Crystal Reports XI Designer 2 Workshop Training

We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description

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, subreporting, and advanced formulas. This course incorporates a number of hands-on exercises that reinforce the learning process.
Course Length: 2 Days
Course Tuition: $790 (US)


Successful completion of either the Design 1 Workshop or the pre-qualification exercise is strongly recommended.

Course Outline


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

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

Using Advanced Formula Features
Understanding How Crystal Reports Processes the Data
What Is a Pass
Pass #1
Pre-Pass #2
Pass #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
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
Customizing the Group Name Field
Using a Field Name to Customize the Group Name
Using a Formula to Customize the Group Name Field
Creating Custom Groups
Customizing Group Sort Order
Grouping on a Formula Field
Using Group Selection to Filter the Records in the Report
Grouping Hierarchically

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

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

Report Templates
What is a Report Template
Standard Report Creation Wizard and Templates
The Template Expert
Applying a Template and the consequences
Template Considerations
Creating Your Own Templates
Inserting Template Fields
Formatting Template Fields
Giving Template Fields a Value

Appendix A: The Xtreme Sample Database 11

Appendix B: Installation and System Requirements
Installing the Application
Minimum Installation Requirements

Appendix C: Function and Operator Locations

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