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CR 2011 - Using Parameters

I have developed a report in CR 2011 that pulls Service Requests (SRs) and the related Job Ticket along with a few other miscellaneous fields.

In my Select Expert, I query for specific SRs. Once the report populates, I see all the other related data.

We have a limited number of Crystal Report licenses so not everyone has the ability to run or create reports so when I need to pull new SR data, I do not want to have to open the Select Expert and modify this piece of my query.

I am trying figure out if setting up a Parameter will help me here. What I am trying to do is upon opening the report, I want a 'search or parameter' window to open and prompt the user to enter how ever many SR numbers they want to pull data for. Then upon executing the report, it will populate the remaining data. So my questions are this:

- Is a parameter or search box what I need?

- I have tried to set one up, but it does not return any results, any tips for doing so?

- What special things if any do I need to do to the Select Expert and report

- Once I get this working, if I want to distribute this report so others can use it, am I correct that they would need a run-time version of Crystal Reports, if one exists?

Many thanks to all who reply.


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    Posted on Mar 05, 2015 at 05:18 PM

    Parameter will be the way to go - assuming it is set up correctly.

    As for distributing the report to others. You have three options;

    1) Create an application that uses either the CR SDK for .NET or the CR SDK for Eclipse. Note you will have to download SAP Crystal Reports, Developer Version for Visual Studio .NET as CR 2011 does not install any SDKs.

    2) Obtain SAP Crystal Reports Server. This would server up the reports to you users. See:

    Business Intelligence | Small Business | Crystal Solutions | SAP

    Contact sales for more info: 866-681-3435, 1-800-677-7271

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    3) Look for 3rd party software that may do this (hint - google hammady).

    - Ludek

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