Because of the agreement VB developers will now have customizable, built-in support for Crystal Reports 8 runtime. This means that distribution will automatically contain the files and components necessary for fast installation on end users' desktops.
Wise's (www.wisesolutions.com) Installmaster, InstallBuilder, and InstallMaker 8.1 products have support for scanning Crystal Reports 8 for dependency information. The Wise tools then allow for a complete distribution of VB applications using Crystal Reports 8. The tools can work off-the-shelf or can be customized by developers. The Wise products also contain a VB import wizard to ease the creation of install scripts. - Alicia Costanza
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