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Author's profile photo Blair Wheadon

Announcing Crystal Reports Developer Advantage runtime license

We’re happy to announce our 2nd major developer offering in 2 weeks.

We’re making a major change that will make it significantly easier  to embed Crystal Reports in web applications, and share them with anyone.

Crystal Reports Developer Advantage is a runtime license, not software.  It provides the license rights to embed the Crystal Reports runtime engine (Java or .Net) in any number of web applications and redistribute it to anyone, for a single fixed price.  No royalties or contracts are required.  There’s no limit on the number of applications that can be shipped.

This applies to any form of redistribution – physically shipping an application to someone on a CD, or exposing a web application to users external to your company.  An external user is defined as a non-employee or non-contractor.

What if I’m just sharing web applications with employees of my company?

There’s no change to internal use licensing.  You can continue to distribute web applications that embed the runtime engine for no additional cost.

So what’s the cost of the Developer Advantage runtime licesnse?

€1,995 or $US 2,495.  Additional currencies are also available.  Prices are subject to change due to fluctuating exchange rates,

What do you get?

A proof of purchase that activates a clause in section 4.2.5 of the existing Crystal Reports 2008 license agreement.

What does it apply to?

  • Crystal Reports 2008 .Net runtime engine
  • Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0 runtime engine

It doesn’t apply to older versions, and it won’t apply to future versions.

Does it cover the report designer?

No.  the Crystal Reports 2008 report designer, and the Crystal Reports for Eclipse embedded designer are not redistributable under this license.  For more information on redistributing these components, please contact

How scalable are the runtime engines?

Crystal Reports has both component reporting engines, and reporting servers.  Component engines run in-process with a parent application.  Reporting servers run out of process, usually on a dedicated server.  We focus on keeping our component reporting engines lightweight and easily embeddable into applications.  We also focus on adding scalability features in the reporting servers.  For more information on scalability, and how to choose the appropriate technology for your application, view the Crystal Reports 2008 Component Engine Scalability whitepaper to be published soon in the Articles section of SDN.

I’m a VAR doing a project for a customer.  How does this license work?

If you’re building a web application on behalf of a customer that will be exposed externally, then the customer will need to purchase a copy of the Developer Advantage license to receive external redistribution rights.  They can purchase it through you (the VAR) if you’re a reseller of Crystal Reports, or from another reseller.

Any Other Restrictions? 

This license is not for use in ‘Software-as-a-service’ type implementations, where a fee changes hands in exchange for access to the web application with the reporting embedded in it.  So for example, exposing a web application that helps manage your supply chain to partners and suppliers is covered under the Developer Advantage license, but a CRM application in the cloud would require an OEM license.

How do I buy it?

The Developer Advantage runtime license is available through our eStore, telesales department, Crystal Reports resellers, and through our OEM sales department.

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      Author's profile photo Vasil Tabaku
      Vasil Tabaku
      Crystal Reports Developer Advantage is a great opportunity to embed crystal reports inside web applications. If a customer already has Business Objects Enterpise he might want to buy CR Developer Advantage, create some crystal reports using existing BO Universes and distribute some of these crystal reports to his managers through an external web application. I was wondering if Developer Advantage does cover this scenario. Does anyone know something about this? It would really be a great additional feature to customers who already possess Business Objects Enterprise.
      Author's profile photo Blair Wheadon
      Blair Wheadon
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      Thanks for the nice comments.

      However the Developer Advantage runtime only applies to the Crystal Reports component runtime engines only (.Net engine and JRC engine).

      It does not apply to any of the server (BusinessObjects Enterprise, Edge Series, or Crystal Reports Server).

      Thanks, Blair