CRD (Crystal Reports Distributor) is an on-premise automation solution for Crystal Reports. This solution caters to small and midsize businesses and provides tools to automate the generation and delivery of Crystal Reports. CRD is compatible with multiple versions of Windows OS.
Users can define report packages and run, schedule and share Crystal Reports. Reports can be exported in various formats including Word, Excel, CSV and PDF. Users can also share reports using services such as email, DropBox and SharePoint.
CRD enables users to schedule reports for a specific time and date or to run on an hourly, weekly, daily or custom basis. Event triggers can also be enabled to run reports when specific events occur. The package offers real-time monitoring of events such as addition or modification to the database.
CRD offers a perpetual license for a one-time fee that includes support via phone, email and through an online knowledge base.
Theresa from EMSI
The principal benefit we get from using CRD, is when we produce our month-end invoicing. Not only are we able to produce the output with separate format options (PDF and/or Excel), the invoices can be saved out to a file share using dynamic folder naming for archival purposes. We also deliver the invoices electronically to our customers via the email option. CRD supports the ability to set up multiple SMTP server options, which is very helpful for the invoicing process, to ensure we are sending our invoices through secure methods and can customize the sender Name and email address as necessary.
Dynamic folder and file name output options using the CRD constants.
Using the address book to identify groups for email delivery for when an exchange DL is not available
Utilize as much as you can the dynamic and/or Automation schedules. They can save a tremendous amount of time with report delivery.