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Meta Data of Crystal Reports

Posted on 2014-01-13
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Hi All,

Is it possible to get the Meta data of the Crystal report ( .rpt file ) in the xml or some other format? I would like to get the details like data source names, report field names, selection formulas, formula definition etc.

Basically I want to capture these details of the rpt file and create the report detail design on my own format. I don’t want to use any third party tools for this.

Appreciate if you can provide high level approach for building this Proof of concept.

Thanks in Advance.

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Sam
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by:mlmcc
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There are third party tools to do what you want.

Try this
Open a report in Crystal
Click EXPORT icon
Choose Report Definition Format
Answer the prompts which will include a file name
This produces a text file with much of the information you want.
It can be read in Notepad or Wordpad

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by:reachsoma
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Thanks for your response.

We are in the process of re-writing the current crystal reports into different reporting tool.
Basically want to prepare the detail designs of existing rpts in the specific format using .Net SDK.

Please let me know if you have complete approach / documents for capturing the .rpt details using Net SDKs.

Thanks
Sam
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I don't have the details.

WHy are you moving away from Crystal?  It integrates quite well with .Net.

What tool are you moving to?

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by:reachsoma
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I think client want to re-write all the existing BO report s into the MS Business Intelligence tools. But I don’t know the reasons for this.

Please share if you any idea on architecture / technology used by the third party tools for building the .rpt files documentation?

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Sam
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by:mlmcc
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I have no idea on how they built the tools.

I know Crystal has an SDK available that can be used with VS.Net to get at the report file information.

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If you any documents  or links for the below point will be helpful.

"I know Crystal has an SDK available that can be used with VS.Net to get at the report file information"

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Sam
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Here is a link to there developers page.
At the bottom are links to the documents you want

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-7824

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Why is you comment the answer?
I provided the answer that it is possible and a link to 3rd party tools.

I also provided a link to tthe SDK which you would use to build your own tool.

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Provided the link.
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