Complex scripts in PDF

There is currently a bug in our SQL Server 2005 PDF renderer which may cause it to generate incorrect glyphs for text in a complex left-to-right script.  The reason this occurs is that we need to embed font glyph indices and metric information into the PDF document.  For text in a right-to-left complex script, we…

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SQL Server 2005 SP2 Cumulative Update 4 is available

The latest SQL Server 2005 SP2 Cumulative Update (CU4) is now available.  You can get it by calling into customer support or by making an online request.   There are two fixes in the feature areas I own that are included in this update: (Bug ID 50001816) When you export a SQL Server 2005 Reporting…

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Rendering reports via Url Access

Querying Reporting Services for a report couldn’t be easier with Url Access (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms153586.aspx).  For example: String report = "/Folder/Report"; String filename = "Report.pdf"; List<KeyValuePair<String, String>> parameters =     new List<KeyValuePair<String, String>>(); parameters.Add(new KeyValuePair<String, String>("Param1", "Value1")); parameters.Add(new KeyValuePair<String, String>("Param2:isnull", "true")); System.Net.WebClient client = new System.Net.WebClient(); client.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials; String url = "http://localhost/reportserver?" +     report +…

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Unit testing a Katmai Reporting Services renderer

I am in the process of documenting the way my Katmai unit tests work.  There’s nothing inventive about them – they are straightforward and meant to get the job done.  I use the VSTS unit runner which works though not particularly well.  I do not go through the machinations of using and keeping up to…

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Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ, part 2

This is a continuation of my work on FAQ for the PDF renderer.  A compiled version of these postings will will live at http://blogs.msdn.com/donovans/pages/reporting-services-pdf-renderer-faq.aspx.   File Size   Why are the PDFs exported from the Win/WebForms control so large? Compression of the PDF document is not supported in Visual Studio 2005 WinForms or WebForms controls running…

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Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ, part 1

I am working on a FAQ for rendering to PDF in Reporting Services.  This is my first installment, centered around font issues. A compiled version of these postings will will live at http://blogs.msdn.com/donovans/pages/reporting-services-pdf-renderer-faq.aspx.   Fonts   Have you first looked at our ‘Designing for PDF Output’ documentation? Reporting Services 2000: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa178934(SQL.80).aspx Reporting Services 2005: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159713.aspx…

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Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ

Fonts Have you first looked at our ‘Designing for PDF Output’ documentation? Reporting Services 2000: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa178934(SQL.80).aspx Reporting Services 2005: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159713.aspx Reporting Services 2008: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159713(SQL.100).aspx What is the difference between a character and a glyph? A glyph is a specific graphical rendering – like A, A, or A of a given character – A. Why do I…

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