Crystal Reports 2008—Reviewers Guide
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Parameters used are displayed on the panel so that report consumers can easily see them, make
changes, and have the new values applied directly to the saved data.
Flexible pagination: Report designers can customize page size and easily control page breaking
after N records/groups. A single report can combine portrait and landscape oriented pages and
the white space at the end of groups can be removed by compressing the page footers. Online
report consumption is improved because reports are easier to read.
Enhanced Report Designer Productivity
Powerful crosstabs: Summary, variance, and any other customer calculations can be inserted
into a crosstab row or a column – especially useful for reports that benefit from a table structure,
such as financial reports. The crosstab table structure makes reports much faster to build and
maintain. This feature also provides powerful benefits to crosstab-based charts since custom
formulas in the crosstab can be visualized within the charts.
Built-in barcode support: Generate barcodes with only a few clicks of the mouse by using the
new “turn to barcode” function in the context menu. Easily convert fields to Code39 barcodes
without any coding or extra steps. Additional barcode fonts are available from third-party
Enhanced designer features: Report designer will be more productive with features like global
formula search, duplicate formula, duplicate running total, auto complete field names, and the
Find in Field Explorer feature.
: Report designers will save time by automatically creating the Crystal
Reports formula required to invoke a BusinessObjects Enterprise OpenDocument hyperlink.
New Flexible Deployment Options
Save reports directly to crystalreports.com: Expand your deployment options with on-demand
reporting capabilities when you open and save reports directly to crystalreports.com. This new
integration allows you to manage and share your reports securely without dependency on IT.
Improved XML exporting: Render reports in almost any format and enjoy faster and easier
integration with your industry-specific business processes – without any custom coding. The
XSLT transformations are embedded into the report file and will be triggered by users from
within the viewer when exporting to XML. This provides a powerful, flexible hook for
transforming Crystal Reports data and integrating it into other applications.
Advanced report publishing
: Also known as report bursting, advanced report publishing is a
platform for the mass distribution of personalized content. Multiple reports can be created based
on different data sources, combined into one desired file format (such as PDF), loaded with
personalized content, and then sent to a dynamic list of recipients – with a single action. The
content can be archived, printed, or emailed in separate actions, or simultaneously. This makes
scheduling much faster and easier, with the ability to conduct cost effective one-on-one
marketing campaigns and other personalized high-volume reporting.
Available only with a BusinessObjects Enterprise XI Release 3 server environment