TOLAPExport control FAQ
Posted by - NA - on 19 December 2008 11:43 AM

Export FAQ

Data received with the help of the RadarCubeLibrary components can be previewed and printed out, or exported to one of the common formats.
Most export functions are connected to the TOLAPExportBase type (or its heir TOLAPExport).

Setting the Visual Properties

You can find the visual properties in the Options property of the TOLAPExportBase export component. It contains a set of properties for setting all types of cell appearances, export parameters and printing.

Setting a few visual properties.

TExportOptions options = GridTable.OLAPExport.Options;
TFormatOptionsPDF optionspdf = GridTable.OLAPExport.OptionsPDF;
options.Title = "Sample";
options.Background = Color.LightSkyBlue;
options.CellGroupView.Background = Color.LightCyan;
options.CellDataTotalView.Background = Color.LightYellow;
options.CellMemberTotalView.Font = new Font("Arial", 20f, FontStyle.Italic);
optionspdf.Header.ForeColor = Color.Blue;
optionspdf.PageNumber.ForeColor = Color.Gray;
optionspdf.PageNumber.NumberFormat = "page {0} (Total {1})";
optionspdf.PageNumber.AlignText = StringAlignment.Center;
optionspdf.PageNumber.Font = new Font("Arial", 18f);
optionspdf.Indent = 20;

In general, the visual settings of the exported elements do not directly depend on the corresponding Grid elements, only the basic properties are copied. To set a Grid-like skin, you need to assign the TOLAPExportBase.Skin property.

Using a Stand-Alone Component

TOLAPExport contains all the elements needed for exporting the Grid data. It is convenient to use if you have a number of Grids, whose data have to be exported with same settings.
To use a stand-alone mode, you need to assign the name of the Grid to its Grid property. After that, you can call the export procedures.

Exporting through a stand-alone component.

TOLAPExport export = new TOLAPExport();
// exporting data of Grid1
export.Grid = Grid1;
export.ExportTo("file1", TConvertType.ctTIFF);
// exported data of Grid2
export.Grid = Grid2;
export.ExportTo("file2", TConvertType.ctTIFF);

You don’t have to specify the file extension, it you’re exporting data into a file – it will be set automatically.

Using an In-built Component

The Grid has an in-built component for export. It allows exporting data, setting and saving export parameters right in the Grid. However, if there are a few Grids in your attachment, you’d better use a stand-alone component TOLAPExport (that means, you need to assign the TOLAPExport.Grid property before exporting).

Setting the parameters and exporting with the in-built component.

Grid.OLAPExport.OptionsPDF.Header.ForeColor = Color.Red;
Grid.OLAPExport.OptionsPDF.Header.Header = "My title";
Grid.OLAPExport.Options.CellDataTotalView.Background = Color.SkyBlue;
Grid.OLAPExport.Options.PageOrientation = TPageOrientation.poLandscape;
Grid.OLAPExport.ExportTo("file1", TConvertType.ctTIFF);

You can call the export methods by overriding the TOLAPControlGeneral.ExportTo method:

Grid.ExportTo("file1", TConvertType.ctTIFF);
Grid.ExportTo("file2”, TConvertType.ctXLS);

Changing Column Width

You can change the recommended column width through the OLAPExport.OnGetPreferredWidth event handler. The recommended and the minimal width are passed as parameters of the event argument. When you choose the desired width, note that you may allow the word hyphenation (the OLAPExport.Options.WordHyphenation property).

// init code
Grid.OLAPExport.OnGetPreferredWidth += OnGetPreferredWidthHandler;
void OnGetPreferredWidthHandler(object sender, TEventGetPreferredWidthArgs e)
    // decrease if possible to a half of the recommended width.
    e.Width = Math.Max(e.MinimumWidth, e.Width / 2);

Understanding Export into csv

When exporting into comma separated value” format, you can specify the separator symbol.

// specifying the tabulation symbol as separator
Grid.OLAPExport.OptionsCSV = '\t';

Understanding Export into html

When exporting into html format, you can set some parameters of the new file: cell padding, coding, document header. Note that exporting TOLAPChart component’s data into a stream is forbidden. Upon exporting into a file, the component creates a catalogue <FileName>.files with the images of charts and axes, and places it to the catalogue, where the file is exported to.
The TOLAPGrid component supports exporting both into a stream and into a file.

Understanding Export into PDF

PDF format is the only one that supports page breaking. In the settings, you can specify the header, page number and the visual settings of these lines.

// Getting a reference to the “export into PDF” setting class
TFormatOptionsPDF optionspdf = Grid.OLAPExport.OptionsPDF;
// setting page header
optionspdf.Header.Header = "PDF Title";
optionspdf.Header.AlignText = StringAlignment.Far;
// setting page number format
optionspdf.PageNumber.NumberFormat = "PDF page{0} from {1}";
optionspdf.PageNumber.AlignText = StringAlignment.Center;
// indent for atypical hierarchy
optionspdf.Indent = 20;

When exporting into PDF, the font file is built into the PDF file, but in some cases, a application may not be authorized to read this file (the SecurityException). Then you need to override the event, specifying the name of the needed font file in the event handler.

// init code
Grid.OLAPExport.OnGetFontFile += OnGetFontFileHandler;
void OnGetFontFileHandler(object sender, TEventGetFontFileArgs e)
    if (e.Font.Name.Contains("Arial"))
        e.FileName = @"C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\arial.ttf";
        e.FileName = @"C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\comic.ttf";

Understanding Export into XLS

The settings of export into XLS allow you to make additional changes in formatting cell text.

Grid.OLAPExport.OnGetXlsFormat += OLAPExport_OnGetXlsFormat;
TFormatOptionsXLS optionsxls = GridTable.OLAPExport.OptionsXLS;
optionsxls.MergeCell = true;
optionsxls.NumberFormat = "#0,00";
optionsxls.PercentFormat = "#0,00%";
optionsxls.WorkSheetNameFormat = "Workbook {0}";
optionsxls.FormatData = "0.00";
void OnGetXlsFormatHandler(object sender, TEventGetXlsFormatArgs e)
    if (e.Cell == null)
    switch (e.Cell.CellType)
        case TCellType.ctData:
            if (e.Value is double)
                e.Format = "0";
                e.Format = string.Empty;
        case TCellType.ctMember:
            e.CellStyle.ShrinkToFit = true;
            e.CellStyle.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignmentStyle.CenterAcross;
            e.CellStyle.VerticalAlignment = VerticalAlignmentStyle.Center;
            e.CellStyle.NumberFormat = "0";

Understanding Export Events

OnEventExportCell event handler allows you to re-define the properties of the exported cells. The OnExportEnd event is fired upon finishing export.

private void olapExport_OnEventExportCell(object sender, TEventExportCellArgs e)
    // if the cell is from data area
    if (e.Cell.CellType == TCellType.ctData)
        // encircle it with brockets
        e.Text = "<" + e.Text + ">";
        // change the background color
        e.BackColor = Color.Aqua;
private void olapExport_OnExportEnd(object sender, EventArgs e)
    MessageBox.Show("Export finished!");

Export Settings Window

If you need, you can call the Export Settings window programmatically. It’s a common window for export, print preview and print. Through it you can set cell appearance, print settings, page size and orientation, page header and page number format.

Calling the dialogue window for changing the settings

// using an in-built component Grid.OLAPExport.ShowSettings();
// Using a stand-alone component
TOLAPExport export = new TOLAPExport();
export.Grid = Grid;

Print Preview

In the component, there is an option to call print preview programmatically. So, you can see what the cells in your Grid look like and where the page breaks are. All the print and export options are available in the print preview window.

Calling the Grid’s print preview window

// using an in-built component Grid.OLAPExport.Preview(); // using a stand-alone component TOLAPExport export = new TOLAPExport(); export.Grid = Grid; export.Preview();


The component provides you the options of program calling the Print window and export options of the Grid data into stream array.
When exporting into a stream array, a separate stream is created for every page, with the exception of PDF format, that supports multi-page documents, thus for PDF the result will be a single-stream array.
By default, all data are exported into GIF format with the resolution of 72 dpi. The resolution is taken into account only for graphic formats. To specify other types of formats and resolutions, use the overridden versions of the ToStreams function.

Calling the Print dialogue window

// using an in-built component
// using a stand-alone component
TOLAPExport export = new TOLAPExport();
export.Grid = Grid;

Saving Grid data to a stream array into the specified format

TConvertType convert = TConvertType.ctBMP;
TOLAPExportBase export = Grid.OLAPExport;
// getting a stream array for the document, divided into pages
// with a 300 DPI resolution
MemoryStream[] ms = export.ToStreams(convert, TPrintResolution.pr300);
int index = 0;
foreach (MemoryStream memorystream in ms)
    // saving a stream into a file on C disk:
    FileStream fs = null;
        string nameonly = string.Format(
"C:\\Export part {0}.{1}",
Index++, convert.Extention);
        fs = new FileStream(nameonly, FileMode.Create);
        byte[] bytes = memorystream.ToArray();
        fs.Write(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);

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