The Hosting Platform Needs Fundamental Reporting Tools

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the new "last viewed" field, in details view, is a great enhancement; but we need the ability to filter the display to only show media viewed on a specific date, or those media viewed during a range of dates

also, we need the ability to extract/export the displayed data records [but not the media itself], just the associated field information

I host hundreds of public tutorials, and I manage links to these in multiple ways [including SQL and Access databases, PDF links lists, etc.], where the Screencast data is the "master" recordset

Updating the "slave" recordsets is a manual process; tedious and error prone; with folders that hold hundreds of tutorials, keeping all this synchronized can be brutal

I've historically had to copy/paste record data [one record at a time], to other apps, like Notepad++, Excel, or an Access data table, then I could accomplish compares [hopefully using Beyond Compare] to validate the slave records listings against

To further simplify this process, and greatly reduce the required time and labor, I recently worked out a way to use a Snagit panoramic capture to pull records off a Screencast details display, then use the "grab text" tool to get the records into a form that can be pasted into Notepad++ and/or Excel, thus giving me formatted listing of the recordset

I mentioned above that the new "last viewed" field is a big help; I now can sort it by "most recently viewed", and if I do so at 1 second past 8 PM USA eastern daylight time [0 hours Universal Time Coordinated], I can display a list of all media viewed on the preceding date. I could manually count the records viewed on that date, but if the list is long, that is a real pain; fortunately, the Snagit trick makes it easy to just grab only the previous day's records

If interested or curious, here is how the Snagit trick works ...

How To Use Snagit Panooramic Captures To Extract Data From Details View

Although a viable workaround, I would much prefer that include such reporting as an integral part of the hosting service
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