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Print vb.Form data to pre-printed document

I am developing a law enforcement application that collects data from all the pawn shops within our jurisdiction.  The application collects the data input from the individual pawn shop, the form saves the data to an .sdf file local on their PC; once the data is saved, I need to be able to print this data to a pre-printed document to capture the sellers signature and thumb print.

What is the best way to attack this issue?  I was thinking about printing to pdf but I have never dealt with their SDK...  Any recommendations and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I am looking for the easy button....
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EYoungCommented:
How about creating the form in ssrs or crystal reports.  That would give you flexibility in the future to easily make modifications.  Plus ssrs or CR can be embedded in your program.
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
SSRS is not a option as some shops do not have internet access...  I ran into an issue trying to preview the Crystal Report when I tried it...
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
The CR just throws garbage in the fields...
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EYoungCommented:
SSRS does not need an internet connection.  As I understand your challenge, you are writing a program in VB that will be loaded onto each pawn shop's pc.  The employee will enter information into your application.  When the info is all loaded, the pawn shop employee will print the info onto a form that they will then sign and put a fingerprint on.  That form will be sent or mailed?  If that is roughly the case, then SSRS will do the trick as will CR.
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
I would rather use SSRS, how would I accomplish this?  I have not built an SSRS report since vs2005.  I am currently using vs2010...
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
Just use the entity data model?
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mlmccCommented:
With CR were you using the version that was built for VS2010?

mlmcc
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
Yes!
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EYoungCommented:
SSRS is fairly simple to learn and use.  You can add it to your VB2010 project and use the Wizard to get you started.  Alternatively, CR would also be a good choice as it provides more control over the placement and format of boxes on a form.  With that said, CR can be a hassle when distributing the application to different computers.  I would probably try SSRS first as distribution is easy as long as you distribute the ReportWriter.exe run time module.
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NCSOAuthor Commented:
Good Articles, lots of reading...
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