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By: Chelsea Technologies  06-Dec-2011

Crystal Reports Utilities 


This has be designed so you can create a desktop icon to process a scheduled Crystal report, and includes support of our multirun and report collection features.  You could also use it with any third party program to invoke the cViewBATCH processing.

Cost: $167.97 (US)

Note: This new version is now a standalone product.  It will still work with your cViewMANAGER and cViewSERVER report schedules but it can now process a report that is not in the schedule.  New features include support for default printer selection and printer orientation.


Dynamic Images are one of the most requested features by Crystal Reports users because they do not want to store their images in a database. cViewIMAGE can be used in existing or new reports to display images that are stored in a folder.

You can include this functionality in your existing version (as long as you are using Crystal Reports 8.5 or later).  We have some useful features like including the image dimensions in the record set, and can process an entire folder of images using file names with wild cards.

Why would you need cViewIMAGE?

Rather than storing the image in a database (which is easily inserted into your Crystal report), customers need to store their images in a folder somewhere in their system. Typically, this is because it will be easier to update or to access for other purposes.  Unfortunately, if images are not in the database, it is difficult to insert them into your report

  • You do not want to store your image in a database.
  • Your database has a field in it that stores the file name of an image - the location or file reference
  • O r you have a folder of images you want to process in a report.
  • You want to see the image displayed in your report.
  • You want something that is easy to use.
  • You are using Crystal Reports 8.5 or later
  • We can also deal with images of different shapes and sizes

I already have dynamic images functionality in my version of Crystal Reports. Why do I need cViewIMAGE?

Later versions of Crystal Reports (XI and later) do include dynamic images as part of the functionality so the main need will be from customers with v8.5 or v9 or v10 of Crystal Reports.

However, we have found that many customers, even if they have the dynamic images functionality in Crystal Reports also use cViewIMAGE for the extra features it provides e.g. include the image dimensions in the record set or process an entire folder of images using file names with wild cards.

Therefore we offer cViewIMAGE to everyone using Crystal Reports version 8.5 or above.

How do I use cViewIMAGE?

Build your main report from a database table as normal.  One of the database fields has the location of the image. It does not need to be the full folder reference because you can build that up with a formula. Select the location field and build a formula that returns an image file name. Insert a subreport using the cViewIMAGE.SingleImage COM data source.  Link the field or formula from your main report and these images will appear in your report. There are more detailed steps documented.

All the end users viewing your report with the images will need cViewIMAGE on their machine

Why would you need cViewIMAGE?

  • You do not want to store your image in a database.
  • Your database has a field in it that stores the file name of an image - the location or file reference
  • O r you have a folder of images you want to process in a report.
  • You want to see the image displayed in your report.
  • You want something that is easy to use.
  • You are using Crystal Reports 8.5 or later
  • We can also deal with images of different shapes and sizes

There is one new driver in version 5.0 so we now include five drivers to meet your needs

  • cViewIMAGE.SingleImage to display a dynamic image. Although this is called Single Image, it displays all the different images.   
  • cViewIMAGE.ImageFolder can process all the image files in a folder.
  • cViewIMAGE.ImageSize includes the height and width of the image (version 4.0)
  • cViewIMAGE.ODBCImage includes a set of fields as well as the embedded image (new in 5.0)
  • cViewIMAGE.WebImage can retrieve an image from a web server (version 4.0)

cViewIMAGE is a COM Data driver so requires Crystal Reports 8.5 or above to operate.  This product works with Crystal Reports v8.5, v9.0, v10.0, v11.0 (XI) and v12 (CR2008) .  The download page also includes step by step instructions on how to use cViewIMAGE with different versions of Crystal Reports.

Limitations

cViewIMAGE is a COM Data driver so requires Crystal Reports 8.5 or above to operate.  This product works with Crystal Reports v8.5, v9.0, v10.0, v11.0 (XI) and v12 (CR2008). 


Download cViewIMAGE free trial and instructions


Cost of cViewIMAGE:

US$149.95 for one designer license plus 3 licenses to view.  Volume and site licenses available

If you want to embed cViewIMAGE into an application you distribute to your customers, we have a Pro license for US$999


Build your main report from a database table.  Select a field or build a formula that returns a text file name. Build a subreport using the cViewTEXT.TextFile COM data source.  Link the field or formula from your main report and the contents of the text file will appear in your report.  The driver supports plain text, rich text and HTML.  If you use a rich text or HTML file, you could use the Text Interpretation format to display the fully formatted text.

Why do you need cViewTEXT?

  • Your database has a field in it that stores the file name of a text file or you have a folder of files you want to process in a report.
  • You want to see the text formatted in your report.
  • You want something that is easy to use.
  • You are comfortable with subreports and linking to existing parameters.
  • You are using Crystal Reports 8.5 or later

Included in the original version is the cViewTEXT.TextFolder driver that can process all the text files in a folder. 

Cost: US$149.95

cViewTEXT is a COM Data driver so requires Crystal Reports 8.5 or above to operate. 


(New version June 2010)

This utility enables you to write reports that display information about your cViewSERVER and cViewMANAGER schedules and log files.  You use cViewLOG as a data source in your Crystal Report to extract information from the log file and the schedule database.

Cost: US$49.95


A Crystal Reports utility to rebuild the default pick list values in a folder of reports.

  • Select a folder of Crystal Reports
  • Examine all the reports in that folder and identify all the parameters used
  • Select a parameter and identify the source of data for that pick list.
  • Update parameter pick lists to include the latest values in all the reports in the folder where it is used.
  • Automate the update using the windows scheduler or our cViewMANAGER report scheduler.

cViewPICK is available in two versions (8.0 and 9.0).  These use different Crystal Reports run time libraries.  If you are using CR9, then you will need version 9.0 of cViewPICK to open the reports, and to save them.  If you are using a prior version, these new reports will no longer be able to be edited.  They can only be edited with Crystal Reports 9.0.

cViewPICK version 8.0 can save reports as Crystal Reports version 8.0 or 7.0. 

Cost: US$149.95

** Older versions:  Do NOT install cViewPICK if you are using Crystal Reports 6.0 or earlier as you will no longer be able to edit your reports.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011


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