03-02-2009 09:23 AM
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04-03-2009 03:05 PM - edited 04-03-2009 03:06 PM
I use to use Crystal Reports because I find it to be much more easier and user friendly but maybe because I've been using it for a long time now. Our company has started to use ACT for different departments because Stonefield Query in a lot of ways is a more user-friendly database reporting software tool. And most people find it easier to utilize because of the step-by-step wizard that makes reporting very easy.
09-22-2011 09:34 AM
I am really so very tired of trying to get ACT Report writer to behave. I duplicated a WORKING Report, took out the Detail in Section 3 and replaced it with new data fields. IT WILL NOT RUN!!! They are just DATA FIELDS! The only sub-reports are history which RAN FINE in the Report I copied. I have tried every combination of activity type, etc. Any suggestions (other than to get STONEFIELD which is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE?)
09-22-2011 10:55 AM
Without examining the template I wouldn't be able to guess what might be causing your problem.
There is a third party book with comprehensive training information on the ACT! reports, here is the link.
09-22-2011 03:47 PM
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02-21-2012 09:15 AM
I fins your choice of adjective to describe the ACT! report writer a bit strange. The ACT! reports are extremely flexible and can be used for most reporting needs. I would agree to non-intuitive and poorly documented by sage but not obtuse. There is a third party book with comprehensive training information on the ACT! reports, here is the link.
Full disclosure I wrote the reports chapters of the book.
As to third party report writers: of course there's Crystal Reports but that has a truly steep learning curve. Stonefield query has a wizard to aid for moderately complex reports but does have its limitations and if you need to switch to advance mode is very difficult to work with. It's also very expensive. My choice when the ACT! report writer reaches a limitations is the Durkin Impact reports.
02-22-2012 06:17 PM - edited 02-22-2012 06:19 PM
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