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Print Time formula

Posted on 2006-10-30
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Can you make it where if the print time(time) was more than 5 hours ago it would say not up to date?
Question by:ThomasBallardIT
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Expert Comment

ID: 17836139
I don't think so because it is up to date when you print it.

What are you trying to do?


Author Comment

ID: 17836240
If I make the report on monday and save it and then open it up on wednesday the info is no longer up to date.  I guess I just have to refresh it?
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Expert Comment

ID: 17836424
Yes, if you save it then all of the data will be saved as well - including any formula that you might use to compare dates.

The only workaround I can think of is if you return a date field from your stored procedure you could display that date on your report so you'd at least know how old the data is.  It probably isn't an automated solution like you're looking for but it might work for you.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17837342
Can you use a MAX({yourtable.yourfield}) somewhere in the HEADER of the report that will tell you the MAX DATE for the data?

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Expert Comment

ID: 17837344

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Expert Comment

ID: 17837455
Mike's solution will work assuming the data always includes the date that the report was run.  Not knowing what you're looking at, I wasn't sure if this would necessarily be the case - if it is, then use his approach.

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Accepted Solution

James0628 earned 125 total points
ID: 17839015
Instead of the print date/time, how about the data date/time?  If you save the report with data, the data date/time should reflect when the saved data was read.  Then you can compare that to the current date/time.  For example, you could put a formula like the following in the page heading:

if DateDiff ("n", DateTime (DataDate, DataTime), CurrentDateTime) > 300 then
  "Not up to date"

 I used "n" to get the difference in minutes instead of hours to get a more precise result.  If you use "h" for hours, anything from 5 to just under 6 hours would come back as 5 hours.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17842086

Just curious did this work? I've seen issue with the DATA DATE field in the past. Let us know.


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