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Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

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  • Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

    I need a way to print a Crystal Report from Alpha without a form popping up.

    If anybody knows how, Please help.

    Dave
    Dave Mason
    [email protected]
    Skype is dave.mason46

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    RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

    Dave,
    You need to write a script using the DDE interface. We have been very successful opening and executing Word, Excel, etc. using scripts. The greatest bugaboo is trying to set up the command structure that Crystal needs. Below is an example of our Word interface (ver1.02) We haven;t gotten around to ver 4, yet. Too many scripts to convert.

    dbh = db_reset("i:famisincmaster3.dbf")
    index_primary_put(index_record_get(db_current()))
    fetch_first(dbh)
    While MASTER3->caseno SEGCODE,2))="NP".AND.UPPER(MASTER3->FSSTATUS)="G" THEN
    case1 = MASTER3->caseno + " " + MASTER3->supervisor + MASTER3->workerno
    name = w_upper(trim(MASTER3->fname)+" "+trim(MASTER3->lname))
    if .not.isblank("MASTER3->xtraaddind") then
    Addr = w_upper(trim(MASTER3->mailstreet))+", "+w_upper(trim(MASTER3->xtraaddref))
    else
    Addr = w_upper(trim(MASTER3->mailstreet))
    end if
    if len(trim(MASTER3->mailzip))>5 then
    zipper = left(MASTER3->mailzip,5)+"-"+right(MASTER3->mailzip,4)
    else
    zipper = trim(MASTER3->mailzip)
    end if
    addr2 = trim(MASTER3->Mailctysta)+" "+zipper
    'traceln("Name = "+name)
    dde_poke(link,"CASE",case1)
    dde_poke(link,"NAME",name)
    dde_poke(link,"ADDR1",addr)
    dde_poke(link,"ADDR2",addr2)
    command_string = "[FILEPRINT]"
    dde_execute(link,command_string)
    FOR i = 1 to 2500
    trace(ltrim(str(i))+"/2500")
    NEXT i
    counter = counter+1
    ELSE
    END IF
    fetch_next(dbh)
    END WHILE
    quitit:
    UI_MSG_BOX("BCBSS NEWSLETTERS","Printing is COMPLETE - "+str(counter,7,0)+ " Pages")
    command_string = "[FILEEXIT]"
    dde_execute(link,command_string)
    dde_terminate(link)
    theend:

    This script populates a Word Template with Client information then initiates a Print of the document. The document is much to complex to re-do in Alpha. We set bookmarks in Word and just "poked" into them.

    Finding the format of the "command_string" was tricky. I think we checked the VB documents.

    Good Luck

    Tom

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    • #3
      RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

      I think I blew the question

      I dont need to send data to the report, It already is set up
      I can print by using xbasic:

      sys_shell("C:WINDOWSSYSTEMcrrun32.exe c:carlotruncustomer.rpt", 1)

      This still lets a window pop up before it prints the report.

      I do not need my customers looking at this pop up. a busy dealership may deliver 10 or so cars a day and print 15 forms for each and this is extra time and clicks

      Thanks Dave
      Dave Mason
      [email protected]
      Skype is dave.mason46

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      • #4
        RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

        So, what you really want is for Crystal to run silently in the background?

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        • #5
          RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

          Dave,

          Is it possible to use the Crystal API by calling the Crystal DLL's directly from within Alpha Five?

          Check the Declare command statement in Chapter 9 of the Xbasic Reference Manual.

          -- tom

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          • #6
            RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!


            Not really, I only wish to run the part of crystal that prints a form each time i need to print.


            Thanks
            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46

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            • #7
              RE: Alpha interface with Crystal Reports? HELP!

              Tom,

              I am not sure if that will work, But I decided to rewrite the code and have all the reports printed from a seperate app in VB.

              Ira Perlow ansered with an email and it all came to light right away.

              Thanks.

              Dave

              P.S. we should meet one day I live not far from you in Orlando
              Dave Mason
              [email protected]
              Skype is dave.mason46

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