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Crystal Report Automation and Distribution

I need to be able to do the following:

Run reports at agreed schedules.
Email run reports to agreed recipients.
Run 1 report against many databases.

I have looked at the following applications:

Crystal Report Distributor (Very expensive - needs .Net 2.0 - I need to stay with .Net 1.1)
Visual CUT

I would be very grateful if anyone would be able to recommended any third party software (I have not yet evaluated the above - they may be the best) that would be able to achieve this.
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bdreed35Commented:
You can take a look at Crystal Reports Server, thought this would require that you were on CR XI.
If you are on a previous version, then you could look at Crystal Enterprise. thought you may find this to be expensive as well.
Visual CUT is a great tool for the price.
I know it can do the first 2, but I am not sure about number 3.
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whittinga2Author Commented:
Thanks bdreed! - I am running CR XI so the server isn't a problem. I thought that the server was all to do with Web reports not automation? Perhaps I should really read the spec.
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wykabryanCommented:
mlmcc has a link that give a list of most of the third party tools that would help.  But as with most apps there is a cost associated with it, most are good. It is my opinion that if you can afford it, I would go with CR Enterprise. This is not an option for some companies as it is pricy.  Here are two links that I proposed that my last company go with.  They did eventually go with the first one.


http://www.christiansteven.com/
http://www.crystalkeen.com/tools/cviewmanagerfaqs.htm
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bdreed35Commented:
Yes, CR Server allows automation as well as being an end user tool for interaction with the reports.
The last I checked, you can get into CR Server with 5 Concurrent Access licenses for $7,500 US.
This is very resonable compared to what Business Objects Enterprise costs, and CR Server is just another edition of Enterprise with some functionality disabled.
Visual Cut is very resonably priced and may give you exactly what you need.

I would chekc out the tools that wykabryan posted as well.  I don't know anything about them personally but it sounds like they fit the need for his company.

BTW, here is the link that has the different third party tools listed:
http://www.kenhamady.com/bookmarks.html
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whittinga2Author Commented:
wykabryan: Thanks for your recommendations. The Christian Steven link is Crystal Reports Distributor and although it looks good is very expensive for my companies needs. I will certanly investigate Crystal Keen.
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wykabryanCommented:
Ahh yes, that is the link bdreed. Whittinga2 the link that bdreed35 posted should help you out a bunch.

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whittinga2Author Commented:
Thanks bdreed! - That link is very useful - some Freeware.

It seems that CR Server would be great but at this time slightly too expensive for our company.

I would like to thank you both for your help but I can only give the points two 1. I'll flip a coin...
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