GenDetective v3: Remove MS Access Report Engine!

One of the biggest issues we’ve had with GenDetective is the installation of the MS Access report engine. Sometimes it will install, other times it won’t, and sometimes when updates to other Office products install, they helpfully remove the version of MS Access GenDetective is using. Not very helpful from our perspective, not helpful at all.

With the end-of-life for Windows XP and Windows Vista (11 Apr 2017) having passed, GenDetective v3 will no longer support either of these operating systems.  What does that have to do with the report engine?  We have developed our own reporting toolset with the goal of mimicking the formatting and layout of our existing reports, and we are very happy with the results.  The technology used is largely unsupported on XP & Vista, which caused us to delay deployment until now with GenDetective v3.

A side by side comparison shows that the style of the reports is the same.  They are slightly different, with a different browser-based font, but they look and feel the same!

GenDetective v2: No Family Search Id

GenDetective v3: No Family Search Id

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those users who were unhappy with our dependency on Adobe PDF’s this is no longer the case.  You will be happy to know that this new reporting engine does not create PDF files, and inclusion of the PDF software during the install has been removed in v3!

The removal of both the MS Access reporting engine and the PDF creator installation have the side benefit of shrinking our installation program and speeding installation, faster report generation, with the same look and feel as v2 and a smaller, quicker installation! A win-win all the way around.

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