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  1. Access Tags through API

    It would be great if the tags were accessable throrough the Report object in the API. This would allow us to create the datasource necessary to support the template by interrogating the template.

    In my case, I want to be able to create the template using a complex schema. Then when it comes time to generate the reports through the Engine, I can build the actual XML dataset that would only contain the data that template needs.

    I'm sure others would come up with other uses for this. It would seem this is already something you must have for AutoTag…

    31 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    I am happy to report that this idea was reviewed and accepted for development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality has development started and a release date is clear.

    Thank you for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Make Conditional Formatting Rule Manager more user friendly.

    Dear Windward,

    Is it possible to make the option to define a condition on a tag more user friendly.

    A way to create a condition with a Condition Wizard (that let you select and compare nodes/variables/..) would be very helpfull.

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

    Kind Regards Jochen

    28 votes
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    1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been partially accepted. We have accepted to enable users to open the Condition Wizard from inside the Conditional Formatting Rule Manager. As for the color picker, I have entered a story in our backlog, but we will wait to see interest in this specifically before reviewing the idea again. I entered this new ticket for the color picker, please leave a vote on it if you are still interested: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/39340099-add-color-picker-to-conditional-formatting-rule-ma

    Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. Variables in the Datasource URL of a Webservice

    At the moment I could not add dynamic parameters to the URL of a Webservice. For example I have the following datasource url:

    http://jsondatasource/api/Json/GetEmployeeByName?firstname=Martin

    but instead of the static value 'Martin' I need a dynamic variable value like

    http://jsondatasource/api/Json/GetEmployeeByName?firstname=${firstnameParam}

    Thx,

    Regards

    22 votes
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    2 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report that this idea has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again when the idea is targeted for development. Thank you for you suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. 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.

    20 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Allow Data Validation to propagate to the new document.

    Data Validation constrains the values of a cell to items in a predetermined range. This would allow selection lists to be populated by AutoTag select statements.

    20 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    I am happy to report that this idea was reviewed and accepted for development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality has development started and a release date is clear.

    Thank you for your idea.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. I need better error handling

    Just been working for a couple of hours now, but I found error handling to be poor. Exceptions are thrown with no clear error messages. Documentation is missing (TagException seems bo no exist according to the knowledge base).

    18 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    I am happy to report that this idea was reviewed and accepted for development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality has development started and a release date is clear.

    Thank you for your idea.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  7. Refresh data source

    I think it would be useful to have an ability to quickly re-read a data source using some kind of button in the ribbon. For example, if I have an XML data source and its structure is changing while I'm working on a report, I have to go to the Data Sources, click Edit, Test, OK.

    18 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. referencing other worksheets in formulas in generated Excel reports

    When you write a formula in a template that references another cell on the same sheet, it increments the row number on each new row that is added by a foreach loop.
    It would be great if this worked the same way for formulas referencing other worksheets.

    15 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    I am happy to report that this idea was reviewed and accepted for development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality has development started and a release date is clear.

    Thank you for your idea.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  9. New variable type to support longer blocks of text

    I am creating a cover letter report. I want to set the default text for the body of the letter but allow the user to modify it prior to report generation, and it should have multiple paragraphs. The existing Text variable doesn't support line breaks, so this is not possible. Please add a new variable type (e.g., TextArea) that would be more appropriate for longer blocks of text than what was probably intended/envisioned with the existing Text type variable.

    15 votes
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    6 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this request and I am happy to announce that it has been accepted for development! I will update this ticket again when I have any new information on when this functionality is planned for release. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  10. Output of Excel column auto-filters set in template

    Given that your report generator effectively generates rows of data (in Excel format), it would make sense that the ability to setup auto-filters and have them show up in the output be there as well.

    As it is now, all our customers who use the output generated from our templates have to manually go into each tab and turn on the column filters, as the filters we have setup in the templates to not make it to the output.

    12 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to update the status of this idea to planned! I have been collecting similar ideas and have determined that their is sufficient demand for us to accept this suggestion. I will update this ticket again when development has started on this functionality. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  11. Keyboard shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcuts would be very helpful...Like inserting Out tag, generate a document etc. Also possibility to customize own shortcuts.

    10 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to let you know this idea has been reviewed and accepted. I will update this ticket again when work begins on this functionality and a release date is clear.

    Thank you for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. Include image location in 'bad image' exception messages

    When there is a bad image in the report, the exception message does not show the URL of the bad image, which makes it extremely difficult to troubleshoot. This takes us hours and hours to troubleshoot a customers report, whereas if we had the URL of the offending image, we could cut that down to minutes.

    Instead, this is what we get:

    net.windward.env.DataSourceException: ReadBitmapHeader error; call exception getters for additional information

    The underlying exception is:

    Caused by: org.apache.commons.imaging.ImageReadException: Couldn't read magic numbers to guess format.

    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.guessFormat(Imaging.java:268) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageParser(Imaging.java:738) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageInfo(Imaging.java:731) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageInfo(Imaging.java:665) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at net.windward.env.image.ImageHandler._readBitmapHeader(Unknown Source)
    9 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am pleased to report that we have accepted this suggestion for future development. I will update this idea again once the suggestion is targeted for development. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  13. Add Support for Native Excel Conditional Formatting

    Since one of the main selling features of Windward is that you can create your reports using Office products which you already know how to do, supporting native conditional formatting in Excel might make more sense to the common user than having to edit Tag properties to accomplish a similar outcome.

    8 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have been collecting ideas similar to this and determined that there is significant enough demand to accept this idea. I agree with you that supporting this functionality in Excel will make our product stronger and allow competent Excel users an easier Windward experience. I will update this ticket again once development has been started on this functionality. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  14. 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

    7 votes
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  15. 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.

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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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  17. 6 votes
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  18. 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.

    6 votes
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  19. 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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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Preserve page number formatting across different sections in Word (AutoTag)

    Currently in Autotag 12.5.37, when there are different sections in a Word Document that utilize different page number formats (e.g. i/ii/iii/iv/... and 1/2/3/4/...) and a document is generated from a data source, the formatting in the template does not come through and all page numbers default to the 1/2/3/4/... format, resulting in confusion for the reader.

    Allowing for this capability will make it easier for Autotag users to maintain a more refined template where readers can more easily identify the section that they are reading and reduces rework for Autotag users.

    Thanks!

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been accepted for future development and added to our backlog. I will update this ticket again when the functionality is targeted for a release.
    Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you may have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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