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19.01 Exporting Reports

Crystal Reports gives you two ways of delivering reports. The first way is exporting them to different formats and file types. For example, you could export reports as PDF or MS Word files. You could also export them as email attachments. The second way of delivering reports is by deploying them with your application. This involves modifying the setup files so that the reports and related libraries are included on the destination computer. This chapter covers both exporting and deploying reports.

Exporting Reports

Printing and previewing reports is a great way of presenting data to users. But there is one big problem: the user has to have a copy of your application to do it. If you want to show someone what a report looks like, you can’t email them your application or ask everyone to sit at your computer. That is where exporting comes in. You can export reports in a variety of formats that are displayed by common applications that most people already have (Adobe Acrobat, Excel, HTML, etc.). This lets people see and understand your data without having a copy of the application on their computer. For example, the PDF format is the most common way of presenting...

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