I have mainly just been living on their forums whenever I do work with CR (not a heck of a lot till now but will be doing more and more soon). They have lots of Technical articles as well that have helped with some problems. The link for them is below and the forum you want is down the page some.
I've used this site as well for a reference on how CR integrates with VS.Net. I registered with the site to read the rest of the articles. I don't remember if there was any fee involved. IIRC it was just give a valid email address so they can sell you to mailing lists. Not too sure on that though so don't quote me .
When you do get the CrystalReport up and running try the following bit of code for the export. I have not run it myself so I can not vouch for it's effectiveness but I got it out of my CRfor VS.net class manual.
Dim myDiskFileDestinationOptions as new DiskFileDestinationOptions()
dim FileName as String
FileName = <your local disk>
myDiskFileDestinationOptions.DiskFileName = FileName
With <your CrystalReport>.ExportOptions
.DestinationOptions = myDiskFileDestinationOptions
.ExportDestinationType = ExportDestinationType.Diskfile
.ExportFormatType = ExportFormatType.ProtableDocFormat