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Feature Set Comparison—Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET and Crystal Reports 9

Crystal Reports 9 extends the power of Crystal Reports Visual Studio .NET. Although Visual Studio .NET integrates a custom version of Crystal Reports that includes many powerful tools, you can also benefit from standalone report design capabilities, faster deployment, and maximum developer efficiency by extending your .NET applications with the additional report creation tools found in Crystal Reports 9 Advanced edition (see Hour 2 for an overview of the various editions available for Crystal Reports 9). Table A.1 displays a reference to many common reporting features and how these two unique versions of Crystal Reports compare.

Table A.1. A Feature Comparison of Crystal Reports 9 and Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET
Product Crystal Reports Visual Studio .NET Crystal Reports 9 Advanced Edition
Rapid Report Design
Standalone Designer No (integrated designer) Yes
Business Intelligence Web Services Yes No
Database Connectivity Microsoft data sources Full suite of data sources
OLAP (multidimensional) Reports No Yes
Microsoft Excel and Access Add-ins No Yes
Report Component Repository No Yes
Customizable Report Templates No Yes
Unlimited SQL Commands No Yes
Custom Functions for sharing formulas No Yes
High-Performance Web Reporting
Out-of-the-Box Web interface for on-demand report access No Yes
Report access via WML, RIM, and iPAQ devices No Yes
ASP.NET Support Yes No
ADO.NET Support Yes No
Java Report Viewer No Yes
Netscape Viewer plug-in No Yes
Comprehensive Formatting and Design Control
Guidelines and vertical rulers No Yes
Integrated geographic mapping No Yes
Interactive Analysis Tools
Report Alerts No Yes
Fully customizable runtime Preview Window Yes Yes
Export Formats
Export to XML No Yes
Export to PDF Yes Yes
Export to DHTML (HTML 4.0) Yes Yes
Export to HTML Yes Yes
Export to Microsoft Word and Excel Yes Yes
Export to RTF Yes Yes
Export to character-separated values, CSV, record style (columns of values), report definition, tab-separated text and values No Yes
Report Creation API No Yes
Report Integration and Delivery
Seamless deployment with Crystal Enterprise Limited Yes
Easily leverage advanced Crystal Enterprise services Limited Yes



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