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Integrating existing reports (RPT) with .NET thick client application


We hire external developers to develop few reports for us. The reports are based on the data from MS SQL Server tables. Some of them may have parameters. We get the RPT files as a "deliverable" by the developers.

Our 1st goal is to integrate the reports developed with the .NET "thick client" (WPF) application, developed in Visual Studio 2012. We have.NET developers as part of our team. Note that in the future, same reports will be deployed differently.

We understand there is a special Visual Studio edition for Crystal Reports. However, all the examples we found - are focused on how to develop a report from scratch, usin the Visual Studio edition. Our goal is to integrate the existing application with reports coming from an external source. The integration will require parameters support as well: for example, .NET panel should display the FROM / TO date range, to be passed to a report as a parameter.

I would be thankful for the answer regarding;

  • Feasibility of the integration (technical)
  • Any references to articles / samples, illustarting such an integration.
  • Potential licensing issues (if exist)

Thanks in advance,


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    Posted on May 13, 2014 at 05:03 PM

    Hi Max

    See this doc re. WPF:

    WPF Project Using the Crystal Reports WPF Viewer in 8 Easy Steps

    CR for VS2012 download links are here:

    SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio: Updates & Runtime Downloads

    Use SP 9 and on the development computer, make sure to run the install exe - not the runtime msm / msi / clickonce

    For more help:

    SAP Crystal Reports .NET SDK Developer Guide

    SAP Crystal Reports .NET API Guide

    Sample apps:

    Crystal Reports for .NET SDK Samples - Business Intelligence (BusinessObjects) - SCN Wiki

    Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005 Walkthroughs

    (no worries about the title on the above - applies to any version of VS)

    Finally, there is a search box in the top right corner. I find simple search strings are best. E.g.; 'crystal net parameter' will return blogs, wikis, KBAs and more. Also see this blog:

    My tips on searching knowledge content the SCN

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  • Posted on May 13, 2014 at 02:09 PM

    Hi Max,

    Moved your post to the .NET forum. Click the Overview tab, lots of info here as well as links to download the SDK's and a link to the Licensing doc.


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