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Every fall I do a review of custom functions libraries that you can add into Crystal Reports. These are formula functions that are added into your formula editor and allow your formulas to do all sorts of wonderful things, like interacting with other programs and pulling in information from unusual sources. It looks like I will be adding a new one in the near future.
Pursuit Technology, a consulting group in the UK, has recently released a function that allows your report to authenticate into your Twitter account and send a ‘tweet’ notification directly from a report formula. The content of the tweet can be calculated in the report formula. This can be handy if you use twitter as a messaging or notification system.
The product is called “Crystal Tweet” and can be used for free or purchased for about $65 (£40). The free version adds a hash tag to all of your tweets and also can’t be directed to specific account.
I don’t do anything currently with Twitter, but if you have occasion to try it out, please drop me a line.