There are some helpful walk-throughs for getting started
with new features in the Reviewer's Guide document on the Crystal Reports 2008
area of Business Object's website. I used this as a guide to check out some of
the design features while in Visual Studio 2005. I was unable to follow the
steps to use the Sort control, so went out to the standalone CR2008 app and
that worked just fine. It turns out that not every one of the new designer
features will be found when you use the embedded version of the designer. But
you can easily use your report both in Visual Studio and in the standalone
designer (where all of the design features exist) to get all of the benefits.
Business Objects actually recommends using the standalone designer for doing
the heavy lifting of designing the report, then using the embedded designer for
testing and tweaking. Many developers who use Crystal heavily have subscribed
to this method for a long time.