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Friday, May 01, 2009

CRYSTAL REPORTS 2008 WHAT’S NEW

#   Crystal Report 2008 is for  development ,Designing and  Embedding of reports  into applications  Its a Named user License i.e one computer one license INR 26524+ Taxes per License

# Crystal Reports 2008 Developer Advantage is a runtime license for embedding Crystal Reports runtime engine in applications shared outside your organization, or in commercial applications. Give external users access to professional reporting at no incremental cost, and allow developers to gain flexibility with a royalty free license for deployment anywhere. Get comprehensive licensing and a single reporting solution for.NET or Java developments with Crystal Reports, the leader in reporting for developer applications. From access to virtually any data source, to support for major browsers and operating systems, rely on the technology that powers millions of applications around the world. Its available only in License format - No Media - INR 125000 for Unlimited Runtime License

# Crystal Report Server is For   Production i.e  Publishing & Deployment  and management of Reports in Secure manner with scheduling  & many other Enterprise features  such as    Viewing & Publishing of Multiple reports by end  users  coming from various locations on a singular , secured platform access -  It is   available in  Concurrent Access format + Named user format   & combination of both


Crystal Reports® is an intuitive reporting solution that helps you create flexible, feature-rich, and dependable reports – tightly integrating them into both thick and thin client applications.
CRYSTAL REPORTS 2008
Crystal Reports 2008 provides advanced functionality to help reduce report proliferation and maintenance – increasing visualization flexibility and saving time with highly productive design features.
The following is an overview of the new features in Crystal Reports 2008:
• Advanced information visualization capability
• Improved end user viewing experience
• Enhanced report designer productivity
• New flexible deployment options
• Flexible application integration
• A more streamlined and flexible report designer


Advanced Information Visualization with Flash, Flex and Xcelsius1
• Adobe Flash integration: A wide variety of flexible data presentation options are now available through Flash. Flash (SWF) files can be integrated into your report and report data can be shared with SWF via Flashvars for compelling, interactive, and information-rich reports. The SWF files can be embedded in the report or linked via a website.
1 Flash features are available for viewing in the .NET, Winform and Java DHTML viewers only
• Xcelsius integration: Import Xcelsius-generated SWF files into your report and benefit from improved design-time integration and stunning visualizations. Enhance your reports with what-if analysis models that enable users to make important decisions dynamically, without leaving the report file.
• Adobe Flex integration: Integrate your reports with operational workflows by embedding Adobe Flex (SWF) applications into your reports. Using Adobe Flex Builder you can create any business-user UI to access report data and integrate with external web services. Data in your report can be passed to the Flex application via Flashvars, making it easy to create a flexible UI even when you don’t have access to your data via web services. The Flex applications can do tasks like database write-back – invoking operational workflows directly within Crystal Reports.
Improved End-User Report Viewing Experience
• Interactive report viewing: On-report sorting, filtering, and report reformatting with the .NET Winform, Java DHTML, and .NET Webform viewers allows users to explore information interactively without re-querying the database. New optional parameters provide for complex user-driven filtering scenarios. Users can answer more business questions with fewer, more flexible reports – significantly reducing Developer and IT support dependency.
• Parameter panel: The report designer and the .NET Winform, Java DHTML, and .NET Webform viewers have a parameter panel so that parameter values can be set without refreshing data. 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 vendors.
• 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.
• Hyperlinking wizard2: 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
2 Available only with a BusinessObjects Enterprise XI Release 3 server environment
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 publishing2: 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.
Improved Report Designer
• Single edition: Crystal Reports 2008 comes in a single edition that is the feature equivalent of the old Developer Edition. This single offering provides customers with quick access to the features they need to meet any application and user requirement. Report samples and developer documentation are now a free, optional download.
• Multilingual reporting: Choose the working language you prefer by simply selecting the language packs you wish to use during product installation. Then switch the report designer UI to use any of the installed language packs. The report content locale can also be explicitly set for each report file. This setting controls sorting, grouping and formatting that matches the local language customs and conventions.
• Reduced install footprint: The download size has been reduced to 250MB to provide fast access via the download site. The runtime files included in developer applications are also significantly smaller.
Flexible application integration
• Integrated salesforce.com driver: The salesforce.com driver included with Crystal Reports 2008 allows for easy access to complete customer data – turning it into actionable business information. Reports that use a salesforce.com driver will refresh when deployed to crystalreports.com.
• Enhanced web services data driver: Integration with various web services can be difficult and complex due to a wide variety of implementation types. The new data driver offers additional web access to web services by providing support for RPC encoding of SOAP messages, SSL-secured web servers, as well as a working compatibility with the WS-Security standard. It adapts to custom logon requirements such as email addresses or user/password.
• NET report modification SDK: The Report Application Server SDK is now available for users of CR.NET API without the use of a RAS server. Report modification such as changing / adding / removing database providers, adding / removing / creating report objects, parameters, formulas, and sections can be achieved by accessing the RAS SDK through the CR .NET SDK..
WHAT’S CHANGED
In an effort to improve the Crystal Reports experience, we’ve made some changes to certain components of Crystal Reports 2008:
• Reports samples and sample database: To reduce download time, report samples and the Xtreme sample database are now accessed through separate downloads on the Start Page of Crystal Reports 2008.
• .NET developer SDK documentation, merge modules, and MSI files: .NET developer documentation, merge modules, and MSI files are now accessed through separate downloads on the Start Page of Crystal Reports 2008.
• Report developer component (RDC): The RDC is unsupported in Crystal Reports 2008. Developers wishing to use Crystal Reports in a COM application should use Crystal Reports XI Release 2. The ActiveX viewer remains a fully supported component of Crystal Reports 2008.
• Advanced DHTML viewers: The Advanced DHTML viewers have been removed from Crystal Reports 2008. The improvements to the DHTML viewers make these additional viewers unnecessary.
• Java reporting component (JRC) availability and Java SDK documentation: Java developers now receive the JRC and Java SDK documentation through the free Crystal Reports for Eclipse download. This product will be updated on a separate schedule from Crystal Reports. Visit the start page in Crystal Reports 2008 for more information on updates to Crystal Reports for Eclipse.

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