In the past, I’ve rarely seen a use for the FRx output Email Option. If you email a report generated to the FRx Drilldown Viewer, the email will have the report in a Drilldown Viewer file attached or it will have a link to the Drilldown Viewer file. Unfortunately, a report recipient would need to have FRx Drilldown Viewer installed and more importantly, a Drilldown Viewer user license, to open the file and view the report. A Drilldown Viewer license is fairly pricey, so many companies do not have Drilldown user licenses for their report recipients. Instead, the reports are generated to Excel files and then those files are emailed to the recipients.
Recently, I realized that you can use the Email Output Option to automatically send out a report in an Excel file. For example, if you email to the Board of Directors the Balance Sheet, P&L;, and Statement of Cash Flows in Excel files each month, you could set the Output Option on each of the reports to automatically email them to each of the Board Members. The only time this won’t work is if you are using a reporting tree and only certain units of the tree are to go to only certain people. There is currently no way to do this. (If anyone has figured out a way to do this, please let me know!)
If you routinely generate FRx reports to Excel files and then email those files out, using the Email Out Option will save you some time.