Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crystal Reports : The Data, the Text and the Ugly

Ok, so here is a constant problem; combining Data and Text. This can be difficult with dates, numbers and any Crystal object that will be changing size depending on the underlying data. You have but a few options, none of them perfect:

1. Drag your Crystal object into a Textbox. When you do this, you're able to place the object within any Text already present. This can be touchy, however, and you lose the ability to right-click the object and get Properties.

2. Place your Crystal object right next to the Textbox. This is easiest, but looks terrible. Getting everything to look just right can take much trial and error.

3. Create a formula to produce both Text and Object as one unified item. This is my favorite approach. Example;

If I need to print out "From xx/xx/xxxx to xx/xx/xxxx" I do this within a formula;

"From " + {?Starting_Date} + " to " + {?Ending_Date}

The "+" is a concatenator and also an operator, so beware when trying to combine text and numbers; Crystal will think you're trying to perform addition. Also, be mindful of where to put in your extra spaces. Notice that "to" has a space on either side of it. Otherwise it will be "crowded".

Now get out there and make it nice!


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