I finally have access to a Very Nice Toy; a program called Crystal Reports. With it I can filter the DB and pull out information to, for instance, generate a report that is the cover sheet for our subcontract, cutting my data entry on subcontracts exactly in half.
It will do some other things for me, as well, but that’s the biggest time-gift I expect to get from it.
The problem: This is the most unintuitive program I’ve yet seen. After fiddling with it for 45 minutes, I have no idea how to do a damned thing with it.
But I have the tool, and, when I master it, I will be like unto a god in this place, and all will fall at my feet and worship. And I will be a much less stressed person.