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redman
Posted: May 25th, 2008, 1:43am Report to Moderator
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I have recently started using MS Access database and find some limitations formatting reports. I used to use a specialist report writer called SAS which can pull data from any database and write very good reports easily,  but it is expensive for a single user. Can anyone reccomend an alternative report writer which would work off MS Access and is more affordable?
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   What about Microsoft Word?  I don't know if it works with Access.  You would use the Mail Merge item on the Tools menu of Word to get started.
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waltn
Posted: May 31st, 2008, 3:31pm Report to Moderator
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You might check out this web site. Peter has been developing aids to MS Access Software for years. He has several report writers available

Peter De Baets
Peter's Software - Microsoft Access Tools for Developers
http://www.peterssoftware.com

Walt
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crs01
Posted: June 1st, 2008, 12:26pm Report to Moderator
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I know you're wanting to stay with Access, but if you'd consider an alternative, you might consider Alpha Software's Alpha5 (recently up to v.9, though I didn't upgrade past v.7 so far).  It's very, very user friendly, and report writing is very good/easy.

Creation of database applications is FAR faster (and easier) with Alpha5 than virtually any other good database program, and no programming is necessary to produce some pretty sophisticated (and nice looking) database applications.  They have a language (xbasic) you can use for even more sophisticated features, but it certainly isn't necessary for most users.  Personally, I've used it since the old DOS Alpha4 v.1.1 days, and have stayed reasonably upgraded since.  Also if you distribute applications, you can purchase unlimited runtime software and licenses fairly reasonably so your end users don't have to go out and purchase a full version of Alpha5 (plus, you control the program, if you're interested someone not messing with what you've created).

I don't work for the company, don't own stock (I think they're privately held anyway), nor do I have any financial interest in them except that they remain alive because I love their software so much.  If you're interested, check out:

http://www.alphasoftware.com/AlphaFive/ProductTour/Features_00.asp

Oh yes - Alpha5 can import many other formats, including MS Access files.

Some specifics on reporting can be found at:

http://www.alphasoftware.com/AlphaFive/ProductTour/Reporting_01.asp

C.R.
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