NPrinting 17.6: How to best manage user filters for multiple distribution emails?
Struggling with a this problem (NPrinting 17.6): one dashboard, one NPrinting App, one connection. Want to distribute 3 different emails (PM Distro, CM Distro, and Hot Item Distro) to same individual over the span of a day (10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM), using Import tasks to create/update/remove users and filters, then distribute reports. My filters are idiosyncratically named by user; examples:
I build these filters dynamically via Qlikview Charts, save them to a network drive, then use Import Task for the create, update, delete. But what ends up happening is that a single NPrinting user gets all three filters are applied for each task run, and since field1, field2, and field3 all exist in the dashboard I end up with the logical Filter 1 AND Filter 2 AND Filter 3...bad report.
This is my workaround, please tell me if there's a better way:
PM Distro at 10 AM:
-Run Publish Task "Delete My Filters" which saves an empty import file userfilters.xlsx to the network.
-Run the Import Task "User Filters" to ingest this empty file to delete all filters previously created by Import Task "User Filters".
-Run a Publish Task from the dashboard (to same file userfilters.xlsx on the network), creating a single filter, idiosyncratically named by user: "[DashboardName] johnsmith-at-somedomain-dot-com"; Values = [whatever i want]
-Run the Import Task "User Filters" again, creating the filter.
-Run the Distro Publish Task that sends the emails, properly filtered.
CM Distro at 12 PM:
-[Repeat steps above, wiping and recreating the filter as needed]
Hot Item Distro at 2 PM:
I tried to skip the Delete step, but then the values get appended to the filter--which was unexpected; I thought it should just update.
I tried different connection strings (thinking they would dictate which filter to use) but no dice; what are they for?