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Recently Added or Changed OLAP Features in Crystal Reports

This section is specifically targeted for users of previous versions of Crystal Reports. Table 16.2 lists the new OLAP-oriented features of versions 9 and 10 and their practical use or benefit. If you are a new user to Crystal Reports or you have not previously used the OLAP reporting features in the product, you might want to skip directly to the next section.

Table 16.2. New OLAP Features in Crystal Reports 9 and 10
OLAP FeatureFeature Benefit and Value
Row/Column Dimension Parameter linksEnables the direct linking of report parameters to member. Selection in the column and row dimensions of the selected cube. The feature is accessed either through the OLAP Report Creation Wizard or the OLAP Report Settings option under the Report menu.
Slice/Page Dimension Parameter linksThis Productivity feature enables the direct linking of report parameters to pages and slices in the OLAP grid. This enables the end user to dynamically specify the values of slices and pages in the OLAP grid. The feature is accessed in either the OLAP Report Creation Wizard or the OLAP Report Settings option under the Report menu.
Interactive OLAP Worksheet (Analyzer) in new Cube tabThe New OLAP Analyzer feature (a Cube tab in Crystal Reports Designer) is accessed by right-clicking on an existing OLAP grid object and selecting the Launch Analyzer option. The Cube tab provides a fully functioning drag-and-drop OLAP worksheet that enables rapid selection of the most appropriate OLAP viewpoint for the Crystal Report. All changes made in the Analyzer worksheet are reflected in the associated Crystal Reports OLAP grid, where advanced formatting can be applied.
Interactive drill-down of OLAP grids in Preview tabThe OLAP grid presented in the Crystal Reports Preview tab has now been made more fully functional. In addition to having access to advanced OLAP grid functionality from the right-click button including calculations, exception highlighting, sorting, filtering, and member reordering, the OLAP grid now enables the report designer to expand (drill-down) and contract members directly from within the Preview tab.
New and improved data sourcesAt the time of writing, Crystal Reports 10 provides OLAP access to multiple versions of Hyperion Essbase, DB2 OLAP, SQL Server Analysis Services, Holos, and SAP BW.



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