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Crystal Reports allows you to increase access to information with rich, flexible reports. With more than 100 formatting options and full support for most accounting and business management systems, as well as more than 30 major data sources, Crystal Reports delivers complete control over data access and presentation.
Crystal Reports, the industry standard in reporting tools, is a reporting tool kit that helps you rapidly create flexible, feature-rich reports and integrate them into web and Windows applications. Crystal Reports allows you to access data, format it, and deliver it as information inside and outside the organization. It is the foundation of a business intelligence (BI) strategy - providing users with the most-requested pieces of information reliably and securely, via the web or embedded in enterprise applications.
Report “experts” lead you step-by-step through the creation of different types of reports, or users can design reports from scratch using a WYSIWYG layout. The Crystal print engine allows you to access any ODBC compliant database, which allows you to standardize your reporting needs with Crystal Reports.
Crystal Reports provides many powerful reporting tools, such as:
- Multiple group sections for reports - allowing categorization and subtotaling for reports
- Sub-Reports - embedded details within a single main report
- Conditional reports - with multiple selection criteria or conditions to be chosen at run time
- Top 'N" reports - let Crystal find the top 5 salespeople or bottom 10 defects reported
- Drill down - hide the details in a report, but allow drill down to view them
- Multiple graphing options, and tools to produce presentation-quality output
- Powerful mail merge capabilities
- Distribute reports in various ways - Crystal RPT, HTML web pages, export to Word or Excel, email integration, or export to any ODBC compliant application
Crystal Reports allows users to graphically design data connections and report layout. In the Database Expert, users can select and link tables from a wide variety of data sources, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Oracle databases, Business Objects Enterprise business views, and local file system information. Fields from these tables can be placed on the report design surface, and can also be used in custom formulas, using either BASIC or Crystal's own syntax, which are then placed on the design surface. Formulas can be evaluated at several phases during report generation as specified by the developer.
Both fields and formulae have a wide array of formatting options available, which can be applied absolutely or conditionally. The data can be grouped into bands, each of which can be split further and conditionally suppressed as needed. Crystal Reports also supports subreports, graphing, and a limited amount of GIS functionality.
Supported data sources
Accessible data sources include the following:
- Databases such as Sybase, IBM DB2, Ingres, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Interbase and Oracle
- Spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel
- Text files
- HTML XML files
- Groupware applications as Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise
- SAP: BW, Info Sets, Tables, and Business Objects Universes
- Any other data source accessible through a web service, ODBC, JDBC or OLAP
Crystal Reports comes integrated with Visual Studio. Crystal Reports allows Java developers to build applications with Crystal Reports components.
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