Crystal Reports Charting Fundamentals
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by Jeff McWherter
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Conclusion

The tips in this article are just the beginning when it comes to developing useful and professional looking charts for Crystal Reports. Choosing how the data is visualized can be a tricky task, but it is a good bet that the manager who looks at the report every day would be pleased to look at the set of data that is represented in a very simplistic manner.

Using the tips in this article and the knowledge of third party charting controls, you should be able to create very aesthetically pleasing charts that will please your boss and make your co-workers jealous.

 


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Title: i agree andy!   
Name: Pooja
Date: 2011-02-26 12:24:52 PM
Comment:
you mentioned every comment, but you could have went little more indepth.
like i had problems in understanding the working of various things in data tab, bt u did not explain anything in detail.
Title: Yes, but documentation is rather poor   
Name: Andy Foreman
Date: 2009-07-17 10:23:34 AM
Comment:
Your article on Crystal Reports 2008 charting was very good, and very honest too. However, two things you did not mention are rather important...

1 - Documentation for Crystal 2008 is overall, rather poor. Although they give you the basics, the inevitable detail questions that popup are not covered. For example, I did a chart on Crystal 2008 where some of my formulas were available for the chart, while others were not. Why? I have no idea - its not documented and indeed the documentation suggests that ALL formulas can be used, but in fact, they cannot. And that leads to...

2 - Support for Crystal is well, horrible. You have to go through SAPs web forums and if you have ever visited the SAP web site - well, there is an example of a web site run amock! You submit a question there and if you are lucky, you will get an answer a day or so later - sometimes not at all.

Amazing to spend this much money for Crystal and they cannot provide good documentation or support.

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