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Turn a Crystal Report into a web dashboard

Friday 26 February 2016 @ 3:22 pm

Adam Butt of APB Reports in Norway has developed some sophisticated web dashboards using Crystal Reports exported to txt format. You have to see them to appreciate them. They are interactive and the data behind them can be refreshed automatically as often as needed to keep them up to date.

Adam accomplishes this by creating special text objects in the report to hold the needed HTML code and javascript. The report is then scheduled to export in txt format, but is named as an HTML file.  The file includes all of the data and code to run the dashboard. The files can then be automatically uploaded to a website by the same scheduler software that created the export. Adams process is built around Visual Cut as the export engine, but you could probably accomplish something similar with other scheduling tools.

And if you don’t want to learn the techniques, you can hire Adam to create dashboards for you.

Crystal Reports vs SSRS

Saturday 20 April 2013 @ 5:12 pm

When I started teaching Crystal Reports in 1995 I was also teaching another tool called R&R. In comparing the two I found that R&R had about 20 features that were missing from that year’s version of Crystal.  Crystal had five features I liked that were missing in R&R. But the next year, when the next version of CR came out, the numbers had flipped. Most of the R&R features that I had mentioned were now included in Crystal. That started my transition from R&R to Crystal. So yesterday, when I made my first attempt at comparing Crystal Reports and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) there was a bit of déjà vu.

For the past 8 years I have been able to Continue Reading »
Crystal Reports vs SSRS

My class now available in Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday 18 September 2012 @ 8:09 am

I recently had an experienced instructor in Australia teach a Crystal Reports class using my materials. He showed me his student feedback forms and they were excellent.  It is obvious he knows the subject and knows how to present it effectively. So if you are based in Australia or New Zealand and want an experienced instructor to teach your on-site classes, let me know.

I also have experienced instructors in Canada, the UK and many parts of the US.  The instructors are based in the following states:


They are also willing to travel for those of you who are in the other parts of the country. So contact me if you want information about the cost of training your team.

Recovery of corrupted RPT files

Wednesday 1 November 2006 @ 12:31 pm

A user recently sent me a Crystal Reports file that seemed to be corrupted. Every time he tried to open it Crystal would crash. I tried it myself using several versions of Crystal and got the same results. I told him that there was no way I knew of to recover the file and hoped that he had a backup of an older version. He didn’t, and the report represented several weeks of work. Lesson number one. Keep some interim backups.

But, later that same day he told me that he found a company that was able to recover the file. Continue Reading »
Recovery of corrupted RPT files


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