Crystal Reports XI: The Complete Reference / Edition 1

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  • Design, manage, and deliver enterprise database reports
  • Publish dynamic reports on the Web using Crystal Reports Server
  • Integrate with Visual Studio .NET and Visual Basic


Create and publish visually effective, high-fidelity reports with help from this one-stop resource. Now you can produce and share professional-quality documents by maximizing the many useful features of Crystal Reports XI, including dynamic and cascading prompts, custom functions, cross-tab objects, the repository, enhanced Business Views, and much more. You can even create reports based on Microsoft Exchange Server, ACT! contact manager, Microsoft Outlook, or Web server activity logs. This must-have desktop companion to the most popular enterprise reporting tool on the market will help you access data, format it, and deliver it as dynamic business information.

  • Design and publish high-quality reports that effectively communicate content
  • Share formulas with other report users by taking advantage of reusable custom functions
  • Store report objects in the repository for company-wide accessibility
  • Build reports based on a variety of unique sources including XML data, Windows Server and XP event logs, and Microsoft Exchange databases
  • Simplify complex database structures using Business Views
  • Export reports in different file formats for use with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Acrobat Reader, and HTML
  • Use simple and complex formulas including case statements, variables, and other advanced formula techniques
  • Publish and schedule reports on the Web with the new Crystal Reports Server
  • Integrate reports into custom Web and Windows applications using Visual Basic and Visual Studio .NET.
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Editorial Reviews

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Crystal Reports XI sports major improvements to data access and report design, long-awaited external image support, a new look-and-feel reminiscent of VS .NET, and plenty more new features. If you really want to drive business value from this tool, George Peck’s your guy, and his Crystal Reports XI: The Complete Reference is your book.

Peck covers everything from simple Report Wizard stuff to sophisticated cross-tab analysis, even reporting from OLAP cubes and Microsoft data types. There’s even an extensive formula language reference.

As valuable as this book is for users, it’s equally helpful to those managing or developing with Crystal technology in the enterprise. You’ll find a thorough introduction to the powerful new Crystal Reports Server, plus a full section on building custom web and Windows reporting applications. Whatever you need to do with Crystal XI, the answers are here. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072262469
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1002
  • Sales rank: 256,199
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author

After more than ten years as an internal consultant and trainer in a large corporation, George Peck founded his own consulting and training firm, The Ablaze Group, in 1994 ( He has trained, consulted, and developed custom software for large and small organizations throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico.

George works as both a trainer and consultant exclusively with Crystal Reports, Crystal Enterprise, and Crystal Reports Server/BusinessObjects Enterprise. This is his sixth title in the Crystal Reports: The Complete Reference series, best-sellers published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne. He is also the author of Crystal Reports Professional Results, also published by McGraw-Hill/ Osborne.

Prior to his computer career, George was a broadcaster. His voice may still be heard on various national radio and TV commercial and promotional campaigns.

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Table of Contents

1 Getting a feel for Crystal Reports XI 3
2 Adding text to reports 37
3 Sorting and grouping 45
4 Analyzing with advanced selection criteria 75
5 Using formulas 89
6 Creating custom functions 153
7 Making your reports visually appealing 169
8 Using sections and areas 199
9 Analyzing with cross-tabs 225
10 Creating charts 251
11 Creating geographic maps 283
12 Using subreports 297
13 Interactive reporting with parameter fields 317
14 Exporting reports to different formats 345
15 Reporting from SQL databases 357
16 Creating and using business views 401
17 Sharing report items with the repository 489
18 Accommodating database changes and field mapping 511
19 Reporting from OLAP cubes 519
20 Reporting from proprietary data types 541
21 Crystal reports Web alternatives 567
22 Introduction to crystal reports server 583
23 Using info view 597
24 Administering crystal reports server 653
25 Integrating crystal reports with ASP and Visual Basic 737
26 Crystal reports with Visual Studio .NET 809
App Formula language reference 845
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