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Is it possible to run a crystal report using the crviewer in vb (already done) and email a copy of the report without having to export as a PDF first?
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by:Brook Braswell
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Without exporting to "something" I would say not you can not email a report simply from what is viewed on the screen.  If you already know how to make the pdf, that would be the best way to go.  You do not have to have the users interaction to do so.  If you have a button on screen, you could make the PDF and send the email in the background as long as you have a recipient and a sender address.
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by:Jeff_Kingston
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That sounds great, do you know where I could grab sample code?
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by:Brook Braswell
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I use a tool called CodeStone to send emails with.

Public MySMTP As New SMTPClient
              Public MyPop3 As New POP3Client

              With New_Report
                   ' SHOULD YOU REQUIRE A PARAMETER FOR YOUR REPORT
                   .ParameterFields(1).AddCurrentValue Str(YOUR PARAMETER)
                   .ExportOptions.PDFExportAllPages = True
                   .ExportOptions.DestinationType = crEDTDiskFile
                   .ExportOptions.DiskFileName = "YourFilePath\" & sYourFileName & ".pdf"
                   .ExportOptions.FormatType = crEFTPortableDocFormat
                   .DisplayProgressDialog = False
                   .Export False
              End With

              Dim MyMsg As New CSMAILLib.MESSAGE

              MyMsg.Subject = sSubject
              MyMsg.To(1) = sRecipient
              MyMsg.From(1) = sSender
              ' SHOULD YOU HAVE CC OR BCC IN YOUR MAIL
              MyMsg.CC(1) = sCC  
              MyMsg.bCC(1) = sBCC
              Dim sSection As CSMAILLib.Section
              MyMsg.Sections(1).Body = Trim(sBody)
              Set sSection = MyMsg.Sections.Add
              sSection.AttachBodyFromFile ("YourFilePath\" & sYourFileName & ".pdf")
              ' for some exchange servers the user and pass are not required
              MySMTP.ConnectESMTP sSMTPServer, "", "", "", sSMTPPort  ' For Exchange 2010
              ' else use a user pass for a mail server
              MySMTP.ConnectESMTP sSMTPServer, sPOP3User, sPOP3Pass, sPop3Login, sSMTPPort
              MySMTP.SendMessage MyMsg
              MySMTP.Close

              ' when you are done it does not hurt to kill the file afterwards to keep things clean
              Kill ("YourFilePath\" & sYourFileName & ".pdf")

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by:Brook Braswell
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BTW - here is a link to the for the email tool
http://www.codestone.co.uk/
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mlmcc earned 2000 total points
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If you are using  MAPI mail system like Exchange you can load the MAPI export dlls and mail it directly from the viewer.  It goes as an attachment and the attachment can be a PDF.

Code is similar to the above except you choose the MAPI option and attachment format.

mlmcc
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by:Jeff_Kingston
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Thanks for the direction.. seems pretty straight forward
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