Software Forces SPL 2.5 (Smart Pick Lists) for Crystal Enterprise 10 Released

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Software Forces enables dynamic values for parameter pick lists with SPL 2.5 (Smart Pick Lists) for Crystal Enterprise 10 and ePortfolio and allows for dynamic look and feel control.

Software Forces today announced the immediate general availability of SPL 2.5 (Smart Pick Lists). Designed for use with Crystal Enterprise 10, SPL 2.5 brings the same ease of use and performance first introduced for Crystal Enterprise 9, now to the published reports of Crystal Enterprise 10, where values for parameters (pick lists) can now be dynamic, retrieved from a data source. No longer will a report designer need to modify the static pick lists in a report and save it back to Crystal Enterprise. Now also part of SPL 2.5 are six web styles (including 2 wizard styles), which allow you to dynamically change the look and feel of the parameter selection page, per report.

SPL 2.5 integrates with Crystal Enterprise 10 ePortfolio and supports both View-On-Demand and Schedule. SPL 2.5 can also integrate with a custom frontend of your choice using our SmartAPI™ SDK.

"Our customers have asked us for the same power, speed, and ease of use we brought to Crystal Enterprise 9, to be made available for Crystal Enterprise 10. They love the web styles feature, which gives them additional ePortfolio look and feel for dynamic parameters, per report without ever touching a line of code. Yet, for those customers that have their own frontend, feedback on our SmartAPI™ has been great. Further, they are impressed with the performance of the product as compared to internal solutions or competing products,” said Gennady Kleyner, Software Forces product manager.

“Having to constantly update parameter pick lists in Crystal Enterprise is a very daunting task, especially if you have a vast number of reports to manage. SPL 2 offers a very well designed and easy to use solution to this problem. Not only is the tool easy to administer, but it is also easy to integrate with ePortfolio, even if you have customizations. SPL 2 has dramatically helped us to focus on report design and publishing by knowing that we can populate parameter pick lists as needed using SPL.” said Greg Steindl, Minitab Inc.

What's New in SPL 2.5

SPL 2.5 is based on SPL 2 with service pack 3 and has been updated to support and integrate with Crystal Enterprise 10 and ePortfolio 10. SPL 2 (designed for Crystal Enterprise 9) with service pack 3 (sp3) fixed several minor bugs and improved compatibility and performance with certain types of drivers; improved support for dates, ranges, and date ranges; added sp2 to sp3 migration support for the SPL Repository Update utility; added support for applying default web style to all existing reports. SPL sp3 builds on the many features introduced in service pack 2 such as the new web styles with 6 additional styles for displaying dynamic parameters in ePortfolio. With this feature, using our MMC based snap-in for management; it is now possible to select a different style to be displayed on an ePortfolio web frontend’s parameter selection page. For example, one report’s parameters selection page can be configured to be displayed in a multiple page wizard style, another report can be configured to be displayed in a single page wizard style, etc.

Pricing and Availability

SPL 2.5 is available as a free update to all existing SPL 2 customers on maintenance. SPL 2.5 is licensed per Web Component Server (WCS). Each license of SPL 2.5 has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $5000US. A fully functional 30-day free trial download from our web site is also available.

SPL 2.5 is available through a worldwide network of resellers and distributors, and the Software Forces on-line store. For more information, phone 1-718-544-7400 (North America and International), or visit the Software Forces web site at

About Software Forces

Software Forces, LLC is a privately held company. As an award-winning enterprise partner of Crystal Decisions, we share a long history in partnering within the Fortune 500 community and have been successfully delivering custom applications since 1986, with an entire division focused on application development. Our award winning .rpt Inspector brand is recognized as a "must have" add-on tool for Crystal Reports and offers features such as data source / database migration and conversion (which offers batch set location, convert driver, verify database), change of various objects and their properties (including colors, fonts, formulas, parameters, or any other property) – across one or more reports at the same time.

Smart Pick Lists, SPL, the SPL “pick list” logo, .rpt Inspector, SmartAPI, XML Control Factory, and the Software Forces logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Software Forces, LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks and are the property of their respective companies.

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Jerry Silver

Software Forces, LLC

Phone: (718) 544-7400 x200


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