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rptInspector tool with VisualStudio.net version of CR?

Has anyone gotten the "add-on" tool called rptInspector to work with their Visual Studio.net version of CR?  Does it even work that way, or do I HAVE to have full CR loaded?  

I have it working fine on a machine that has full-blown "stand-alone" Crystal Reports9, but would prefer to use it on the machine that has Visual Studio.  (Long-story of why i'm not currently using the tool on the regular CR9 machine.)

rptInspector9 currently comes up with the "misleading" message of "report is damaged and cannot be read" that comes up when it can not find Crystal Reports9 on the current machine.

(For those unfamiliar w the tool, google it for more details ---- it's a nice tool, I just don't have it working the way I'd like at the moment.)

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frodomanCommented:
As far as I know this tool doesn't work with Visual Studio at all.  You might want to try installing the standalone version of Crystal on the machine and then see if it'll work with the VS files (the tech specs for this tool indicate that you *must* have CR9.x installed on the machine - even if you want to edit CR10 files?!?).

The Visual Studio version is theoretically a 9.x version, but it has some differences from the standalone version and many tools don't work with it correctly.
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quellcoderAuthor Commented:
I did confirm that the "cr.net" created/edited report files do work with cr9-stand-alone.  (I created it on the "cr9.net" machine, and then opened it on the cr9 machine, made changes, and then took it back to cr.net ). So, yes surprisingly, despite rptInspector implying it was the wrong version, they do work back&forth.
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frodomanCommented:
Did you try installing cr9 standalone on your cr.net machine and then using rptInspector?  I suspect since their documentation indicates that it's required that it uses some of the components that are only available w/ the standalone version.
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quellcoderAuthor Commented:
That is what i'm actually trying to avoid --- we have a limited # of licenses of CR9. We have an extra license of VS.net (with CR) that I'd like to use (if it will work).  The machine that has the CR9 licences is a Citrix box. However, running rptInspector on Citrix violates its licensing-rules (PLUS the fact that rptInspector's user needs to have Administrator rights on the machine it's running on, in order to work, otherwise it chokes).

It looks like I will just have to bite the bullet and pay for another license of CR9 (if I can actually BUY an "old" license even, since CR11 is being sold now) and install it on my local machine, along w rptInspector, so I can run it with full admin rights (particularly to the registry.)  I MIGHT be able to justify the price of this if the benefits of rptInpsector's "mass/global changes" actually Work for our large upgrade project.  It doesn't seem like the right way to go, but I'm thinking that will be my solution.
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frodomanCommented:
Unfortunately I think that is the only way you can do it since rptInspector clearly states that you need to have CR9x installed on the machine for it to work.

As you've already seen though, you can do the report development on CR.Net and run them on CR9+.  Have you considered using the VS.Net for development purposes and then moving reports over to a CR9 machine to do mass changes with rptInspector?  I don't know if that fits with the license agreement - it's obviously not the most efficient approach but if the hassle is worth it to avoid an additional CR license then it may be worth considering.

Otherwise, you *can* still buy CR9 if you choose that route: https://secure.businessobjects.com/product_details2.asp?catalog_name=CD&category_name=Older%20Software%20Products

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quellcoderAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the info. AND, good to know the "old" version "can" be purchased --- though, darn, it IS the same price as buying version 11!   I will update this question-thread if I find any other information.
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