Great Reasons for Upgrading to Crystal Reports 9
With Crystal Reports 9, creating compelling views of business data is easier and faster than ever before. Crystal Reports 9 introduces several innovative solutions for increased power and productivity in report design and web delivery. More than 50 new features and enhancements are provided in this latest release!
For Business Professionals
|More control over data connectivity |
|Unlimited SQL control|
Edit SQL directly for unlimited control over database connectivity. Specify database connections and create parameterized SQL commands to perform any query your database supports.
|Support for Unicode|
With full support for Unicode strings, you can display data stored in virtually any language as well as present multiple languages in a single report.
|New time-saving design tools |
Store and maintain key report objects - including SQL commands, images, custom functions, and text objects – in a central library for faster report development. You can then reuse, share and update popular report objects from a single place for faster report design and maintenance. The Crystal Repository also enables single point updating - update the component once and the change is available across all reports.
Extract business logic from key formulas to create custom
formula-language functions. Store custom functions in the Crystal Repository for reuse
across multiple reports.
Spend less time creating and maintaining formulas. The Formula Workshop, an enhancement to the Crystal Reports Formula Expert, is a central place to develop and maintain formulas and custom functions. It includes a new codeless Wizard, enhanced error tracking, and auto-complete for easier creation. The formula string limit has also been increased from 256 to 64,000 characters.
Easily navigate to and find different parts of your reports in design view and easily locate hidden fields in complex reports using the new Report Explorer. All Explorers are now floatable windows that let you tailor the design environment to your own preferences.
|More web flexibility |
|Advanced, interactive viewers|
Zero-client viewer controls let you control how end users interact with reports and modify them at runtime. Automatically turn on advanced options, such as the ability to search on saved data and export the results to Microsoft Word, Excel and HTML.
|Enhanced support for Microsoft Office and mobile users|
Let end users insert charts, tables, and other report objects into Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel documents - and refresh* them right within the documents - using Crystal Reports' support for Microsoft Smart Tags in Office XP. Exporting to Excel has been significantly enhanced, providing excellent quality rendition from Crystal Reports.
|Java, .NET and COM SDKs|
A rich set of Java, .NET, and COM APIs let you control how end users interact with reports and modify them at runtime. Automatically turn on advanced options including highlighting, zooming, and text searching. Tight integration with Microsoft Office lets end users search on report data and export the results to Microsoft Word, Excel and HTML.}
|New deployment licensing|
Upgrade to the new Advanced Edition to take advantage of flexible deployment licensing for web applications. New queuing capabilities are ideal for managing variable user loads in a web environment.
|Hassle-free upgrade experience |
Install and use Crystal Reports 9 on the same machine as previous versions of Crystal Reports to make migrating existing reports easier.
|Special upgrade pricing |
Take advantage of the additional features and enhancements in Crystal Reports 9 with special upgrade pricing for existing Crystal Reports customers.