Crystal Enterprise User Launchpad

The User Launchpad is a Web-based application that provides a broad range of functionality and enables the end user to interact with the Crystal Enterprise infrastructure. The HTML page provides links to documentation, samples, Web-based help, and the Admin Launchpad (see Figure 23.1).

Figure 23.1. Crystal Enterprise User Launchpad provides the entry point for a user.


The Launchpad is broken down into the following components:

  • Crystal Enterprise Web Desktop: Provides a feature-rich application for users to interact with reports and other objects. (Crystal Enterprise Web Desktop was known as ePortfolio in prior versions.)
  • Crystal Offline Viewer: Enables the user to download a Crystal Reports viewer to his local machine.
  • Crystal Enterprise Add-in for use with Microsoft Excel: Enables the user to download the Excel plug-in, as previously described in Chapter 21, "Ad-Hoc Application and Excel Plug-in for Ad-Hoc and Analytic Reporting."
  • Documentation: Web-based user and getting started guides.
  • Client Samples: Various samples that demonstrate different sample applications that provide the user with a different look and feel. It also gives developers ideas how to build upon the API.
  • Mobile Samples: Mobile desktop launches a sample interface for developing content to be delivered on a mobile device such as a cell phone or PDA.
  • Administrative Applications: A link to the Administrative Launchpad.
  • More on the Web: Web-based support and information on where to go to find patches and updates.


By default, for the English and CSP version, the application is installed under


The application is also available in a JSP version and packaged in the desktop.war file. For procedures on deploying a .war file, refer to your Java Application Server instructions.

Although all the applications provided on this page are useful, the most feature-rich application, and the one explored in this chapter, is the Crystal Enterprise Web Desktop.

Part I. Crystal Reports Design

Creating and Designing Basic Reports

Selecting and Grouping Data

Filtering, Sorting, and Summarizing Data

Understanding and Implementing Formulas

Implementing Parameters for Dynamic Reporting

Part II. Formatting Crystal Reports

Fundamentals of Report Formatting

Working with Report Sections

Visualizing Your Data with Charts and Maps

Custom Formatting Techniques

Part III. Advanced Crystal Reports Design

Using Cross-Tabs for Summarized Reporting

Using Record Selections and Alerts for Interactive Reporting

Using Subreports and Multi-Pass Reporting

Using Formulas and Custom Functions

Designing Effective Report Templates

Additional Data Sources for Crystal Reports

Multidimensional Reporting Against OLAP Data with Crystal Reports

Part IV. Enterprise Report Design Analytic, Web-based, and Excel Report Design

Introduction to Crystal Repository

Crystal Reports Semantic Layer Business Views

Creating Crystal Analysis Reports

Advanced Crystal Analysis Report Design

Ad-Hoc Application and Excel Plug-in for Ad-Hoc and Analytic Reporting

Part V. Web Report Distribution Using Crystal Enterprise

Introduction to Crystal Enterprise

Using Crystal Enterprise with Web Desktop

Crystal Enterprise Architecture

Planning Considerations When Deploying Crystal Enterprise

Deploying Crystal Enterprise in a Complex Network Environment

Administering and Configuring Crystal Enterprise

Part VI. Customized Report Distribution Using Crystal Reports Components

Java Reporting Components

Crystal Reports .NET Components

COM Reporting Components

Part VII. Customized Report Distribution Using Crystal Enterprise Embedded Edition

Introduction to Crystal Enterprise Embedded Edition

Crystal Enterprise Viewing Reports

Crystal Enterprise Embedded Report Modification and Creation

Part VIII. Customized Report Distribution Using Crystal Enterprise Professional

Introduction to the Crystal Enterprise Professional Object Model

Creating Enterprise Reports Applications with Crystal Enterprise Part I

Creating Enterprise Reporting Applications with Crystal Enterprise Part II

Appendix A. Using Sql Queries In Crystal Reports

Creating Enterprise Reporting Applications with Crystal Enterprise Part II

Special Edition Using Crystal Reports 10
Special Edition Using Crystal Reports 10
ISBN: 0789731134
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