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New to Crystal Reports, Please Help.

I am hoping that someone can help to get me started.  My boss has given me Crystal Reports XI R2, and wants me to integrate it into a program written using Visual Studio 2013 express.  I have been searching for tutorials online, but I cannot find anything that comes close to my setup.  I was still using VB6 when I last used Crystal Reports, and I do not remember anything from back then (14 years ago).  What I am wondering, is how do I call a Report from VB.NET?  Can I have the report automatically send via email as an attached PDF file?  Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Brad
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plusone3055Commented:
I think this link will be perfect for you. Step by step instructions

Welcome to .NET :)

http://vb.net-informations.com/crystal-report/vb.net_crystal_report_step_by_step.htm

and this link will show you how to export it as a PDF

http://vb.net-informations.com/crystal-report/vb.net_crystal_report_export_pdf.htm
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
A long time ago, I wrote 2 articles about using CR with Visual Studio. The articles were created for the free version of CR but should work the same with the commercial version.

You will find how to create the PDF from http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2006/10/Crystal-Reports--Part-II.aspx (first part is at http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2006/09/Feeding-Crystal-Reports-from-your-application.aspx).

After your PDF will be created, to email it, check : http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2010/07/Sending-e-mails-with-attachments-a-different-method.aspx
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mlmccCommented:
I don't think Visual Studio Express includes the capability to call reports as you desire.  

Also the .Net assemblies for CR XI are fo r.Net 2.0 and VS2005 and also may not be compatible with VS2013.

There is (or will be) a free version of Crystal Reports for VS 2013.  I haven't come across a link to it.

From the SAP/Crystal knowledge base, ETA for the version for VS2013 is March 2014.  Even the current .Net versions of Crystal are not compatible with VS2013.  

http://scn.sap.com/thread/3445061

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ZharphynAuthor Commented:
I cannot find the Crystal Reports Report Viewer control in my Toolbox.  I have tried manually adding it, and the closest that I can find is the Crystal ActiveX Report Viewer Control 11.5, but I cannot seem to make the control work if I place it on a form.  Reading online, I am finding some references that suggest that Crystal Reports and VS Express do not play well together.  All of the Crystal Reports tools that I am supposed to find inside VS do not seem to appear, and I know that VS Express is limited in its functionality.  Do I need a newer version of Crystal Reports, a full version of VS, or am I just missing something?

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Brad
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ZharphynAuthor Commented:
Saw mlmcc's post after I posted my last reply.  I will read the link that you posted.
We are only using VS2013, cuz the boss wants to take advantage of the VisualSudio.com free TFS service.

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Brad
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mlmccCommented:
Crystal has essentially branched into 2 versions.

Full version - Not for use in developing applications.  There is no SDK for CR 2008, 2011, and 2013.

VS Crystal - Free to users.  Can be used with Visual Studio.  Updated versions will be available after each release of Visual Studio.  They were having too much trouble getting Crystal ready to meet MS deadlines and release dates.  They have a site where you can download the VS version.

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