FreeFormText.....?????

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I'm modifying a client's report in Mas500's Crystal Reports 10 and there are many column header formulas that contain this formula:

FreeFormText("kSOQuantity")

What is "FreeFormText" and what exactly does it do..? I can't seem to find any information when I search using FreeFormText......

Thanks
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James0628Commented:
FreeFormText does not appear to be a standard CR function.  At least, my copy of CR 10 does not recognize it.  My guess is that it's a function added by Mas500 (it's possible to create external functions that can be used in CR reports).  Maybe someone with experience with Mas500 can confirm that.

 The obvious guess is that it basically defines a text field, although I've got to think that there's more to it than that, since you don't need a function to do that in CR.  Hopefully someone with Mas500 experience will come along.

 James
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MIKESoftware Solutions ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input James...much appreciated. Mas500 does have some specialized applications build that work in conjunction with Crystal...and these formulas just baffle me...because they seem so unneccessary... but I'm sure there must be a reason for the FREEFORMTEXT...formulas...they are used throughout the reports in Crystal in Mas500...

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mlmccCommented:
It is most likely a user written function.

You might try modifying the formula to just return the field without the call to FreeFormText to see what difference it makes.

mlmcc
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James0628Commented:
That's a good idea.  Maybe he can at least see if using, or not using, the function actually changes anything.  Of course if Mas500 really does need that in the reports, taking it out may also break things.  There's no telling.

 James
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mlmccCommented:
Without th eraw data there is no way to know what the function does.  It may be a kind of replacement for rtf or html interpretation.

mlmcc
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MIKESoftware Solutions ConsultantAuthor Commented:
These types of formulas are used for just about every Column Header......I'll check to see what I can find out... thanks for the input.

I didn't  ever remember using this type of formula or seeing it in Crystal and so wanted to ask.

Thanks
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James0628Commented:
If the function did actually come from MAS, then they would really be the ones to ask about it.  Who knows, you might be able to find something about it on their site.  FWIW, I tried a couple of Google searches and found nothing useful, but I didn't try searching their site.

 Anyway, you're welcome.  Wish I could have been of more help.

 James
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mlmccCommented:
I checked the site but without a login I couldn't find anything.

mlmcc
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James0628Commented:
Ah.  Figures.  :-)

 James
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