5.3. Palette

Palette is a special view that completes the editor and offers access to designer tools. Clicking a palette entry activates the corresponding tool. An active tool can be used in the Design Editor either by clicking in the editor or by dragging an outline box. There are two types of tools: selection tools and creation tools. Selection tools are the tools that allow to perform the selection of report objects. Creation tools are used to insert various report objects within the report bands. The Palette View can be either docked at the left or right side of the editor, or opened as a separate Eclipse view. To open a separate view choose Window->Show View->Other...->Basic->Palette from the IDE's menu.

Table 5.1. Palette Tools

ToolFunction
Selection
Select report objects.
Select report objects by outlining a rectangle.
Creation
Create an Ellipse object.
Create an Image object.
Create a Line object.
Create a Rectangle object.
Create a Static Text object.
Create a Text Field object.
Create a Subreport object.
Create a Chart object.
Create a Frame object.
Create a Crosstab object.
Create a Break object.
Special Fields
Create a Text Field object that will display the page number.
Create a Text Field object that will display the total number of pages in the report.
Create a Text Field object that will display the date of the report execution.
Create a Text Field object that will display the time of the report execution.
Create a Text Field object that will display the date and time of the report execution.
Create a Text Field object that will display the record number.
Create a Text Field object that will display the total number of records in the report.
Create a Text Field object that will display the column number.
Create a Text Field object that will display the page record number.
Create a Text Field object that will display the column record number.