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Re: cross tables in reports?

From: Derek Neighbors
Subject: Re: cross tables in reports?
Date: 31 Oct 2002 08:19:40 -0700

On Thu, 2002-10-31 at 03:21, address@hidden wrote:
> This _may_ be off-topic but I rather hope it isn't.

It is CERTAINLY on topic and I think if you read the archives we
discussed at one point.

> Can gnue reports, or any other Free database tool for that matter, create
> crosstables, i.e. what <spit> excel <spit> calls pivot tables, (yes i know
> the OOo spreadsheet has the "Data Pilot" which is OpenOffice's answer to
> pivot tables but it's a point-and-click interactive tool and not a
> database).

Right now today.  It can not do CrossTabulation.  It will at somepoint
support this.  Furthermore, I am working to try to get a free OLAP
implementation that GNUe can use as well.  OLAP is pivot tables on
steriods. :)

I think anyone doing any kind of financials will require
crosstabulation.  Therefore it is high on our list.  We just have to get
GNUe Reports out of its infant stages before we go biting off too much.

> at this moment I use an expensive program called Crystal Reports for these
> things but I am always on the lookout for superior (i.e. Free) solutions

I think GNUe Reports will be superior to Crystal.  It will take a little
time however.  I suggest you stay subscribed at least to the announce
list and download and play with reports/designer at each release.  Then
you will be able to tell when it has reached an acceptable use level for
your needs.

Derek Neighbors
GNU Enterprise

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