All of us like looking at pretty pictures. New to Crystal Reports 2008, you can (unofficially) customize your Crystal Reports Designer so your main page is a relaxing autumn setting or a photo of your favorite vacation spot.
To do this, look in the helpfully named directory C:\Program Files\Business Objects\BusinessObjects Enterprise 12.0\win32_x86\Start Page\en . Replace the last \en with your language code of choice.
There are two key files: start.html and offlinestart.html. start.html is used when CR detects Internet connectivity offlinestart.html is used when there is no Internet connectivity.
Sample Start Page
I’ve attached a simple start.zip (containing start.html) that modifies my own Crystal Reports 2008 Start Page to look like the image above. Put the replacement start.html into C:\Program Files\Business Objects\BusinessObjects Enterprise 12.0\win32_x86\Start Page\en. It’ll set the background to any photo you have at C:\Photos\CRBackground.bmp.
Note: This feature is not officially supported and might not work in future releases. Installing a service pack will have a side effect of wiping out these customizations, so make sure you create a backup of your changes!
Terry Penner (Crystal Reports Program Management Team)