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VB.NET What's the best way to create a Printable Sheet?

tifosiv122
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I need to create a printable sheet for workers to use as a transfer document.

Basically the sheet will need to contain information from a DB (tool name, maker, serial #, etc) and then information on the sender and on the receiver (also from the DB) and a blank line for signature and date.

I created the form in Word but I am not sure this is the best way to do this.

Is there a better way or should I stick with Word?
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If I stick with Word, how do I get my txtToolName.text to populate the Tool Name Word field?

Thanks,
Erik

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Crystal Reports is not an option because there is no more money in the budget.

The MSDN link is great but I think it's too advanced for what I need it to be used for.

I am looking for a simple report...

20 Fields of data, 2 signature lines and 2 date lines.

I am still reading over the MSDN link but I am still open to easier suggestions.

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Erik,

If you're using Visual Studio, then you have a version of crystal reports included that you can use - otherwise I wouldn't have recommended this approach.

If you are developing .Net outside of visual studio then I agree it's not a good option.

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Frodoman,

I thought VS.NET included just the viewer, I didn't realize it came with the program...I need to look into that, thank you.

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It isn't the complete version of Crystal Reports 9, but I would say it's something like 90% complete.  It is more than capable of the kind of reports you are discussing.

In Solution Explorer, just rt-click and Add New - one of your options will be Crystal Reports and this will open a tab allowing you to drag & drop onto the report, etc.  If you need specific help then the Crystal forum has lots of past postings that will be useful to you.

Good luck!

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Hi tifosiv122,

If you have sql2000 or better you can request the new Report documention software from Microsoft (Free).
(Business Intelligence projects software)
Works like Crystal Reports. I think it will replace CR in the future.

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IMHO I Microsoft has several versions to go before this tool is really competitive with Crystal.  But it's not a bad first showing, and I agree that it's only a matter of time before Crystal is bumped out of .Net.
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