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Crystal reports - relative positioning of subreports

Question asked by info_tel on Feb 19, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 24, 2013 by Rajini

We have recently upgraded our development environment from 12.1.2 to 13.1 and in the process migrating all Actuate reports to Crystal Reports.
We have a one page project status report, wherein there are two sections.

Left hand section has the following static sections
Project Key Information
Traffic Lights
Project Description and Commentary
The left hand section has been developed using one sub-report (one details section)

Right hand section has the following dynamic sections:
Risks and Issues
Each section above has been developed using one sub-report (all in the same details section)

The requirement is not more than 3 risks, 3 issues and 10 tasks should be displayed. Hence, we have given a fixed space for all the right hand sub-reports. However, there is a gap when a particular sub-report is empty.
The question is how do we relatively position the second sub-report (tasks) based on the first sub-report (risks and issues). i.e. if there are no risks and issues, the Tasks section should be moved up, followed by the financials section.

Options tried:
1. We cannot go for separate details section because the left hand section is static and does not align with the right hand section
2. Placing one sub-report below the other overwrites the upper sub-report
3. X axis and width can be based on formula but not Y axis and height.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. Not a big fan of Crystal reports so far.