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FastReport VCL Basic Edition

by Fast Reports - Product Type: Component / VCL

Please note that from FastReport VCL version 5, the Basic Edition is no longer available.
There are upgrade options to FastReport VCL Standard, FastReport VCL Professional or FastReport VCL Enterprise.

Report generator for Delphi. FastReport 4 VCL is an add-on component that allows your application to generate reports quickly and efficiently. FastReport provides all the necessary tools to develop reports, including a visual report designer, a reporting core, and a preview window. It can be used in the Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio environments.

What's new FastReport VCL V4.15

  • Added Embarcadero RAD Studio XE5 support
  • Added Internal components for FireDac database engine
  • Fixed bug with images in PDF export for OSX viewers
  • Added ability to set font charset to default in Style Editor
  • Fixed duplex problem when printing several copies of the report
  • Fixed problem with PNG images
  • Fixed problem with TfrxPictureView transparent

What's new FastReport VCL V4.14

  • Added Embarcadero RAD Studio XE4 support
  • [Lazarus] fixed bug with text output
  • [Lazarus] fixed bug with some visual controls in designer
  • [Lazarus] improved interface of the report preview and designer
  • [Lazarus] fixed bug with boolean propertyes in script code and expressions
  • Fixed bug with endless loop in TfrxRichView
  • Fixed bug with Unicode in TfrxMemoView appeared in previous release
  • Improved MAPI interface in TfrxExportMail export
  • Fixed some problems with allpication styles XE2/XE3
  • Improved compatibility with Fast Report FMX

What's new FastReport VCL V4.13

  • New version of FastReport VCL for Embarcadero RAD Studio XE.
  • New version supports the last Embarcadero RAD Studio XE3.
  • Lazarus Beta support starts from FastReport Professional Edition. Current version allows preview, print and design report template under Windows and Linux platform (qt).

FastReport VCL 4.12

  • Added support of Embarcadero Rad Studio EX2 (x32/x64) added export of Excel formulas in the BIFF export added export of external URLs in the PDF export
  • Added converter from Rave Reports ConverterRR2FR.pas
  • Added Cross.KeepRowsTogether property optimised merging cells in the BIFF export
  • Added property DataOnly to exports pictures format in all exports
  • Switched to PNG improved number formats processing in the BIFF export
  • Added property DataOnly to exports
  • Added property TfrxODFExport.SingleSheet
  • Added property TfrxSimpleTextExport.DeleteEmptyColumns
  • Added property TfrxBIFFExport.DeleteEmptyRows
  • Added progress bar to the BIFF export

FastReport VCL 4.11

  • Added property TfrxODFExport.SingleSheet
  • Added property TfrxSimpleTextExport.DeleteEmptyColumns
  • Optimised merging cells in the BIFF export
  • Added property TfrxBIFFExport.DeleteEmptyRows
  • Added progress bar to the BIFF export
  • Added BIFF8 XLS export filter
  • Added to ODF export the Language property
  • Enterprise - added "scripts" folder for additional units ("uses" directive in report script)
  • Enterprise - added logs for scheduler (add info in scheduler.log)
  • Enterprise - added property "Reports" - "Scripts" in server configuration - set the path for "uses" directive in report script
  • Enterprise - added property "Http" - "MaxSessions" in server configuration - set the limit of maximum session threads, set 0 for unlimit
  • Enterprise - added property "Reports" - "MaxReports" in server configuration - set the limit of maximum report threads, set 0 for unlimit
  • Enterprise - added property "Logs" - "SchedulerLog" in server configuration - set the scheduler log file name
  • Enterprise - added property "Scheduler" - "Active" in server configuration - enable of scheduler
  • Enterprise - added property "Scheduler" - "Debug" in server configuration - enable writing of debug info in scheduler log
  • Enterprise - added property "Scheduler" - "StudioPath" in server configuration - set the path to FastReport Studio, leave blank for default
  • Enterprise Fixed bug with MIME types in http header (content-type)
  • Enterprise Fixed bug with default configuration (with missed config.xml)
  • Enterprise Fixed bug with error pages

FastReport V4.10

  • Added support of Embarcadero Rad Studio XE (Delphi EX/C++Builder EX)
  • Added support of TeeChart 2010 packages (new series type aren't supported in this release)
  • Added a property TruncateLongTexts to the XLS
  • Improved split mechanism (added TfrxStretcheable.HasNextDataPart for complicated data like RTF tables)
  • Improved crosstab speed when using repeat band with crosstab object

FastReport VCL 4.9 released

  • Added ability to print/export transparent pictures (properties TfrxPictureView.Transparent and TfrxPictureView.TransparentColor) (PDF export not supported)
  • Added new "split to sheet" modes for TfrxXMLExport
  • Added support of /PAGE tag in TfrxRichView, engine automatically break report pages when find /PAGE tag
  • Added ability to hide Null values in TfrxChartView (TfrxChartView.IgnoreNulls = True)
  • Added ability to set any custom page order for printing (i.e. 3,2,1,5,4 )
  • Enterprise - added variables "AUTHLOGIN" and "AUTHGROUP" inside the any report
  • Enterprise - now any report file can be matched with any (one and more) group, these reports are accessible only in matched groups
  • Enterprise - now you can set-up cache delays for each report file (reports.xml)
  • Enterprise - added new properties editor for reports in Configuration utility (see Reports tab)
  • Enterprise - added property "Xml" - "SplitType" in server configuration - allow to select split on pages type between none/pages/printonprev/rowscount
  • Enterprise - added property "Xml" - "SplitRowsCount" in server configuration - sets the count of rows for "rowscount" split type
  • Enterprise - added property "Xml" - "Extension" in server configuration - allow select between ".xml" and ".xls" extension for output file
  • Enterprise - added property "Html" - "URLTarget" in server configuration - allow select the target attribute for report URLs
  • Enterprise - added property "ReportsFile" - path to file with reports to groups associations and cache delays
  • Enterprise - added property "ReportsListRenewTimeout" in server configuration
  • Enterprise - added property "ConfigRenewTimeout" in server configuration
  • Enterprise - added property "MimeType" for each output format in server configuration
  • Enterprise - added property "BrowserPrint" in server configuration - allow printing by browser, added new template nav_print_browser.html
  • Enterprise - added dynamic file name generation of resulting formats (report_name_date_time)
  • Enterprise - SERVER_REPORTS_LIST and SERVER_REPORTS_HTML variables (list of available reports) depend from user group (for internal authentification)
  • Added drawing shapes in PDF export (not bitmap)
  • Added rotated text in PDF export (not bitmap)
  • Added EngineOptions.IgnoreDevByZero property allow to ignore division by zero exception in expressions
  • Added properties TfrxDBLookupComboBox.DropDownWidth, TfrxDBLookupComboBox.DropDownRows
  • Added event TfrxCustomExportFilter.OnBeginExport
  • Added ability to decrease font size in barcode object
  • Added ability to inseret FNC1 to "code 128" barcode
  • Added event TfrxPreview.OnMouseDown
  • Added support of new unicode-PDF export in D4-D6 and BCB4-BCB6

FastReport Studio 4.8 released

  • Added ability to split big bands(biggest than page height) by default
  • Added ability to use keeping(KeepTogether/KeepChild/KeepHeader) in multi-column report
  • Added BDE engine
  • Added DBX engine
  • Added confirmation reading for TfrxMailExport
  • Added new enumerations drDontEditReportScript and drDontEditInternalDatasets to TfrxDesignerRestriction
  • Added new TfrxDesignerRestriction: drDontEditReportScript and drDontEditInternalDatasets
  • Added PrnOutFileName property to printer options
  • Added RTF 4.1 support for TfrxRichText object
  • Added TfrxDesigner.MemoParentFont property
  • Added TfrxGroupHeader.ShowChildIfDrillDown property  
  • Added TfrxPrintOptions.PrnOutFileName property to set ability to print to file
  • Added TfrxReportOptions.HiddenPassword property to set password silently from code
  • Added TimeOut field to TfrxMailExport form
  • Added checksum calculating for  2 5 interleaved barcode
  • Changed PDF export: added full unicode support, improved performance, decreased memory requirements
  • Changed inheritance mechanism, correct inherits of linked objects (fixups)
  • Improved AddFrom method copy outline
  • Improved DrillDownd mechanism, should work correct with master-detail-subtetail nesting
  • Improved functional of vertical bands, shows memos placed on H-band which doesn't across VBand, also calculate expression inside it and call events (like in FR2)
  • Improved script compilation
  • Improved unsorted mode in crosstab(join same columns correctly)
  • Improved WatchForm TListBox changet to TCheckListBox

What's new in the FastReport 4

Report Designer:

  • New XP-style interface
  • The "Data" tab with all report datasets
  • Ability to draw diagrams in the "Data" tab
  • Code completion (Ctrl+Space)
  • Breakpoints
  • Watches
  • Report templates
  • Local guidelines (appears when you move or resize an object)
  • Ability to work in non-modal mode, mdi child mode

Report Preview:

  • Thumbnails


  • Split a big page to several small pages
  • Print several small pages on one big
  • Print a page on a specified sheet (with scale)
  • Duplex handling from print dialogue
  • Print copy name on each printed copy (for example, "First copy", "Second copy")

Report Core:

  • "endless page" mode
  • Images handling, increased speed
  • The "Reset page numbers" mode for groups
  • Reports encrypting (Rijndael algorithm)
  • Report inheritance (both file-based and dfm-based)
  • Drill-down groups
  • frxGlobalVariables object
  • "cross-tab" object enhancements:
    • Improved cells appearance
    • Cross elements visible in the designer
    • Fill corner (ShowCorner property)
    • Side-by-side crosstabs (NextCross property)
    • Join cells with the same value (JoinEqualCells property)
    • Join the same string values in a cell (AllowDuplicates property)
    • Ability to put an external object inside cross-tab
    • AddWidth, AddHeight properties to increase width&height of the cell
    • AutoSize property, ability to resize cells manually
  • Line object can have arrows
  • Added TfrxPictureView.FileLink property (can contain variable or a file name)
  • Separate settings for each frame line (properties Frame.LeftLine, TopLine, RightLine, BottomLine can be set in the object inspector)
  • PNG images support (uncomment {$DEFINE PNG} in the file)
  • Open Document Format for Office Applications (OASIS) exports, spreadsheet (ods) and text (odt)

Enterprise components:

  • Users/Groups security support
  • Web-forms feature improvements
  • Templates support
  • Dynamically refresh of reports list, configuration, database connection, users/groups


  • Band-oriented report generator. Wide range of band types allows you to create any kind of report.
  • Report can consist of several design pages. Thus you can build a report that consists of cover, data and back cover - all in one file.
  • Wide range of objects that can be used in a report: text, picture, lines, shapes, charts, barcodes, cross-table, ole object, richtext, checkbox, gradient.
  • Visual report designer supports zooming, undo/redo, guidelines, rulers. Fully customizable interface with MS Office look. You can give your users the ability to modify reports and create new ones.
  • Report can contain datasets (tables, queries, DB connections). Thus you can not only use application-defined datasets, but connect to any databases and use tables and queries right inside a report. At this time the following libraries are supported: ADO, BDE, DBX, IBX, FIB, and many third-party DB libraries.
  • Report can contain dialogue forms to ask for some data before the report is run. You can create fully standalone, application-independent reports!
  • Built-in script engine that supports 4 languages: PascalScript, C++Script, BasicScript, JScript. You can perform complex data handling with it, manage the interaction with dialogue forms and controls.
  • The debugging tools: step, breakpoints, watches.
  • Visual query builder. You don't have to learn the SQL language to create a complex query from several data tables.
  • Export filters allow you to export your report to many supported formats (PDF, RTF, XLS, XML, HTML, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, TXT, CSV, Open Document Format).
  • Send report by email with one mouse click.
  • Web-reporting components. Distance no longer matters! You can browse a report using only web browser.
  • Special kind of report for dot-matrix printing. This type of printer is still alive and used in many corporations. Use FastReport for fast dot-matrix printing!
  • Report inheritance (supported both file-based inheritance and visual form inheritance used in Delphi/C++Builder). You have many reports with common elements such as titles, logos, footers? Put the common elements into base report and inherit all other reports from a base.
  • Rich printing abilities: cut big pages to several smaller ones, print several small pages on one big, print on specified paper size using scale. You need to print A3 report on A4 printer? It's not a problem anymore!
  • Access to any kind of data, from an array to a DB table. You can pass any data from your application into the report, either static (non-changed) data or data dynamically changed from row to row.
  • Report wizard. Perform 5 steps and get well-shaped, ready-to-use report.
  • Cross-tab reports allow to build a table with complex row and column headers from a single dataset, either table or a query. This is analogous to OLAP cubes with exception that you cannot manage it dynamically.
  • Vertical bands allow you to build a table-type report with variable number of table columns.
  • Charts. Full support of all features of TeeChart Pro library.
  • Multi-functional "Text" object can display one or more text lines. That may contain text mixed with variables or dataset fields or expressions. It supports simple HTML tags (b,i,u,strike,sub,sup,font color), all styles of text alignment, text rotation, fill, frame, WYSIWYG mode.
  • UNICODE support. Your report may display all the world languages!
  • Extendable FastReport architecture allows you to create your own objects, export filters, functions, wizards, DB engines. If an existing FastReport abilities are not enough for you - extend it!
  • Drill-down reports. You can turn your group report into interactive drill-down report with one mouse click! You can expand or collapse a group right in the preview window.
  • Interactive reports. You can define an action that will be performed if a user clicks an object in the preview window. For example, you can build and show another report with detailed information about the item that was clicked.
  • Don't be concerned about confidentiality with report encryption! You can open the report file only if you know the password.
  • Print copy name on each printed copy (for example, "First copy", "Second copy"). You can set up copy names easily.

FastReport 4.0 has four editions with different features and price.

Basic Edition
FastReport 4 Basic Edition meets the needs of developers who are creating applications with "direct logic" reports. If you’re not sure you can make use of the full range of the features in FastReport 4, then the Basic Edition may be your best option. It’s easy to learn, and makes it impossible for your users to damage the reports you’ve developed.

Standard Edition
If you need more than the Basic Edition, then this is for you. The Standard Edition includes:

  • A dialog designer.
  • An internal script engine, which allows you to handle the reports’ logic; it supports four languages (PascalScript, C++Script, JSCript, and BasicScript).
  • An end-user report designer.

Professional Edition
In addition to all the features of our FastReport 4 Standard Edition, the Professional Edition also includes:

  • A built-in SQL query builder, which allows you to create complex queries without having a good command of SQL.
  • Full source codes in the report generator, which allows you to thoroughly understand the work logic and to make any necessary changes and minor adjustments.

Enterprise Edition
This edition goes beyond the standards of today’s reporting software. Distance no longer matters! In addition to all the advantages of FastReport 4 Professional Edition, this edition includes Web-reporting components.

Dialogue forms 
Run-time designer 
Visual SQL designer  

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