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I have a series of Crystal reports I need to send to a specific printer each morning at a designated time (with finishing options such as double sided and stapled). I haven't been able to find options within ME Pro to allow me to do this. Has anyone successfully accomplished a task like this yet? If so, can they share with me the specifics on how to do it?

 

Much appreciated!

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You might not need MEP. I believe CR has command line properties that allow one to do many things including running reports. I would first look and see if that's the case and if so, use the Windows Scheduler to schedule the task every morning. If there's no option to directly print, you could create a report file in a batch file and then send it to the printer.

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I found this also.  $150 and you're done. 

 

Another trick to consider is to set up a printer in Windows for these reports with their defaults configured for your reports. That way when you print to it, you don't need to change any print parameters. 

 

I see one can generate reports, but I don't see any support for printing from the command line. In that case I'd have CR create the  RPT files as I mentioned in my first post and then open the Report Viewer passing the RPT file in the command parameters with MEP. That way you avoid the whole "File open..."  part. Then just have MEP do a CTRL+P to print. I think the last selected printer is remembered and you can simply click OK on the button control.

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I forgot to add that if the report viewer doesn't remember the last used printer, you can use MEP to change the default printer to the custom configured one then change it back. 

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