Limitation of old version?


I have installed crystal report for visual basic product which is included at visual studio 6.0 enterpise edition!

What is the main difference of this old version when comparing with the most update version!

Any limitation exist!

Further, anyone can teach me how to use the crystal report control 4.6 at VB environment.

I have created a rpt file. But I don't know how to view this file after placing the crystal report control 4.6 at the dialog! Please give me a simple example in doing this!

Thank you very much for your help!

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DRRYAN3Connect With a Mentor Commented:
If you mean, can I create a new .RPT file from code at runtime, you cannot create reports using the version of Crystal Reports which is included with VB 6.

If you mean, can I include a .RPT file with my application and allow the user to preview it, without changing the appearance of the report, at runtime, then yes, you can do that.

See the following links for additional information regarding writing VB code using the OCX control:

Basically, you place the CrystalReport control on your form and place the following code on a button:

CrystalReport1.ReportFileName = "C:\MYREPORT.RPT"
CrystalReport1.Action = 1

Where C:\MYREPORT.RPT is replaced with the actual name of your report.

I still recommend that you upgrade.



I would suggest you upgrade to a current version of CR before beginning development work.  The version you have contains an OCX control and an API interface which are fairly limited in runtime control.  Many of these limitations have been corrected in the new version, currently version 8.5

As to learning version 4.6, I would suggest you take a look at some of the older PAQs in this topic area where you will find numerous code examples for calling the OCX from visual basic.

Examine the properties of your Crystal Report control.  You will find a ReportName property (or something similar) you need to set with the full path name of your .RPT file.  You will preview the report by setting the .ACTION method to the desired value.

ee_lcpaaAuthor Commented:
Hi All,

I have another problem in mind now.

Can I create the rpt file at runtime at VB environment by using the free version of Crystal Report Control 4.6?

I hope I can read a new set of data from db at runtime and then generate a new report.
After generating this report, I can have a preview at my application and allow the user to save this report to their harddisk if they satifsy the report.

Please tell me whether I can implement like this!
If yes, pls teach me!

Thank you very much!

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