Seagate Crystal Reports 8 and Hyperion Essbase
Seagate Crystal Reports 8 provides dramatic improvements in OLAP reporting for users of Hyperion
Essbase and all other supported OLAP systems. Now more than ever, Seagate Crystal Reports provides the
ideal solution for producing and delivering presentation quality reports from OLAP data to your users via
the web and your applications.
All OLAP users will enjoy improvements in the Crystal Reports Grid Object. The new Grid Object
provides greater formatting control, allowing you to create sharp professional reports against OLAP data.
And finally, use of OLAP data has been extended into other components of Crystal Reports, including
charts, maps, applications components and the web.
The new Essbase driver utilizes the enhanced Grid Object in Seagate Crystal Reports 8. Users of the
Essbase Report Script driver from prior versions of Seagate Crystal Reports should refer to Appendix B to
learn how existing reports can be leveraged. Information on the new Essbase driver and OLAP features,
along with a “hands-on” example can be found in the Seagate Crystal Reports Users Guide, Chapter 16,
Creating and Updating OLAP Reports. You will also find a few examples of how to create reports on
Essbase data in the section below titled SCR 8 Essbase Report Creation.
Seagate Crystal Reports Essbase Features
New features and improvements in reporting from OLAP data in Seagate Crystal Reports 8 fall into the
• Predefined OLAP Grid Styles
• Custom formatting of OLAP Grids
• Grid label headings
• Use of OLAP data in Charts and Maps
• Grid Object support in Web and Windows applications
Predefined OLAP Grid Styles: Seagate Crystal Reports 8 includes a new OLAP Grid Expert. This new
expert provides 18 pre-built style templates to choose from. The expert displays examples of each style,
making it easy to choose the one which best suits the report.
Custom formatting of OLAP Grids: If none of the predefined styles are suitable for the report, then
create your own style. The custom formatting features allow you to do any of the following:
• Add or delete Grid lines for certain levels
• Change the width of lines
• Change the background color of levels
• Change the font color for levels
• Adjust where a parent level will be located in the Grid (e.g. before or after the child)
• Indent Grid labels
Grid label headings: You now have the option of whether or not you want to display labels (Labels are
generated for dimensions that don’t appear in the Grid) and where they appear on the report (On top of the
Grid, to the left of the Grid, or to not display at all). You can also set the spacing between each label.
Use of OLAP data in Charts and Maps: Use your Essbase data to create charts. Charts can be produced
using Dimensions and Members as components that divide up the graph.
Grid Object support in Web and Windows applications: The Report Designer Component (RDC) in
Seagate Crystal Reports 8 adds new properties for the OLAP Grid object. These new properties permit
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