Crystal Report Basic for visual studio vs Crystal Repor 2008

I have Visual Studio 2008 standard edition and I want to develop a VB application with a reporting features and I thought I can use the crystal report that suppose to be embedded with visual studio 2008 but I discovered that it's only come with Visual Studio 2008 professional edition.

now I am thinking whether I shall buy Visual Studio 2008 or I shall buy Crystal Report 2008 which will cost me around 400$, so can any body tell me which option I shall go for and what the advantage of each option and If i bought the Crystal Report 2008 shall I be able to use it with Visual Studio 2008 standard edition and whether I can use it to develop VB reporting applications.
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The version of Crystal that comes with VS2008 pro is actually a version of CR10.

CR2008 is a totally new version is is actually CR12.

I don't know if CR2008 will work with VS2008 standard or not.  I don't know of a reason it wouldn't but MS may have some limitations on it.

The Crystal site is currently down so  I can't check.

Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
You better go with the full version of CR you will have more features.
While I tend to agree, you may have purchase the Pro version of VS to get even the full version to run with it.  In which case unless there are features in CR2008 you absolutely must have it might be more cost effective to simply upgrade and use the version that comes with VS2008 Pro.


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