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    Dane commented  · 

    Can you clarify this idea? Would rows and columns both be dynamic at run-time? Or would they be chosen when the report is built so that non-results show up as zeros/blanks on the report?

    That is, let's say I'm running a report with task type as the column headers and task recipients as the rows, and I want the cells to show a count. If Bob didn't receive any tasks, will he still show up as a row? If the Revision task type was not used, does it still show up as a column?

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    Dane commented  · 

    So I experimented a bit more with resizing the table and snapping it to the size of the page. That actually works fairly well. It's pretty simple to snap the table to the page width and have all of the columns proportionally resize.

    That will probably work for most of what I need. While it's one extra action after resizing a column, it isn't such a bad thing that I have to make the decision to resize all of the columns slightly.

    The ability to have a report optimize its own column widths at run-time isn't something I've really seen, but would still be cool.

    While the table doesn't split columns, it will split a word that's longer than the column width. That makes sense. It's just in the Magic Run-Time Optimization (TM) it should avoid that.

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    Dane commented  · 

    Actually, you know what would be absolutely amazing: a magic formatting button. I'm talking about the table outputs here.

    Here's what the magic formatting would do: with the given set of columns with a maximum width of one page (perhaps variable if it matters to others), the report will resize the columns at run-time so that the report takes up a minimum number of pages without breaking words.

    That's essentially what I'm trying to do and guess at by hand when I size the columns. I don't want dates or words broken across two lines, but otherwise I want long multi-word values to wrap as little as possible. If I could just set up a pretty header, define the report criteria and output values, and click the Magic Formatting button, that would be bliss.

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    Dane commented  · 

    Yes. Yes, I believe that would be a good solution.

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    Dane commented  · 

    I wasn't clear. As an example, let's say I want a chart/list of product sales. By default, I want this to include absolutely all of our recorded sales. However, I want to set up filters so that at run-time I can filter it to only show sales for a certain product category, or a certain sales rep, or to a certain customer, or of a certain quantity, or in a certain region.

    Presently, I can default to a single choice in each of those filters. Which would mean only blue gizmos sold by Bob to John in bulk to the Southeast.

    The one way I can see to sorta make it work is to make the filters be "in this list" instead of "equal to." But even then, while I can choose every currently existing value for the default, I can't set it to all current and future values. Where this approach breaks down is when we sell to a new customer, add a new sales rep, add a new product category, or define a new region.

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    under review  ·  Scott Willeke responded

    We’re considering this one. I’d love to know if other customers out here are interested. If so please vote!

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    Dane commented  · 

    I'm pretty sure you can already do this. You just set multiple groupings and don't include header rows.

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