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19.16 Mobile Devices

Printing for Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are becoming prevalent in our corporate lives and personal lives. With the faster data connections available and better browser interfaces, more and more people are becoming reliant on them as a primary source of information. In the corporate world, executives want timely business data and sales people want instant access to their latest sales figures. It’s no surprise that Crystal Reports has a means of getting data to your users’ mobile devices.

The Report Parts Viewer in Crystal Reports is designed for mobile devices and portals with a very limited viewing area. It only prints individual report objects and confines them to a limited report size. As the user clicks on data within the page, it drills-down into more data. You, the report designer, use hyperlinks to specify which report part is displayed next.

Having the user click on the report objects and link to other report parts is similar to how you navigate a typical report with drill down capabilities. The difference with report parts is that the resulting data is kept to a minimum and you control the “navigation path” the user follows.

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