1214963 - Does reports created in Crystal Reports 9 or higher are backward compatible?

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1214963 - Does reports created in Crystal Reports 9 or higher are backward compatible?

Symptom

  • Can we open a report created in Crystal Reports 8.5 in Crystal Reports 9?
  • Can we open a report created in Crystal Reports 2008 in Crystal Reports XI R2?

Environment

  • Crystal Reports 9
  • Crystal Reports 10
  • Crystal Reports XI
  • Crystal Reports XI R2
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2016

Resolution

  • Reports created in any version of Crystal Reports can be open in a higher version of the product.
    For example: Crystal Reports 9 can open, read and run a report file that had originally been created in a previous version of Crystal Reports 7.
      
  • However, an report file saved in Crystal Reports 9 and higher, cannot be open in Crystal Reports 8.5 and below.
    For example, a report file that was originally created in Crystal Reports 8.5 and then later saved as a Crystal Reports 2008 cannot be open in Crystal Reports 8.5 designer anymore, but can be open in Crystal Reports 9 or higher.
      
  • WARNING: We strongly recommend that you create backup copies of Crystal Reports 8.5 and earlier files prior to saving them as Crystal Reports 9 or later. This action cannot be reversed.
      
  • Background: Crystal Reports 9 supports Unicode. Earlier versions of Crystal Reports do not support Unicode. Therefore, once a report file has been saved in Crystal Reports 9, the report cannot be opened in earlier versions of Crystal Reports.

 

Keywords

BACKWARDS BACKWARDS-COMPATIBLE BACKWARD-COMPATIBLE PREVIOUS VERSIONS LOWER Crystal Reports Opening and Saving Reports Version Compatibility , c2011805 , KBA , BI-RA-CR , Crystal Reports designer or BusinessViews Manager , Problem

Product

Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports 10.0 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports 9.0 ; SAP Crystal Reports XI ; SAP Crystal Reports XI R2