Reporting on Zoho Creator Applications

Zoho Creator is a popular online database application development tool from Zoho. Thousands of users are using Zoho Creator to develop and host their online database applications to address their business needs. These applications typically enable data collection through forms and enforce business workflow & logic through Deluge, the scripting language of Zoho Creator.

Zoho Creator also supports reporting to address the basic needs of any application. Zoho Creator's focus is on enabling users to quickly create online database applications, and does not specialize on powerful & advanced reporting. Zoho Reports complements Zoho Creator in this regard by providing Zoho Creator users the option to create powerful and flexible reports on the data collected in their applications.

There are multiple ways you can use Zoho Reports in tandem with Zoho Creator.

1. Using the Reports tab in Zoho Creator

Report creation features of Zoho Reports are available right within the Zoho Creator environment. Reports (only charts and pivot tables) can be created over data collected for each form in the application, by accessing the "Reports" tab available in the edit mode of the application.

You can read more about how to use the Reports tab within Zoho Creator here.

2. Using all the features available in Zoho Reports

This method enables users to use the advanced features in Zoho Reports for report generation & customization. By following this method, not just charts and pivots, but dashboards, query tables, summary tables etc can also be created and shared with other users.

The following presentation captures how you can use this method to exploit the advanced features of Zoho Reports, and create reports based on the data in your Zoho Creator applications.

3. Using Zoho Creator as a form interface for Zoho Reports

There can be situations where it is easier and more functional to enter data into Zoho Reports using a form interface. Situations where data entry has to happen without the user seeing the whole database, for instance. Zoho Creator can be used in such cases.

You can read about how to use this method in this help page.

Alex James Brown

Been playing with Zoho Reports today - give it a few CSV files, set up some relationships, and BOOM! Reporting, sorted.. pretty cool.