A report is a document that presents information in an organized format for a specific purpose.
Crystal Reports is an application used to create custom reports from a variety of data sources.
It includes the major features for an application to create database reporting environments, such as data access, report design/formatting, report viewing, and application integration.
Crystal Reports is a popular Windows-based report that allows a developer to create reports and dashboards from a variety of data sources with a minimum of code to write.
Crystal Reports is designed to produce reports from virtually any data source. Formulas, cross-tabs, sub-reports, and conditional formatting.
The main purpose of Crystal Reports is to allow users to pull their desired data from a data source, such as an Oracle or MS SQL Server database, and present the data in an organized way. Crystal Reports provides you with a powerful, dynamic, and actionable reporting solution that helps to design, explore, visualize, and deliver reports embedding in enterprise applications.
Reports in X3:
X3 have an option of integrating the Crystal Reports in their applications. Following steps to include crystal report on X3 and adding those reports on customized window
STEP 1: Create the Report in x3 with Crystal Report.
Note: .rpt is an output file created by Crystal Reports. Place the .rpt file on sage ENG\Report Folder
Navigate to: All -> Development -> Script dictionary -> Reports
Report Code Field: Enter User defined name for the Report
Active: Checkbox checked
Characteristics of departure: Type: Normal
Crystal report: Crystal report name which is in Sage ENG\Report folder
Paper size: A4 or Default. Refer Fig1.1
Report Dictionary, Parameter Tab, enter the parameter if added on crystal report input parameters.
The report can be directly printed from x3 menu More->Reports->Reports->Reports
STEP 2: Create the Print Codes.
Navigate to: Setup->Destination->Print Codes
The print codes are entered in mass in a grid. Each grid line is used to associate an internal code to a print.
Same internal codes can be entered in order to trigger a different report on print. Refer Fig 2.1
STEP 3: Assign Report to Function:
Navigate to :Development->Script Dictionary->Functions
Select the Function of the Customized window, under the miscellaneous section/printing field enter the internal code created for print codes as shown in STEP 2. Refer 3.1
STEP 4: Set Report default Values:
Navigate to: Setup->Destination->Default Values
Default values can be set if parameters defined on Report Dictionary>Parameters Tab
STEP 5: Customized Window buttons Setting
This blog helps us to understand how to add custom reports to the printer icon on customized action-based window.
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