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Suggest a reporting tool?

Hi all,
I am hoping someone can suggest a reporting tool that I can use
with my program. Currently, I am using Crystal Reports. I use the
reports strictly as a container that I dump data into. It does not
connect directly to any data source. For each element of data that I
am passing in, there is a corresponding formula field with the same
element name. Thus I have a variable called "A1a" that has a value of
"3", my program pushes into the Crystal Report to the formula {@A1a}
the value of "3". Then, based upon that, I may have statements print
out or simply make specified shadow boxes visible or suppress them.
For the most part, this works really well. The problem comes with our
flagship report, which has close to 2000 formula fields in Crystal and
close to 8000 elements in the report that are based on the 2000
formula fields. It will display the report fine, but crashes if you
try to export to another format such as Word or Adobe (the two needed
ones for me). I sent the report to Seagate and it crashed their
systems as well. They said it is to much to export. That leads me to
the question: Does anyone know of a report tool taht can do what I
need?

Dave
Jul 17 '05 #1
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You might want to look at Active Reports... by Data Dynamics
www.datadynamics.com

Product link is: http://www.datadynamics.com/Products...roductTOC.aspx

It's reviewed here:
http://www.avdf.com/june98/art_r002.html
http://www.vbxtras.com/products/activereports.asp

internally, this one uses a dynamic approach to exporting which is limited
only by system resources and not finite datatypes...I think it's a good
alternative.
--
Stéphane Richard
Senior Software and Technology Supervisor
http://www.totalweb-inc.com
For all your hosting and related needs
"David" <dh*******@chestnut.org> wrote in message
news:83*************************@posting.google.co m...
Hi all,
I am hoping someone can suggest a reporting tool that I can use
with my program. Currently, I am using Crystal Reports. I use the
reports strictly as a container that I dump data into. It does not
connect directly to any data source. For each element of data that I
am passing in, there is a corresponding formula field with the same
element name. Thus I have a variable called "A1a" that has a value of
"3", my program pushes into the Crystal Report to the formula {@A1a}
the value of "3". Then, based upon that, I may have statements print
out or simply make specified shadow boxes visible or suppress them.
For the most part, this works really well. The problem comes with our
flagship report, which has close to 2000 formula fields in Crystal and
close to 8000 elements in the report that are based on the 2000
formula fields. It will display the report fine, but crashes if you
try to export to another format such as Word or Adobe (the two needed
ones for me). I sent the report to Seagate and it crashed their
systems as well. They said it is to much to export. That leads me to
the question: Does anyone know of a report tool taht can do what I
need?

Dave

Jul 17 '05 #2
I second Stephane's recommendation. I have been using Active Reports for 4 years
or so, in various in-house engineering applications, with multiple users around
the country. I have thrown all kinds of things at it: run it with databases, run
it with on-the-fly recordsets, run it totally unbound with tricky formatting
event handlers and what not. One report uses the canvas feature to generate 5
other reports and combine their pages into one big report. It can export PDF,
RTF, and comma-separated text (readable by Excel). Works everytime.

"Stephane Richard" <st**************@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:Z_***************@nwrdny02.gnilink.net...
You might want to look at Active Reports... by Data Dynamics
www.datadynamics.com

Product link is: http://www.datadynamics.com/Products...roductTOC.aspx

It's reviewed here:
http://www.avdf.com/june98/art_r002.html
http://www.vbxtras.com/products/activereports.asp

internally, this one uses a dynamic approach to exporting which is limited
only by system resources and not finite datatypes...I think it's a good
alternative.
--
Stéphane Richard
Senior Software and Technology Supervisor
http://www.totalweb-inc.com
For all your hosting and related needs
"David" <dh*******@chestnut.org> wrote in message
news:83*************************@posting.google.co m...
Hi all,
I am hoping someone can suggest a reporting tool that I can use
with my program. Currently, I am using Crystal Reports. I use the
reports strictly as a container that I dump data into. It does not
connect directly to any data source. For each element of data that I
am passing in, there is a corresponding formula field with the same
element name. Thus I have a variable called "A1a" that has a value of
"3", my program pushes into the Crystal Report to the formula {@A1a}
the value of "3". Then, based upon that, I may have statements print
out or simply make specified shadow boxes visible or suppress them.
For the most part, this works really well. The problem comes with our
flagship report, which has close to 2000 formula fields in Crystal and
close to 8000 elements in the report that are based on the 2000
formula fields. It will display the report fine, but crashes if you
try to export to another format such as Word or Adobe (the two needed
ones for me). I sent the report to Seagate and it crashed their
systems as well. They said it is to much to export. That leads me to
the question: Does anyone know of a report tool taht can do what I
need?

Dave


Jul 17 '05 #3

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