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How To Add A Font To The Report Writer

Collect!'s Report Writer ships with several predefined fonts that you can select when creating reports and letters. Reports and letters shipped with Collect! have been designed in simple and effective styles, using a basic list of font sizes and types. It is also possible to use your own favorite fonts in the letters and reports that you design

You can add your own font choices to the list of Printer Control Codes or simply specify your own font in the Report Body itself. We will discuss each of these methods in this topic.

tip.gif Please be aware that the fonts that you choose may result in a change in the spacing and column line-up of pre-designed reports. You may have to adjust some of the fields and text to format your report or add formatting symbols. Please see How To Format Text Fields and Text Variables for more information.

The two methods for adding fonts to the Report Writer are:

  • Adding a font to the list of Printer Control Codes
  • Setting a font with the @FONT command

Adding A Font To The List Of Printer Control Codes

The Printer Control Codes list has a complete set of codes for each type of printing that is supported by Collect! - DC, Ink Jet, Laser and HTML. Since each type of printing has its own set of fonts, you must add your font to the list of each type of printing that you want to do. This example will demonstrate adding the the font to DC. This assumes that your Printer Setup is set to " Print via device context."

1. Select Print from the top menu bar and then select Settings, Printer Control Codes.

2. When the list of Printer Control Codes is displayed, maximize the list so that you can see all the columns.

3. Look at the column labeled "Printer" and ensure that you are in the DC section of the Printer Control Codes list. Scroll down to K and M. These are fonts that are "Not Used." You can use them for your own fonts.

4. Click on K to open the Printer Control Code form for this font.

5. In the 'Name' field, enter a name that defines this font for you.

6. In the 'On' field, enter the actual name of the font and its size. Please examine an existing font to see how this is done. Below is an example. Notice the way it is typed and the use of quotes and other symbols. You must enter your font the same way. To do this, it is necessary to know the actual name and size of the font that you want to use.

The FONT FACE (TYPE) and SIZE that you choose must be already installed on the computer you are printing from.

Examples:

<font face="Arial Narrow" size="18">

<font face="Copperplate Gothic" size="24">

7. Leave the 'Off' field empty.

8. Choose 'DC' from the 'Printer' drop-down list.

9. Click the OK button. You should be returned to the list of codes. Notice your new code in the list.

Now you can use your new code in a report or letter. You will use the code @K and it will print in the font face that you have chosen. Print a sample report and examine the formatting and position of text. Adjust if necessary to suit your needs.

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Set A Font Using The Font Command

The @FONT command may used for DC printing, that is, whenever you are set to "Print to Device Context." You can use this command to simply call a font right in your Report Body. Any font that is installed on your computer will be recognized.

SYNTAX:

@FONT({font-family},{font-size})

(font-family} - Do not use quotes even if there are spaces in the font-family name.

{font-size} - This is the height of the font in standard DC command measurements of 100/inch.

Example:
@FONT(Lucida console,22)

tip.gif The @FONT command is not case-sensitive. You can write @Font or @font and that will work too.

Do not use quotes even if there are spaces in the font-family name. The second argument is the height of the font in standard DC command measurements of 100/inch.

The font you set will stay in effect until you change it or end the report.

You can also use the standard Printer Control Codes for fonts in the same report. So you could set one font for part of the report and then call another font for a different part of your report. Each font command stays in effect until you call another font command.

tip.gif Whenever you set a font or printing characteristic, it must be turned off or it will carry over to the next report or letter that you print. It is always a good practice to explicitly declare, in the Report Options, a Printer Initialization and Printer Termination setting for each report or letter that you use.

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Font Command With Variables

You can also set the font using @FONT with variables.

Example:
@varFace* = "AR Berkley" @varSize# = 22

@FONT(@varFace,@varSize)

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Font Attributes

All font attributes such as BOLD, UNDERLINED, CENTERED and other commands are recognized normally when you set the font with @FONT. It simply changes all the output to the font you have specified including any other formatting you have set already in the report.

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Summary

In addition to the predefined fonts shipped with Collect!, you can use your own favorite fonts in the letters and reports that you design You can add your own font choices to the list of Printer Control Codes or simply specify your own font in the Report Body itself.

tip.gif Please be aware that the fonts that you choose may result in a change in the spacing and column line-up of pre-designed reports. You may have to adjust some of the fields and text to format your report or add formatting symbols.

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See Also

- How To Control Font Attributes
- How To Format Text Fields and Text Variables
- Report Topics Index for a list of all report topics

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