Crystal Reports, What’s New and Next #ASUG Webcast Recap
What’s new in Crystal and road map webcast from last week; watch the replay here.
Special thanks to SAP’s Donald Guo, who stayed up very late to provide this webcast to ASUG.
What is in the future is subject to change; the legal disclaimer applies
In 2018, already delivered Fiori-fied launchpad in BI4.2 SP4/5
User function library in Crystal for Enterprise
Working on repository objects in Crystal for Enterprise (CR4E)
Read only Crystal Reports – now possible in CR4E
Delivered parameter prompting in UI5; before relied on Flash and now Flash is a security concern
Made UI5 a default setting; can switch back to Flash prompting
Certification for new platforms including data sources, applications and operating systems
Some enhancements in Crystal for Eclipse (right outer join)
Continued API enhancements; plan to enhance Restful web service
In 2019, planned items – bridge functionality gaps between classic Crystal and CR4E and geo map functionality in CR4E
Plan to invest in unified viewer
What’s new in BI 4.2 SP06
UI5 works in Fiori-fied launchpad and classic launchpad
Now supports BW selection option variable as shown above, including “not between” and you can combine operators together
Uses UI5 prompting
User function libraries extend formulas; bring UFL’s to CR4E
SAP Help: Link
Developer guide for Java UFL and .Net UFL
Read only report format; CR4E reports can export to this format
Demos can be found attached to this blog.
What’s new in BI 4.2 SP07
Functions from different UFL’s will be shown separately and sorted by function name so it is easier to find the functions
Repository items to show local and copyright in reports; can install centrally
BW variants – way to save predefined views
Load variants will be available
Save variants are planned
Better SAP Gui support for 750
HANA SAML SSO support can be configured by tenant in CMC
Items on the radar – planned for 4.3 release.
Continue enhance Fiori-fied launchpad, with publications; improve UI
64 bit Crystal Reports – consider upgrade designers & servers to allow native connectors
Question & Answer
Can we get the link for the SAP App Center? How would we find the mentioned Partner add-ons?
Where can we get more information on “Repository objects in CR4E”?
Not released yet, but it’s being developed. The concept is the same as in classic Crystal – existing repository objects will be available in both.
Is there work on a conversion tool to convert Crystal Reports 2016 reports to Crystal Reports for Enterprise reports like there is for WebI reports?
Open existing .rpt in CR4E designer and change the data source.
Are “Repository objects” available in Crystal Reports 2016?
4.2 sp6 allowed the use of UI5 rather than adobe flash for parameters. However, parameters in OpenDocument URLs aren’t accepted by UI5 (Note 2684812). Any idea about when this functionality might be added?
This is being worked on.
does UFL needs to be available in repository for it to work or the current report inherits it and works similar to old CR
It is a separate file that has to be deployed to the server where BOE is running.
What is the next version of Crystal Reports?
Crystal 2020 with BI 4.3
Special thanks to Dell Stinnett-Christy for moderating the webcast.
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