependent. For example, you can use DataVision to generate an HTML file or a comma-delimited .csv text file. Opening that file depends upon your system: you can use your favorite Web browser to open and print the HTML file or a spreadsheet program to open and print the comma-delimited file.

The LaTeX layout engine produces a LaTeX2e .tex file. This file is in turn used to produce a device independent .dvi file, most likely by running the command latex. There are many tools available to translate either the .tex or the .dvi file into almost any format you may wish: text, HTML, PostScript, PDF, and more.

8.3.3 Quitting under Mac OS X

Note: Under Mac OS X, be sure to quit DataVision by selecting Quit from the File menu (or its keyboard shortcut) that appears in the Design Window.

Do not use Quit found in the jimm.datavision.DataVision application menu at the top of the screen. Quitting that way does not let DataVision ask you about saving your report. You will loose all changes that have not been saved.

DataVision is written to be as cross-platform as possible. That means it does not take advantage of the "hooks" that Apple provides for interacting with Mac OS X.

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