Flexible Document Report Generation
Posted on 2004-04-22
We have a VB application that does contain some calculated data and also some employee records read in from a file.... we'd like to be able to generate customer documents from this information. These documents will have a cover page, summary of personal data, nice images, year-by-year calculations and such.
It would be nice to be able to easily change the format of these reports... changing images, colors, adding company logos, rearranging or removing data points.... ideally this "document report" is an external file that we manipulate and into goes the data from Visual basic...
What are our options? One thing we've thought of is maybe using Word templates and then VB would merge in data and print....
IF we need to generate 1000 reports to a printer... will that solution work or will it be too cumbersome and prone to crash.
We don't think hardcoding print statements in VB is the way to go.
We dont' know much about crystal reports but that might be an option.
Another option might be somehow using or creating PDF files and printing them to the hard drive for review prior to actual printing... possibly creating PDF templates where the data gets embedded. is it possible to merge data from a VB app into a PDF template? Anyone know?
We are very open to suggestions from experts. Thank you for your time.