Pricing and licensing for Crystal Reports in Visual Studio .NET or in Visual Studio 2005


Summary


Crystal Reports for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET or Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 is a special edition of Crystal Reports that is fully integrated with the Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 product family. Crystal Reports is included as part of your Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 purchase. It is not offered as a standalone product.

The use of Crystal Reports is strictly in accordance with a License Agreement that is included with the Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 software. The agreement grants to you personal, non exclusive, limited license to deploy, reproduce, and distribute client applications to your user. Licensing terms and conditions also depend on how you plan to use Crystal Reports.

The "More Information" section of this article discusses the various Licensing and Pricing issues that pertain to the use of Crystal Reports in Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 applications. This article also provides references to related documentation for detailed information.

More Information


When they use Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005, developers may:

  • Design unlimited reports for use in Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005.

    A customized Crystal Reports designer is fully integrated in Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 for report design. You may use the integrated designer to create reports for use in your Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 applications.
  • Integrate the Crystal Reports engine in thick-client Windows applications.

    A thick-client Windows application is any application where the Crystal Reports reporting engine is installed and run from the client computer of the end user. In other words, all report processing for the application occurs on the computer of the end user and not on the server.


    The use of the Crystal reporting engine in thick-client Windows applications is provided as "free runtime." This means that the applications may be deployed in your own organization and redistributed outside your organization to third parties at no additional charge.

    The distribution of the files is subject to certain terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are contained in the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005 License Agreement.

    For more information about the License Agreement, visit the following Crystal Decisions Web site :
  • Integrate Crystal Reports in Server and Web applications.

    Crystal Reports server software is also integrated with Visual Studio .NET or Visual Studio 2005. This reporting engine is used in conjunction with Microsoft ASP.NET for server or Web applications.

    The free server software supports three active requests to the server. Typically, this scalability is sufficient for supporting an approximately 50-user community

    The actual scalability also depends on the nature of each application and the volume and type of requests that are made to the server at any time.

    As the provided scalability of the sever software approaches the maximum limit, a warning message alerts the developer to purchase additional licenses to increase scalability.

    For more information about how to obtain additional licenses, and the pricing details, visit the following Crystal Decisions Web site:
  • The following constraints are to be strictly followed while integrating Crystals Server software in your server or Web applications:
    • You may use only a single instance of the bundled server software on a single server.
    • You may not increase the scalability of the bundled server software through use of a Web farm or a Web Garden.
    • To redistribute a server application or a Web application that uses the bundled server software outside your own organization to third parties, written authorization from Crystal Decisions is required.


      Visit the following Crystal Decisions Web site for more information about the written authorization and the redistribution of applications that require greater scalability:

References


For more information about Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET, visit the following Crystal Decisions Web site: The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.