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bylenatime, March 25, 2014
Reportico
I setup additional tables using Crosstech's Content Builder CCK for a non-government organization, which needed a super easy way to track & update data and print out reports based on this data. Content Builder CCK did the trick for the web-based data management system, but then I really needed a PDF printout function for this management team. Most of these people are not very computer savvy, so simplicity was a foremost consideration. After doing some research on the Joomla! extensions directory I came across Reportico. I set it up first as the standalone product, but then installed the Joomla! component. These are essentially the same, only the Joomla! version allows you to access the Reportico tool through he tJoomla! component menu. Plus the Joomla! version has a sophisticated module. I didn't need the module, at least with this project. All I wanted (and prayed for) was a link so the users could simply click and print. What is so wonderful about this tool is once you have it setup, you can copy and modify the XML files and drop them into your project directory and presto, reports are instantaneously ready to be linked to a menu or button or whatever design you prefer. I had more than 50 reports to build because each report displayed slightly different data. The initial report took me about 3 hours to create (query, formatting, etc), so you can imagine my dismay over the idea of having to create 50 reports. Reportico cut that time down to ~5 minutes per report. All I had to is copy the original XML file, and then search and replace particular tables (could be fields or tables), and then create links for the front end users to simply click and print. The PDF reports are dynamic and execute perfectly every time. The management team I built this system for could not be more pleased with the ease and simplicity of this reporting system. I could not be more pleased with how much time I saved. Not to mention there is so much more you can do with this tool. I'm incorporating it for all my projects requiring reporting, especially for users who need a PDF printout (which is almost always the case). I give Reportico a 5-star!
bylenatime, August 28, 2013
BreezingForms (Lite)
I installed two BreezingForms on one site to test it out. At first it's a little overwhelming because they give you so many options. But once you learn how to navigate their system, it's easy to setup, especially 'QuickMode.' They have three modes you can work in, QuickMode, EasyMode and ClassicMode. And with anything I didn't understand, I was either able to figure it out with the manual, video tutorials and directly from their support staff. They were very responsive to my questions. I plan to purchase the lifetime membership because I'm going to use this on all my websites. I've worked with a lot of different forms and form technologies, and this is by far the best one I've worked with. It might seems too complicated, at first, but it's really not. You just have to spend a day or two learning how they've designed the setup process. I've created some of very complicated forms, which would not have been possible without other form products.