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1394150 - Poor performance when lots of images on one page of Crystal Report .NET windows application


  • Slow to preview Crystal Report.
  • CR for .NET Windows application.
  • Report has many images on each page (eg. more than 100 per page).

Note: This issue may also occur when printing and exporting a report.


  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Crystal Reports 2008 SP2
  • Crystal Reports XI R2 SP6

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Design a Crystal Report with lots of pictures/images on each page.
  2. Use at least 200 images on one page of the report. The images can be small .png or .jpg files (2 or 5 kb).
  3. Preview the report using the CR .NET Windows form viewer control.


  • The issue has been identified and logged under Problem Report ID ADAPT01310287.
  • The CrystalReportViewer requires an encapsulated page file (EPF) to render a page preview. 
  • The PEEngine is slow at producing EPF files when there are 100's of images on each page of a report. 


  • Limit the number of images used.
  • Look to alternatives for images, like fonts. Wingding fonts can be used to represent icons instead. 
  • SAP BI developers have reviewed this problem report and rejected it as by design. 
  • The Crystal Reports .NET SDK is not efficient at handling lots of images on one page. This is a product limitation.


ADAPT01310287, 01310287, 1310287 , KBA , BI-DEV-NET , BI Software Development Kits (SDKs) - .NET or Other , Bug Filed


Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports XI R2