Last March, we replaced the Adobe Reader as our primary report viewer with a more stable proprietary document viewer. Now that I have used it for a few months, I have to say I just love it. The original reason we went to the new Escape Online Document Viewer was to put reports in a separate window so you could look at your report and the software AT THE SAME TIME.
While this is most awesome, this change was more than just window dressing, so to speak. For the next few weeks, I am going to break down the great new document viewer features (export formats, printer preferences, and emailing).
Let's start with the export formats.
Now, you can export your reports in so many different ways, the data is simply available to ANY other software. Some packages, like Microsoft Word and Excel, we support outright, but others can use one of the many export formats.
Check it out.
This is quite a list! Some of these you are already familiar with, like the Excel (looks just like the report but is in Excel) and Excel Data (in a spreadsheet format with only one header and no totals or subtotals).
Of course, there is PDF (which is just like you had before) and Word and RTF which both import nicely into word processing software.
Next are the XML, HTML, CSV and Text options. These are great for all of those "other" programs. For example, say that I want to display Escape Online data on a web site. The XML and HTML data would be perfect.
On the other hand, maybe I want to manipulate the data in iWork. The CSV or Text options may be the best way to get the data ready for import.
The thing is, for the majority of reports, we have all of the output formats you need to get the data where it needs to be in the format it needs to be in.
But, of course, that's not all. Next week, we will talk more about displaying the reports in the viewer and emailing reports to others (Escape and non-Escape users)!