Thierry Bernard wrote:
Joe Pluta wrote:
But if you're doing *any* display file or printer file work, the screen designer and report designer will probably save you 20 minutes a DAY.
I got my first exposure to the DDS designer in RDpower 7.6 this week, so maybe there are features I'm not aware that could save time but my feeling is that I would be less productive. Now, the comparison is to CODE designer as it is included in WDSC. I base that on the fact that the new designer lack shortcuts to change a field to Output, Both, etc. Or set the common display attributes and color. That you need to change the selection to a marquee to select a bunch of fields together. That you can't just start typing for tex constants.
(I do like the true editable source view.)
Have a nice day.
I was comparing to SDA. Since you're a CODE Designer fan, I'm sure you tell folks that CODE saves you 20 minutes a day easily over SDA, right?

As to CODE vs. Screen Designer, I've had this discussion before. I never used CODE because it doesn't integrate with RDPi. Having to leave the workbench to edit display files is a pain for me. I also never liked the interface, which still reminds me of a late 90s visual basic tool.

As to the abilities, such as shortcuts, you may be missing some of the capabilities of the tool. For example, by having the Properties view visible on your workbench, you'll be able to quickly see all the properties and change the ones you use most often just by clicking on the object - which you can do in the designer, the outline or the source. I find that to be a very productive way of doing things. The other things - dragging a text object from the palette to add a literal or clicking a button to change to marquee mode - are things that might add fractions of a second to your design time, but really if you prefer CODE, stay with it. If you can live with the fact that it's not integrated into the workbench and it's not supported, then who am I to judge? <grin>

But again, I want to make sure to get the primary point across: CODE (and thus Screen Designer) definitely is more productive than SDA.

Here are a couple of quick overviews of Screen Designer and Report Designer:


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