Often times at work, I'm using a really great tool to help me do something. Stuff like InfoQube, Mylife Organized, etc. These programs have beautiful ways of presenting information on the screen. However, when they export or print, it looks like shit. And you usually have to take it over to Excel or Word, and do some manual massaging to get it to look halfway decent. These programs are business type tools, and there's no way to print directly from the program (one-click) and take that paper to a meeting with "important" people because it looks so bad.
Is there a program that can take these exports from software (csv, tab-delimited text files, xml files, etc.) and create a preset rules for that kind of file, and then once the rules are made, you can have a one-click solution to beautiful reports. Is there anything like that?
I'll give an example of the problem. the first screenshot below is what the MLO screen looks like. The second one is what it prints out (there's no way to change it). How could I possibly take that to a meeting?Program to beautify crappy exports from other applications?Program to beautify crappy exports from other applications?
When that happens, it makes me really torn about wanting to use the program. I NEED the program because it can do things no other program can do. On the other hand, I can't share the data with anyone because they expect reports on paper. So then I have to massage it in another application like Excel. But it comes to a point where I say F-it, I'll just do the whole thing on Excel. And then I stop using the program. Then, developers wonder why they don't have more users.