Alternative to Esri's Survey123 Reporting System?

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01-28-2020 11:03 AM
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Regular Contributor II

We love the power and functionality of Esri's Survey123 for ArcGIS, but we simply cannot afford the 2.5 credits per report output.  Has anyone discovered an alternative reporting system?

Joe

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Just create a table in your database and then use a relationship to relate that table to a feature class. You people can make comments in the table.  However, that will only work with Collector/Editors

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Does using Integromat with HTML/GMAIL modules to send feature reports also consume AGOL credits?

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You could build a data driven page in ArcMap/Pro with the required template and include your data* as dynamic fields from your survey. Photos should come through as dynamic content and it can save you the cost of generating a report in AGOL/Survey123 website. (I've done it in the past before the feature report generation became available.) I hope this helps.

*: either download your survey data as a file geodatabase or use the feature layer from AGOL/Portal.

(The on-premise version of the Survey123 website is coming at some point and it supposed to include the feature report generation functionality when it becomes available for Server/Enterprise.)

source: Why does Survey123 Feature Report generation cost so many credits? 

Zoltan Kovacs‌ suggests using ArcGIS Pro in this link.Depending on how you want the end user to trigger the report generation, this is one idea. Geocortex Reporting Series 5 has report capabilities integrated with AGOL but would require you to buy into Geocortex. 
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I have done data driven pages and ReportLab in Python.  Design formatting in both options is not fun.  Images in both are also not fun.

Others I have seen are SQL report writer.

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Thanks to all of you for sharing you experiences and suggestions.

I am intrigued by the Integromat workflow and will study the blog postings authored by the Survey123 team to see if this could work for us.

https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2019/06/02/getting-started-with-survey123-and-integ...

https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2019/06/04/survey123-tricks-of-the-trade-integromat

 

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Using the Integromat workflow still costs AGOL credits. 

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Well, that's a bummer!  Thank you for confirming your suspicions. 
Charging 2.5 credits per report export, which equates to 25 cents per report, reminds me of the days when color copiers first came out and we were charged 10 cents per page to print.  Quite expensive.

OK, I'll look into Plan B; Robert and Doug's use of ArcGIS Pro and maybe ReportLab - Ugh

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