ReportsViewing Snap-Plus reports
Snap-Plus reports are created either as html web pages displayed in your default web browser, or comma delimited ".csv" files displayed in your default spreadsheet program. Which output format you choose depends mostly on how much customization you wish to do on the report. The spreadsheet versions are easier to edit; the html versions are usually a little prettier.
If you don't have a default browser set up, you should do so. Just open your favorite browser and when it asks if you want to set this as the default, click yes. If it doesn't ask you, then it is already set up as the default. If you don't have Microsoft Excel for viewing the csv reports, you could consider using the free OpenOffice suite which includes a spreadsheet program.
Where are my reports saved?
By default, reports are saved in the C:\SnapPlus\Reports directory. The default report name includes the farm name, report name, (in some cases) the report year, and has a ".html" or ".csv" suffux (eg "Sample farm.590.Report.html"). You can change both the destination directory and the report name using the report setup dialog box. For instance if you are planning several farms, it might make sense to keep the reports for each farm in a folder with the farm data in C:\SnapPlus\MySnapPlusData or wherever you keep your SnapPlus databases.
If you change the directory where your report is saved, Snap-Plus will remember the new directory and continue to save reports there until you change it again. If you are re-generating a report with Snap-Plus and you already have a report in the folder with the same name, be sure to change the name of one of them or any editing you might have done on the existing one will be overwritten.
Snap-Plus reports are printed using your web browser or spreadsheet program. Web browsers handle printing differently depending on which one you are using. The important thing to remember is that reports generally look better when printed in landscape mode, and usually need a "shrink to fit page" or "scaling" option to fit on standard letter sized paper. You'll also want to make sure that background colors are printed so that the report row shading is visible. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Opera browser all have a "Print Preview" function in their File menu for setting these options. You will need to use the "Page Setup" tool in the print preview screen to set the background color printing and perhaps other settings. Google Chrome does not come with a print preview function as of this writing, but there is an extension you can use for adding one which clones the Internet Explorer print preview screen.
Printing reports from a spreadsheet requires the use of page and print area formatting to fit the report on letter sized paper. Print preview from the spreadsheet can help get the formatting adjusted.
How can I customize my Snap-Plus reports?
Some reports have options you can change in the Snap-Plus report setup dialog box. Which options are available depends on the report being created. You can usually filter fields by sub-farm designation.
Once created, CSV reports can be edited in your spreadsheet program which gives you control over column widths, header text and other editing. You can add your own content and delete or rearrange columns as needed. HTML reports can be edited using many word processors, although editing grid results may be more difficult than with a csv spreadsheet format.
How can I get preparer information in my Snap-Plus reports?
If preparer information has been entered into Snap-Plus, then it can be included in any report. To enter preparer data go to "Edit/Preparer info" from the Snap-Plus "Edit" menu. Then, in the report setup dialog box, select the preparer from the dropdown list. You can edit preparer info from the report setup dialog box as well.
When I open my report in a spreadsheet, some columns are formatted incorrectly
Spreadsheeet programs sometimes interpret some data as date information even when it is not. SnapPlus reports are coded in such a way to avoid this, but sometimes it happens anyway. Unfortunately, the spreadsheet program does not allow the user to format columns as it is opening the file, and sometimes reformatting cells after the file is opened does not work either. In this case the value might have to be re-entered by hand.
When I try to create a report, I get an "I/O error 103" message
This error means that the SnapPlus report you are trying to create had problems being saved to your disk. It could occur if you don't have administrative privileges on the computer you are working with, but the report should still be created and displayed. You just need to dismiss the error box. It will also occur if you are re-creating a report that is already open in another program which has prevented Snap-Plus from saving it. The solution is to save and close the report in the other program before creating the SnapPlus report. Remember that re-creating a report using the default report name overwrites any report with the same name in the report directory you are using. You can avoid this by naming them differently.