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Hello I have an app that allows users to generate contracts I would like to auto save them on the users machine in there My Documents folder. How do I do this??

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by:Ryan Chong
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>>I would like to auto save them on the users machine in there My Documents folder. How do I do this??

Probably you can have Flash/Silverlight/ActiveX control/Java Applet/pure Javascript with browser security settings, so that your web page can interact with your local resources.
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How do I do this??

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what kind of technologies you prefer? Flash/Silverlight/ActiveX control/Java Applet/pure Javascript/etc ?
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by:Small_Balls
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umm either active x or javascript but silverlight is cool
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Ryan Chong earned 300 total points
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I probably only can tell you the concept, as I would able to provide you a workable solution here...

Either ActiveX / javascript / silverlight , it's treated as the client side interface to save the contracts into local resources.

Depends on what browser you're using, for ActiveX it's installed on your local machine, for javascript /silverlight it's loaded from internet/browser cache.

then we need a Web Interface, for User Authentication and so that we know what contracts to be saved into local.

the component selected may triggers requests to the Web Interface to grab the contracts, and then save it to the selected local path.


Something that may useful to test/research: (sorry, component not tested)

http://www.shareup.com/FileDownload_ActiveX_Control-download-17834.html

http://www.sharewareplaza.com/DownloadX-ActiveX-Download-Control-Pro-download_69927.html

http://www.brothersoft.com/activex-download-control-57074.html
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would you use a similar thing to maintain communications between client and webapp eg if the download control downloaded a series of rpts can crystal report viewer than use the active x on the client to read the rpts from the client??
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by:Ryan Chong
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I'm not sure if Crystal Report Viewer can be an ActiveX or not, but as far as I know, Crystal Report Viewer can be more like a web solution, so some user interaction is needed in order to export it into PDF/Excel or whatever format you want to local machine.

You may try to post to Crystal Report TA for more assistance regarding this.
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