I used CR with VB 4.0 and shortly after DataDymanic released Active Reports
I purchased it. The main 2 reasons:
- VB syntax
The only thing I'm missing from CR is variety of export filter. AR Reports
support only PDF, RTF and Text formats. According to Technical Support,
Excel export filter will be available soon. AR bundle itself very nicely
with VB development environment, support ADO, RDO, DAO, Unbound mode,
subreport, multicolumn report, ASP support. You can place ActiveX controls
such as MSChart, MSGrid etc on the report. Number VB samples and printed
manual really allows you to use this product immediately after installation.
But to really appreciate what this tool can do, you will need to accustom
yourself with this Object structure, methods, events and properties,
something you have to do with every ActiveX control you use no matter if it
is DAO, DBGrid or AR.
I mentioned about 2 reasons I bought AR but there is one more reason I would
recommend this product and that is Technical Support. They are very good and
very FAST, never had to wait more then day for a working solution to my
problems. Up to now, I developed number of projects (VB5 & VB 6) with AR
reports as well as DLL modules. All works great and fast. BTW, those DLL
modules replaced all CR in one of my client program and since implementation
about 6 months ago there were no reports of any problems.
I also like to say that I'm not in any way affiliated with DataDymanic, I am
a user who purchase this product, paid over $500 CAN but in my opinion,
money well spent.
Ok, I think that in the midst of all the coding, debugging, testing, etc. of
your applications, many of you may have completely missed the --->humor<---
that was [supposed to be] apparent in my original message.
Obviously people need reports. Geez...
In any case, now that that's cleared up, any feedback on Active Reports?
> >Why do users want reports?
> >I mean, isn't it enough for them to see their information on the screen?
> >Why waste paper, toner, printheads, time, money, etc.? If they *really*
> >want to distribute information to their clients, can't they just send
> >cheap computer with a replicated copy of the database? Wouldn't that
> >be much simpler for everyone involved (especially me)?
> >I can't figure it out. I *try* and *try* to tell them that reports are
> >really unnecessary. It's all in their mind. It's a myth. Paper reports
> >are like...like...dinosaurs...just waiting for the next meteorite.
> >But, alas, they pay me no heed and continue to insist on reports. So,
> >we are.
> >Currently, we're using Crystal Reports 7.0. But, I find I *ABSOLUTELY
> >UNEQUIVOCALLY DO NOT LIKE IT.* It's not that there's anything wrong, per
> >se, with the product. Just a preference.
> >Has anyone out there used both Crystal and Active Reports and have some
> >opinion or comparison they can offer?
> I personally hate crystal, but I am probably in a group of 1. I find that
> compared to the graphing and reporting available in Access all the VB
> equivalents are really poor. As far as the customer is concerned they can
> have what they they pay for! Understand what it is they require and you
> understand that they are not stupid, they always have a real need.