About Report Format Files

A format (.set) file pre-formats both automatic reports and reports you run manually. A format file defines:

The Report Format File Setup dialog box allows you to create or modify your format files.

When running automatic reports, more options are used within the .set file, since user input is not required for each report (automatic reports are covered in next section). You can create as many format files as you want. If you are using updatable, intelligent tables, a format file is the third item that makes a report table unique. If you want to be able to insert multiple updatable tables for the same report, with the same scope, you need to use different format files for each report. If you are not inserting updatable tables, or the report or scope is different, then you do not need to use different format files.

You can enter in X-Y coordinates for the first section or click Pick to select a location. If you are breaking your report table into sections and are allowing multiple table sections per drawing, you can define the distance from one table section to the next. The value entered here is the distance between the end of one table section and the start of the next. For example, if you want 2 inches between table sections horizontally, enter a 2 as the X-Distance value. A blank value is interpreted as zero.

Note: Your format file can be saved using any file name but is given a ".set" file extension. The format files can be edited using any text file editor but it is not recommended since the syntax for the files is somewhat complicated. It is recommended that you use the Report Format File Setup dialog box to create or modify your format files. If you are going to use Automatic Reports to create output files click "Save Report to File".

You can select each file type available for the selected report and enter one file name per type. If multiple file types are selected, when the report is run using the Automatic Reports, each file is created from that report data.

If you create custom post-processing lisp function, you can save these User Post options in the format .set file. If a format file contains User Post options, the options are run before the report displays in the Report Generator dialog box. This also allows you to use User Post options when running automatic reports.

Default Format Files

When you run a report use the Change Report Format button on the Report Generator dialog box to change the fields included, the field order, field labels, and more. The program saves this information in a default format file. If you do not select a format file when you run a report, the program uses the default format file for that report if it exists. You can use Report Format Setup to modify these default format files directly predefining all report settings, including table settings.

Schematic Report Default Format File

Bill of Materials - Normal Tallied Format

BOM

Bill of Materials - Normal Tallied Format (Group by Installation/Location)

BOM_LOC

Bill of Materials - Display in Tallied Purchase List Format

PUR_BOM

Bill of Materials - Display in “By Tag” Format

TAG_BOM

Missing Bill of Material

NOCAT

Component

COMP

Wire From/To

WIREFRM2

Component Wire List

WIRECON

Connector Plug

PJCON

PLC I/O Address and Descriptions

PLC

PLC I/O Component Connection

PLCCON

PLC Modules Used So Far

PLCUSED

Terminal Numbers

TERM

Terminal Plan

TERMPLAN

Connector Summary

QPINRPT

Connector Detail

PINRPT

Cable Summary

CBL

Cable From/To

CABLECON

Wire Label

WIRELABEL

Panel Report Default Format File

Bill of Materials - Normal Tallied Format

BOMPNL

Bill of Materials - Normal Tallied Format (Group by Installation/Location)

PBOM_LOC

Bill of Materials - Display in Tallied Purchase List Format

PUR_PBOM

Bill of Materials - Display in “By Tag” Format

TAG_PBOM

Component

PNLCOMP

Nameplate

PNL_NP

Wire Connection

PNLWCON

Component Exception

PNLXCPT

Terminal Exception

PNLTXCPT

Wire Annotation Exception

PNLWANNO

Missing Level/Sequence Assignments

LEVBLNK