APCR132 - Crystal Reports 2013 Designer 2

This two-day course covers the more complex and powerful features of Crystal Reports. The course focuses on the student’s ability to perform tasks using the most productive techniques allowing you to pull data from all times of data sources. The course discusses very technical issues and includes several fast-paced, comprehensive exercises.

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A comfort level of understanding in regards to relational databases.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Refresher Exercise

Review of Planning a Report
Creating a 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

Power Formatting

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

Using the Running Totals Feature

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

Prompting with Parameters

Parameter Fields Overview
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
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

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
Variable Scope
Separating Statements in Complex Formulas
Working with Arrays
Understanding the Formula Evaluation Time Debugger

Using Subreporting as a Workaround Solution

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

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

Working with Cross-Tab Reports

Understanding How Cross-Tabs Affect Your Data
Creating a Cross-Tab Report
Crating a Cross-Tab with Multiple Rows or Columns
Applying a Formatting Style to the Cross-Tab
Customizing the Cross-Tab Format
Changing the Summary Operation
Charting Cross Tabs
Customizing Cross-Tab Group Names

Report Alerts

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