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APCR2012 - Crystal Reports 2008/2011 Designer 2

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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Prerequisites


Working knowledge of Windows 2000/XP/Vista environment is required. Familiarity with relational database concepts (tables, fields, and records) is strongly recommended.

Detailed Class Syllabus


Module 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
Adding and Working with Text Objects
Hiding and Suppressing Sections
Guidelines

Module 2: Power Formatting with Multiple Sections


Using Multiple Sections in Reports
Using the Section Expert to Work with Sections
Conditionally Formatting Multiple Sections

Module 3: Using the Running Totals Feature


Understanding Running Totals
Creating Running Totals for a List of Numbers
Conditional Running Totals

Module 4: Prompting with Parameters


Parameter Fields Overview
Parameter Field Considerations
Creating a Parameter Field
Using a Parameter to Select Records
Using a Parameter Field
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 for a Parameter
Using Parameters in Conditional Formatting
Using an Edit Mask to Limit String Parameters
Sorting with a Parameter
Group Sorting with a Parameter
Using a Parameter to set N in a Top N or Bottom N Report
Displaying Parameter Fields
Cascading Parameter Fields

Module 5: Using Advanced Formula Features


Understanding How Crystal Reports Processes the Data
What is a Pass?
Pre-Pass #1 and #2
Pass #1, #2, #3
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 Formula Evaluation
Time Debugger

Module 6: Using Subreporting as a Workaround


Understanding Subreports
Unlinked versus Linked Subreports
Creating an Unlinked Subreport
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

Module 7:Creating Powerful Groups


Creating Custom Groups
Customizing Group Sort Order
Using Group Selection toFilter the
Records in the Report
Grouping on a Formula Field
Grouping Hierarchically

Module 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
CurrentFieldValue

Module 9: Report Alerts


What are Report Alerts
Creating Report Alerts
Basing Report Formulas or Conditional
Formatting on Report Alerts
Creative Usage for Report Alerts