Frequently asked questions around Report Builder.
DATERANGE()function in workbooks?
TODAY() function in Excel returns the current day. The
DATEVALUE() function converts a date string into a serial value. While helpful for many features within Excel, Adobe strongly recommends against using these functions as part of Report Builder scheduled requests. Adobe Customer Care does not support troubleshooting requests using either of these functions.
Scheduled reports are processed on servers that likely do not share time zones as the report suite. The
TODAY() a user expects and the
TODAY() the processing server uses can often be different. Also, the date used is based on when processing starts. If many reports are run simultaneously, the date can change between the time it is requested and when it starts processing due to delays. This issue is present if the scheduled time is close to midnight.
Scheduled reports are also processed on servers that likely do not share date syntax. For example,
7/1/YYYY can refer to July 1 or January 7 depending on your country or region. Using the
DATEVALUE() function on this date would result in differing serial values depending on the computer that executes it.
As an alternative to using these Excel functions, Adobe highly recommends using date ranges within Report Builder requests. On the first page of the request wizard, select Preset Dates in the drop-down, then under Commonly Used Dates, select Today or another desired date range. This setting takes the time of the report suite at the time it was run, and not the time of the server processing the request.
Report Builder supports workbooks up to the following limits: