by October 1, 2005 0 comments



Snapshot Viewer is a tool that allows users to view snapshots of data as presented in Access reports, without a valid Microsoft Access license. This helps to send reports to those who do not have MS Access and the view they see is the same as any user accessing the report via Access. 

Creating a snapshot is as easy as a simple export operation. Exporting a report executes the report and the result (including the presentation) is saved in the resulting snapshot. Thus, a snapshot contains data which was consistent at the time it was created and not at the time it is being viewed. The database might have undergone changes during the meantime, so this makes it a good choice for distributing summary reports from the past, and is not for use in real-time reports. This snapshot can then be e-mailed to other users or
embedded in a Web page and anyone with the Snapshot Viewer can view the results. You can download it for free from the
Microsoft website. 

Direct Hit!
Applies to: Developers
USP:
Eliminates need for MS Access to view reports
Primary link:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q175274 
Google keywords: Snapshot Viewer

Creating a report is as simple as selecting it in reports pane and doing a ‘File>Export’. Choose ‘Snapshot Format (*.snp)’ from the File Type

This snapshot can then be opened with anyone having Snapshot Viewer eliminating the need for an expensive
Access license
You can link to this snapshot from a Web page, to open it in a browser window or an OLE document, say, a Word file
The resultant snapshot seen inside the browser on a machine with Snapshot Viewer installed, without Access

Kunal Dua

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