Reports, Queries, Macros form Access databases can be generated automatically based on schedules. Same can be reported through e-mail, fax, FTP, a specified folder or even a text message to a designated manager. Report formats supported are Word, Excel, HTML, PDF, RTF etc.
Pros: The MARS is an application that is a combined report generator and a mailer. It works on MS Access only though. Reports, queries, macros & tasks can be scheduled by MARS. Results of these outputs could be in any of the specified formats such as Word, Excel, HTML, PDF, RTF etc. A single report or a bunch of them (a package) could be scheduled. Scheduled could be a regular, daily, weekly, monthly style or even an irregular one like the third Friday of every month. Another way of scheduling is based on events, such as when something changes, something unusual happens and so on. The schedule can be repeated multiple times on the same day too.
Once schedule are triggered other actions can be carried out beyond generating reports. Actions such as modifying a file, updating a database etc could be carried out too.
Other major part of the functionality available is actually transmitting the reports to an authorized recipient. This can be via e-mail, fax, FTP or even text messages/SMS’s via the cell phones. E-mail options are via the Outlook or directly by MARS vial couple of SMTP options.
The user interface has the options laid out around the main display area. Files are displayed in an explorer like tree structure. There’s a set of icons at the bottom too.
As far as functionalities go, the report generation part could well be handled by any of several report generating programs available. It’s the scheduling and the transmission of reports that add real value to the package. The application is quite heavy for the functionality offered.
The interface also is a little cluttered. The icons at the bottom get zoomed up in a nice way when the mouse is over them but the font& the shadow etc used for their names make them difficult to read.
Overall rating for the application is 4 stars.