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With the recent release of Crystal Reports 2011 and Crystal Report for Visual Studio 2010 (CRVS2010) also known as CR for .NET Framework 4.0 or CRforVS_13_0_1... anyhow, the naming confusion  convention is not the intent of this blog. The intent is to explain how the CR SDK for .NET fits into the picture.

Some basic facts

CR 2011 does not install any SDK (no .NET SDK, no Java, no RDC) - remember RDC is retired in CR XI R2 (11.5)
CR 2011 uses dlls of version 14.x
CRVS2010 will on install, become part of VS2010, much like CR 10.2 did with .NET 2005 and Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008 (CR 10.5) with .NET 2008
CRVS2010 API set is at least as fully featured as the APIs for CR 2008 (12.x). This includes the InProc RAS APIs.
CRVS2010 uses dlls of version 13.x
CRVS2010 installs an integrated designer into the VS2010 IDE
CRVS2010 does not include any SAP Business Objects Enterprise assemblies. See KB 1547065  - CRVS2010 is missing BusinessObjects.Enterprise.* assemblies

A tiny bit on Java. Java SDK for Crystal reports is rumored, sometime in the future - 2012(?)..., but that is all I hear.

Using .NET - how to distribute reports created with Crystal Reports 2011

1) If you do not have any development environment, obtain VS2010 and download CRVS2010
 from the following location:

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

2) If you have VS2010, download CRVS2010 (see above)

3) If you have .NET 2008 and no other version of CR (Other than CR 2011), use Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008 (v. 10.5) which bundles with .NET 2008
Possible issue to note is that if your reports, built in CR 2011 take advantage of features not present in CR 10.5, the reports may not work. Example of such features include dynamic cascading parameters, MapInfo, etc.

4) If you have .NET 2005 and only the bundles version of CR (v. 10.2), see (3) above

5) If you have CR 2008 and VS 2008 or VS 2005, use the CR 2008 SDK for .NET. Though (1) above would be recommended

Basic information for CR 2011

My recommendation; start with the series of blogs re. CR 2001 posted by Blair Wheaton:

SAP Crystal Solutions 2011 Portfolio Update #1

Using SAP Crystal Reports 2011 To Protect Your Report Designs - Update #2
SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and Developers - Update #3
SAP Crystal Dashboard Design 2011 - Portfolio Update #4

SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and the 20-year roadmap - Update #5
SAP Crystal Server 2011 - Update #6
SAP Crystal Server 2011 - Update #7

Want to buy or test drive CR 2011? See the FREE TRIALS GET A FREE TRIAL OR BUY NOW web page for a free 30 day eval.

Basic information for CRVS2010

Look at SAP Crystal Reports, Version for Visual Studio .NET (Find KNOWLEDGE CENTER). Pretty well all resources I use in my every day work are liked here. From CRVS2010 download, to CRVS2010 runtime, to sample applications and more.

And of course as always, don't forget to search for KBases, etc (Use the search box in the top right corner of this web page). Also see:

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