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  1. Support new chart types in Office 2016

    Windward doesn't currently support the new chart types introduced in Office 2016, for example Treemap and Sunburst.
    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/available-chart-types-in-office-a6187218-807e-4103-9e0a-27cdb19afb90

    From Windward Support: 'They are implemented in Excel differently than the older chart types, and Windward literally doesn't "see" them.'

    Including these chart types in a template results in a corrupt report. The data still generates however any sheets containing charts are blank.

    The workaround is to have an Excel template containing these charts point to an external datasource, which is generated by Windward. This is not practical for our end-users who need point-and-click reports.

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    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add color picker to Conditional Formatting Rule Manager

    Dear Windward,

    To select a color in the Format wizard, a color picker would be very helpfull instead of entering hex values manually.

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  3. XPath 2.0 Connection debugger

    When connecting to a data source errors can occur. In many cases there is too much information about the error for it all to be view-able in the connection editor.

    SQL data sources solve this problem with the connection debugger. There should be one of these for XPATH 2.0 aswell.

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  4. Odata: queried data of a forEach loop is stored in a dataset accessible later during output generation

    As you probably know, data source queries take its time and OData queries are extremely slow.
    To speed up output generation, I want to limit data source access as much as possible:
    Often I have to iterate multiple times through the same amount of data by use of a forEach tag.
    At present it is the case that I have to query the data source for each forEach loop.

    From my point of view it would be an advantage if the queried data of a forEach loop is (optionally) stored in a dataset accessible at different positions in the template…

    6 votes
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  5. OData: build queries by use of OData expands

    The Data Bin presents the entities with its navigation properties (expand). Would be great to use the tag editor and the wizard to create queries with filters using odata expands.

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  6. There should be an option for tag output of QR codes that does not use an external API

    Currently, there is a workaround to get QR code output using an import tag and an external API. This solution is not an option for users who cannot send their data to this external API as a security precaution. As such, there should be support for QR codes native in Windward instead of using this external service.

    See the old ticket dealing with QR codes here: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/7685712-qr-code

    9 votes
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  7. Add option in designer to "save on preview" so we don't have to save every time we click preview.

    The title pretty much covers it. It's a pain to have to save the document every time I wan to preview a change. I understand some customers want this but many don't. So, have it ask to save be default but have an option you can check so the clicking the preview button will auto-save the documentment for you.

    2 votes
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  8. Maven dependencies

    On your page https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/79484/l/1035755-how-do-i-use-maven-to-install-windward-java-engine-in-my-application#locate-your-settings-xml-file you state that the repository should be added to your settings.xml file. This is not convenient for teams, because settings.xml is personal (not stored in e.g. Git) and sometimes contains passwords or tokens.

    Putting the repository in your project's pom.xml ensures everyone has the same repository (because this file is in Git) and prevents problems with new members.

    1 vote
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  9. Expand the capabilities of meta data tree tool tips

    In the meta data tree, I would like the ability to modify the tool tip that is shown with newlines so that I can have a more extensive tip, and also with links so that users can get from the tool tip to company documentation.

    4 votes
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  10. Display header/footer with Out tag templates

    When using an Out tag as a BASE64_TEMPLATE type, the header and footer from a docx used as the template is not displayed on the generated output document.

    Import tags support this functionality, but we would really like to use Out tags for performance.

    3 votes
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  11. Consistent color for series in chart - Basic Functionality

    Hi Team,
    We are creating chart for lot of Reports, but there is no way that we can provide consistent color for a particular series. For example For [High] color always should be red, irrespective of the number of series is available. When we have full series data color is coming fine but when full set of data is not there colors are picking like First N.

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  12. Disconnect DataSets from Datasources

    Disconnect DataSets from Datasources. If we could create a dataset seperately (Like we do with Query Tags) we could have datasets defined in the template itself and not in the datasources. This allows us to change the datasource when generating the template on the Staging or Prod machines and still have the same subset of data selected.

    It would make templates much more reusable as we could define a handful of more general datasources and limit the data requested by using DataSets in the templates.

    3 votes
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  13. Improve Import tag handling of bad/missing data

    Currently, if the Import tag is passed bad data (e.g. an image file doesn't exist or is an unsupported format), the only apparent way to prevent the report from breaking altogether is to set a default image. But what if we don't want a default image and just want the tag to be ignored if it doesn't like the data? Or what if the default image to be shown is also data-dependent?

    I suggest two improvements:


    1. That instead of displaying a default image, the tag could optionally be ignored altogether. In many cases, it would be preferable to have no…

    6 votes
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  14. Support OpenType features in Word

    Ticket to support the open type features (selecting numeral style, etc.) for non-system fonts in Word.

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  15. Include Support for Powerpoint master pages

    Windward doesn't currently allow tagging in the Master Pages of PPT. We have hundreds of presentations with the "Current Year" copyright being held on a master page (pretty common practice in PPT) and we can't tag it to update every year.

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  16. Add Excel as a supported data source type

    Backward as it seems, it would support platform-independence.

    I'm developing an app right now for the small business where I work that interfaces with a SQL Server ERP to do unsupported processing before reporting. But, using Excel as a buffer means that if they change to an Oracle ERP I won't have to change the code - just create a query in the new ERP to generate the spreadsheet. Moreover, Excel is supported and working fine in the designer - it shouldn't take much to add it for the engine.

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  17. Allow more than one field for Ordering the data

    I am currently using Json file as my Data Source, not sure if other data source have same problem. Currently we can sort data based on only field, some times we need to sort the data based on multiple fields. Please try to accommodate this change in the upcoming release.

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  18. 1 vote
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  19. Support for .NET Core via NuGet

    .NET Framework will have no ongoing releases, being replaced by .NET Core.
    All new development in our company is .NET Core.

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  20. 6 votes
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