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Business Objects Releases Free Crystal Viewer

The Crystal Reports Viewer XI is an Acrobat Reader-style viewing client for Crystal Reports. Released today, the free, downloadable software lets you open and explore Crystal Reports documents, and you can generate customized views without placing demands on the report designer. While some reporting environments rely on static document formats... this viewer lets you drill down into the report tables and save personalized views.

The Crystal Reports Viewer XI is an Acrobat Reader-style viewing client for Crystal Reports. Released today, the free, downloadable software lets you open and explore Crystal Reports documents, and you can generate customized views without placing demands on the report designer.

While some reporting environments rely on static document viewing and printing formats, this approach limits the ability of the user to explore the data. Crystal Reports Viewer XI lets you drill down into the report tables and save personalized views. This reduces the burden on IT and report developers to come up with customized reports. Users can share their files in native .rpt format via e-mail or on the secure crystalreports.com on-demand platform.Many BI vendors rely on Microsoft Excel as a report viewing client (not exactly free, but pretty much universal). Crystal Reports offers that option, too, but as in the case of .PDF and the Acrobat/Adobe Reader, Business Objects' new .rpt viewer lets you stick with an accustomed/dedicated format (if you're so accustomed). It also puts us in mind of IBI's WebFocus Active Reports , though that technology bundles the report data and the viewing software in one file rather than opting for a stand-alone client.

Crystal Report Viewer XI can be downloaded through this link and is available in 12 languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Korean.The Crystal Reports Viewer XI is an Acrobat Reader-style viewing client for Crystal Reports. Released today, the free, downloadable software lets you open and explore Crystal Reports documents, and you can generate customized views without placing demands on the report designer. While some reporting environments rely on static document formats... this viewer lets you drill down into the report tables and save personalized views.

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