With Terian Image Capture Standard/Pro out the door for a couple of weeks now, and the release of the new website at the same time I’ve had a chance to work on Terian ID Creator.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed the integrated reporting system utilising Fast Reports and have rolled out a new update for live testing.
Goodbye Crystal Reports:
Up until now I had been using Crystal Reports v11 in other ID Systems, however integration with later versions of Delphi was no longer supported, and required manual patching to ensure compatibility. This combined with a relatively steep learning curve, made it difficult for clients to utilise it effectively if they were not regularly designing new reports. This in turn meant that I spent a fair amount of time designing reports for clients, instead of them doing it themselves, which defeated the purpose of having an integrated report designer. The expense of Crystal Reports also limited upgrades, so whilst newer versions are available, I was still often stuck using an older version.
Hello Fast Reports:
I had been looking at a replacement reporting system for quite some time, and was impressed with the Fast Reports CodeRage 8 session. After watching the session I purchased the product immediately and started development with it.
Designing reports is infinitely more intuitive compared to Crystal Reports, and the early demo’s I provided for testing received promising feedback. With the ease of use of the report designer it allows the client to quickly and efficiently design new reports (even if they do not need to regularly design new reports). The integration of Fast Reports will help provide a cornerstone of the functionality required within ID Creator. From a development point of view, the support for Delphi also makes it a very attractive platform to utilise.
It has been great to get this update out before the end of the year too, as the test client starts their busiest time of the year on their return after the Christmas and New Years break.
Integrated reporting is the last major piece of functionality to be included in the initial release of Terian ID Creator. The first few months in the new year will be spent on minor updates and enhancements (no doubt there will be the odd fix here and there too ;)), which will hopefully lead up smoothly to the final release of version 1.0 in 2014.