| || |
Silk and Crystal Reports
It has been a couple of years since I investigated Silk with reporting apps such as Crystal Reports or the "report" metaphor in PowerBuilder. Last I checked, reporting tools painted the report in the window or on the screen and Silk saw it as one big graphic. Thus the only thing Silk can do with it is a bitmap comaprison, which will always fail if the report has a date/time stamp on it (mine do!) let alone the other normal issues with bitmap comparisons.
I'm hoping someone can save me some time - specifically in regard to Crystal Reports. Has anything changed? Is there any new way for ANY automation tool to see the actual data on a "report"? Any other ideas from anyone?
Why? My company has 2 basic products. One provides a logging capability to a database. The other reports off that database, generating reports we wrote using Java or using Crystal Reports. We have app #1's automation well on its way using Silk and I'm searching for an automation solution for the reporting tool.
Re: Silk and Crystal Reports
I haven't used it for quite a while, but you can use the bitmap tool for what you want. You can either create a mask to mask out the areas you don't want to compare (date, time, userID, etc...) or you can set the tolerance level for the number of acceptable different pixels.
If it was me I would do both. Note that the tolerance level has to be set to at least 5 pixels so that the flashing cursor doest not raise an error in most cases.
[This message has been edited by woodman (edited 10-10-2000).]