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  • I am running a cataloging report ( Main Menu > Cataloger's Menu > Reports Menu > Catalog Statistics Menu > General Library Statistics Report ) however the report scrolls down the screen too fast for me to read it.

    Make sure the Scroll Lock key is on. The key, on most keyboards says "Scroll Lock" or "ScrLk" . Usually a light on your keyboard will be on when this is on. Now when you run the report it will stop at every screen until you press an arrow key to go to the next screen. This applies for all (screen) reports in PAL.

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  • Can I create my own reports with PAL?

    Yes. You can create your own custom reports by pressing Shft-F7 from the appropriate panel(coming to that panel from the "All Panels" Menu on the Administrator's menu) and then Pressing [Insert] on "Built in short reports".

    For example, for a report based on the Catalog Panel you would choose "1" to enter the Catalog Panel and from there you would press "Shft-F7".

    An example of creating a report to print out the title field and the notes field for each catalog item (based on the Catalog Panel) is as follows:

    Enter the Catalog Panel via the "All Panels" menu, then press "Shft-F7"

    The cursor should be on "Built In Short Reports" Press "Insert" Key to create a completely new report.

    Press "9" to name your report. Now, at the cursor next to the word "Report:" type "Print out notes field" and then press Enter Key

    Press "1" if you want to print to a printer instead of printing to the screen. Choose your printer port (usually "1-LPT1").

    Press "8" to go to the report form - the screen for assigning content to your report.

    In the "First Page Header" section press Enter and type the name of your report.

    Press Enter again to drop down a line and then press Ctrl-F7, "1" to select report field, and "1" again to select "Date". This will print the date of your report under the Title. Press the Enter Key a few times for spacing.

    Move the cursor down using the Down Arrow Key to the "Report Body" section of the screen. Here type "Title:" then press F4 Key. You should now see the Catalog Panel on your screen. Tab through the fields of the panel until the Title field is highlighted (you will have to press the tab key about 33 tines to reach it) and then press F4 Key.

    Now press the Enter Key a few times for spacing and type "Notes:". Then press the F4 Key (you should again see the Catalog Panel) and tab to the Notes field and press F4 again.

    Now press F7 Key to return to the first report screen.

    Press Shft-F7 from this screen to print out your report. When you are finished you can press F7 to exit back to the report list. Your new report will be on the bottom of that list. If you delete reports on the list be careful not to delete the first report under "Built In Short Reports" because that is the report used to print out spine labels (Alt-F7 from the Catalog Panel).

    You will probably want to adjust the margins by pressing "7" and setting the margins based on your printer.

    You can set search conditions by choosing "4" to search for particular records to print.

    On the report form itself there is an enormous number of ways to create your report. If you want to learn how to create a sophisticated report I suggest downloading aDataPerfect Manual (PAL is written in DataPerfect language) at the following URL and reading the sections on Reports (p. 177- ):

    http://neuton.net/pal/masteringdataperfect.pdf

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  • "Windows Only" printers and PAL What is a "windows-only" printer and why doesn't PAL print directly to one?

    There are many low-end Windows GDI-only printers which simply cannot print plain ASCII code that's sent to the printer by a DOS application (eg. PAL). Unlike traditional printers, they don't have ANY way of converting ASCII 41h into the character "A". They don't understand HP PCL codes either, and if you try to send them HP PCL code, nothing will print. You can send them all the straight ASCII or PCL code you like, and nothing will come out of the printer. These printers can ONLY print graphic images of pages that are formatted inside Windows and sent to the printer as images, not text. So when the print the character A, they print a bitmap image of the letter A that they get from Windows.

    The reason companies (eg. Xerox, etc) do this is that it shaves a few cents off the cost of building the printer. But it means that anyone who buys a printer that isn't HP-compatible is going to have a lot of trouble printing from DOS applications like PAL (unless they use a special Windows application as a go-between).

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