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Crystal Reports 2008
Crystal Reports Designer Level 2
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This two-day workshop is designed to enhance your basic report writing skills and move you into creating more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover professional design, techniques, sub-reporting and advanced formulas. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process. 
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about this course, please contact us:

416-929-1599
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This course is designed for people who know how to create basic list and group reports and need to create reports that include subreports, cross-tabs, advanced formulas, and charts based on more than one data series. They may also need to build tools to make it easier for other people to create reports. They may or may not have programming and/or SQL experience.
Working knowledge of Windows 2000 or XP environment is required. Familiarity with relational database concepts (tables, fields and records) is strongly recommended, as well as, successful completion of Crystal Reports Designer Level 1.
Power Formatting and Formulas


Lesson 1: Refresher Exercise
  • Review of Planning a Report
  • Creating the Report
  • Placing Fields on the Report
  • Creating the Formulas
  • Advanced Grouping
  • Selecting Certain Records
  • Helpful Hints for Formatting the Report
  • Adding and Working with Text Objects
  • Hiding and Suppressing Sections
  • Guidelines

Lesson 2: Power Formatting with Multiple Sections
  • Using Multiple Sections in Reports
  • Using the Section Expert to Work with Sections
  • Conditionally Formatting Multiple Sections
  • Challenge Exercise - Formatting with Multiple Sections
  • Challenge Exercise - Conditionally Formatting Using Drill Down Group Level

Lesson 3: Using the Running Totals Feature
  • Understanding Running Totals
  • Creating Running Totals for a List of Numbers
  • Conditional Running Totals
  • Challenge Exercise - Creating a Conditional Running Total

Lesson 4: Prompting with Parameters
  • Parameter Field Considerations
  • Creating a Parameter Field
  • Using a Parameter to Select Records
  • Using a Parameter Field
  • Using the Parameter Panel
  • Creating a Dynamic Value List for Parameter Values
  • Importing a Pick List
  • Adding Parameter Values to Text Objects
  • Allowing Multiple Values in Parameters
  • Using Multiple Parameter Fields in Reports
  • Specifying and Limiting a Range
  • Using Parameters in Conditional Formatting
  • Using an Edit Mask to Limit String Parameters
  • Sorting with a Parameter
  • Using a parameter to set N in a Top N Report
  • Cascading Parameters
  • Challenge Exercise - Using and Displaying Parameters

Lesson 5: Using Advanced Formula Features
  • Understanding How Crystal Reports Processes the Data
  • What Is a Pass?
  • Using Evaluation Time Functions
  • Working with Variables
  • Declaring a Variable
  • Assigning a Value to a Variable
  • Using a Variable in a Formula
  • Variable Scope
  • Separating Statements in Complex Formulas
  • Working with Arrays
  • Understanding the Evaluation Time Debugger
  • Challenge Exercise - Understand and Set Up the YTD Comparison Report

Tools forCreating Advanced Reports
Lesson 6: Using Sub reporting as a Workaround Solution
  • Understanding Sub reports
  • Unlinked versus Linked Subreports
  • Creating an Unlinked Sub report
  • Linking a Subreport
  • Database Links versus Subreports in One-to-Many Situations
  • Formatting the Subreport
  • Passing Data from the Main Report into a Subreport
  • Creating On-Demand Subreports
  • Creating Hyperlinks
  • Using Subreports to Link "Unlinkable" Data
  • Challenge Exercise - Creating Reports with Linked Subreports
Lesson 7: Creating Powerful Groups
  • Creating Custom Groups
  • Customizing Group Sort Order
  • Using Group Selection to Filter the Records in the Report
  • Grouping on a Formula Field
  • Grouping Hierarchically
  • Challenge Exercise – Create Customized Grouping
  • Challenge Exercise - Using Group Selection
  • Challenge Exercise - Creating a Group

Lesson 8: Working with Cross-Tab Reports
  • Understanding How Cross-Tabs Affect Your Data
  • Creating a Cross-Tab Report
  • Creating a Cross- Tab with Multiple Rows or Columns
  • Applying a Formatting Style to the Cross-Tab
  • Customizing the Cross-Tab Format
  • Changing Background Colors
  • Formatting Individual Cells
  • Changing the Summary Operation
  • Suppressing Rows, Columns or Totals
  • Repeating Row Heading for Multi-Page Cross-Tabs
  • Using Alias Names for Column and Row Headings
  • Charting Cross-Tabs
  • Customizing Cross-Tab Group Names
  • Using the CurrentFieldValue Function
  • Challenge Exercise - Cross-Tab Reports

Lesson 9: Report Alerts
  • What are Report Alerts
  • Creating Report Alerts
  • Basing Report Formulas or Conditional Formatting on Report Alerts
  • Creative Usage for Report Alerts
  • Challenge Exercise - Using Report Alerts with Parameter


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