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Looking for best report creation & generating software

Dec 17, 2007 4:15AM PST

I'm looking for software that can do the following:

Create an easy to use form that consists of radio buttons, check boxes or drop down menus that are linked to pre-filled information.

ex. have checkbox A called "garbage" linked to a discrption of exactly what garbage is and have Garbage and its decription included in my full report.

Once completing the form I want to be able to generate a custom report to print out for customers. This will be used primarly for a consulting business where I will need to look at several options in someones home and generate a custom report based on what is there.

Any suggestions on software to use for this kind of a application?

Thanks in advance!

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You can do this. For free too.
Dec 17, 2007 4:53AM PST

Look up Visual Basic Express on Now dive in and write your form's application.


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MS Word and Excel Report Design Tool - Easy to use!
Jan 4, 2008 5:12AM PST

Windward Reports, the leader in enterprise report generation, has released the world’s first enterprise reporting software that enables use of Excel as a design tool. The Windward Reports Server Engine is perfect for users creating both java reports and .net reports alike, and now allows users to design reports in both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as well.

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Wow, there is a Matt Morrow at that number.
Jan 4, 2008 5:38AM PST

I'm sure the spammers will be calling you more now.