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Table Layout in PDF/Word Output Documents

I put this request in via support a week ago or so, and it was stated that the program doesn't support at this time but that I should post as a feature request that might be useful to others as well.

I'm working with repeatable sections (with and without nested tables). And while I can capture the data correctly and the inputs work well, the generated  PDF or Word document lists all the information in a 2 column list down the page. Making it long and difficult to read for the end user.

A mock-up of what I'd like to achieve (using apple weight sampling as an example) is below.

In this case, I would enter Lot No. at the top level then - in a nested table - information for the first 3 columns. Then create calculations &/or aggregations to work out the "Wt per Apple" for each sample line, each lot, and overall.

With efforts so far, the resulting pdf output goes to 2 or 3 pages. 

In the long run, it would be great if tables could be built free-form using the Unique Identifiers as inputs into a Word or Excel doc. For time being I'm hoping it can be done using the structure built into the repeatable table sections.

 

Note, I did try the Table Layout option pictured below, but could not make it work for the use.

 

Thanks!

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    Danielle Morley

    Hi Bill,

    At first glance, it does look to me like you should be able to achieve something similar to this with the table layout option on the PDF, depending on how you've laid out your form -- it might just be a that a minor tweak in from design could accomplish it (it's hard to say without knowing your form). 

    If that isn't working for you though, you could consider leveraging the Excel Custom Document -- which allows you to build a custom excel file as an output to your form submissions.  It would let you simply map Unique ID's wherever you'd like them, as you described.  Here's the documentation:  https://support.prontoforms.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001173423-Custom-Excel-Document

    Does that option work for you? 

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    User: Bill C.

    Thanks, Danielle. I've since taken your thoughts and applied it to custom email outputs with tables and that is working really well for the initial layouts. Expect I will circle back to the Custom Excel Docs and see what I can do.

    Appreciate the good follow up comment. Thx

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