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DataFlex Reports 2021 Release Candidate

February 24, 2021

Data Access is pleased to announce the release candidate of DataFlex Reports 2021. DataFlex Reports 2021 is the first version that can be used in a 64 bit environment with Unicode data.

With entering the 64 bit arena reports can be much larger and they run faster as well. With the Unicode capabilities of the product one can use, print and export Unicode based characters without ANSI codepage dependencies.

The DataFlex Reports 2021 Studio is a 64 bit product, fully utilizing the current 64 bit processors that are in most computers these days.

The release candidate contains:

  • Developer Edition; Full functional Studio and library for report integration
  • Standard Edition; Studio without report integration options, RDS, Report Locking
  • Runtime Installer; New component to make deployment easier. Available for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of the OCX and support files

At integration level, developers have a choice between 32 and 64 bit report integration. The 32 bit version allows developers to make use of Unicode data while preparing applications for 64 bit.


DataFlex Reports 2021 will run as a 60-day trial version. If you start DataFlex Reports you will be asked to register your version. To register, you need to purchase a license. Registering will lift the trial period. After registering your license you have a 60 day period to activate your license. Make sure you have an internet connection, and simply confirm the activation.

Changes since Beta 2

  • Bugfixes
    • Function Expert does not show all build-in functions (DR-334)
    • Custom time mask function does not work (DR-254)
    • Ctrl+F followed by F3 in Report Explorer adds found object to currently selected objects (DR-322)
    • GPF in 32-bit OCX (DR-343)
  • New Features
    • Added Search/Replace buttons to function editor (DR-345)

Changes since Beta 1

  • Bugfixes
    • GPF when closing report
    • GPF when resizing/formatting chart/crosstab in preview mode
    • ’Keep group together’ option was broken
    • Global variables will show up multiple times in the function editor when used with different casing
    • Errors when applying resize of fields in Maintenancy Utility
    • ’Repeat group header’ options prints wrong group information
    • RTF text takes up too much space

Changes since Technology Preview 1

  • New features
    • A keep group together option, available from the group properties. This option moves the whole group to a new page when it does not fit on the current page
    • An option to save and load the report definition as/from JSON file. This option enables creating documentation on report changes by comparing files
    • Ability to specify the unit of measurement (inch or centimeter)
    • Preview explorer in the Studio lets users navigate quickly between groups. Group tree support is also available via integration in the Windows GUI applications
    • Added ‘Cancel report on error’ option, available from the Report Options in the Report menu. This option cancels the report output when an error occurs.
    • Import / replace sub-report at report integration
  • Bugfixes
    • Fixed problem with RTF export
    • Fixed problem with maintenance utility
    • Export to CSV now creates a UTF-8 file with BOM indication. Without this option the content was not shown in a readable format with editors or Microsoft Excel
    • Embedded image in sub-report is not printed
    • ’Maximum’ summary fails on negative values
    • Accentuated characters are not printed correctly when using an OEM datasource

Please help us with testing and giving feedback in the DataFlex Reports forum to make the product stronger so that reporting in your own environments work as pleasant as possible.

2021-02-22 DataFlex Reports Release Candidate