RGDI and the Winform Report Viewer control in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services

While playing around with report rendering in 2005, I noticed RGDI (for example, in CTP15 use Report Manager to create a subscription using the File Share delivery extension and you'll see "Remote GDI+ file" in the list of render formats).

Anyway, the RGDI renderer is used by the new Windows Form Report Viewer control, and really is meant for client-side scenarios. I asked around and found that even though you can render a report as RGDI on the server and save it to a physical file, there's not too much you can do after all. We don't give you an easy way to hook that file back INTO the Winform report viewer.

So now you know what RGDI is and what you can/can't use if for 🙂



Comments (1)

  1. Dennis says:

    Does RGDI support the interactive sizing features?

    My issue is this: I have added interactive sorting to the column headers and increased the InteractiveSize width property to allow the columns to have enough room. The report renders fine from Report Manager. When I view it in the Winform report viewer control, it doesn’t display the same as the Report Manager rendering. Columns that should read Req Date end up being Req.



    to make room for the interactive sorting icons.

    Any thoughts on how to get around this?

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