Try out newest Crystal Reports Runtime, version 13
Beginning with MET/CAL 7.3, we updated the Crystal Reports Runtime to version 12 in order for it to work on Windows 7. Some customers have experienced trouble with label printing as well as the performance of viewing a report. In order to resolve these issues, we've implemented a few work-a-rounds in our code and tested other CR Runtime versions. Version 13 of the Cyrstal Reports Runtime is built for .NET 4 and so is MET/CAL 8. If you would like to try out version 13 of the Crystal Reports Runtime with MET/CAL 8.0.43 or 8.046 you need to:
1) Install the Crystal Reports Runtime version 13
Download from http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-7824
I tested it with 188.8.131.522 (Support Pack 3, Redist Install 32-bit). MET/CAL is a 32-bit application.
Version 12 does not need to be uninstalled.
2) Configure MET/CAL or MET/TRACK to use the CR Runtime v13
Save app.config.txt as mcr32.exe.config to make the MET/CAL Run Time use it.
Save app.config.txt as mettrack.exe.config to make MET/TRACK use it.
The files should be saved right next to the .exe files. You may need admin privledges on the computer.
To roll back to 12, simply delete the .config file.
We would appreciate feedback if you try this out. Did you notice any performance difference? Is it working with your label printers?
Random Performance Tips
- Simply opening and resaving an old .rpt file with a newer version of Crystal Reports will sometimes improve performance. This is because there are a few versions of the .rpt files. With it saved with the latest .rpt version, the runtime doesn't have to upgrade it on the fly.
- If the first time you run a certain report is much slower than other reports, you may wish to check the printer settings in the report. See more info here.
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