SAP Crystal Presentation Design – formerly known as SAP Xcelsius Present – is business intelligence software from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. With it, you can generate well-founded forecasts and interactive charts, presentations, graphics, and dashboards from simple spreadsheets.
The software does not draw data from SAP systems in real time; SAP Crystal Dashboard Design offers this function, but comes at a price. The free, slimmed-down SAP Crystal Presentation Design does, however, enable you to visualize data from Microsoft Excel in an attractive graphical format. In doing so, the software exports the raw data as Flash (.swf) files for use in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, for example).
Besides generating interactive charts and graphs, SAP Crystal Presentation Design can also construct what-if scenarios based on an existing basis of data. This helps managers and other employees calculate potential sales and other forecasts with increased accuracy.
The software includes 10 preconfigured templates that cover specific business areas, such as human resources, marketing, and sales. SAP Crystal Presentation Design is currently available in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
System requirements and installation
To run SAP Crystal Presentation Design smoothly, your computer will need a processor running at 1GHz or faster and at least 1GB of RAM. The software also requires 350MB of hard drive space and is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista and Microsoft Office 2003/XP/2007.
SAP Crystal Presentation Design is available for download here. After entering your name and e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail containing the license key you will need during installation. You will have the chance to select your preferred language while the software is installing.