What you could do is show a custom dialog with the information after exporting. So set a variable with the export path and then show a message that says:
"***.xsl has been exported to your Desktop"
And if you want you can show a message “starting export…will notify you when it’s finished” before you start the export.
Hope this helps,
This wouldn't negate the long waiting period in the dark though since the dialog is still at the end.
I handle this with "export job" system in WD. Basically I have a table of jobs, when a user requests an export, I gather the context and send it to the server to export, the server generates the file and places it in a container field when ready. This way I can have a status of "processing" when it's ready, and also a running log of export details from my system.
The user returns to the jobs page after a while to grab their file.
Only limitation I've run into is that it doesn't work for PDF reports since it's not supported yet, but for data exports it works fine.
These are fantastic ideas! I'm going to look into building a jobs system with a status column and a container column for the export, and an email script step to notify the user upon completion, and some conditional formatting to not display the container until the job is done, and some mechanism to only allow the user to see their jobs when viewing the jobs layout, and a mechanism to clean up the containers after a few days to keep the overall file size in check.
Thank you for these most excellent ideas, this is a truly unique forum for a truly unique product.
PS: One other question, does "perform script on server" help speed up your jobs, or, since it is WebDirect is the point moot owing to it being done on the server by default since that is the nature of the WD beast?
Sorry for the late chime, but this is great. My only question is when will the user know that the export is ready?
It would be great if we could have a process dialog we could suppress and it would come back when it's actually done.
You could have the server send out an email when the file is ready. But I’ve found that just a list with a status of “processing” or “complete” with a refresh button works just fine.