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Crystal Reports 2008 in 2008

One Year of Crystal Reports 2008

It’s now slightly over a year since Crystal Reports 2008 launched, and we haven’t stopped innovating.  Its important to take a step back and review how the ecosystem continues to mature and fill out.

Q4 2007 Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008

Free reporting tool included with Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition and higher.

  • Support for LINQ, .Net 3.5, Vista
  • Vista certified runtime
Crystal Reports 2008

Breakthrough report designer and .Net runtime engine.

  • Flash integration
  • Parameter panel
  • On-report sort controls
  • Optional parameters
  • Flexible pagination
 Q1 2008 Alpha release of Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0 Initial release of the Java engine to support deploying Crystal Reports 2008 files in both thick and thin client Java applications.
Q2 2008 Crystal Reports 2008 V0 Add support for BusinessObjects Enteprise XI 3.0 to the Crystal Reports 2008 designer.
BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0

Next generation of the Enterprise BI platform.  Includes many new features.  The relevant Crystal Reports related features are:

  • Support new Crystal Reports 2008 features.
  • Redesigned CMC for easier administration.
  • Powerful data-driven publishing.
Q3 2008 Crystal Reports Server 2008

Reporting server for small businesses and departments.

  • Flexible licensing with new Named User license.
  • Crystal Reports license sold separately.
  • Support for Crystal Reports 2008 features.
  • Redesigned CMC for easier administration.
Crystal Reports Viewer 2008

FREE report viewer for viewing RPT files with saved data.

  • Parameter panel
  • On-report sort controls
  • Embedded Flash*
  • Windows and Mac support
  • Open and refresh reports from CR Server 2008, Edge 3.X, and BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.X

*Flash support available on Windows only.

DataDirect ODBC Drivers 5.3 – For Crystal Reports 2008 FREE included with every production license of Crystal Reports 2008 is the right to download powerful drivers from Data Direct that support wire protocols for easy deployment.
Updated Crystal Integration for SAP Business One is now available Add the ability to run and view Crystal Reports directly within SAP BusinessOne with this add-on.
Updated Crystal Integration for SAP Business One is now available Customers using recent SAP Business One versions currently under maintenance receive one named user license of this special version of Crystal Reports 2008 designed to work only with SAP Business One data sources.
Q4 2008 Crystal Reports 2008 V1

Also known as Crystal Reports 2008 SP1

  • Add support for BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1
  • Add support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008
  • Export to PDF using Adobe Reader 9 now supports embedded Flash.
  • Improved dual monitor support
  • Unicode UFL interface
  • Improved accessibility for cross-tab objects in the .Net WebForm and Java DHTML viewers
BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1

Major Crystal Reports features include:

  • Usability improvements to data driven publishing features.
  • .Net API
Visual Studio Integration Manager FREE enable Visual Studio developers to switch the version of Crystal reports that is active within Visual Studio.
Feature Complete release of Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0  Last beta release of the Java engine for Crystal Reports 2008 before general availability in 2009.
ESRI Flash Map integration by APOS A FREE Flash-based tool for Crystal Reports to add interactive maps to your reports.


What can you expect in 2009?

  • Dramatic licensing simplification.  It will be easier for developers to pick the right technology, and redistribute Crystal Reports in their applications.
  • Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0 – the Java engine with near complete runtime parity with Crystal Reports 2008, and associated Eclipse tooling.
  • Improved support for Microsoft technologies like IIS and Sharepoint in Crystal Reports Server.
  • Advanced data driven publishing in Crystal Reports Server.
  • More SAP integration.
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