for BusinessObjects Enterprise, Crystal Enterprise :: Crystal Reports objects

.rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite is a powerful seamlessly integrated suite of 19 tools.

Mass Edit, Mass Manage, Mass Monitor, and more!
Edit, Analyze, Document, Change, Version Control, Standardize: Schedules, Instances, Data source / Database (set location, change data source, convert driver, verify database), Formulas, Text, Parameters, Sections, Colors, Printers, etc.

.rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite - BusinessObjects Enterprise 19 tools to Mass Edit, Mass Manage, and Mass Monitor Schedules, Instances, and more!

.rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite builds on all the features and functionality of .rpt Inspector Professional, adding integration of BusinessObjects Enterprise & Crystal Enterprise and extending the toolset to work with Crystal Reports objects (underlaying design objects such as sections, formulas, text, parameters, database, colors, etc.) and associated meta-data for Instance Monitor & Instance Management; Schedule Monitor & Schedule Management; and Version Control Integration.

Unlike Crystal Reports, Central Management Console (CMC), or BusinessObjects Enterprise InfoView / Crystal Enterprise ePortfolio -- with .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite you can open one, two, a hundred, or several hundred Crystal Reports objects and/or Instances and/or Schedules -- all at the same time1!

Use the tools in .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite to find and filter in common Crystal Reports design
objects and properties (formulas, parameters, parameter default values, text, headers, footers, size, driver, database, printer, schedules, instances, database logons, formats, destinations, etc.) across the selected Crystal Reports and modify them all at the same time -- all with visual feedback.

Unlike BusinessObjects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise, with .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite you can modify existing recurring schedules, reprocess a failed instance (fix the problem (i.e. missing parameters, database logon info, wrong e-mail destinations, etc.) without re-creating settings from scratch), reprocess a success instance (use the same settings but get latest data or modify a setting), and of course create new schedules and new instances, use version control and a lot more.

Read further for details and screen shots of each of the 19 tools which are integrated in to this powerful
suite. Waiting for BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x support? Click for details.

Improved in v3.1 Data source / Database Migration and Conversion
  • Mass ... Change Data Source, Set Location, Convert Driver, Verify Database

Need to ...

  • change your data source?
  • move your Crystal Reports to a different database with the same tables & fields?
    (i.e. from a development database -- to a staging / QA database -- to a production database)
  • migrate your Crystal Reports to a different database and/or different driver?
    (i.e. from Oracle 9i to SQL Server 2000)
  • rename or remove fields and update the mappings in your Crystal Reports to reflect the changes?
    (i.e. changed field Employee_Number to EmployeeNo)

The Data source / Database Migration and Conversion wizard makes this process quick and easy.
You can literally make changes to hundreds of Crystal Report's data sources and/or databases, update field mappings, and more in minutes.

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Database Connection Method Supported Databases

Access

Excel

DB2

Informix Oracle

SQL
Server

Sybase Other
ODBC Yes - However Not Tested In Our Labs
New as of 3.12 - DAO            
OLE DB Yes - However Not Tested In Our Labs
Native Driver      
Note that there is currently limited support for stored procedures (currently only stored procedures without parameters are supported as we do not prompt for those parameters -- this is expected in a future version).
Specify your ...
  • Crystal Reports to work with
  • source(s) (each Crystal Report's table / view / stored procedure -- is a source)
  • destination database
  • action(s) to perform for each of the selected source(s) or use the wizard's suggestions
    (for each source in the report, you can specify a different action -- Change Data Source, Set Location, Convert Driver, Verify Database)
  • destination table / view / stored procedure (the wizard will make a suggestion if it can)
 
Improved in v3.1 Instance Monitor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By Instance status (Failed, Success, Pending, Paused), Folders, Errors, Run By, and more ...

Need to ...

  • find failed / success / pending / paused instances?
  • analyze why an instance failed, when it was run, who it was run by or any number of instance properties?
  • group instances by one or multiple properties to find and analyze information
    (i.e. group by "status + error + run by")

Our Instance Monitor tool makes it quick and easy. When you open Crystal Report(s) directly from BusinessObjects Enterprise or Crystal Enterprise (as opposed to opening a Crystal Report on the file system), .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite automatically retrieves their meta-data -- Enterprise specific properties which are stored in the CMS database and displayed in InfoView, CMC, ePortfolio (i.e Report ID, FRS Path, Instance Info, etc.).

 
Improved in v3.1 Instance Manager
  • Find, Analyze, Group By Instance status (Failed, Success, Pending, Paused), Folders, Errors, Run By, and more ...
  • Modify Existing Schedules (Recurring Instances) - Schedules, Destinations, Databases, Formats, Processing, Parameters
  • Create New Instances (Scheduled, Recurring, or On Demand)
  • Reprocess Existing Instances (Create a new Instance based on existing settings or modify settings of Failed or Success instances)
  • Pause / Resume / Delete Instances and Schedules

Fact: Once you create a recurring schedule in Business Objects Enterprise or Crystal Enterprise, you can not modify its properties (i.e. schedule, destination, database, format, parameters, etc.). Instead you must create a new recurring schedule and re-enter all the information.

Fact: If a scheduled instance fails in Business Objects Enterprise or Crystal Enterprise, you can not reprocess (create new instance based on failed instance properties) it and modify its properties (i.e. database info, destination, format, parameters, etc.) to fix the problem. Instead you must create a new schedule and re-enter all the information.

Fact: Once an instance has been processed and has a status of success, you can not reprocess it (i.e. run it again with same properties but get latest data,
or maybe even modify some of the properties and get latest data) in Business Objects or Crystal Enterprise.

Fact: You can not create a new instance or create a recurring schedule on behalf of a user in Business Objects Enterprise or Crystal Enterprise. Instead, the user you are logged in as will be used.

Fact: You can do all of the above and more with .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite!

Our Instance Manager tool makes it quick and easy.

When you open Crystal Reports object(s) directly from BusinessObjects Enterprise or Crystal Enterprise (as opposed to opening a Crystal Report on the file system), .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite automatically retrieves their Enterprise specific properties (i.e. Report ID, FRS Path, Instance Info, Schedule Info, etc.).
Examples of use and
screen shots:
Recurring Schedules ...
Now instead of having to recreate your recurring from scratch, anytime you'd like to modify a setting (i.e. Schedule,

Destination, Database, Format, Parameter, etc.), you can modify the recurring schedule directly -- even across multiple recurring schedules across multiple Crystal Reports objects and folders at the same time.

Failed / Success Instances ...
Fix the reason your schedule / instance failed (missing or wrong Database Logon Info, missing or wrong Parameter values, etc.) or get the latest data from a success instance.

In seconds you can easily find and select your instances by status (or other property) and take appropriate action (reprocess, delete, pause, resume, document, etc.).

Schedules / Instances typically fail because of missing database logon information or missing parameter information.

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Now instead of having to create a new schedule / instance from scratch, you can select existing failed or success instance(s) and reprocess (create a new instance) based on existing information in the instance (i.e. Database, Destination, Format, Parameters, etc.) or modify some or all of that information before creating a new instance.

Pause / Resume / Delete Instances & Schedules ...
You you can Delete / Pause / Resume instances across one or many Crystal Reports and folders at the same time.
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Version Control
  • Integrated with Microsoft SourceSafe1
  • Seamless Synchronization with reports stored in BusinessObjects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise and/or File System
  • Check In, Check Out, View History, and more ...
  • Drag and Drop ease to Add new Crystal Report(s) to Version Control or Check Out and Open Crystal Report(s) in Version Control in one step

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Ever wish you could know if someone else is working on (modifying) the same report you'd like to change?

Now you can. Our native and seamless integration with Microsoft SourceSafe1 gives you the power, flexibility, and most of all -- ease of use with our automated Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise and Crystal Reports file system version control tool.

Once a report has been added to version control via .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite, we make the process of working with this Crystal Report easy. Whether you open the Crystal Report directly from Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise or the file system.

Working with version control ...

without .rpt Inspector
Enterprise Suite

with .rpt Inspector
Enterprise Suite

To add to version control:
  1. Run version control application
  2. Login to version control repository
  3. Add the report file to version control. Easy enough if it's from the file system. However, if the report is in Business Objects / Crystal Enterprise then you need the following additional steps
  4. Map a drive to the FRS
  5. Navigate to the proper folder using the cryptic folder and file names.

When you add a report to version control, it's file name is used for reference. Since the Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise file names are cryptic, they will be cryptic in your version control repository.

To work with report(s) added to version control:

  1. Run version control application
  2. Login to version control repository
  3. Check Out report stored in version control
  4. Run Crystal Reports
  5. Open checked out report (when it was checked out it was saved to file system)
  6. Make changes to the report
  7. Save report (since you opened it from file system, it will be saved back to file system)
  8. Copy report from file system and paste on top of existing report. However, if report is in Business Objects / Crystal Enterprise then you need the following additional steps 9 & 10
  9. Map a drive to the FRS
  10. Navigate to the proper folder using the cryptic folder names
  11. Check In report back to version control
To add to version control:
  1. Run .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite
  2. Login to version control repository via .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite (an integrated dialog will come up asking you to login)
  3. Open report from Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise or file system
  4. Right click on report and select "Add to Version Control"

Reports added to version control via .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite use the report's title and all references to them are always in a friendly format.

To work with report(s) added to version control:

  1. Run .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite
  2. Login to version control repository via .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite (an integrated dialog will come up asking you to login)
  3. Open report from Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise or file system (will also automatically Check Out from version control)
  4. Make changes to report
  5. Check In report - will also automatically synchronize & save it back to originated source (Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise or file system) and check in back to version control

 

How would you rather work?

We've made working with version control a breeze.

1 Microsoft Visual SourceSafe does not come with .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite. It is a seperate product from Microsoft. If you use another version control repository -- let us know you'd like to see support added for it.

 
Database Analyzer
  • Find, Analyze, and Group By Data Source / Database, Drivers, Connect Strings, Tables, Fields (including quickly those in use and not in use), and more ...

Need to find and analyze ...

    Such as ...

    • DatabaseFieldName
    • Defintion Name
    • TableAliasName
    • ValueType
    • NumberOfBytes
    • ConnectBufferString
    • DatabaseType
    • DescriptiveName
    • DllName
    • Location
    • LogOnDatabaseName
    • LogOnServerName
    • LogOnUserID
    • SessionUserID
    • SubLocation
  • which fields are in use or not in use?
  • what field types (string, numeric, etc.) are used for your fields?
  • what database, driver, etc. is used in your Crystal Reports to do an impact analysis?

Our Database Analyzer tool makes it quick and easy. When your Crystal Reports are open, we retrieve all data source and database related properties and expose them to you in a property list for you to make your analysis.

To further ease your efforts, you can group by any of these properties to quickly and easily get to the information your looking for.

 
Improved in v3.1 - Search and Replace
  • Search and Replace Text in all Objects
  • Supports Pattern Matching (Regular Expressions) in Search and/or Replace*
  • Saves matches on Finds and/or Replaces in History (exportable to Clipboard, CSV, or XML)*

Not sure ...

  • which report has a formula definition that contains "*.20"
  • which text objects contain "Acme Corp."

Use our powerful search and replace engine. You can search for specific text even if you're not sure of all the placesclick to enlarge it resides (text objects, parameter objects, formula objects, etc.). It's easier than ever to find what you're looking for and/or replace it with something else. You can even fine tune your search by specifying which specific types of objects to search.

And if you want to get even fancier, you can take advantage of our pattern matching search and/or replace* which uses regular expressions.

* Denotes a new feature

 
Text Editor
Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify
  • Text
  • Font properties (Font / Font Size / Font Style)
  • Color properties (Text Color, Back Color, Border Color)
  • Line properties
  • Paragraph properties
  • Size properties
  • Position properties
  • and more ...
Standardize Text (edit, copy, paste text -- across multiple text objects across multiple reports)
  • Fonts
  • Colors
  • Lines
  • Paragraphs
  • Sizes
  • Positions
  • and more ...

Now you can modify the various properties of your text objects with ease. And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool with offers custom dictionaries.

 
Formula Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify Definition Text (with Crystal and VB Syntax highlighter and Validation)
  • Standardize Formulas (edit, copy, paste definition text across multiple formulas across multiple Crystal Reports)

Do you have formulas that are ...

  • variations on previous formulas
  • almost the same and you want to standardize them
  • in need of updates or changes

Our Formula Editor allows you to quickly and easily find in common formulas, apply changes to one or multiple formulas at the same time, and copy and paste formula definitions -- across one or many formulas -- across multiple Crystal Reports.

All in a powerful easy to use Formula Editor that supports formula validation checking and keyword syntax highlighting in your choice of Crystal or VB formula syntax. And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool.

 
Parameter Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify Prompt, Default Values, and more ...
  • Standardize Parameters (edit, copy from source and paste to multiple destinations across multiple reports, add new values, change order, etc.)

It's now easier than ever to standardize and update your parameter's default values. click to enlargeclick to enlarge With our Parameter Editor (default values editor) you can select multiple parameters across one or many reports and you can append or overwrite default values with ease.

Another way to work with parameter default values is our one-to-many copy relationship. This allows you to select your source, copy its values, and paste them to as many destinations as necessary.

And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool.

 
Improved in v3.1 - SQL Expressions Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify
  • Name
  • Formula Name
  • Value Type
  • Definition Text
  • NumberOfBytes

It's now easier than ever to standardize and update your SQL Expressions. Our SQL Expressions Editor lets you work with the various properties that make up SQL Expressions.

The DefinitionText property is powered by the same powerful Formula Editor that supports formula validation checking and keyword syntax highlighting in your choice of Crystal or VB formula syntax. And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool.

 
Objects Editor
Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify objects that appear and are used on the Crystal Reports design
  • Blob Field
  • Box
  • CrossTab
  • Database Field
  • Formula Field
  • Graph
  • Group Name
  • Line
  • Map
  • Olap Grid
  • Ole
  • Parameter Fields
  • Running Total
  • SQL Expression
  • Summary
  • Special
  • Text
  • and more ...
Standardize object properties (across multiple text objects across multiple Crystal Reports)
  • Borders
  • Colors
  • Currency Formatting
  • Date Formatting
  • Fonts
  • Lines
  • Number Formatting
  • Paragraph Formatting
  • Positions
  • Sizes
  • Conditional Formulas
  • and more ...


When you design a report, in addition to the database fields you can put on the design, can also create various objects (Box, Text, Formula, Parameter, SQL Expression, etc.) and put some or all of them on the design of the Crystal Report.

The Objects Editor is designed to work with only those objects that appear on the design (the objects that are in use) of the report. Those objects that do not appear on the design (those that were created but are not being used) can still be accessed and worked with their respective editors (Formula, SQL Expression, Parameter, Running Total, Alert, etc.) on the respective Tab of the Objects Grid.

Now you can see and modify the various properties of your objects with ease.

All conditional formulas are powered by the same powerful Formula Editor that supports formula validation checking and keyword syntax highlighting in your choice of Crystal or VB formula syntax. And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool.

 
Improved in v3.1 - Running Totals Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify
  • Name
  • RunningTotalFieldName
  • Value Type
  • HierarchicalSummaryType
  • NumberOfBytes

It's now easier than ever to analyze your Running Totals.

 
Section Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify Sections
  • Name
  • AreaName
  • Number
  • Number Of Objects
  • Color and Size (Back Color, Conditional Formula, Width, Height, MinimumHeight)
  • CssClass
  • HideForDrillDown
  • Suppress (and Conditional Formula)
  • SuppressIfBlank (and Conditional Formula)
  • PrintAtBottomOfPage (and Conditional Formula)
  • NewPageAfter (and Conditional Formula)
  • NewPageBefore (and Conditional Formula)
  • ResetPageNumberAfter (and Conditional Formula)
  • KeepTogether (and Conditional Formula)
  • UnderlaySection
  • and more ...

It's now easier than ever to work with sections using our Section Editor which allows you to modify the various properties of your sections with ease.

 
Set Default Printer
  • Change the default printer on your Crystal Reports

The default printer that is set in your reports can impact the final look and feel of your Crystal Report -- both in the viewer as well as when exported.

Use our Printer Change Wizard to quickly and easily change the default printer and its properties across multiple Crystal Reports at the same time.

 
Alerts Editor
  • Find, Analyze, Group By, and Modify SQL Expressions
  • Definition Name
  • ConditionFormula
  • DefaultMessage
  • MessageFormula

It's now easier than ever to standardize and update your Alerts. With our Alerts Editor you can work with various properties.

The formula modifications are powered by the same powerful Formula Editor that supports formula validation checking and keyword syntax highlighting in your choice of Crystal or VB formula syntax. And it's integrated with our Spell Checker tool.

 
Spell Checker
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The spell checker is available in our Text, Formula, and Parameter editors.
 
Report Playlists
  • Similar in concept to MP3 Playlists
  • Create a virtually unlimited number of Report Lists
  • Each report list can have a virtually unlimited number of Crystal Reports (sorted in your preferred order) from various directories on the file system and/or folders in APS/CMS
  • Opening a Report List automatically opens all associated Crystal Reports

click to enlargeclick to enlargeDo you work with the same sets of Crystal Reports? You no longer need to open them one at a time (even if you select multiple Crystal Reports in the open dialog you'll love this feature).

Just like an MP3 playlist, you can create a virtually unlimited number of Report Lists. Add to each report list any number of Crystal Reports you'd like, from any directory on your system or mapped drive.

Then click on a report list and it will automatically open all Crystal Reports in the list.

 
Multiple Report Viewers / Preview Windows
  • See multiple Crystal Reports in their own preview window
  • Visually compare Crystal Reports

click to enlarge click to enlargeIn addition to showing you open sub-reports as a separate tab (configurable in TOOLS | OPTIONS), we have now given you the ability to open a virtually unlimited amount of preview windows. Simply right click on one of the report tabs in the preview viewer pane and select Open In A New Window open.

But we didn't stop there. You can drag and drop the report tabs between all open preview windows. And if you want your sub-reports to automatically follow, turn it on in TOOLS | OPTIONS.

This powerful feature allows you to quickly and easily see your changes come to live to multiple previews at
the same time.

 
 
Supports BusinessObjects Enterprise XI & Crystal Enterprise 9 & 10 natively in addition to Crystal Reports from the file system

.rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite allows you to logon to your APS/CMS and browse a list of virtual folders to select your Crystal Reports objects. Now you can open multiple Crystal Reports objects at the same time directly from BusinessObjects Enterprise (BO) / Crystal Enterprise (CE) and .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite will also automatically retrieve their meta-data. No longer do you need to map drives to your CE
server and deal with cryptic folder and files names.

.rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite is available in 4 editions. Each is feature for feature identical:
(see Specifications page for requirements and supported file format(s) for each edition)
  • .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite (for CE 9/CR 9)
    connects to Crystal Enterprise 9 and reads Crystal Reports 5.x - Crystal Reports 9 & writes in Crystal Reports 9 file format.
  • .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite (for CE 10/CR 10)
    connects to Crystal Enterprise 10 and reads Crystal Reports 5.x - Crystal Reports 10 & writes in Crystal Reports 10 file format.
  • .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite (for BO XI/CR XI)
    connects to BusinessObjects Enterprise XI and reads Crystal Reports 5.x - Crystal Reports XI & writes in Crystal Reports XI file format.
  • .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite (for BO XIr2/CR XIr2)
    connects to BusinessObjects Enterprise XI Release 2 and reads Crystal Reports 5.x - Crystal Reports XI Release 2 & writes in Crystal Reports XI Release 2 file format.
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Open Multiple Reports or Entire Folders (and sub-folders) directly from Business Objects Enterprise XI

click to enlarge Just like you can open a single Crystal Report at a time directly from "Enterprise Folders" using Crystal Reports -- with .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite you can open One, Two, Three, or
several Hundred Crystal Reports objects at the same time directly from "Enterprise Folders".

click to enlargeWe've extended the familiar "Enterprise Folders" dialog to support selection using CTRL + CLICK as well as SHIFT + CLICK, and even a mode that allows you to select an ENTIRE folder -- with even its sub-folders.

For Crystal Reports that you open from Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise "Enterprise Folders", .rpt Inspector 3.1 Enterprise Suite automatically retrieves their numerous BusinessObjects Enterprise
click to enlarge / Crystal Enterprise specific Properties for you to Analyze and/or Modify (i.e. Report ID, Instance ID, FRS path, # of total instances, # of failed instances, # of successful instances, failure reason, schedule info, schedule type, destinations, database logon, formats, parameters, and many more -- see additional screen shots in other sections below).
 
ODBC / DAO / OLE DB / Native DB2 / Native Informix / Native Oracle / Native SQL Server / Native Sybase - product wide support

In version 1 we supported ODBC for the preview viewer and the datasource wizard.

.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Database Connectivity :: click to enlargeAs of version 2, we've greatly expanded our connectivity support.

Now updated with native support for Crystal Reports stored
in Business Objects Enterprise / Crystal Enterprise.

Now when enabling the preview viewer and making a connection to a database, you'll be prompted to enter a user id and password if necessary on all supported connectivity methods. For connectivity methods that require specifying more information then just a user id and password (OLE DB and Native drivers) we completely support this too.
 
Drag and Group

Originally introduced in version 1, our patent pending technology allows you to quickly and easily analyze properties across objects and reports.

Drag and Group is the concept of selecting item(s) in the Objects pane, and dragging one or more properties from the Property pane down to the Objects pane (to any grid on any tab) to create a new column..rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Drag and Group :: click to enlarge
.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Drag and Group :: click to enlarge
.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Drag and Group :: click to enlarge Then right clicking on the column header and selecting group by object name (where the object name is the name of the column; i.e. font; font color, formula, etc.). The result is a pivot view.

And now as of version 2, we've further optimized performance on grouping and moving items within the groupings (top / bottom / up one / down one). Plus we've exposed the grouping level color configuration and added support
for auto-refresh of groupings.
 
Dockable and Floatable window panes and menus

All window .rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Dockable and Floatable window panes and menus :: click to enlargepanes and menus dockable and floatable. This gives you ultimate control of the user interface to customize as you see fit.

Many editors (text, formulas, parameters, etc.) have also support docking.
 
Customizable layouts

With our dockable and floatable window panes and menus, you'll want to customize the layout that suits you.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Customizable layouts :: click to enlarge.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Customizable layouts :: click to enlarge.rpt Inspector Professional Suite :: Customizable layouts :: click to enlarge
best. So we've given you the ability to save a virtually unlimited number of customizable layouts that you can quickly and easily switch to on the fly.

But don't worry. It's easy to return back to the default layout at anytime.