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Hour 2. Getting Started with Crystal Reports 9 > Preparing for the Installation

Preparing for the Installation

In general, there are two communities of Crystal Reports users within most organizations: report designers and report consumers. The report designer group is usually smaller in number. These individuals are focused on creating the actual report content, whereas the report consumer group consists of the end organizational audience viewing the reports. Thus, these are distinctively different roles, with the smaller group of designers supporting the greater group of viewers. Although this book is focused more on providing the report designers with the information and skills required to create reports, it is also very important to consider the needs of the report consumer group and how they will be using the end reports.

Depending on your situation, you might be one of a number of Crystal Report designers within a large organization or an individual report designer in a small company. In any case, Crystal Reports is a graphical report design application that needs to be installed locally on your workstation in order to create reports. If you're a member of a large organization, you might have a supporting Information Technology group who will perform the installation of Crystal Reports for you. Regardless, Crystal Reports can be installed on a local PC residing on a corporate network in very much the same manner as a home PC or workstation. In this aspect, installing Crystal Reports is much like installing other popular PC applications, such as Microsoft's Word and Excel, your preferred Web browser, and Adobe's Acrobat Reader.


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