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Managing Report Styles

Introduction

It is very easy for you to convert any VisualAnalysis report you make into a saved style, with a name so you can use it on future projects. The style is limited to tables & summaries (no saved graphics). You may also directly modify any saved report styles on your machine to adjust them, or remove them later.

Edit a Report Style

The easiest way to edit a report style is to modify it as a "live" report. Create a report based on the style, make some changes until you get it set up the way you wan, then save it as a style with a new name or to replace the existing style.

Alternate Procedure

Use Report | Manage Report Styles to access the report styles defined for the current structure type. The dialog presents a list of styles found in the style file and gives some information about the contents of each style.

To edit a style, select it in the Report Style Manager and choose Edit Style. You can customize any feature of the report except which load cases it will contain. Although you can specify that it contain all load cases or selected cases. If you flag the report as showing selected load cases, you will be prompted to select the actual cases whenever this style is used.

Delete a Report Style

To delete a style, select it using Report | Manage Report Styles and choose Delete Style. No warning is presented, but if you decide you really do not want to delete the style, just hit Cancel in the dialog box. All changes you have made to styles will be lost. Once a style is deleted, there is no way to restore it, except to recreate it from scratch or to import it from a backup copy of the style file. See the chapter on Customizing for more information about style files.

Import or Export Report Styles

You may share your report styles with another VisualAnalysis user by copying the style file. This is an "all or none" operation, but can help you standardize reports across your organization. Report styles are stored in your IES\Data folder, in a file called VA8Report.dat. The easiest way to access this file is through Edit | Preferences, Files. See Data Files for more details. If you invest a lot of work in to customized reports, you might want to save a backup copy of your style file in a safe place.