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Creating consistent reports

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by jennn, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. jennn

    jennn Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    What is a good software to use for creating and editing templates and reports to keep them consistent?

    I used Microsoft Word to create a template for my team to use but ran into formatting problems.
    For example, my colleagues couldn't edit the charts and graphs in the report (something about not finding the linked file). They had to create graphs from scratch and just eyeballed to make sure the graphs were consistent with the template. They tell me this was a very inefficient method as inserting graphs would cause formatting changes that they would have to go back and fix. Therefore, rendering my template pretty useless.

    Is there any way to keep the formatting consistent within Word or by using another program? I was thinking about InDesign, is that a good way to go about this?

    Thank you everyone!
     
  2. 20_2_Many

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    Jennn,
    I do not deal with Word Templates, but the question is intriguing. Some additional answers may help clarify this, and render a solution. This may be an office environment, or a telecomute. What versions of Word. What is the data coming from for inclusion in the templates. The first thing that comes to mind is that maybe yo get your data from mapped network drive F: from folder "Charts and Graphs". But Bill gets it from network Drive P: and Mary from Network Drive N: - a reason why they cannot find the linked files - this can all be fixed programmatically, but a deeper understanding of the conditions and needs I am sure will trigger responses.
     
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