Text Inclusion Com Driver, cViewTEXT Developer License

Text Inclusion Com Driver, cViewTEXT Developer License
A Note About Licensing:
The developer license allows you to dynamically include text in your reports. For people to be able to read that dynamically included text, each client needs a cViewTEXT seat as well (two free seats come with cViewTEXT). On the next page, you'll pick your license quantity based on the number of users.

Text Inclusion Com Driver, cViewTEXT Developer License

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Include text in your Crystal reports--dynamically.
Formatted Text: display formatted text from a rich text or HTML file. You could use cViewTEXT for a custom disclaimer in the page footer, or to add a custom message. The text source file can be plain text, html, or rich text. If you use HTML or Rich Text, you can then format it using the Text Interpretation feature. Free 30-day trial.

Add punch to your Crystal Reports, by including text dynamically. A properly designed report can use dynamic text inclusion such that the text displayed depends on the data and the formulas that manipulate the data. This can take your reporting system to a whole new level.

How it works

cViewTEXT lets you load dynamic text into a report. You could use it for a custom disclaimer in the page footer, or to add a custom message.
  • With cViewTEXT, you can reference a database field with a text file name and include the text from that file in your report.

  • cViewTEXT uses a COM data driver to process the text in an ADO recordset. The text file can be plain text, html, or rich text. If you use HTML or Rich Text, you can then format it using the Text Interpretation feature.

Do not install cViewTEXT if you are running Crystal Reports 8.0 or earlier, because the COM data source first appeared with Crystal Reports 8.5 and will not work with prior versions.

Why cViewTEXT

Why dynamically include text in a report? A specific body of text may change, and it's stored in a database or other location.

Examples include:

  • Product descriptions.
  • Weekly message to vendors.
  • Tip of the day to distributors.
  • Security updates.
  • Weather messages.
  • Names of contest winners.
  • Promotion of the day.

Why use cViewTEXT to do it? cViewTEXT offers functionality not available by other means (see the cViewIMAGE v. Crystal XI tab.

vs. Crystal XI

The TextFolder driver in cViewTEXT brings in all the pictures from a folder--something XI can't do. cViewTEXT does have functionality which is still not available in Crystal in this form and as far as we are aware, is not planned to be in later versions of Crystal.

So there are still benefits in using cViewTEXT even if you have Crystal XI or Crystal 2008, depending on what you are trying to do.

By using different arguments, you can pick up different cViewTEXT COM drivers which provide different functionality.

Functionality available only in cViewTEXT as far as we are aware:

  • cViewTEXT.TextFolder enabling you to import an entire folder of images, providing multiple images which can be based on a wild card.
  • cViewTEXT.TextSize enabling you to specify height and width of your image (from cViewTEXT version 4).
  • cViewTEXT.ODBCText enabling you to include a set of fields as well as the embedded image (from cViewTEXT version 5).

The functionality now available in Crystal XI that is similar to other cViewTEXT COM drivers: cViewTEXT.WebImage (from cViewTEXT version 4) and cViewTEXT.SingleTEXT (often used)


cViewTEXT gives you a great deal of flexibility, regarding where you store your text. Unlike images, text doesn't provide size issues. So the key factor is location.

cViewTEXT can cope with your text being in different locations as long as you can write a formula to include the conditions on how to find the text you want to dynamically include. There is just one formula to be written to enable cViewTEXT dynamically link the text reference in the database to the actual location of where the text is stored.

Text location on a file share isn’t really a problem but everything works a lot faster if they are on a local drive.


Text is its own format, so by definition you aren't dealing with file formats. You are just dealing with text.

Although Portable Document Format (PDF) is popular, it’s not a text format. It is exactly what the name says: a way to preserve formatting of a document for portability.

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