The latest update to the ActiveReports 6 installation now comes with the ability to convert Crystal Reports(r)* (version 2005 and 2008) to ActiveReports 6 reports. The installation creates two shortcuts in the "All Programs" Start Menu item for “GrapeCity/ActiveReports 6”.

1. Use the "CrystalToAR2005" program to convert from Crystal Reports 2005.
2. Use the "CrystalToAR2008" program to convert from Crystal Reports 2008.

To run the Crystal Reports Import Wizard, you need to install Visual Studio and Crystal Reports for Visual Studio on your machine. The versions of Visual Studio and corresponding Crystal Reports are as follows:

Visual Studio

Edition

Crystal Reports

2005

Professional, Team System

Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005

2008

Professional, Team System

Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2008

When the Crystal Reports Import Wizard is completed, an .rpx file (the ActiveReports layout file) is created. To learn how to add the .rpx file to the existing project, please see Save and Load Report Layout Files (RPX).

Converted Report Items

Crystal Reports

ActiveReports

Note

BoxObject

Shape

The line width property is not imported.
If the box extends to multiple sections, the box is imported as line controls.

ChartObject

ChartControl

The settings and data are not imported.

CrossTabObject

SubReport

Cross tabs are not imported.

LineObject

Line

The size of Dot and Dash (the Line Style property) is not exactly the same.

PictureObject

Picture

Image data is not imported.

SubreportObject

SubReport

You need to set the SubReport in code after the conversion.

TextObject

Label

Only "page number", "total page" and "page n of m" from "Special Fields" are supported.

FieldObject

TextBox

Only "page number", "total page" and "page n of m" from "Special Fields" are supported.

General Limitations

Due to differences between products, the extent to which your reports are converted depends on your specific report layout.

1. The controls, functions, and text formats, which are not supported by ActiveReports, are not converted.
2. The shadow property of a control is not imported.
3. The OLE object is not imported as it is treated as PictureObject in the Crystal Reports object structure.

*Crystal Reports® is the registered trademark of Business Objects, S.A.