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.
|Crystal Reports 2008||
Breakthrough report designer and .Net runtime engine.
|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:
|Q3 2008||Crystal Reports Server 2008||
Reporting server for small businesses and departments.
|Crystal Reports Viewer 2008||
FREE report viewer for viewing RPT files with saved data.
*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
|BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1||
Major Crystal Reports features include:
|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.