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15 Things Sunset Reports can do with Microsoft Office

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

If you are a Microsoft Office user, you will be interested to know that Sunset Reports can:

  1. connect to Microsoft Access databases
  2. replace the query designer in Access
  3. replace the report designer in Access
  4. import report designs from Access
  5. connect to Microsoft Excel worksheet ranges as a data source for reports
  6. import Excel worksheet ranges as report designs
  7. export reports to Excel
  8. import Microsoft Word documents as RTF files into a report design
  9. export reports to RTF files that can be loaded into Microsoft Word
  10. distribute any Microsoft Office file as part of a report definition utilizing the queue and delivery service.  This includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Project, etc.
  11. create reports from Outlook data.   If you have synchronized your Outlook with iCloud, you can create reports from iCloud data.
  12. using OneNote, link to a report file
  13. using OneNote, attach a report file
  14. using OneNote, insert a report printout
  15. integrate with InfoPath to create a custom application

So if you are working with Microsoft Office, Sunset Reports is a great add-on.

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Cloud Server

June 7, 2012 Leave a comment

In some upcoming posts, the details of how to implement a Cloud Server with Sunset Reports will be discussed.   The following diagram shows the basis of this discussion.  This architecture has been used for projects where a database client was running on an iPad, and this client would synchronize with it’s server counterpart and keep a set of database tables up to date both on the iPad and the Server.   Then Sunset Reports was used to create the reports needed and pushed those reports to the client on a schedule and as requested.

Cloud Storage

May 9, 2012 Leave a comment

A great way to remotely get access to the reports created by Sunset Reports is to use a cloud service.   You have many choices including Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive, Google Drive, CX.com, SugarSync, among others.   If you are nervous about security with sensitive reports, use the password protection on an encrypted PDF file to be safe.

Our recommendation is SkyDrive, although the others work too.   Set your report repository to a folder within your local Skydrive folder on your workstation or server.   As soon as the report is saved, it is available on your Skydrive devices including other PC’s, your iPad, your iPhone, etc.   It cannot be easier or more simple.