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Crystal Reports 10.0 migration to Crystal XI / Crystal 2008


We have Crystal Reports 10.0 running in Production. Apparently we dont have Crystal 10 Software to work on the changes for the reports. We do have the license for Crystal Reports XI. The Application is developed in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and using Crystal reports 10.0.


If we have to do minor changes in crystal 10.0 Reports (.RPTs) like adding some extra fields for the display (simple stuff) using Crystal XI  (licensed) / Crystal 2008 (trial) software, Can we still deploy the reports in Production which is runnig Crystal 10.0 ?

Whats the migration path for Crystal Reports 10.0 to Crystal Reports XI or Crystal Reports 2008 ?

Are there Runtime available to install in Production as in case of Crystal Reports 10.0 ? Any deployment tips would be useful.

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Crystal 10 runtime will run Crystal 11/2008 reports. New features provided by those versions of Crystal won't function.

Owning a licensed developer copy of CR Xi or CR 2008 gives you the right to distribute the runtime with an app. You can get the msm files from the SAP website, and include these in your distribution.

Crystal XI and 2008 are then available as resources to control/view the reports from within your VS application as per V10.
You can open CR10 in CRXI make changes. Beware, there are some functions in CRXI that may not work if you try and open the report back up in CR10. Additionally, how are you storing these reports? In CE10, or a third party application. If you are storing them in CE10, you will not be able to put the new CRXI reports up. It will give you errors, something like this report was developed in a version that is not supported by your current environment. (I ran into this issue with CE10 and CR2008).
As stated above you can use CR XI or CR2008 to edit the reports.  They should then function correctly in your application.

The migration path to either would be to recompile your application using the includes for the new version of Crystal.  There should be minimal changes to the code required.
Both CRXI and CR2008 have runtimes you can install.


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