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View a untyped - Report inside a vb windows application

I want my vb application to access crystal report living outside the application (not embedded and not compiled).  

Is this possible? and how?

Thanks in advance
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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
yes, actually i think it's the preferable way to use crystal reports since it allows modification of the reports without recompiling the application

When you load the crystal report into the reportdocument object you just need to reference the .rpt file path (i would recommend storing this value in a config file)

dim rd as new reportdocument

rd.load("c:\myreport.rpt")
'configure the report connection info
'assign the reportdocument object to a crystalreportviewer control
crv.reportsource = rd
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TimSweet220Author Commented:
Will that work on the distributed application?  Will the user have to have CR on their machine?
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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
no, you would need to distribute the appropriate merge modules with your deployment application however.  Search businessobjects.com support for "merge modules" for your version of CR for more info.  If you have trouble finding it let me know.
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