How do I create a report page in LabAuthor

The final step in the completion of a LabTutor experiment is creating your report page. Here are some hints and tips to make the process easier:

1. When to create your Report page.

Leave this until you are confident your experiment content is finished and tested. It's laborious creating and arranging all your Data Panels, Table, Graphs and Questions on a report page so by leaving it to last, you only have to do it once.

2. Creating a Report page.

Report pages are a special type of Content page. You can create one directly in LabAuthor from the File menu (File / New / Report Page), or by right-clicking on the Content Page section

Tip: If you've already started making a report page but haven't defined it as such, you can change the page properties to make it a Report page. Right-click on the page and check the Report Page box.

3. Aliases

Aliases are copies of either Data or Question Panels that share properties, such as scroll position and scaling in the case of Data Panels, or questions and answers in the case of Question panels. To create an alias of a panel simply Copy it from the original then Paste Alias onto the report page (Copy and Paste either from the Edit menu or by right-clicking on the panel). You will note that it has a slightly lighter blue frame than other panels (not visible to the students).

You can change some properties of aliases from their original state, as you would with changing any properties. For instance; from a Data Panel you can add or remove channels, remove the Start button and change its size; for questions, you can change the question while retaining the answer from the original

Tip: You can prevent students form editing their answer in a Question panel by checking the Answer is a display-only checkbox in the Question panel properties.

4. Report Page Printing and Page Breaks.

If you intend for your student to print the report page the final step in formatting is to check that the all objects fall within the print area guideline. This is an orange line running vertically down the page area. Objects to the right of this line will not print.

You may also notice the Page Breaks. These are also orange lines but run horizontally across the page. They define the separation of objects between pages in the printed version. Each Page Break has a handle that allows you to grab it and move it up or down. They won't let you move them lower than the length of a printed page but you can move them higher. You must make sure they lie between objects rather than overlap them. Any overlap will result in that object being cut-off in the print version.

Tip: Leave the page breaks until the end as LabAuthor will add them automatically as you add content to the page.