Discover needs to better handle dates

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120Feet

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120Feet

13-04-2011

This is a request for Adobe to enhance Discover such that it can handle dates much more effectively and offer more flexibility in order that frequently accessed Projects are much more usable and I can stop wasting several hours every week.

Let me explain …

 

Let’s assume that on 22nd March I created a Project and set the date range to “this year”.  Each time I open this project after 22nd March the Project will no longer be using the date range ”this year” but instead it will show data just from 1 Jan to 21 Mar.  If I update the date range and resave the Project, this new date range is ignored and the original period is still applied next time I open it.

 

This is frustrating and detracts from the usefulness of Discover for Projects that I need to access often, rather than those which have been created just for one-off analysis.

 

Suggestions on how Discover should handle dates:

 

  • When I save a Project, I need the ability to set the date range for the Project.  This should over right the initial date range that was used when the project was selected.
  • I need the ability to set a fixed or rolling start and end date and for this date mask to be applied each and every time the Project is opened.I need to be able to decide whether this date mask is applied to all Worksheets and Workspaces within the Project and then to be able to override this and apply a different date mask to individual Worksheets and Workspaces as I see fit.  This will give much better date control.
  • When I change a date mask I need the appropriate reports to be updated automatically.  This will stop me having to manually set the date sliders on each and every report separately.  This wastes time.
  • If I have a Workspace with many metrics / columns, I need the date sliders (at the bottom of the screen) to be more intuitive to use; ie to make it easy to ‘grab’ the all of the sliders in one go.  For example, if I have several columns, I tend to have to need 2-3 goes to move them all to the desired date.
  • I also need the ability for dates to be better handled when I want to email and schedule reports.  If the above changes are made similar functionality needs to be included in the save options.
  • And whilst I’m writing about saved reports, I need the ability to select which reports in my Project I want to have emailed to me (or someone else), and for them all be to attached to the same email as separate Excel files.
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timlott

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26-04-2012

Discover 3 includes more elegant calendaring to support this request.