MIS Systems Thread, RTF reports and custom paper size in Technical; I was trying to make a report for our staff badges so I could bin our old software. I managed ...
23rd May 2014, 11:54 AM #1
RTF reports and custom paper size
I was trying to make a report for our staff badges so I could bin our old software. I managed to make the report and the content works fine, the only issue is I want the document to be the same size as the badge which is 8.5 x 5.4 cm. Now if I make an RTF document outside SIMS and re-open it, it keeps the right size; if I try and do it through the edit template in the reports properties, it looses it custom size. If I reopen the same document outside SIMS it's fine! Any tips here ?
23rd May 2014, 12:03 PM #2
It will be fine, it's just a bug that when it loads it pulls in a default template.
Make your report and test the data is correct. The last thing you should do is alter margins and page size and then it should be fine if you run it.
If you ever do need to edit, then it will default back to whatever it usually does which is Letter with weird margins i think.
It's useful as they can be tricky to save the template out as a backup. You can save as type : .rtftemplate there is a quick reference sheet on supportnet to help with this.
23rd May 2014, 12:11 PM #3
Thanks Vik I will push on and see what it looks like.
23rd May 2014, 12:15 PM #4
if you are just making cosmetic edits and do not need the field codes when you re-open the template, you can de-select the option for them to be included, and then it will keep your custom paper size.
our admin ladies have a hell of a time remembering to change it to A4 all the time (defaults to american letter size)
2 Thanks to tombry:
ChrisH (23rd May 2014), vikpaw (23rd May 2014)
23rd May 2014, 12:38 PM #5
Okay seems to be working okay apart from the photos appear to be different sizes which is annoying. Is there a way to standardise these eg a fixed size table cell or something ?
23rd May 2014, 01:07 PM #6
I believe you can put a size (in pixels) directly inside the tag in the template, e.g.
Originally Posted by ChrisH
23rd May 2014, 01:23 PM #7
Thanks, I will give that a go.
23rd May 2014, 02:13 PM #8
23rd May 2014, 02:50 PM #9
Okay thanks everyone I got it working pretty much, I may just have to add a custom field to SIMS for the internal job titles in use. The only issue I have now is I can't run them all at once because I get the System out of memory exception. This must be a SIMS limitation as I have plenty of memory. Does anyone know any way round this or a configuration somewhere to change?
23rd May 2014, 02:52 PM #10
whenever I run a report and get that error I just RDP to the sims server and run it there instead
23rd May 2014, 02:54 PM #11
Ah yes thanks that sounds familiar like something we have had to do to import exam results in the past.
Edit Nope did the same on the server typical!
Last edited by ChrisH; 23rd May 2014 at 03:09 PM.
23rd May 2014, 03:24 PM #12
It's something to do with the logo being too close to the border or some such nonsense there is a thread on here about it, experimenting now but not having much luck.
23rd May 2014, 04:55 PM #13
If all else fails, I can share my ID system with you - it's just an Access DB which downloads student photos and details from SIMS using CLR, then you set up your print template on a form, set the print size and done. I'm sure it could be adapted for staff fairly easily.
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