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Topic: Access Reports to PDF
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 51194
From: westewd
Date: 5/29/2002 04:43 PM

I'm looking for some direction on creating pdf's on the fly with data from an sql database. This is basically what want/need to do:

Viewer goes to a web site, selects an account from a list of available accounts (from the sql db) and then chooses a report (from a list of available dates, again from the sql db). Once the account and report date is selected, it would pass the info from the web to the db and query for the most recent data, and finally create the PDF of the report passing a link back to the user's browser. I found a program that does nearly the same thing, but utilizes adobe's printer driver, Access and a VB program that runs on the web server. My application has an Access front end, could I utilize of the free libraries out there and write some server side code to pass the parameters to Access and print the reports from there. I'm also trying to utilize reports designed in Access. These reports have several sub-forms and took 300+ hours to create. This sounds like a bear of a task, but I guess my other option would be to use Seagate Crystal Reports and spend the time to recreate the reports in that format and utilize its included web server to query and parse the reports. Another goal or reason for trying a solution using PDF, would be to minimize the "readers" and/or formats that are used company wide. To conclude, my scope of this project is to create dynamic, on the fly, up-to-date reports in PDF or some other common format. This would replace the same static reports that I have to create/print to PDF daily and then index on a page by date and by account. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.

Bill W

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