Project Analyzer supports several report formats. You can get the reports to the display, the printer or a file for your favorite word processor, file viewer, web browser or spreadsheet application.
To select the report format, open the Report options dropdown in the toolbar. You can also use the Options|Report options menu.
|HTML||Any Web browser||HTML generated is compatible with any browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.|
|RTF||MS Word or WordPad||Editable report. Optimized for MS Word, but readable with other word processors too. Page size is either A4, Legal or Letter according to your Windows default page size.|
|Adobe Reader 4.0 and later||This option creates PDF optimized reports. You could also use the Display report window, but this option uses an improved formatting. Page size is the same as the current printer page size (defined in Print setup).|
|Text||Notepad or WordPad||This option creates plain-text reports.|
|CSV||Microsoft Excel||This special format is for exporting tabular data to a spreadsheet such as Excel. CSV is not suitable for reports that have no tables or columns.|
|MHT||Internet Explorer 5.0 and later||Single-file web archive. Especially suitable for saving Project Printer output in a single file.|
This dialog, available through the Options|Report options menu, allows you to configure viewers, the report directory and the report footer.
Example: "c:\program files\viewer.exe" "%1"
|%n||Name of your project, project group or solution.|
|%v||Version of your project, as set in VB project options. Not available in all analyses, in which case %v will be empty.|
|%p||Project Analyzer v1.2.3 (current version number).|
You can pick fonts for your reports. Open Font options in the Options menu. Exception: HTML reports use their on font options, see below.
If you need reports that look good on other computers too, use a font that is available on your target machines. Fonts are not embedded in the reports.
PDF note. Support for complex scripts, where character form depends on context, is limited. For proper Hebrew support, select Hebrew as the font script. For proper Arabic support, select an Arabic script font that contains glyphs for all Arabic presentation forms (Unicode FB50 to FEFF). Example of a working Arabic font: Code2000.
HTML reports have additional configuration options. Select Options|HTML options. You can choose from 3 types of configuration settings. You can either utilize the built-in formatting options or configure your own formatting with the help of a CSS file.
This group of settings allows quick and simple configuration of fonts and colors.
The settings will actually be stored within the report HTML file in a style block coded in the CSS language. The good news is, you can fine-tune the settings. You only need to know how to write simple CSS. Search the web for CSS tutorials if you wish to learn it.
This option allows you to embed your own customized CSS file to a style block in each HTML report. Your reports will be self-contained in that the data and the formatting are in just one file.
This option allows you to link your own CSS file to each HTML report. This way you keep the formatting in one file. When you need to modify the formatting, you don't need to regenerate the reports. Pick an existing CSS file or write a URL in the textbox. What you write in the textbox will get to the HTML files as such. The URL should point to an existing CSS file that is available on the reader's machine or online so that readers of your reports will be able to view them with your formatting.
The best way to get started writing your own CSS for options 2 and 3 above is this: Click the button named "CSS to Clipboard", open your text editor (Notepad will do) and press Paste. Save the settings in a .css file. You now have a skeleton of a CSS file to fine-tune and embed or link to.
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