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Crystal Reports: Analyze your address book with Crystal Reports

You can use a wide variety of data sources for your Crystal Report.

Once, we used Crystal Reports to analyze the mailing list for the Crystal Clear newsletter. We just wanted to see where Crystal Clear is distributed. 

The first step was to use Outlook as our data source, and the Contact Folder where we keep all your email addresses. A simple formula picked up the top level domain (.nz, .com, .au, .uk, etc.) from the address, we then made the report a summary/drill down report. 

There are many of you.

Our local New Zealand readership is the largest group followed closely by all the .com addresses (which is primarily in the United States). We have a large readership from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands.

It was also interesting to see individuals from over 20 other countries. You know who you are and we are delighted we have a newsletter you appreciate.

This is one way to use Crystal Reports to analyze a common data source, the e-mail address book. But what if you want to do more analysis of your hard drive contents?

There is a tool that provides you with the ability to analyze and document all of your data. It's called Report Analyzer.

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Authorship

Except where an author's name is given at the start of the article, all of these articles were written by Mo Naughton or Bruce Ferguson and edited by Mark Lamendola. Mo is a Crystal Reports consultant, trainer, and developer for Chelsea Technologies, Inc. Bruce Ferguson is a Crystal Reports consultant, trainer, and developer for CrystalKiwi, Inc. Mark Lamendola is a writer and editor with over 15 years experience in professional and trade publications.
 
 

 

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