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Printing in VB4

I have never used vb to print a report of any kind. I love R&R. However, I am using VB4 to access
Foxpro 2.x databases ( works great, but sadly not knowing how to maintain an index in this VB App
makes me limited as to how to present the data. Do I use Crystal, R&R with a custom control which I
have done) or is their simply some sample vb programs that I can try and figure out without lots of cryptic

I do have a nice app, but I am just winging it. Sorry not an expert here, just triing to work it out.


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You can write your own reports using only VB. Crystal Reports is a reasonable option. You might want to check out ActiveReports (www.datadynamics.com) for another report writer, very close to Access, if you know Access.
What kind of reports are you looking at doing ?
On the fly with snazy graphics, or just a plain line print of data.
Also - using DB structures, and wanting to keep ODBC compliant or just printing from flat files ???
scottwardAuthor Commented:
Using xbase files with the OpenRecordSet method, I have the data I just would
like to print it out, Nothing fancy, just looking for some examples. Thanks
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You can format your own lines using the printer object in VB, and if it's a simple report then it's almost like printing in DOS, a line at a time (codewise).  I have found that the VSView control from Videosoft is an improvement over the VB printer object, and provides a preview capability as well, which many users are expecting.  If doing much printing in VB of your own development, I would take a look at this control.  I have found Videosoft controls to be smaller, faster, and more reliable than most out there.  Sure, Crystal reports is an option, but be prepared to spend some learning curve time.
Here's how really straight forward it can be:

Msg = "This is printed on page"
Printer.Print Msg      ' Print bunches of these
Printer.NewPage      ' Send new page.
Printer.EndDoc      ' Printing is finished.
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