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    Lightbulb DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    Hi DAW,

    I suggest that on Initializing the report and pbShowStatusPanel=True then a warning message be displayed for users saying: "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures - look away now"

    OK, Seriously...

    The DRStatusPanel flashes at least 3-5 times while printing a report.. why?

    Activation / deactivation

    1. OpenReport: StatusPanel loaded saying "Loading report please wait" then immediately deactivates
    2. RefreshReport: StatusPanel activate again, and displays "Reading Records" and then deactivates
    3. DisplayReport: StatusPanel activate again, and displays "Formatting Pages" or "Printing..." and then deactivates
    4. --OR- PrintReport: StatusPanel activate again, and displays "Printing..." and then deactivates


    Actual suggestion:

    Why not just leave it displayed while the report runs and only deactivate it once at the "end" ?

    This is not merely a cosmetic change request, but the rapid activation/deactivation tends to have weird outcomes if the application is run as an remoteapp. We have found instances where the statuspanel is 'stuck' although the deactivate message had been sent.

    Thanks.
    Regards,
    Raveen Sundram

    Software Development Manager
    Excellent Software Ltd
    Auckland, New Zealand
    www.xls.co.nz

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    Raveen,

    The behaviour is by design...

    For example; If it wouldn't close after opening report has finished the printdialog cannot appear correctly.
    Regards,
    Data Access Worldwide
    Vincent Oorsprong

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    Hi Vincent,

    We are using a custom StatusPanel but the activation/deactivation of the statuspanel is controlled by the base class (cDRReport) - there are 7 instances of it.

    IMHO, the printdialog should have been the exception where you deactivate the statuspanel and reactivate it after, otherwise it should be activate during the printing process.
    Regards,
    Raveen Sundram

    Software Development Manager
    Excellent Software Ltd
    Auckland, New Zealand
    www.xls.co.nz

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    The users do eventually learn to look away, after they complain & I say it's "the nature of the beast". On a 600 page report it flashes a great deal.

    If it can't be changed, it would help if we could reduce the size of the DR logo & the 36 point font.
    Garret

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    Garret,

    It can certainly be changed.

    Just turn off the statuspanel or replace it with your own version, that is how it was designed.
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    Vincent Oorsprong

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    Thanks Vincent
    Garret

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    Default Re: DR Reports should have come with a "Flashing StatusPanel may cause epileptic seizures" warning

    I stopped using that status panel and replaced it with a GIF.

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