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I need help figuring out why my preview mode is showing nothing in the script below.

Funny thing is when I use the script debugger tool and walk through each step, the preview mode works...

The layout has a header, sub-summary, body, trailing grand summary & footer parts.

 

New Window [ Name: "New Monthly Orders Total"; Style: Document; Close: “Yes”; Minimize: “Yes”; Maximize: “Yes”; Zoom Control Area: “Yes”; Resize: “Yes” ]

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Go to Layout [ “Print Change to Live Order Report” (INVOICElogic_invoiceID_customerID) ]

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Print Setup [ Orientation: Landscape; Paper size: 8.5" x 11" ] [ Restore; No dialog ]

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Adjust Window

[ Resize to Fit ]

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Enter Preview Mode

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Show Custom Dialog [ Title: "Print"; Message: "Click Continue to print."; Default Button: “Continue”, Commit: “Yes” ]

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Print [ Records being browsed; All Pages; Orientation: Landscape; Paper size: 8.5" x 11" ] [ Restore ]

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Close Window [ Current Window ] 

 

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I would also suggest this order of script steps:

 

New Window

Go to layout

Print Setup

Sort

Enter Preview Mode

Adjust Window Resize to fit

Go to record/page Last

Go to record/page First

Show Dialog

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The users like to see the preview of the report before they print.

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but if all the necessary steps have been done, including the Sort to show the sub-summary properly, then the main difference between Browse Mode and Preview Mode is that Preview Mode will not show objects that have been selected to be hidden when printing. That's the only reason I use Preview Mode and I have many Layouts that are meant to be printed. I have yet to go to preview mode in a script.

Corrections welcome!

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Besides object visibility (Hide while printing), what if you want to remove blank space (checking objects to slide up)?  Preview Mode is the only method of seeing what a layout REALLY looks like as it appears on the printed page, page breaks etc. :-)

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I have done as all that has been suggested but it still doesn't shown anything. Why, when I go to that layout directly, I can enter preview mode and see it but within the script, I see nothing. Seems contradictory. I have never encountered this issue before.

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It is something simple.  Have you used debugger and walked through the script and made sure that it is going to the correct layout and that it is finding records?   When you 'manually' do it, do you sort it?  I still suspect that the sort is not the same as the sub-summary part's break field.

 

Can you print your script to PDF (or preview) and copy/paste it here?  Or zip and attach your file?  We'll help you figure it out.  :-)

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I have done as all that has been suggested but it still doesn't shown anything. Why, when I go to that layout directly, I can enter preview mode and see it but within the script, I see nothing. Seems contradictory. I have never encountered this issue before.

 

I cannot reproduce the problem, but the thing that jumps out at me is that you do:

Enter Preview Mode
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Show Custom Dialog [ ... ]

where one would expect:

Enter Preview Mode [Pause]
Show Custom Dialog [ ... ]

Is it possible that you just don't give enough time for the layout to render?

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That is an intriguing consideration, Michael!

 

And that might explain why, the hesitation in steps in the Custom Dialog, would give it time to refresh.  It seemed, to me, that when manually running it, the sort order is already established (how it needs to be for the sub-summary) but when scripted, no 'identical' sort is used or it is from wrong context(?).

 

I sure hope we get the chance to find out what is causing it! :-)


Pardon my error ... I have data viewer on the brain.  I corrected my entry in bold.

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