Printing Web based reports with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio

See this useful whitepaper from Crystal Decisions on printing web-based Crystal Reports (originally located here).

Overview:

  1. Export report to printer-ready format (like pdf, rtf), let the client-side application for this format handle printing.
  2. Print the report directly to a printer connected to the server (obviously wont work for a publicly accessible web-app…but if the application is only used within one network, this can help you to avoid forcing users to open 3 of 4 windows on-screen in order to print one report)
  3. Print client-side from within web browser (not as pretty as pdf or rtf, but if you want to provide a printing method that 100% of your users can take advantage of, you need to consider this

Some vb.net code samples are included in the white paper.

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