Crystal Reports Standard vs. Professional

I need to provide Crystal Reports to a few of my users to reach a remote SQL Server DB via ODBC.

Their reports won't be unduly complex -- some sorting, grouping and selecting by date ranges, mostly.

My question: Do they need Crystal Reports Professional or will the lowly Standard edition do? The price difference is significant, so I want to make sure I get the right version.

Thanks!
shagneaAsked:
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mlmccCommented:
Are you planning to install Crystal all all machines?

How will they run the reports?

How many users?  Some editions come with a 5-user license.

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mlmccCommented:
You might check this link for the features in each edition to ensure you get what you need.
http://www.businessobjects.com/global/pdf/products//crystalreports/crxi_feat_ver_ed.pdf

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shagneaAuthor Commented:
The real question for me is whether Standard will connect to the ODBC source. Reading thru the comparisons, etc leaves it vague in my mind. Do you know?
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mlmccCommented:
It should

Are you planning to put Crystal on all users machines?

Do you want them to build reports or simply view?

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shagneaAuthor Commented:
I'll have 5 - 10 users, and yes I would expect to put it on all their machines. They will need to run some reports created for them, as well as create some ad-hoc reports of their own.
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mlmccCommented:
Check this link.  Click the AMERICAS link under each edition.  It seems the Standard edition is mainly for PC-based data sources.  So it may not be able to hit a server database.
http://www.businessobjects.com/products/reporting/crystalreports/default.asp

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shagneaAuthor Commented:
I just (finally) got thru to Business Objects (the current owners of Crystal Reports) and was told that I can hit the server DB with the Standard edition  because it's a SQL Server. It's ODBC to others (such as Oracle) that can't be done. So, I'm good to go. Thanks for the help!
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mlmccCommented:
I don't use ODBC and I have the Developer edition so wasn't sure.  
Glad they answered your question.

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