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An ROD file is a report design file. It defines the layout, structure, and behavior of a report. The ROD files for the standard Siebel reports are provided with Siebel Tools. A design file is modified in the main window of the Actuate e.Report Designer Professional software, called the Design Editor window. The design file for the Opportunity Summary report (opsum.rod) as it appears in the Design Editor is shown in Figure 3.
The Design Editor window consists of a structure tree on the left and a layout grid on the right. The structure tree is populated with components. The slots (also called nodes) that hold these components can be of various types according to their use and behavior in the report. Specialized icons identify the types of their corresponding components. Of particular interest are the following node types in the structure:
Recall that Actuate is an object-oriented software product. Each of the icons in the structure tree represents an object, which can have child objects (as illustrated in the tree) and which has a properties list that you can edit. You may note the similarity to Siebel Object Explorer.
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