printing reports (views)

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  • Alex Wilkinson

    Would find it extremely useful to be able to dump a saved view to a spreadsheet. PDF would be nice, too, but just a spreadsheet would be a big improvement. 

    Alex

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  • Jacquelyn May

    Alex - you can already do this using our Excel export tool:

    https://help.podio.com/entries/21727787-exporting-to-excel

    If you're using a filter when you select to export, you'll only export the items shown in that filter.

    /Jacquelyn - Podio

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  • Neil Singer

    Sara Høeg - Please evaluate your low priority for the formatted print feature. This is a roadblock. Podio could be the perfect tool for our business, but without formatted printing (e.g. printing with a template) then Podio has severely restricted value. Not being able to print with our own logo and desired page layout undermines the entire platform. Please reconsider!!!

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  • Andrew Davis

    @Neil, i feel that being able to print a view/report or export to PDF in general is a huge plus.

     

    forget branding, no offense. I'd rather have the feature in beta and available at a basic level, than wait for them to brand it.

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  • Neil Singer

    @Andrew: I can see what you are saying, and even an unformatted beta would be valuable. However, for our use, not being able to print our key documents means using Podio doesn't meet our need. We would still be doing a bunch of admin busy-work getting data out of Podio and putting into outside templates to be able to print something appropriate. It is really a roadblock to an otherwise very desirable system.

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  • Andrew Davis

    @Neil, i absolutely agree. i guess what i'm trying to say is that i'd just rather have SOMETHING than nothing. but being able to print views in the way they are shown in the site would be marvelous. i could definitely use that feature. 

    but it is ridiculous that this isn't in their roadmap.. then again i notice they implement what's at the top of the forum. not too bad. we just need to rally people for this.

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  • Andrew Davis

    @Neil, i absolutely agree. i guess what i'm trying to say is that i'd just rather have SOMETHING than nothing. but being able to print views in the way they are shown in the site would be marvelous. i could definitely use that feature. 

    but it is ridiculous that this isn't in their roadmap.. then again i notice they implement what's at the top of the forum. not too bad. we just need to rally people for this.

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  • Andrew Davis

    idk why it just duplicated my message.

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  • Neil Singer

    We're on the same page, Andrew. Unfortunately, we need something now and signing up with Podio means investing a lot of organizational time getting everyone up to speed. Since they are dismissing this as a priority, I think we will have to look elsewhere. Which is too bad, really, because Podio could be a terrific resource for us...

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  • Andrew Davis

    @neil ah. i know how you feel. I'm just hanging on for the ride. i'm investing time in the fact that most of my processes are viable in Podio right now, and perhaps more will be soon too.

    i would say that doing an spreadsheet export is your best bet. i honestly don't think there is any management system as powerful as Podio out there. but you're totally right to leave since Podio doesn't have some pretty core functionality requirements. best of luck and cheers.

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  • Alejandro Buschel

    How about an integration via Zapier with Adobe to print to pdf?

    It is not about paper, it is about clean formatting.

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  • Dimitris Demetriou

    Not a perfect solution but if you use chrome, try adding this free extension http://www.printfriendly.com/browser_tool

    Cheers.

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  • Dimitris Demetriou

    Forgot to mention it seems to work only in table view. Thanks.

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  • Alex Wilkinson

    Excellent suggestion, Dimitris ... because it works for non-Admin users, too. Unlike the Podio export function, which is not available to all users. Essentially, I advised my users to: (a) install the tool, (b) filter the view, (3) use the tools icon to deselect columns, (d) click the newly installed print icon. Works nicely, and doesn't require a savvy user. Thanks!

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  • James Motley

    Another vote for printing of views. I am baffled how such a well thought out piece of software could be missing something so basic and fundamental. It is crippling and nearly a showstopper for so many who want to use it in a real world scenario. Not everyone is sitting around at meetings with an iPad in their hands, we need to print the lists without spending a half hour in Excel formatting the darn thing! That Print Friendly thing above is decent, but no report Title is included and explaining to clients how to add the Print Friendly button to their browser will probably prompt a phone call. COME ON PODIO, PLEASE ADD THIS FEATURE ASAP!

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  • Stewart Chesters

    There is so much about Podio I can rave about. I introduced the apps I have developed to our team and they were very excited until the question "where is the print option for views" ...... what followed was complete team wide incomprehension as to how this could not be done, especially as only admin level will have export ability. (btw the Print Friendly button is erratic and on reports with more than just several rows). I think you have a great product, and yes reducing paper is a great thing but I do not think the world is ready to eliminate it yet.

    +1

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  • leonardo aloi

    For table views, I tried the printfriendly Chrome Extension suggested by Dimitris Demetriou, and it works quite fine for me.

    My approach:

    1) switch to Table View

    2) go to full screen mode

    3) click on "show more" button on the bottom of the view (it appears if there are more than 30 lines) to load all the table items

    4) press the keyboard shortcut for the PRintFriendly extension (I set it up in advance, using the Extension control panel in Chrome)

    5) Clean the pdf preview clicking on  all the line numbers (The extension captures html tables, and unfortunately Podio  manages line numbers in a separated table respect to the content table) -- this is the more annoying task...

    6) Save as PDF.

    I succeed in exporting all the columns and all the rows, also those hidden under the right and bottom margin of the screen. Cell content is not cropped, thank to the savvy  podio choice to use the text-overflow properties to show ellipsis in cells with long texts.

    Thank you Dimitris for the tip!

    Please Podio, implement a native "save to excel / pdf" almost on the table views, as your front-end already loads all the data needed,

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  • Howard Jacobson

    I have to agree with the comments that wonder how printing can be nearly impossible in Podio.  This feature must be implemented.

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  • Stewart Chesters

    @leonardo you are correct, PrintFriendly is nearly a solution. I think you are being polite about step 5, as it is more than just annoying as a task. As an admin if I really needed a PDF I would put myself through step 5, but I could never propose it as a business process for the wider team. It would drive them insane.

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  • leonardo aloi

    @Stewart, I find a trick to avoid step 5 - but still not viable for common users.

    PrintFriendly has a powerful feature: any markup element in the page classed as "print-only" will be printed, all the other being ignored.

    After you switched to full-screen mode, open the Chorme developer console with F12 (be sure it is detached from the main window) and  edit the table element containing the scrollable data :

    <table class="data" style="width: 3010px;">

     adding the class "print-only"; you will obtain this:

    <table class="data print-only" style="width: 3010px;">

    Now use your keyboard shortcut for PrintFriendly... et voilà! a nice PDF with just and only the data you need.

    I am not a javascript programmer, but it should be easy to create a bookmarklet to inject the class "print-only" to the relevant <table> tag.

    @PODIO: if you kindly could add natively  the class "print-only" to that table, you can make a lot of us happier.

    It could costs 1 minute of a developer +10 minute of the project manager to plan the deploy in the next bug-fix release, and - I guess - no regression test, because the CSS rule should not be fired by your front-end implementation.

     

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  • leonardo aloi

    glad to say it is not necessary to switch in full screen mode, the above procedure works also in normal table view - overall easier!

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  • leonardo aloi

    I became a javascript programmer in ten minutes :)

    Go here and you can create and deploy your PODIO-PrintFriendly bookmarklet:

    http://mrcoles.com/bookmarklet/

    then paste the following two lines of code :

    var element = document.getElementByClassName("data");

    element.classList.add("print-only");

    Now click "convert to bookmarlet" button, and drag the blue button  "this link" to the Chrome bookmark bar. Rename it something like "podio pre-print" (I renamed it "PPP")

    From now on, when you are in a table view in PODIO, in order to print or export in PDF, just:

    1) click the "PPP" bookmark

    2) run PrientFriendly (by button or by shortcut)

    3) enjoy

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  • leonardo aloi

    ...failed my Javascript developer exams. Correct Javascript should be:

    var element = document.getElementsByClassName("data")[0];

    element.classList.add("print-only");

    By the way, it seems to work also with badge view.

    For the CARD VIEW, I had success with this bookmarlket: 

    var element = document.getElementsByClassName("items-list");

    element[0].classList.add("print-only");

    Anyway, PrintFriendly seems to have an erratic behavior: when invoked more than once, it sometimes  recognize the print-only class, some other not. 

    @PODIO: again, it is better if you implement a native export to excel / pdf.

     

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  • Ron van der Plas

    @Leonardo: +100! Thanks, nice solution.

    @Podio: ?

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  • leonardo aloi

    love bookmarklets! I succeeded in fitting the standard table view to large screens:

    https://help.podio.com/entries/23713461-fully-elastic-layout

     

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  • Claus Rendler

    I also think, that a print or PDF function on each Podio view would be nice. So it would be easy to take - for example a project list - to a meeting without delay.  

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  • Howard Jacobson

    @Leonardo: Great stuff.

    When printing a View, I wanted the row numbers hidden. I added to Leonardo's great work:

    var element = document.getElementsByClassName("data");

    element[0].classList.add("print-only");

    var element = document.getElementsByClassName("count");

    element[2].style.display="none";

    Note that my syntax is slightly different (putting the [0] element index in a different place). Also, the script could break if the table that contains the row numbers were to move within the DOM to a position other than "2" (which is the third position).

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  • Khaliq Abdul Musawwir Muhammad

    I also would really love this feature. I tried the print friendly function with my mac and it didn't work for me. On other thing I was able to do as a work around was copy and paste into a google docs document. You have to experiment with how you copy and paste though to get it to work right when pasting the tables, and then sometimes it pastes the number column above the rest of the info and you have to delete that by selecting it and right clicking delete table in the google document. I also however was able to paste the content on a google docs spreadsheet without the table formatting and then print mode from the google spreadsheet which also works.

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  • Jose Brotons

    I link apps to each other representing a full workflow.  It is a real pain when I want to print out all items associated to a particular item.  For example I use it for employee reviews.  They fill out some forms, I fill out some forms so in the end I have:

    • Meeting Request (all the forms below link to this particular app)

    • Form from employee

    • Form from manager (1 or more)

    • Feedback of the review by employee

    • Feedback of the review by manager (1 or more)

    And all of this needs to be printed out into PDF and uploaded to docusign to that the employee can sign that he has received it.  It is a LOT of work, for a feature that would be as simple as:

    Print all associated tasks ... 

    It would be awesome at this point.

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  • David Galloway

    Yes i have just discovered that podio cant do direct print. Big problem can you fix it now, and fast!!!

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