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    You can import a Crystal Reports report, a Microsoft Access report, an Excel file, or an ActiveReports section report in ActiveReports by running the ActiveReports Import Wizard.

    To learn about importing Excel files, please see Importing Excel.

    To learn about importing ActiveReports section reports, please see Importing RPX.

    Importing Crystal reports/MS Access Reports in the ActiveReports Import Wizard

    1. Run the ActiveReports Import Wizard. The wizard can be run from the start menu or by executing GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Imports.Win.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\GrapeCity\ActiveReports 14\Tools location.
    2. In the ActiveReports Import Wizard that appears, click Next.

    3. Choose Microsoft Access (mdb or accdb) or Crystal Reports (rpt) as the input format and click Next.

    4. Click the ellipsis button to browse to the location that contains the files that you want to import. A list of files that you can import appears.
    5. Select the reports to import, click Open, and then click Next to analyze them.

    6. Use the ellipsis button to select a destination folder to store the converted reports. Also select an output format (Section Report, Page Report or RDL Report or Both) for each report in the Output Format column.

    7. Click Next to start the conversion.

    8. Once the conversion process is complete, click Finish to close the wizard and go the destination folder to view the converted reports. You may optionally leave the check on for the Open Log file checkbox to see the results log.

    The import wizard converts reports to the closest possible ActiveReports format, but due to differences between products and versions, the extent to which your reports are converted depends on your specific report layout. You may have to partially redesign the report and add script or code to get the same output as Microsoft Access Reports or Crystal Reports.

    When converting to Page Reports or RDL Reports, whether a report is imported as a Page Report or RDL Report, depends on the following factors:

    Note: Sections in a report appear as BandedList.

    Please refer to the additional information below, to understand the conversion process in detail.

    Importing Crystal Reports

    To import Crystal Reports in ActiveReports, you need to install Visual Studio and Crystal Reports for Visual Studio on your machine. The supported versions of Visual Studio and corresponding Crystal Reports are as follows:

    Visual Studio Editions Crystal Reports Assembly Version
    2008 Professional, Team System Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2008 10.5.3700.0
    2010 ... SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio 13.x.x.x
    2012 ... SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio 13.x.x.x
    2013 ... SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio 13.x.x.x
    2015 ... SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio 13.x.x.x

    Crystal Report controls are converted in ActiveReports as follows:

    Crystal Report Section Report Page Report/RDL Report Note
    Box Shape Container The LineWidth property and rounded boxes are not imported. If the Box control extends to multiple sections, the box is imported as line controls.
    CrossTab SubReport BandedList CrossTab control is not imported as it is.
    Line Line Line The size of Dot and Dash (the LineStyle property) is not the same as the original report.
    Subreport SubReport Subreport Set the subreport in code after conversion.
    TextObject Label Textbox Only page number, total page, page n of m in Special Fields are imported.
    FieldObject TextBox Textbox Only page number, total page, page n of m in Special Fields are imported.
    Picture ... Container Picture object is not converted.

    Importing Microsoft Access Reports

    To import Microsoft® Access® reports in ActiveReports, you must have Access 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, or 2013 installed on your system.

    Microsoft Access report controls are converted in ActiveReports as follows:

    Microsoft Access Report Section Report Page Report/RDL Report Note
    Rectangle Shape Container Controls placed inside the Rectangle control are also imported along with the parent control.
    CheckBox Label Textbox ...
    Image ... Image Image control is not converted while converting to a Section Report.
    Label Label Textbox ...
    Textbox TextBox Textbox ...
    Line Line Line ...
    Page Break PageBreak Container In Page Reports and RDL Reports, the PageBreakAtEnd property is automatically set to True on importing a Page Break control.
    Subform/Subreport SubReport Subreport ...

    Limitations in Crystal Report/MS Access conversion

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