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Crystal Reports for Eclipse - Licensing

Former Member
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Hello,

My company is looking for a reporting solution which can easily be integrated into an existing J2EE web application. CR4E seems to be a very interesting candidate but the license terms are a bit unclear to me.

It is mentionned on your site that the Eclipse plugins needed for development + the runtime JRC are available free of charge. However, this is contradicting the license terms in section 4.9 (Crystal Reports for Eclipse) of the [Business Objects License Agreement|https://boc.sdn.sap.com/node/449]:

Crystal Reports for Eclipse may be licensed in one of the following ways: 1) In the form of a no-fee Development License which may be downloaded at www.businessobjects.com/eclipse following completion of the required registration information; or 2) in the form of production use ERE Licenses pursuant to your completion and submission of appropriate ordering documentation and payment of applicable license and Support fees.

1) This section seems to indicate that the purchasing of an ERE license is required to use the product in production. Could you clarify this?

2) Assuming that CR4E can be used in development and production free of charge, I have seen that a keycode is required to remove watermarks from the report and to be able to run the JRC. The website mention that a free registration is needed to obtain this keycode. However, I was able to download the keycode from the site without any registration. Can we use the keycode I downloaded for multiple development environments and in the web applications we are going to deploy in production? Can the keycode expires? What is its purpose if it can be obtained without registration?

Thanks for your help and clarifications

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Former Member
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Thanks Ted, this clarifies the first point.

Do you have any information on the second one (regarding the keycode)?

Best regards,

Nicolas

Former Member
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The keycode provided isn't expiring, and you should be able to deploy multiple installations of Crystal Reports for Eclipse with the keycode you downloaded.

The reason for registration is more to try to get an idea of how many people are downloading and using the product in production, rather than any sort of restricted access for the keycode.

ted_ueda
Employee
Employee
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Did you get the keycode from this page:

[https://boc.sdn.sap.com/node/462|https://boc.sdn.sap.com/node/462]

If so, then that's the Crystal Reports for Eclipse - Basic keycode. No expiry. Licensing described above applies.

Note that this keycode comes with 2 Concurrent Processing License (CPL), meaning that it services two concurrent report requests simultaneously, and further requests are queued. A "report request" isn't per-report, per-session or per-user, but any request for processing by the JRC - any clicks on the DHTML viewer for next page, last page, refresh, etc takes up a CPL till a result is returned to the client.

Note that CR4E version 1 JRC (jar version 11.8) allows you to use the Crystal Reports Developer XI Release 1 or Release 2 keycode. If you use these keycodes, then you get 3 CPLs. However, different licensing will apply, as described here:

[https://boc.sdn.sap.com/node/1523|https://boc.sdn.sap.com/node/1523]

comparable with licensing for CR.NET

Sincerely,

Ted Ueda

Former Member
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Hi Ted/Merry Enns,

Then what else does Crystal reports for developer edition offer apart from an IDE for designing the report which is again present in CR4E.

Thanks & Regards,

Prem

ted_ueda
Employee
Employee
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Hello Prem,

It might be best to dissociated your question from this thread, and create a new thread.

Sincerely,

Ted ueda

blair_wheadon
Contributor
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The information in this thread on licensing is no longer valid.

[Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0|http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/reporting/eclipse/index.epx] is free for internal use.

The new [Crystal Reports 2008 Developer Advantage|http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/reporting/developeradvantage/index.epx] runtime license is used to provide external distribution rights for web applications that embed the runtime engine.

There is no registration requirement in Crystal Reports for Eclipse 2.0.

Thanks, Blair

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ted_ueda
Employee
Employee
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Hello Nicolas,

I'll see if I can get more info for you.

Sincerely,

Ted Ueda

ted_ueda
Employee
Employee
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Hello Nicolas,

Just got clarification from MJ, who's a Program Manager here. Essentially, the runtime is free to distribute within your organization. If you wish to sell a product that includes the runtime, then you need written authorization from SAP BusinessObjects, but that should be free as well.

More details and contact info for authorization can be found here:

[http://www.businessobjects.com/pdf/product/catalog/qra/reporting/cr_eclipse_licensing.pdf|http://www.businessobjects.com/pdf/product/catalog/qra/reporting/cr_eclipse_licensing.pdf]

The person specific to the License agreement you've read is currently away, so I'm unable to clarify that specific document. However, if you wish to bundle the JRC runtime with your product, then email stated in the document above would get you further info.

Sincerely,

Ted Ueda