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Printing out a non-database report.... 3rd party software?

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Hi! I have written a VB 2010 program that replaces an old mail merge routine that I had using Word and Excel. My first VB program actually sent the data to an Excel file and I completed the mail merge with Word. It is basically a form letter with data the gets placed within text.

What I would like to do is print the report directly from my VB 2010 application. I have tried using VB print tools, but with so much text with a small amount of data and the inclusion of charts, it is very difficult to print forms. Crystal Reports doesn't seem to do it because this is not a database report... it is basically a report in a form letter that has a limited amount of data (stored in arrays) a few charts, and a large amount of standard text.

Are there any 3rd party applications that can do what I need to do in regard to printing this report out? Cost is a factor... since I am a single user, a program that costs a tremendous amount of money is out of the question.

Any suggestions?
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you don't need a database to use CR. for example, my article from http://www.emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2006/09/Feeding-Crystal-Reports-from-your-application.aspx does print data from an in-memory dataset
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Thank you for your response. I shall read your work and get back to you. Again, thank you.
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emoreau, thank you for the response. Your article was informative and well written. I realize that I could probably do the printing I need with CR, but I was interested in any 3rd party software that would save me both time and effort.

Thanks again!
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emoreau, you are absolutely correct, CR is a 3rd party software product, but because of it's association with VB for so long I guess I consider it two-and-a-half party software.

Thank you for your links. That's exactly what I was looking for!
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