Introduction in JasperWave properties

JasperWave provides unique properties framework with ability to find and change JasperReports properties easily.
It gives you the way to use any SWT controls and freedom to layout them as you want.

How is the properties view organized ?

The property view has two main areas:
  1. Heading - Heading section gives you information about report elements hierarchy. In the screenshot below you see that Rectangle report element is selected in the editor and heading section shows that Rectangle is inside the Title band and the Title band is inside the main Document. Both the Title and the Document can be clicked in the heading section and corresponding properties will be reflected in the property view with the corresponding report element selected in the main editor.
    JasperWave: Properties view

  2. Property Categories - All the properties for selected report element is grouped by property categories. These categories are in most cases defined by JasperReports XML structure of report element. Let's review the example of Rectangle report element:
    • Location and Size - Properties to change report element position. Related to JasperReports reportElement properties.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Rectangle - Properties that are unique for selected report element. In the example we have only one private property for JasperReports rectangle element - radius.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Colors - Properties to change report element colors properties. Related to JasperReports reportElement properties.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Common - Most of properties in this category comes from JasperReports reportElement properties.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Pen - The category presents JasperReports pen properties.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Properties - The category gives the way to define JasperReports property and propertyExpression elements.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

    • Style - It allows to select on style from the list of available and apply in on the report element.
      JasperWave: Rectangle properties

How to access the jasperReport report element ?

This set of properties gives the access to the JasperReports jasperReport XML element. The Document element is always available in the heading section of properties view. Its Common property category contains attributes of jasperReport XML element. The content of other categories are recognizable by their names.

JasperWave: Document property element

Below is the expanded Common category of the Document :

JasperWave: Document common property element

Bands

How to enable/disable separate bands ?

Select Document from the heading section of properties view. Then go to the Sections category. The category gives access to the list of report bands. Separate bands can be enabled/disabled from this place.

JasperWave: Sections property section

Bands can also be disabled from report editing area by selecting band and pressing Delete action from the context menu.

JasperWave: Sections property section

How to add/remove multi band from the properties view ?

Select Document from the heading section of properties view. Then go to the Sections category. Then select (just select - not check/uncheck) band than can be multi. If the band can be multi band then the button bellow will be enabled with the name "Add additional band". Press the button and new multi band will be added. If it will be selected the band that cannot be multi band then the button will be disabled.

JasperWave: Working with multi bands
JasperWave: Working with multi bands

How to add/remove multi band from the main editor ?

Multi band can be also added from report editing erea. Select the band that can be milti band and press Delete from context menu.

JasperWave: Working with multi bands

Groups

How to add simple group fast ?

It is possible to quickly add report group for grouping data by one report field. Select the report field from Data Explorer view. Then select from context menu Grouped By action.

JasperWave: Group By action from Data Explorer

How to add group with complex group expression ?

To create group with complex group expression go to the Groupings property category of the Document. Then press Add button. Expression builder will be opened to define group expression. Then new group will be created that can modified from this property category.

JasperWave: Property section for groups

How to edit existing groups ?

All the report groups and their properties can be edited from the Groupings property category of the Document.

JasperWave: Property section for groups

Sorting fields

How to add sorting field from Data Explorer view ?

Go to the Data Explorer view. Select the report field you would like to sort by. Select Sorted By from the context menu and the sorted field will be added.

JasperWave: Sort By action in Data Explorer

How to add/modify sorting filed from property view ?

Select Sortings properties category from the Document. Here you can delete, add and modify sorting fields. Sorting order can be changed directly in the list.

JasperWave: Ascending/Descending action in property

Sorting field can also be added from here by pressing Add button.

JasperWave: Create sorting action in property

Multi column report

How to define multi column report ?

Select Columns properties category from the Document. Multi column report is created by setting Column count property different from 1. All other properties that are related to multi column report can be also edited here.

JasperWave: Multi columns properties



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