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I am generating a PDF from a Crystal Reports .rpt file (CR 9.1.x within VS.NET 2003) and everything is working great except for one annoying thing. I am creating an employment application that gets filled in via an asp.net page and the PDF is generated from the DB fields. Sometimes the fields are longer than expected and the text goes over other items on the PDF when it is generated so all the letters are jumbled up. Is there a way for it to shift based on what data it receives? I don't want to compensate for a lot of text in case someone fills in a small amount because thats a lot of dead space.
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Hi goconcepts,

 Short answer is no, you need to design you fields in the report to accomodate the longest field from the database. Even if you have to use 2 lines to accomodate this.

Cheers!
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:-\

Not the answer I was hoping to here. Some of the answers submitted could be paragraphs long.

No options with CR at all?
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Another formatting question while I'm thinking of it. Is there a way to draw a table? I know I could do boxes but I'm a bit lazy and was hoping i didn't have to :)

*I bumped the points up for this one to 500 ebcause of the double question.
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Nm, I found borders will work from another post. Thanks for the help!
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Not sure if this will help either, but text boxes can contain report fields and they can grow, down not across this might help you a bit better.

Yes, we do it all the time, with boxes and lines though.
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Do they have better support for what would seem like a fairly common need in Crystal XI?

Are any forms of upgrades worth it from the free version?

And, if known...is Crystal going to be with .Net 2005? I know M$ is going to be pushing their SQL Reporting tools quite a bit so are those two companies splitting up?
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No sure on CR XI

If you mean CR with VS then no its fully functional from what I can tell.

And yes VS 2005 will come with CR XI
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Awesome, thanks!

If I hadn't already awarded all the points I'd give you some. Any way to do this so you don't get cheated out of something you deserve?
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Thats ok I feel like I have earned them anyway.
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I wasn't even paying attention...didn't realize you were the same person that answered the question originally :)

Thanks again!
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*LOL*

Cool no problems
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