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Version control software for Crystal Reports?

Post Author: WayneW

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We're looking to buy a version control system for a variety of things, but for now, mainly, for Crystal Reports. I know that since it is effectively a binary object, that conventional version control systems won't do me much good. We're considering Software Force's .rpt Inspector suite, Report Analyzer and the Report Miner suite from ReCrystallize. The RptDiff program looks like it would give us some of the functionality that we're looking for. Does anyone have any recommendations or comments re: these products or can anyone recommend any other programs that I should be looking at?Does Crystal XI offer anything along these lines? We're currently running 9 but are currently evaluating upgrading to XI. My copy is downloading as I type. I'm not a Crystal User though I can fake it fairly well, I'm a SQL Server DBA and I think the last version of Crystal that I touched would have been around v4 or earlier.I know we'll probably end up with one system for program development and another just for Crystal, I'm just trying to find a good package for Crystal.

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    Posted on Aug 21, 2007 at 08:09 PM

    Post Author: JWB

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    Wayne,

    We have also been looking for version control tools for our Crystal Reports and also found the RptDiff to be the closest. We contacted the developer (note it is www.reportminer.com and not recrystalize) and they indicated they are have an add-in for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe which is in the works. Their web-site says it is "coming" but not yet released - reportedly after the end of the summer. They said this will let you look at the Source Safe versions and compare them to each other or to .rpt files just like you can do now with RptDiff to identify differences. If it works, it will be a big help for us.

    Let me know if you find any other possibilities.

    JWB

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    Posted on Aug 21, 2007 at 08:23 PM

    Post Author: WayneW

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    Thanks for the reply, and especially for clarifying the ownership of Report Miner. Thus far I've only found the tools carried by Recrystallize, I'll definitely let you know if I find anything else.I just sent an email to the Report Miner folks to see if they're going to make an add-in for Microsoft Team Foundation Server as I think that is the path that we're more likely to go to than VSS.

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    Posted on Aug 21, 2007 at 09:28 PM

    Post Author: WayneW

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    I just received this message from the Report Miner team:"We have not yet tested the Report Miner VSS Add-in with the Visual Studio Foundation Server, but from what I have read, it should work without any problems. We will test this before the release and can let you know. We have been using the Report Miner VSS Add-in with VSS 2005 with no problems and need only to finalize updates in order to support CR IX R2 for Vista support before rolling it out."Thought you might be interested. Sounds promising, and I like the fact that they "eat their own dog food."

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