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    jonrcp
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    Crystal Reports

    This may not be the proper place to post this but it's the section I mostly view. I have recently gone from developing reports in (MOD) Access 2000 to developing reports with Seagates Crystal reports. Could anyone suggest a good forum (like this one) or books etc that might help me? I have some experience with VB/VBA, and Access 97/2000 but very little with Crystal Reports. I will be using Crystal Reports version 7 and possibley version 8 in the near future.

    Thanks

    Jon Patenaude

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    Re: Crystal Reports

    Hi,

    I don't know of a good site (like this one) for Crystal reports. When you purchase a copy and register it then you get 60 days (I think) support from Seagate. Use it! They are very helpful. The seagate site itself has something akin to MSDN for general support in the form of documentation and code snippets. Again look there.

    One some more general stuff. The latest version of Crystal reports is 8.5 since a few weeks.

    Are you aware there are significant differences between versions 7 and 8? With version 7 you code in Crystal Syntax, ver. 8 has that and a BASIC syntax. I report from Access databases with a front end developed in C++. With ver. 7 I used the CRPE, with ver. 8 the automation interface is (for me anyway) the way to go.

    Some things in Access are much easier to use then in Crystal (namely the modeless property dialog for fields..., which is modal in Crystal). Some things are possible with Crystal that aren't with Access.

    If you storing data in Access format then use ADO if you want to change the datasource of a report dynamically. DAO should work but in fact fails - Seagate will (should) confirm this problem.




    It would be nice if there was a thread here for Crystal Reports but as it seems to be Microsoft (what are the rival browsers doing here I here you say!) products then Seagate would be taken over by Microsoft before it qualifies. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Crystal Reports

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    Hi Andy
    You do get 60 days from the time you purchase Crystal Reports; unfortunately the company I now work for, purchased it about a year ago.
    I did not know about the significant differences between versions 7 and 8? I am currently learning how to use version 7 Crystal Syntax.
    I agree with you about the modeless property dialog (modeless definitely rules). I also think MS Access has better formatting tools (under the Format menu (like Size and Align etc.), great for speeding up the job of aligning all the objects on a report.

    I have briefly checked out the Seagate site, I'll have to spend more time there to get comfortable with it - if that's possible!
    If I find a good forum I'll let you know.

    Jon Patenaude

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    Re: Crystal Reports

    Edited by Charlotte to add active link

    There is a place that answers questions about Crystal that has been helpful to me (though not as much fun as here!!) it is . . . <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.hammerman.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi>http://www.hammerman.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi</A>
    Good Luck!!

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    Re: Crystal Reports

    Thanks for the link - it could be of use.

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    Re: Crystal Reports

    Thanks Gail
    Re Crystal Reports forum:
    I checked out the Crystal site.It looks like it may come in helpful.

    jonrcp

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