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Crystal Reports licencing

We have an old PC application which was developed using Visual Studio 2005 (Crystal Reports was part of the toolset).

This application has a number of simple forms that were created using Crystal Reports.


We have now been asked to uplift this application, moving the development environment on to Visual Studio 2010 (Crystal Reports is no longer part of the toolset), and has to be downloaded from your site separately (I believe we are experimenting with v13.0.1).


What are our licencing needs with regards to:


  1. Development – we have a number of engineers (<10) developing the application, although not

  2.    Deployment  - number of deliverable units (currently <10, but with the possibility we may have to provide more).

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    Oct 16, 2015 at 01:54 PM

    Here are the licensing basics:

    1.  The SDK download is free.  Make sure that you have the latest service pack (15), which you can download from here:  Developers need to download and install the  "Install Executable", which provides integration into VS.  The other downloads are the various forms of runtime installs that you can use when deploying your application.

    2.  Applications written with the SDK can be run with no license only if they will be used only within the company that they are written for.  If the application is for sale or will be used by outside customers, you'll need to contact SAP Sales for license information.

    3.  There are limits in the SDK - you can only have 3 reports open at a time (for web applications, this is 3 concurrent users, NOT 3 reports per user!) and 100 "print jobs".  A "print job" is a report or an occurrence of a subreport.  For example if you have a report that contains a subreport in a details section, if there are fewer than 99 records on the report you won't hit the limit (1 print job for the main report and 1 print job for each time the subreport runs in the main report), but if you have more records then you will hit the limit and the report will throw an error.  So, this can have a big impact on how you design your reports.


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