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Crystal Reports

Crystal Report Samples

dbFront has the ability to directly process and print Crystal Reports.  Users can optionally choose to print to a server-attached printer, view it as a PDF or download the output as either CSV, DOC, PDF, RTF, TSV or XLS.

Administrators have the ability to specify a specific report destination to enable one-click print or download.

Creating a Crystal Report

The reports should be created and tested with SAP Crystal Reports.

Adding a Report to dbFront

Once a report is created and tested within Crystal Reports, the following steps are required to configure the report to run within dbFront:

  • Copy the report into the dbFront's Crystal Reports folder.  The default location is C:\data\dbFront\CrystalReports,
  • Create a new Action Button and select the type CrystalReport,
  • Set the button title and other options as required,
  • On the Crystal Report Tab select the copied report file name,
  • Once the report filename is selected dbFront will query the report details and display a list of report input fields,
  • Set the source for the report input fields,
  • Specify the report output type.
  • Save the button changes.

Report Credentials

The database credentials are saved using the Crystal Report Helper.  For full details see:  Save Credentials

Installation & Setup

Internally dbFront uses our Crystal Report Helper, a stand-alone tool we created to process Crystal Reports and manage the stored credentials.

Your dbFront installation will require the separate installation of the Crystal Report Runtimes.  For full details see:  Crystal Report Runtime Setup


Support for the Crystal Report Helper is via the Crystal Report Helper Q&A.

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