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Trying to incorporate cfreport on my intranet but am unsure of what version of crystal would let me create the rpts and post them to the web?  Can anyone give some insight.?

Thanks.
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What version of ColdFusion are you using?

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MX 2004 on a ms server 2003, DB sql 2000 also running on 2003
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I believe CFMX only supports Crystal Reports 8.5.  I do not believe it supports prior versions of Crystal Reports, but I can't say that with 100% certainty, and it may syupport CR 9.

More info on CFMX and CR integration:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/cfmx_crystal85.htm
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/tn17038.htm

Do you already have a version of Crystal Reports, and do you have reports created on previous versions?

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I miss spoke, what edition of the software would I need just to be able to create the reports.

the only reason I am asking is that I need reports to be genereated and still have the proper page formating when printing?
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It seems like the best approach would be to design the reports on the same version that you will be generating them from, i.e., 8.5.

If I'm still unclear, then straighten me out and I'll try again. :)

Take Care,

Seth
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Thanks.
what I am trying to figure is do I need to purchase cr standard, pro, enterprise for my environment.

I will have @ any given time 20 users connected not concurent.

how ever I am also conserned that when the user access the report via a weblink and the report is returned in what format is it returned ie html or will it retain its crystal reports format ie margins, spacing, "page breaks"?

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... And the answer is ...

I don't know. :)

BUT... You can call Crystal's pre-sales lines and I am sure they have a ready-made list of all your answers to CF-CR integration.

Just keep in mind that they want you to buy the most expensive version of their software, so the key question to keep reiterating is "What level of Crystal Reports is the MINIMUM that I need to do what I want to do?"

They will likely pitch you on using their CR Web Server product, but since I haven't used it and am not familiar with the licensing model for it, I can't give you too much useful advice about it.

Here's their toll-free number:
1 800 877 2340

I would be interested in hearing what you find out!

Take Care,

Seth
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Seth,
You don't have to tell me that I just got a call from them and they wanted 20k+ for my small environment. (too much rock smokin).

I was just hoping that someone would let me know which out of the box solution I need.

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Whoa!  That figures.

Will they swing you a demo copy to play with, to see if it meets your needs?  It's a little known fact that most software companies will do this.

After all, would you buy a car without driving it first?

This is about as far as I can go with helping you with this, unfortunately.  Maybe someone else checking out this thread will have some ideas to help you out.

Good luck!

Seth
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no, they won't give a demo version, but will give a web demo.

thanks seth.
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