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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Reporting Basics
Part II: Moving Up to Professional Quality Reports
Part III: Advanced Report Types and Features
Part IV: Crystal Reports in the Enterprise
Part V: Publishing Your Reports
Part VI: The Part of Tens
About the Web Site
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Major Features of Crystal Reports 10
Formatting a report
Enhancing a report with formulas and custom functions
Getting visual with charts and maps
Displaying a report
Distributing a report
Supplying Crystal Reports with data
The Four Editions of Crystal Reports 10
The Standard Edition
The Professional Edition
The Developer Edition
The Advanced Edition
Viewing a Report
Reading a printed report
Viewing a report with Crystal Reports
Viewing a report on your local area network or the Web
Chapter 2
Starting Crystal Reports 10
Creating a Report with the Blank Report Option
Allocating more space to the layout
Giving the report a title
Choosing the fields that will appear in your report
Improving the readability of page headers
Previewing the report
Page footers carry useful information
Wrap things up with a report footer
Recording helpful information about your report
Troubleshooting a Report That Doesn’t Look Quite Right
Printing a Report
Audience
Purpose
Content
Interfacing the Report to a Database
Connecting to Microsoft Access
Connecting to other data sources
What Should the Report Look Like?
Making a good first impression
Deciding how best to present the information
Should the report include graphs, charts, or pictures?
Style communicates meaning, too
Does the report convey the message?
Creating a Report with Report Creation Wizard
Creating a standard report
The rest of the Report Creation wizards
Starting with a Blank Report
Connecting Your Report to Its Data Source
Accessing database files directly
Linking to ODBC data sources
Retrieving data from Crystal SQL Designer files
Reporting on data in OLE DB data sources
Creating customized data access with Crystal Dictionaries
Which interface should you use?
Get Data Quickly with Select Expert
Using Formulas to Retrieve Data
Using Parameter Fields to Retrieve Data at Runtime
Troubleshooting Tips
Sorting Report Data
Sorting based on multiple fields
Sorting and performance
Grouping Related Items
Calculating Percentages
Drilling Down for Detail
Keeping Track of Things with Running Totals
Troubleshooting Sorting, Grouping, and Totaling Problems
Sorting problems and how to solve them
Unusual grouping options
Getting the right totals
Changing the Size of a Section
Vertical spacing between lines
The Section Formatting menu
Common tab of Section Expert
Hiding Details with Summary and Drill-Down Reports
Creating Mailing Labels
Saving Money on Postage by Doing a Zip Sort
Absolute Formatting and Conditional Formatting
Absolute formatting overview
Conditional formatting
Highlighting Expert Creates Emphasis
Adding Pictures to a Report
A Trick for Aligning Preprinted Forms
Adding Text from a File
Formatting Options
Special Fields Contain Report Metadata
Raising a Red Flag with Report Alerts
Report Templates Save Time and Effort
What’s a template?
How do you use a template in a report?
Applying a template to an existing report
Applying a template to a report you’re creating
Sorting Groups Based on Performance
Going with the Percentages
What if you want the top seventeen instead of the top five?
A Choice of Group Sorts
Troubleshooting Group Sort Problems
Creating a Cross-Tab Object to Summarize All Report Data
Summarizing the Contents of a Group with a Cross-Tab
Enhancing the Appearance and Readability of a Cross-Tab Object
Changing the width and height of cross-tab cells
Formatting entire rows and columns
Formatting individual fields
Suppressing selected cross-tab data
Printing cross-tabs that span multiple pages
Formula Overview and Syntax
Lessening the Workload with Functions
Creating a Custom Function Using Formula Workshop
Formula Editor
Formula Expert
SQL Expression Editor
Selection formulas
Formatting formulas
Changing and Deleting Formulas
Data Types
Simple data types
Range data types
Array data types
Variables in Formulas
Declaring a variable
Assigning a value to a variable
Control Structures
If-Then-Else
Select Case
For loop
While Do loop
Do While loop
Combining Unrelated Reports
Underlay formatting for side-by-side location of subreport
Drilling down in a subreport
Linking a Subreport to a Primary Report
On-Demand Subreports Boost Efficiency
Passing Data Between Reports
Troubleshooting Subreport Problems
Overview of OLE
Static OLE objects
Embedded objects and linked objects
Embedding or Linking a File as an OLE Object
Embedding or Linking an Object Taken from a File
Editing OLE Objects
What’s OLAP, and Why Might I Need It?
Who uses OLAP?
Creating multidimensional views
Updating an OLAP report
Choosing the Best Chart Type for Your Data
Side-by-side bar chart
Stacked bar chart
Line chart
Area chart
Pie chart
Doughnut chart
3-D riser chart
3-D surface chart
XY scatter chart
Radar chart
Bubble chart
Stock chart
Numeric axis chart
Gauge chart
Gantt chart
Funnel chart
Different Chart Layouts for Different Data Types
A Chart’s Placement Affects the Data It Can Represent
Using Chart Expert
Whirlwind tour of the Chart Expert dialog box
Creating a chart
Drilling down from a chart
Changing a chart
Troubleshooting Chart Problems
Selecting data to make a chart readable and meaningful
The placement of chart elements matters
Crystal Reports Maps
Map layouts
Map types
Map placement
Creating a Map Step by Step
Creating an advanced layout map
Creating a Group layout map
Creating a Cross-Tab layout map
Creating an OLAP layout map
Including maps in subreports
Changing maps
Troubleshooting Map Problems
Understanding Business Views
The Three Muska-Tiers
The Business Tier
Data Connection
Dynamic Data Connection
Data Foundation
Additional objects
Crystal Enterprise Admin Launchpad
Crystal Management Console
Crystal Enterprise User Launchpad
Crystal Enterprise Web Desktop
Crystal Configuration Manager
Crystal Import Wizard
Crystal Publishing Wizard
Storing Your Valuables in Crystal Repository
Adding folders to your Repository
Adding text and bitmapped objects to the Repository
Adding custom functions to the Repository
Adding SQL commands to the Repository
Using Repository Objects in a Report
Modifying a Repository Object
Secondary authentication and authorization
Protecting the environment
Web activity auditing
Combating malicious logon attempts
Easing the Security Burden
Single Sign-On
Active trust relationship
Controlling Access to Specific Reports
Creating groups to control access
Granting rights to control access
Understanding Report Parts Navigation
Using Report Parts to Navigate
Using the Report Parts Drill-down method
Using the Another Report Object method
Digging Deeper into OLAP
Creating a Crystal Analysis Report
Using a blank application
Using the Application Experts
Printing Your Report
Faxing a Report
Exporting a Report
Troubleshooting Output Problems
Exporting to a Static HTML Page
Adding a Hyperlink to a Report
Creating an SQL Statement
Adding an SQL Statement to a Repository
Modifying an SQL Statement
ᮣIdentify the users
Identify the Users
Interview the Users
Arbitrate Conflicting Demands
Nail Down the Project’s Scope
Nail Down the Project’s Schedule
Verify That the Necessary Data Is in the Database
Determine How the Report Will Be Viewed
Determine the Best Report Type for the Users’ Needs
Get Agreement on the Report’s Appearance
Decide Whether to Include Charts or Maps
ᮣUse the correct fonts
Use the Correct Fonts
Use Color Tastefully
Enclose Text in Boxes
Emphasize Objects with Drop Shadows
Produce a Consistent Appearance with Templates
Add an Image
Add a Chart
Add a Map
Combine Two Objects with an Underlay
Separate the Summary from the Details with Drill-Down
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Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies

Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies

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Would
you
read
information
presented
like
this?

No. It’s just not natural. Sometimes presentation is almost as important as content. When you create a report, the goal is to provide information for readers in a format they can readily understand.

Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies, the latest version of the most popular report writer in the world, shows you how to create simple or sophisticated reports, turning data into interactive, actionable reports that convey what’s happening in your business. You can progress cover-to-cover or use the index to find out how to:

Give your reports more pizzazz by using the correct fonts, color, drop shadows, graphic elements, and more Integrate elements from multiple, non-database sources Group sort, total result sets, cross-tab reports, and add formulas, charts, or maps Print reports Use customized Business Views gleaned from the same information to provide each reader with information he or she needs to know without spilling all the beans, sales figures, marketing information, or whatever Present multi-dimensional data in OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) cubes Get ideas from sample reports on the companion Web site

Written by Allen G. Taylor, nationally known lecturer, teacher, and author of over 20 books, including Database Development for Dummies, Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies makes it crystal clear how to:

Store your information securely in Crystal Repository Use Crystal Analysis 10 to display OLAP data so you and your report’s readers can analyze the information in an online environment Use Crystal Enterprise to put Crystal Reports online for viewing by hundreds or thousands of people in your organization

Whether you want to dazzle your company’s CEO and shareholders, motivate the sales force, or simply share database information cogently, with Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies you not only make your point, you an impression. When your reports look professional, you look professional.

Would
you
read
information
presented
like
this?

No. It’s just not natural. Sometimes presentation is almost as important as content. When you create a report, the goal is to provide information for readers in a format they can readily understand.

Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies, the latest version of the most popular report writer in the world, shows you how to create simple or sophisticated reports, turning data into interactive, actionable reports that convey what’s happening in your business. You can progress cover-to-cover or use the index to find out how to:

Give your reports more pizzazz by using the correct fonts, color, drop shadows, graphic elements, and more Integrate elements from multiple, non-database sources Group sort, total result sets, cross-tab reports, and add formulas, charts, or maps Print reports Use customized Business Views gleaned from the same information to provide each reader with information he or she needs to know without spilling all the beans, sales figures, marketing information, or whatever Present multi-dimensional data in OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) cubes Get ideas from sample reports on the companion Web site

Written by Allen G. Taylor, nationally known lecturer, teacher, and author of over 20 books, including Database Development for Dummies, Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies makes it crystal clear how to:

Store your information securely in Crystal Repository Use Crystal Analysis 10 to display OLAP data so you and your report’s readers can analyze the information in an online environment Use Crystal Enterprise to put Crystal Reports online for viewing by hundreds or thousands of people in your organization

Whether you want to dazzle your company’s CEO and shareholders, motivate the sales force, or simply share database information cogently, with Crystal Reports 10 For Dummies you not only make your point, you an impression. When your reports look professional, you look professional.

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