Our Report Builder tool was produced to simplify your gathering and sharing of Cincinnati-related economic development information directly from our site. We expect this tool to assist you with your decision to locate or expand a business in Cincinnati. We hope you find what you need from our new site and by using the multiple functions of this tool. Should you have any comments or questions please call our offices at (513)352-2499 any time you need additional information or support.
Thank you for your commitment to making Cincinnati a great place to do business.
Patrick Ewing, Interim Director, Economic Development Division, City of Cincinnati
The content of this site is administered and presented in such a manner that reportable content is always identifiable by a small folder icon, the text “Add to Report,” and a dotted line that defines each reportable content module. As you navigate through the site you will notice these indicators appearing whenever your cursor is positioned over or very near to reportable content. The indicator appears after approximately 3 seconds of hover (see figures 1). Similarly, a complete page of reportable content modules is identifiable by the folder icon and the text “Add All to Report” appearing in the lower right corner of the second and third level navigation bar (see figure 2).
Collecting Reportable Content
Select and collect reportable content by clicking on the “Add to Report” link appearing within each reportable content module, or by clicking on the “Add All to Report” link to collect an entire page of reportable content modules. Your first selection activates the Report Builder drawer located at the top of the site. This is indicated by the drawer sliding open in a downward motion, and your collected reportable content shown as a titled icon under the term Active Report (see figure 3).
You may choose to leave the drawer open, however we recommend that you close it to regain more onscreen viewable content above the fold. Closing and opening the drawer can be done at any time, and this is done by clicking on the “Report Builder” tab located on the far right hand side of the drawer (see figure 4A). Closing the drawer does not deactivate it. Your collected content is retained and is indicated by the number 1 appearing within the Report Builder tab (see figure 4B).
With each subsequent “Add to Report” selection you make, your reportable content is obtained, transferred to and collected within the Report Builder drawer. This combined action is indicated both by an animated graphic transfer and by the sequential item counter on the Report Builder tab (see figure 5).
When accidentally selecting “Add to Report” on a module previously collected, the dotted line that defines that module will flash twice to indicate its existence in the Report Builder drawer. Reportable content modules will not be collected twice in the same report.
Building a Report
Whether you have collected 1 reportable item or 10, at any time during your visit you can choose to build a report by clicking the “Report Builder” tab and selecting the “Build Report” option (see figure 6A) . Likewise, at any time you can opt to delete your collected reportable items by selecting “Clear Report” (see figure 6B). Note that Report Builder features vary significantly for Registered and Non-Registered users.
You DO NOT have to register to use Report Builder, however registered use is recommended to realize the full capacity of the tool’s features. Regisration is simple, requiring only a valid email address and a user designated password (entered twice for validation). Registration is accessed via the Register new account link located within the Report Builder drawer or at ChooseCincy.com/register (see figure 7). A newly registered user is automatically logged in upon completing registration. Any session-existing reports or collected drawer content will be assigned to the user account, and an email is generated to the address provided for registration authentication.
A non-registered user may build, save and share reports. Selecting “Build Report” from the Report Builder drawer packages the collected items into a report and presents it as an HTML page with a 3-function toolbar including “Save”, “Delete”, and “Share” buttons (see figure 8). Selecting “Save” allows a non-registered user to title a report, and that report is then recorded and accessible at a dedicated URL for a period of 30 days (see figure 9). Selecting “Delete” removes a saved report from our system. Non-registered users may select “Share” to use the integrated email, Twitter and Facebook distribution system to send and publish saved session reports (see figure 10).
A registered user may build, save, organize, annotate, share, export and append reports. Selecting “Build Report” from the Report Builder drawer packages the collected items into a report and presents it as an HTML page with a 5-function toolbar including “Save”, “Edit”, “Delete”, “Share” and “Export” buttons (see figure 11). Selecting “Save” allows a registered user to title a report, and that report is then recorded and is indefinitely accessible at a dedicated URL (see figure 9). Selecting “Delete” removes a saved report from our system.
A registered user may modify and comment within a report by selecting the “Edit” button. An additional toolbar with either 3 button functions is revealed (see figure 12). This toolbar includes an “Annotate Content” pencil button, a “Delete” trash can button and a “Drag to Reorder” arrows button. Selecting the “Delete” trash can button will only remove the selected content module, not the report itself. Selecting the “Drag to Reorder” arrows button allows a user to reposition the order in which the reportable content modules are presented (see figure 13). As a content module is grabbed and moved, a large drop-zone graphic will appear to indicate the proper release point. Content modules can be reordered up or down anywhere within the flow of the report. Upon release the content is automatically saved in its new presentation order.
Adding user generated text to reportable content is as easy as selecting the “Annotate Content” pencil button. A pop-up text editor will appear in which a user may type comments (see figure 14). Upon clicking “Save” the page refreshes and the user generated text, the user’s email address as a source credit, and the date are automatically appended to the reportable content module.
Registered users may select “Export” to locally save a report as a PDF. Registered uses may select “Share” to use the integrated email, Twitter and Facebook distribution system to send and publish saved, personally annotated reports. And, a registered user may view and append existing saved reports upon returning to and logging in to the site. Appending a saved report is done by selecting the “Activate” function – clicking on the checkmark button located next to the title of a saved report within the Report Builder drawer (see figure 15). Activating a report allows registered users to reutilize the full set of Report Builder features to make changes to any saved report, export and/or share as a new report.