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Using Notes and R5 with Lotus Approach or Crystal Reporting for reporting

I would like to know if anyone has any insight on using Lotus Notes & Domino R5 with Lotus Approach and/or Crystal Reporting 8 to generate reports. If so, please explain in detail how to make this work.
I don't have experience using Crystal Reports with anything but MSVB (Haven't done that for a couple years). Approach easily and natively opens Notes Databases for reporting. It is pretty good but you need to consider how you store your data in the Notes database so that Approach will understand what it is importing. Basically you create views that contain the data you want in your approach tables and tie the views in one at a time. You can then use approach to link all the tables and generate reports. Once you save the reports and tables, you can simply open them and they will reference the current data in the .NSF file. There is detailed help in Approach on how to manipulate Notes data locally or on a server.
This was last published in February 2001

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