Impact Analysis

We are interested in the Impact Analysis feature in the Inspector Online, but instead of online we would like to do it offline. Are Inspector Professional and Enterprise versions support this feature? and do they support Crystal Reports 2016?


Can you elaborate on why it has to be offline? If it’s concern of data, as noted in How .rpt Inspector Online works, we never touch the report data and your reports never leave your computer, .rpt Inspector Online only retrieves information about how the Crystal Report is designed – its objects and properties (known as meta-data)

Yes, both .rpt Inspector Enterprise Suite and .rpt Inspector Professional Suite do support doing impact analysis but both products have been in End Of Life status for some time, have operating system limitations (i.e. Windows 7 or 10 not supported) and have Crystal Reports limitations (while they can work with Crystal Reports 2016 reports, you’d need to have Crystal Reports XI Release 2 installed for that to work). There’s guides on how to do it here: Analyzing which fields are used in your Crystal Reports and Analyzing which tables are used in your Crystal Reports

We want to search through the folder structure on file system that contains Crystal Reports 2016 and find specific database object in the reports. If the database object is found in reports, we want the result with a list of those reports and their locations in the file system.

We did try to add a small folder with few reports in it, but it took a long time and could not complete. Our folder structure has more than 500 reports.


@hauhuynh thanks for the additional details. That many Crystal Reeports and more is something that is actually a very common use case for most of the folks that use .rpt Inspector Online. And depending on your environment (how fast your computer is, your hard drive, and network connection) it will determine just how quickly those reports are processed.

Do remember that .rpt Inspector Online has to open each and every Crystal Report you specify one at a time, retrieve the information about the various objects and properties and send those details to the cloud. But once they are added, you don’t need to do it again unless there’s been a change to the report(s).

Also, as noted in Getting started with .rpt Inspector Online guide I referenced previously, we do strongly suggest that you work with report template (these are the design of the report with no saved data) as it does take longer to open reports with saved data. The bigger the report file size, potentially the longer it takes to open.

Some folks find it easier to add smaller batches of reports at a time. The exact sweet spot highly depends on your environment. i.e. for some folks it’s 30 reports at a time, for others it’s 75, others 125, and others 200, etc. Again, this is where CPU, Memory, hard disk speed, internet speed are all going to be factors.

We do know of some edge cases where folks have issues adding reports and we continue to work directly with those folks. Based on some of those cases, we have been working on improvements to the broker and are hopeful to release these for testing by end of Q1 or early Q2.