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  1. QR code

    QR code support
    We would like to have QR code support for upcoming windward version.
    For example a new tag <wr:qrcode>somedata</wr:qrcode>.

    37 votes
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  2. 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…

    32 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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

    24 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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.

    23 votes
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    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

    17 votes
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  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).

    16 votes
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  7. Justified Alignment With Condensed Font Spacing

    Justified alignment with condensed font spacing is resulting in left alignment instead of justified alignment in the PDF output. A basic template attached to this request can demonstrate this issue.

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  8. 9 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Dynamically colour table cell backgrounds in Report Designer

    Hi

    We would like the functionality to dynamically input coloured table cell backgrounds in our template. The colours we use are pulled dynamically from our data source and are defined by our clients, therefore the conditional formatting of table cells is inadequate as the conditional formatting always requires a hard-coded value to be present in the template to compare against.

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

    Hello reporter!

    I have started the review process for this idea and will update this ticket when we decide weather to incorporate your idea into the software. This request seems similar to me to other requests for the ability to specify property values using template variables. I will update this ticket again when I have more information on when this functionality could be expected. Thank you for your idea!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  10. Create functionality in Java Engine to skim document template variables/nodes

    As per Request #12304, only AutoTag is able to skim the variable paths from the document template. Java Engine does not have a method/functionality to retrieve all the variable paths ('Data/books/authorName'). WIll you be able to cater this request in the Java Engine? Thanks!

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Please add a method that we can call to inject the license key to the Windward engine.

    We use a custom method to securely deploy our configuration values. Due to this, we would like to have a function that we can call to provide the Windward license key to the library instead of it reading from the web.config file directly.

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter!

    I have started the review process for this idea and will update this ticket when we decide weather to incorporate your idea into the software. Thank you for your idea!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. AutoTag not to process an Excel spreadsheet

    Add the possibility in Excel to tell AutoTag not to process a spreadsheet when generating a report as an Excel file.

    It would be useful to create a PivotTable in a spreadsheet in the template file and then have it in the generated Excel report.

    6 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Bring back the Gauge Tag

    While there are a lot of chart options available in version 14 of Auto Tag, as well as native Word charts, we would love to be able to use gauges for certain data depictions. Are there any plans to bring this tag back?

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

    Gauges were originally removed as we switched the charting package that we use internally to ChartDirector. While this package does include gauges, the interface for selecting values for a gauge chart was not a straighforward implementation.

    So we tabled the feature until it received a strong user request (the backend code is still available).

    Now that you have posed an interest it is up for internal discussion again. We will keep you updated with the decision but knowing that there are actives requests definitely helps its chances for being reinstated.

  14. Allow XML data source to be searchable

    We want non-technical business users to be able to author simple letter templates using an XML data source. Currently, the template author has to know the XML structure in order to be able to drill down to select their desired element in either the tag builder or the data bin.

    I would like my users to be able to search the XML structure. For example, if they want to include the customer's name in their letter, they could type in 'name', which would filter the XML elements displayed to them. The choice between /order/customer/name and /order/product/name then becomes obvious for…

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

    Hi Brooke!

    Development for search functionality in the Data Bin has been requested in multiple places and developed. You can follow that feature request here (spoilers, it will be released in version 16.1): http://ideas.windward.net/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/18748546-search-functionality-for-json-datasource

    As far as searching in the Tag Editor, this is new. I will enter a separate feature request for this functionality and start the review process.

    Thank you for your request!
    - The Windward Team

  15. Make the default output directory configurable.

    Implement a configuration parameter that changes the Report Designer default output directory from the current %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\temp.

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  16. Licence management need improvment

    Hi, Currently Licenses are associated with major versions. If new version downloaded then its needs new license key even though the contract is valid during that duration. It create the lot of issues as we have global user base and coordinating and sharing new license key is problem. Instead of generating the new keys , on your side the old licenses key should be automatically associated with new version if the contract is valid during that duration. This is applicable for Autotag as well as .NET Engine. Please consider this change on priority as we as planning to upgrade the…

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. formatting to respected currency (not all that are available as basic excel formats are available in windward)

    we do business in 3 region and use different mode of currency payments such as USD, GBP, EUR and AED.

    when building templates with relevant information that goes to finance teams for analysis i used windward(autotag) in excel linked to my SQL database. i have to created templates that are currency specific i.e. if the product was sold in GBP i have to produce all sales and expenditures towards the product in their respected GBP currency. (e.g. £1,100.56)

    i have noticed that AED is not a current format that windward allows me to convert the figure too. however this feature…

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