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Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

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Are there any tools to reverse engineer crystal reports?

I'm at a new job and apparently the code is not available for these reports. Just an executable.

 

RE: Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

There's an EXE file but no RPT file...?

Sounds like a old compiled report from CR-8 (or earlier).

I think even the compiled EXE file needed an RPT to reference, search the EXE folder for corresponding RPT-files.

RE: Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

Even compiled reports needed a Report.EXE, Report.crf and the Report.rpt files.  All three files needed to view a report.

As long as you can find the RPT file, you should be able to open it in a later version of Crystal to see what it does.  Might need the original version of the rpt file if you want to change it but continue to view using the original EXE.

Compiled reports were messy to update.  A general purpose Report Viewer (like my cView report viewer) was a lot easier.  Ken Hamady has a complete list of 3rd party products on his web site.

Editor and Publisher of Crystal Clear
www.chelseatech.co.nz/pubs.htm

RE: Reverse Engineering Crystal Reports

They may be in an application built using the old RDC in VB.
If that's the case, export to rpt from the application (assuming export is enabled).

Andrew Baines
www.pursuittechnology.co.uk

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