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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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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 →
  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Windward Tags need to support Tick Mark

    We have bought your software windward tag and about to go live and the pdf needs to mandatorily support tick mark instead of x mark.

    Windward Support Team,

    We have checkboxes to design user choices in Auto Tag Windward form, but when we generate the pdf , windward is not generating a user friendly checkbox UI element as part of pdf generation. Windward puts a x mark what we need is a tick mark

    In the attached image it is indicated very clearly that at the top section where there is a x mark is what windward generates .

    However…

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally and accepted it for future development. I will update this ticket again when development has been started on this functionality. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  15. Excel dropdown lists not rendered in generated output

    Would like Excel Drop-down Lists to be available in generated output. Currently available in Word templates that can be used in both Word and PDF output but not able to do this with an Excel template.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally and accepted it for future development. I will update this ticket again once development has been started on this functionality. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  16. Add support for Office table styles to Excel templates.

    Currently, Office default table styles are not supported in tables in Excel templates, and don't appear in output generated from those templates. Formatting tables in Excel templates is basic functionality expected by Excel users, and limits the formatting options available for output generated from Excel templates.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally and have accepted it for development. I will update this idea again when we have started development on this functionality. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  17. Allow for dynamic drop down based on amount of returned rows

    Currently, when a drop down is created in a cell (static or dynamic) the drop down is removed when the report is generated.

    Either add a Windward drop down function (ideal), or support Excel generated drop downs.

    Another helpful addition to this would be to make the drop down options distinct (optional, chosen by user).

    3 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report that we have accepted this idea since sufficient interest was measured elsewhere. I will update this ticket again once development has been started on this functionality. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  18. Indicate that .NET 4.5 is a requirement for AutoTag v14 installation

    The installation process for AutoTag v14 does not indicate that .NET Framework v4.5 is required. the AutoTag Add-on will appear in Word, but not function properly. Please indicate in the installation materials, as well as in the installer itself, that .NET Framework 4.5 is required.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion and accepted it for development for our most recent version. We agree that the requirements should be clear and encouraged in our documentation and installer. I will update this ticket again when I know what version this will be in. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  19. 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

  20. 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

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