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Key Reasons to Upgrade to Version 10
Crystal Reports 10 extends the significant feature set introduced in version 9
to deliver the most stable and proven release ever. It includes several new
features for greater productivity and ease of use across all elements of the
reporting process. For current customers, this release includes hundreds of
improvements, enhancements, and hotfixes based on your feedback. Tighter
integration with Crystal Enterprise is also a key focus area for version 10.
Crystal Reports provides broad data connectivity options making it easy to access
enterprise data and satisfy end user information requirements. Whether you require
access to databases, files, logs, application systems (CRM, ERP, etc.), or program
elements, you can use Crystal Reports.
- More than 35 data drivers. Access virtually any data with native, ODBC,
OLE DB, and JDBC connectivity to relational, OLAP, XML, legacy, and enterprise data
sources including, Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, and Informix.
- Custom data. Access user-defined (in-memory) application data by connecting
to JavaBeans, ADO.NET,and COM Data Providers.
- Tight control over database connectivity. Write your own SQL commands or use
the Crystal Reports proven query generation capabilities for flexible control over
- Multi-data source access. Connect to a unique data source or combine multiple
data sources in one report.
- XML support. Integrate Crystal Reports with your B2B or B2C applications via
XML data access or export.
- Unicode support. Use unicode strings to display data stored in almost any language
and present multiple languages in a single report.
Formatting and Design
Crystal Reports offers a high degree of flexibility and control over how data is presented
- Visual report designer. Quickly design interactive reports using an intuitive,
drag-and-drop interface and object-oriented explorers.
- Experts and wizards. Use optional experts and wizards to simplify common reporting
tasks such as connecting to a data source, selecting, grouping, sorting, and summarizing data.
- Any report type. Create virtually any report you need including cross-tab, conditional,
top N/bottom N, summary/drill-down, form, mailing label, OLAP, and subreport.
- Charting and mapping. Increase the graphical impact of your reports by choosing from
a wide variety of map and chart types including bar/3D bar, pie/doughnut, line, gantt, gauge,
funnel, XY scatter, ranged map, dot density map, and more.
- Reusable report objects. Expedite the report design process by storing key report
objects -- including text objects, SQL commands, bitmaps, and custom functions (formulas) -- in
a central managed library (provided in Crystal Enterprise) for sharing, reuse, and single-point
updating across multiple reports.
- Customizable templates. Spend less time formatting individual reports. Design and
apply customized templates that specify standards in formatting and logic -- including data access
operations -- to ensure design consistency across reports.You can even use existing reports as
- Powerful formula language. Use the extensive formula language in Crystal Reports with
over 160 built-in and user-defined functions and operators to tightly control report formatting,
complex logic, and data selection. A call-stack makes debugging data-level errors easy. A formula
extractor and formula workshop are also included.
- Custom functions. Eliminate redundant formula creation. Extract business logic from
formulas to create custom functions so you can use them across multiple reports.
- Asymmetric reporting. Provide a customized view of OLAP grids. With asymmetric
reporting, you can hide specific dimensions of data so that end users only see relevant and
- Access and Excel add-ins. Use an intuitive wizard to easily design a Crystal report
right from within Microsoft Access or Excel.
Report Viewing and Interaction
Crystal Reports provides flexible options that let end users view and interact with
information in familiar formats and via familiar environments.
- Multiple export formats. Provide end users with reports in the format they
prefer. Export reports to popular formats, including Excel, PDF, XML, HTML, RTF, and more.
- Customizable report viewers. Choose from a variety of server-side and thin-client
report viewer controls, including DHTML page (WebForms) viewer, .NET WinForms viewer, Java
viewer, ActiveX, and Report Part viewer (mobile viewer), to render reports into various
output formats without additional coding. End user report interactivity options -- including
page forward/back, drill up/down, export, and print -- are automatically included and can be
customized based on your requirements.
- Parameters. Let users view the same data in different ways without creating multiple
reports. End users can select predefined parameters in a single report to receive a subset of
- Alerting. Highlight specific information for your end users with report alerts -- user-defined
messages that appear when certain conditions are met by the data in a report. Use this feature
with Crystal Enterprise so that alerts can be sent out to end users with direct links back to
the original report.
- Guided navigation. Define specific navigation paths between report objects within
the same or different reports for easier end user navigation.
- Hyperlinks. Use hyperlinks to turn reports into interactive web documents that connect
to related information, including web sites and other reports.
- Drill-down. Without additional coding, create reports that allow end users to drill
down on relational and OLAP data to uncover details that might otherwise go unnoticed.
- Report parts. Repurpose existing reports for use with wireless devices and corporate
portals. Provide end users with access to charts, summary tables, specific records, and other
key report information via portals, WML phones, RIM Blackberry, and Compaq iPAQ devices.
- Support for Microsoft Office XP Smart Tags. Insert key report objects -- including
charts and tables -- into Microsoft Outlook, Word, or Excel for instant viewing and refreshing
from within an Office document.
Crystal Reports provides a range of proven Java, .NET, and COM components that help reduce the
complexity of integrating dynamic reporting functionality into your applications. Whether you
need to build a web, windows, XML web services, or mobile application, you can use Crystal
Reports for your data presentation requirements.
- Interface SDKs. Use the Crystal Reports comprehensive interface SDKs in J2EE, .NET,
and COM applications for flexible control over how end users interact with reports. Choose from
a variety of report viewing, creation, and modification APIs to implement a range of interactivity
capabilities -- from static report processing/viewing to complex runtime report creation/modification.
- Reporting components. Embed the Crystal Reports powerful Java, .NET, and COM reporting
components in your application for powerful report processing and rendering.
- Custom tag library. Reduce the amount of coding required to embed report templates into
JSP pages. Using custom JSP tags, you can now easily add a customized viewer to your web applications,
dramatically reducing the amount of code required.
- Customizable report viewers. Choose from a variety of server-side and thin-client report
viewer controls, including a Java viewer, DHTML (WebForms) Viewer, WinForms Viewer, ActiveX, and
Report Part Viewer (mobile viewer), to render reports into various output formats without additional
coding. End user report interactivity options -- including page forward/back, drill up/down, export,
and print are automatically included. Plus, you can customize and implement most viewer options based
on your requirements.
- IDE integration. Use a custom bundled edition of Crystal Reports from within leading Java
and .NET IDEs for report integration from within a familiar environment. You can currently access
Crystal Reports technology from within Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, BEA WebLogic Workshop, Borland
JBuilder, and Borland C#Builder. Upgrade from these bundles to Crystal Reports 10 for additional
functionality and scalability.
- Visual control library. Integrate reports into Delphi and C++Builder applications using
the Crystal Reports Visual Control Library (VCL).
- Royalty-free runtime. Integrate hundreds of royalty-free runtime properties, methods,
and events into thick-client applications for deployment at no extra cost.
- Developer Zone. Quickly overcome common reporting roadblocks by joining the Developer
Zone, our exclusive community for developers. Access sample applications, download white papers,
and review useful tips and tricks to get the most out of Crystal Reports.
Check out Crystal Design Components.
- Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, XP, or later
- Pentium II or higher (Pentium III-class recommended)
- 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
- 350 MB of free hard disk space (600 MB recommended)
- Additional operating systems for
Java Reporting Component only - Linux Red Hat
Enterprise 3, Solaris 8 or later, AIX 5.1 or later, HP-UX 11i v1
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