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This review is in general for all the version of Crystal Reports.But its likely to be a bit biased towards Crystal Reports 2008.
Crystal Reports is a software or to rightly say a tool to allow designing , exploration, visualization and delivering reports via the web or embedded in enterprise applications.It provides the user with visualization of his business components and view reports about the business models.Recently a new component named Xcelcius Integration was launched with the new Crystal Reports 2008 Visual Advantage edition.This integration allows us to built visual potential outcome of the business and present it in the form of what-if scenario models and integrate it in the reports.
This new Crystal Reports 2008 Visual Advantage edition allows us to create dashboards and publish the content in swf Flash files.This has made it very easy to figure out the reports as a moving image gives a reality feel to the reports.
Crystal Reports is a tool that allows us to save valuable manhours on developing the reports in traditional fashion.It provides with a fast way to mash-up data from various sources and present a report which is more adorable and understandable in visual terms.