Crystal Reports XI provides for dynamic and cascading prompts. This means that report designers can base report prompts on dynamic values. They no longer need to maintain static prompt value lists within individual reports and they can reuse existing prompts stored in the repository. The new RTF export format is excellent for report export editing. This complements the existing RTF export of optimized accuracy and forms processing. The result is that the end user is now able to enhance and expand a report in standard word processing applications.
Pictures and graphics can now be placed in a report through a link in the database so that it is no longer necessary to store images within the database. This supports the common practice of storing images on the web server and storing references to those images in the database. New drag-and-drop charting and cross-tabs allow for intelligent charting approximates variables when a chart is dropped into a section.
Chart design is now faster and easier because charts will be updated automatically when new variables are added. The iterative report design/view process is streamlined, with a new HTML preview that allows report authors to see how reports will look when published to the web. Use the Dependency Checker to instantly find broken links, formula errors, and dependency issues before reports are published and distributed.