The FANTASIA Formatter can process any plain text file, created by any text editor. The text could also include data extracted from your data bases using a report writer. Typical applications are the production of memos, newsletters, magazines, catalogues, manuals, documentation etc. A menu program enables page style to be easily specified.
By using one or more of the typesetting, graphics or forms capabilities of FANTASIA, it is possible to easily enhance the appearance of computer printed reports whether they are produced by programs written in languages such as COBOL or whether they are produced by report writers such as QUERY, QUIZ (from COGNOS) or BRW (from HP).
The FANTASIA REPORTER (Q-GEN) is a high performance report writer for HP3000 users that is complementary to the LASER SERVER product. The REPORTER has an in-built interface to the FANTASIA software that enables the easy production of typeset reports (effectively it builds a suitable form around the data and automatically links it into the generated report program). The user can either select fonts for page headings, column headings and data, or let the software choose appropriate ones. You can also incorporate a form designed with the other FANTASIA facilities.
From a few simple data selection menus, the FANTASIA REPORTER enables you to generate compiled COBOL object programs that will print the required forms and data on a LaserJet. See separate data sheet for more information on this module.