Template Building 10.1.3.3 Style
By Tim Dexter on Aug 09, 2007
I think I can start talking about 10.1.3.3 features now, the release is, well lets say very soon. I'll cover some of the other features in more detail in furture posts but today is Template Builder day. We have been working hard at making you more productive when using the builder. The UI to build the structure of the layout has been around since the start ... we now have some bandwidth to start adding some bells and whistles.
Once you install the new version you'll notice that the formfield dialog has been overriden with our own, you can still get at the Word dialog but the publisher dialog has eveything you need.
Conditional formatting has always been possible its required coding, we now have a dialog to help you out and open up conditional formatting to the less technically minded
Just pick the section/row/field you want to be conditionally formatted and then make some choices using the UI to create it. As long as you do not go in and change the code the builder will open the dialog again with the existing settings.
There is another nice feature that will really help your funkies to build templates. Using the insert field dialog you can drop fields onto the template whether in a table or as a form layout - nothing new there. But there is a dialog that will then allow you to highlight your added fields and then then select the group level to be wrapped around the fields. The builder will add the required for-each/end fields in the template.
There is also a dialog to help you build cross tabs, I think I have mentioned this before but what the heck.
The chart dialog has also been improved giving you more control over the look and feel and the type of your report. There is still some way to go on this and be warned you may still need to tweak charting code but we're working on that.
You'll also notice that we now support powerpoint as an output format on the server and of course you can check out a preview from the template builder.
So, thinkgs are getting better with each release and we have a real focus on tools and improving your productivity as we move forward. I'll be sure to ping you once 10.1.3.3 releases.
For those of you working with EBS, JDE or PS never fear there is nothing in the builder that should prevent you from using it with your earlier server side libraries.