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Designer (in Delphi IDE or run time project) fails and loses objects

I have a report template file that I have moved from D7 through D10.x through D11.

Currently working with D11 Enterprise, RB 21.02

I cannot edit an existing template. I can load it and view it, but as soon as I move or change (where change means change a dbtext font, color or size, or move any object) the main menu disappears, objects disappear, and basically the entire thing becomes unusable.

I'm wondering if there's some persisted settings (eg position, scale, location etc) about the designer that are corrupt. How do I force the designer to completely ignore any previous session's settings?

This has to run from a specific workstation (because the templates have very specify printer settings embedded - only one workstation has these stupidly expensive colour label printers) so I can't even test on a different device...
Thx

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  • Hi Ed,

    It's likely that the template you are attempting to load has become corrupt in some way. Try opening it and re-saving as ASCII text, then opening in Notepad to see if there are any outlier values.

    If you would like to send a copy of the ASCII template here, we can take a look as well. Send any files in .zip format to support@digital-metaphors.com.

    Best Regards,

    Nico Cizik
    Digital Metaphors
    http://www.digital-metaphors.com
  • Thanks for quick response Nico!

    I'm a bit confused about how to save as ASCII text - do you mean override the "save as" extension with .txt (all I see is "save as *.rtm")?
  • Simply set the Report.Template.Format property to ftASCII. :)
    Best Regards,

    Nico Cizik
    Digital Metaphors
    http://www.digital-metaphors.com
  • That's too easy - do you have anything harder so I don't feel like such an idiot?

    (sigh)

    Sent the zip to you - many thanks.
    EdB
  • If helps - I noticed that happens more often for templates with more graphical elements (pictures.. etc.). I have the same problem too.
  • I've saved as ASCII, but I don't see any corruptions - do you need another file for checking?
  • Send the template in ASCII format to support@digital-metaphors.com and we'll take a look.
    Best Regards,

    Nico Cizik
    Digital Metaphors
    http://www.digital-metaphors.com
  • the template is in the mailbox - thank you
  • Are there nay news about this?
  • Hi Marko,

    We did not receive your email. Please resend the template to support@digital-metaphors.com in .zip format.
    Best Regards,

    Nico Cizik
    Digital Metaphors
    http://www.digital-metaphors.com
  • I've resent the e-mail (it was already in ZIP), please check if you reiceved it.
  • Hi Marko,

    Thanks for providing the example.

    The issue is with RichText containing Font color white. The RB Designer is not rendering correctly for this specific case. I researched and created a patch for RB 21.03. (Sent to your email)

    The template is valid - no corruption.

    Best regards,

    Nard Moseley
    Digital Metaphors
    www.digital-metaphors.com
  • I have a plan to migrate to Delphi 11.x. Has the latest version of ReportBuilder setup all the patches that I applied in the last month? The patches were for designer fail, designer tabs (not) showing and Gmail communication.

    Can I just use the setup or do I need to also apply the patches after the setup?
  • Hi Marko,

    RB 21.04 includes patches created for RB 21.03.

    Patches created for RB 21.04 will be included in the next release.


    Best regards,

    Nard Moseley
    Digital Metaphors
    www.digital-metaphors.com
  • Hi!

    Is there release plan for the next release? I have some patches, but also encountered problems that other users reported (https://www.digital-metaphors.com/forums/discussion/21653/issues-with-21-04) that seems unresolved. I can't revert to 21.03, because the GMail patches are applied to 21.04
  • Hi Marko,

    For the topic you linked, please follow instructions in the reply.


    Best regards,

    Nard Moseley
    Digital Metaphors
    www.digital-metaphors.com
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