Report Export from Crystal

During a meeting with a client who was outlining a novel Crystal report that they had developed to show which exployees were on site at a factory complex if a fire alert was triggered I discovered a useful utility they had used.

Crystal report exporter CRE – available here allow you to run a report and export the result in a range of formats such as pdf, csv , xls and xlsdata only. The tool also allows you to provide parameters to the report such as username and password or other values required for the running of the report.

The final value was that you could specify a printer to print the report on. In this instance it meant that the client could print the report to the printers used by staff who would managed the fire alarm process. The client provided a shortcut that triggered the report and its printing.  A real case of information on the button.