It seems that every time we think we have a solution to be able to print a dashboard, maintain visualisations/colours etc. we are let down, only to find it doesn’t work.
The overall printing of dashboards is a mess, pdf’s can’t be printed to two or more pages and other methods suggested simply don’t work. Most of our end users have a requirement to print a dashboard to pdf but we can’t seem to find a method that works for all dashboards.
At the minute, I have a client that we’ve built them a table visualization dashboard, added some nice colouring with conditional formatting and been careful to ensure we don’t include too many columns so that it doesn’t cut off at the side when printed to pdf. This works, prints the data but only prints what is displayed on the dashboard so some data is cut off at the bottom.
We had previously been advised a workaround to view the data in html i.e.
- Select download data
- Tick with visualization options applied
- Format HTML
- Open In Browser
However, this only works if the HTML has been hardcoded into the dimension. It doesn’t work when conditional formatting has been applied at the visualization level. This is becoming very frustrating as I now have to provide the client with another work around for a work around.
- Select Schedule
- Format Inline Visualisation - Tiled
- Send to email
- Take the image and copy to paint or some other graphic software to resize and print in an acceptable format.
Even with this solution, there is still some data being cut off at the bottom. When is this getting fixed? For the last 2 years, we keep having to find work arounds and it feels like each time, it gets more and more complicated?