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  1. Add support for page border functionality

    If I create a DOCX template with a border around the header and body but not the footer, the output adds the border around the footer as well. I'm attaching a sample template that demonstrates the issue and includes screenshots showing what is expected.

    Per Windward Support, Development says that the page border functionality is not currently supported by Designer. Since page borders are a pretty basic feature in Word, please look into adding support for all of the page border settings. While it's not critical functionality, it prevents me from designing reports with the precise output I want.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce that this idea has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality is targeted for a version release. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Support Unix Time

    Support Unix Time and be able to format that as a date or datetime

    Perhaps a new macro could do this for us.

    example converter
    https://www.unixtimestamp.com/index.php

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  3. 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.

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    1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    Could you please provide some additional information on the problem being solved: does the data you are using in staging and production have different structures? What data provider are you using? At runtime you can specify the connection string for the Datasource and the query to be used for the Data Set, are these two capabilities insufficient currently to resolve your problem? (Please note that Datasets were changed sometime around version 16.1. These new Datasets are what I am referring to vs the pre 16 Datasets.)

    Thank you,
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. Basic Authentication with Jira

    AutoTag claims to support basic authentication on json requests. However, when trying to connect to Jira, Windward's authentication doesn't work. Having basic authentication work would allow us to run custom reports against the Jira API.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    Please enter a bug with our support team if you are still seeing that basic authentication is not working. This is expected functionality. Additionally, Windward is working right now on supporting a more direct connection to Jira. I will keep this idea in the “under review” state until we have started development on supporting a new form of Jira connection.

    Thank you.

  5. Support Google Analytics as a datasource

    We use Google Analytics in our marketing along with other sources of data like HubSpot and SQL. Please support Google Analytics as a datasource so that we can join these databases together in our templates.

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    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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  7. Query to generate a subset, varNameXX, of the XML file.

    Please consider adding a method to get a subset, varNameXX, of the XML file to reduce database queries.

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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report that I believe this problem is already solved by the Windward Query Tag. Please look into this Tag for solving this problem and respond back to the ticket if there is a shortcoming of this tag such that it cannot solve your problem.

    Thank you,
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. Support HubSpot as a datasource

    We use HubSpot in our marketing along with other sources of data like Google Analytics and a SQL database. Please support Google Analytics as a datasource so that we can join these databases together in our templates.

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    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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    1 comment  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    Could you please clarify the problem you are trying to solve? What font are you trying to input? One of our most common fonts users needed to input were barcodes, but we are planning to include some native barcode support, so if this is the font causing the problem, this may be a solution.

    Thank you for your helping me to understand your problem,
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  10. Password protect excel output

    The same way you can protect a PDF with a password, it would be great if we could do it for excel files too.
    http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/34628473-encrypted-pdf-output

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  11. Support JIRA as a datasource

    We use JIRA in our development and would like to be able to source data from JIRA into our output reports.

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. Creating dynamic columns for tables / Auto generation of tables based on the data

    Table should have fucnctionality of expanding in 2 direction. Currently, using for loops we can have dynamic rows creation. Similarly, a functionality to expand the columns based on a certain value form the source.
    In this way, we can create tables/grids dynamically, with no fixed no. of rows and columns

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report we have accepted this idea for future development! I will update this ticket again once this functionality is targeted for a version release. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  14. Converting text to a number before sorting

    Currently the only way to cast a value to an integer is through an out tag. If we have a text field that is a number we would like to convert it to numeric in the for each loop and then sort it numerically. For example if we have 01, 2, 3, 4, 05, 06 the current sort order comes out as 01, 05, 06, 2, 3, 4. We would need to convert these values to a number in the for each loop using NUMBERVALUE or CAST and then sort on these values. Currently we are only able to convert…

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed your request, but had some questions. What data provider are you using? If you are using XML, this problem may be solved by using a schema.

    Thank you.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  15. Different PDF converter/convert through Word

    We are having a lot differences between the Word output and that generated by Windward PDF. Spacing can be different and sometimes the PDF does things wrong that Word does correctly, such as text going through a footer or the PDF not breaking the page correctly when using Keep with Next. It seems to me a lot of defelopment time goes into trying to make the PDF output better.
    In literally every instant, the PDF from Word's Export feature worked correctly. Also, the output is half the file size, which is also very important for us.
    A lot of our…

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    0 comments  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    Perhaps you can benefit from Windward’s “Use Office for PDF Output” functionality, this sounds like the functionality you described. Please see this Ohana article on how you can setup the Windward Engine to use Microsoft Office’s native PDF export functionality for PDF output: https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/76878/l/1178439-how-do-i-use-microsoft-office-to-generate-pdf-output-in-report-designer

    Please let me know if this solution works for you, or expand on your request if I misunderstood it. Thank you.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  16. 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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    Hello Reporter,

    Please clarify: are you talking about about support for OpenType Fonts? OpenType Fonts should already be supported in the product! Please let us know, if you are encountering an issue with OpenType Fonts, perhaps it is a bug…

    Thank you,
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  17. I have added some dropdowns on Excel Windward Report and its working fine in base excel but when we are generating outp

    I have added some dropdowns on Excel Windward Report and its working fine in base excel but when we are generating output file , dropdowns are not displaying. As per discussion with windward support team, Dropdowns are not feasible in windward.

    Kindly check and provide solution on dropdown feasibility.

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    0 comments  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea is actually a duplicate of a previously entered idea that we have entered: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/37668871-excel-dropdown-lists-not-rendered-in-generated-out. We have accepted this idea for development and will be working on it in the future. I will update this ticket again in the future when development has started on this functionality. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  18. RESTful Engine does not support ReportText!

    We current switched from the .NET engine to the RESTful engine and discovered that we lost the ability to create Text reports. For some reason the RESTful engine does not support this simple file output. Can you please put this feature into the RESTful engine? We have many customers that require text reports that are directly loaded into mainframes and/or other hardware and we can't provide any other file format.

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    1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have accepted this idea for future development. I will update this ticket again when the idea is targeted for a future release. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  19. PDF/A-3 support

    Dear Windward team,

    the Java engine already has the ability to render PDF/A-1b compliant files. Would it be possible to extend it to other PDF/A conformance levels, mainly PDF/A-3?

    Thank you very much!

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  20. Encrypt PDF Output in Windward Solo

    I am a new Windward Solo user. We love what we are seeing; we need to deliver individual PDF documents which are password protected via email. It's confidential financial info. We will have the password in the batch select query. The recipient will know the password as we will describe in the email body text. In working with Kelly (your support), we came up with the idea of adding a check box next to PDF when selected as an output option, then having a field where a field can be selected from the batch select (plus perhaps the ability to…

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