Letter Merge

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  1. Sean Gough
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    Feb 2006

    Posted 14 Feb 2008 Link to this post

    I want to write a small batch utility (C# or VB.NET) that will query a database, find X number of records that match my criteria and then merge them into letters (based on various templates) that can be printed and mailed.  Ideally I can save as a single print a control sheet too (i.e. one line per page for spot check information) but individual PDFs would be acceptable too.

    Is it possible to use Telerik Reporting as a mail merge tool like this? 

    Also, does TR support bar codes? (for imaging)

  2. Svetoslav
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    Posted 15 Feb 2008 Link to this post

    Hi Sean Gough,

    I do believe that Telerik Reporting can do the job for you. There are significant differences between MS Word and Telerik Reporting (for example in MS Word you can format a part of the text while in Telerik Reporting you style the report items and if this is a TextBox item the style is applied to the whole text it displays) that you should have in mind while creating your reports (the templates for the letters).

    To get a better overview of what Telerik Reporting can do we encourage you to play with the accompanying samples (in both C# and VB.NET) and give it a try.

    Regarding the bar codes - we still lack this functionality out of the box; anyway it is in our TODO list and I hope we will have the time and resource to work on it soon. However, some of our existing customers have successfully displayed bar codes on their reports by using a special bar code font and the TextBox report item.

    Sincerely yours,
    Svetoslav
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  4. Martin Beeby
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    Nov 2006

    Posted 15 Feb 2008 Link to this post

    Just so you’re not hunting for too long. If you want to concatenate text and fields in a text box then you need to do the following in the value field:

    = "Dear " + Fields.Fname + " " + Fields.Lname + " welcome to the club"

    Ensuring you use + rather than &. Since & is not recognised.

    Regarding barcodes. You could probably use a third party tool and create a bracode image (there are open source ones out their) then create a function that reurns an image and just call this image on the databind event of a picture box.

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