Using Reports and Inquiries
Reports and inquiries in QAD .NET UI are displayed in the same way as maintenance programs. Some programs update both the database and produce report output. These programs display in the same way as other reports. Sales Ord
er Print (7.1.3) is an example of a program that generates output and updates the Print Sales Order field in the sales order record.
You use and navigate report programs like maintenance programs with a few exceptions.
Component-based reports are described in User Guide: QAD Financials.
Generating Report Output
In programs that generate report output, you choose an output device. In general, you can use any device previously defined in Printer Setup Maintenance (36.13.2). However, if you want to display the report output on your terminal, you must select a device that has Scroll Output set to Yes in Printer Setup Maintenance. Typically, you can use the Page option, which is a system default that has Scroll Output set to Yes. Or you can define another printer with this setting. You can also use the Email option in Desktop or Desktop (Web Browser) reports and inquiries.
Important: System administrators should set a page limit on the Output to Page option for reports and inquiries. If you output a report or inquiry of more than 1000 pages to Page, the retrieval of the data puts a burden on client resources and can cause system instability. For this reason, you should use browse filters carefully when generating a browse. When generating a Product Line Inquiry and outputting to Page, for example, you should refine the inquiry results as much as possible. A default Product Line Inquiry generated without filtering produces a report well in excess of the 1000-page limit.
You can set up a text printer, which is essentially a version of the “page” printer output setting. The text printer renders a non-formatted report that can be saved to your local client computer as a text file or PDF file, or can be printed on a standard printer. To set up report output to a text printer, use Printer Setup Maintenance (36.13.2), setting the Initialize Ctrl field to text.
Output to terminal is not supported in Desktop or Desktop (Web Browser) screens.
Cancelling HTML Reports
In other interfaces, you can use the Ctrl+C key combination to stop a report that is currently processing.
In QAD .NET UI, this key combination has no effect. Instead, a Cancel button displays. Click the Cancel button to stop the report. You can also use the close button in the program title bar to stop the report execution.
Enhanced Report Format
You can enhance the appearance of selected reports. See Administration Guide: QAD .NET User Interface for details on enhancing reports.