Report Writer Series: Keys, Restrictions, Sorting, Grids

Here, at long last, is my next-to-last blog post in the Report Writer series. It’s not that I’ve covered everything you could possibly know about Report Writer, not by a long shot, but what I’ve found is some of the basic information I’ve shared thus far wasn’t as easy to find as the more advanced stuff was.  Do you want to know about using VBA with Report Writer? Editing package files? Adding Extender fields to a Report Writer report? There are many things like these that are already covered by the Dynamics GP community. In my last article I will summarize my series and include a few links to other Report Writer resources if you haven’t found them already!

Now onto this article… This one is a bit of a hodge-podge of things, there is no particular reason why these are all lumped together in one!  The items here probably deserve more in-depth discussion but for the purposes of this blog I just wanted to highlight a few key things about them rather than dig deep into their usefulness.

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Report Writer Series: Custom Reports

The next in my series of blog posts about Report Writer is a brief article on Custom reports.

Why would you create a custom report in Report Writer?  (really… why?) I’ve done it a handful of times, and don’t particularly recommend it (with all due respect to David Musgrave 🙂 ) but there are a couple simple reasons why it makes sense sometimes.  The types of reports you would create with it would need to be extremely simple due to the fact there is no end user option for sorting or filtering results and no parameter input.
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Report Writer Series: Toolbox Tips

I’m a bit behind in my blogging lately, time to catch up a little bit!  Today I’m digging into some of the lesser-used items on the toolbox, and finishing this topic up next week.  How can I tell these tools are not used much?  The answer is simple: I’ve seen a lot of ugly reports – fields formatted poorly or not lined up with the header fields they match up to, etc.

I do cringe when I see simple things like a block of address fields (for instance) not aligned, when there are tools there for you to eliminate this issue forever.

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Report Writer Series: Don’t settle for ugly reports! Part 1

Now that most of the payroll year-end tax update season is behind us, it’s back to the Report Writer series of articles.

You’re not the only one who is sick of looking at ugly plain-text edit lists and searching for the information you want to review. Have no fear, more useful and attractive reports are a few mouse clicks away!

Lots of users have gone to other reporting tools to get better looking reports and I don’t blame them. Crystal and SQL Reporting Services give us a lot of great tools to improve reporting in terms of look and feel as well as flexibility of layout and many other benefits. As much as some of us would like Report Writer to die a slow death, the reality is for posting journals and edit lists and anything with temp tables, Report Writer is “it”.

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