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Evolution Crystal Reports 2008 to Crystal Reports 2013



We have na executable application that currently encapsulates de Crystal Reports 2008 and uses the runtimes to distribute for our clients to see the reports in desktop computers.

This application was formerly using Crystal Reports XI and COM components. It was with much hard work and commitment that were migrated reports and own application for the platform .NET used by Crystal Reports 2008!

The Evolution of Crystal Reports 2008 is through the Crystal Reports 2013.
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The question now is:

Crystal Reports 2013 allows the use of cr2008 reports (rpt) and distribution of runtimes in our customers?

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    Nov 19, 2013 at 03:54 PM

    CR 2013 does  not install any SDK. However you have two options:

    1) SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 / 2012, which you can download from here:

    2) Keep using the CR 2008 SDK. This SDK fully supports reports created in CR 2013.

    For more info see the blog How do you spell confusion; CR for VS, Crystal 2011, BI 4.x and the .NET SDKs

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  • Dec 09, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hi Ludek,

    Thank you for the precious help. Now the question is more understandable!

    In ASUG SAP Business Objects User Conference – document (0313 Step by Step SAP Crystal Reports 2011 to SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.pdf) it says the following:

    SAP Crystal Reports 2013

    • Incremental  update  to CR  2008 with  a few new features
    • Focused  on  serving the  needs  of standalone customers  (Partners and Volume customers)
    • Continue to deliver existing functionality with no regressions

    I think the version of SAP Crystal Reports 2013 has some innovations compared to 2008 not available in SAP Crystal Reports, version for developer Microsoft Visual Studio 2010/2012, so possibly we will acquire this version.

    Now I'm correct?

    But a new question arises.

    We can have the main application developed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and deploy the msi relating toCrystal Reports 2013 which are: to use all your new functionalities?

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