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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 →

    Hello reporter,

    We are declining this idea for the time being. This is a very large amount of work to implement, and is divergent from our current development goals. I have put a ticket into our backlog to add support to these new chart types. If you have a specific chart type that is a higher priority for you, please enter an additional idea for that chart specifically. If you have multiple charts that are higher priority, you can enter multiple tickets. This will help us make sure, if we do develop support for one of these charts, we do the one that will make the biggest difference! Thank you for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Extend the XPath Wizard to support functions

    You recommend that we always use the XPath Wizard to create tags, but as soon as we want to use anything other than the most simple XPath expression, we have no choice but to write it by hand.

    Extending the XPath wizard to support standard XPath functions (e.g. count, addition, etc) would allow us to always use it to construct our tags.

    In our conversation with Ryan yesterday he recommended that we always use the XPath Wizard for creating tags. Is there any plan to extend the wizard to support XPath functions, e.g. count, addition, etc? As it stands, there…

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    3 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Brooke,

    We have reviewed this idea, and unfortunately have not planned it for work at the moment. That being said, we have entered a story for this functionality and put it in our work backlog. For now I will close this request as designed, but if we plan this ticket for development in the future, I will update this request then.

    Thank you very much for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. Include functionality to update formula fields in word

    Very often I need to use Formula fields to calculate total/summary of some columns of a Word table. This fields do not get updated by word automatically and requires the users to update them manually pressing CTRL + A and then hitting F9.

    I am wondering if you include a functionally that would update the formula fields while printing a word template through windward autotag/.net engine?

    Thanks...

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

    Hello reporter,

    This idea was reviewed internally, but unfortunately, was not approved for development. I have entered a ticket for this functionality and placed it in our backlog. If this issue is planned for development in the future, I will update this ticket. Until then, I am closing this request as declined.

    Thank you very much for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. 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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    1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    We have reviewed your request, and are also interested in this functionality, but are waiting until more interest is expressed to work on this. If we see the community express more interest towards this functionality and similar functionality we will review this again.

    Thank you for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  5. Improve PPTX Layout Functionality

    Create ability to specify which PPTX controls reside within a forEach loop, absolute positioning of controls and images, and simple layout functionality that allows looping without using tables.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion but declined it for development since some of this functionality is already supported. We can only support associating tags in a template to a forEach loop, not objects that are absolutely positioned in the template that are not tags. To specify what forEach loop a tag should appear in you can use the anchor property that is supported for tags as charts and bitmaps. This will allow you to absolutely position the bitmap or chart tag and then specify what forEach tag it should appear under. Please read more about the anchor property here: https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/76878/l/1058495-how-do-i-use-the-anchor-and-var-properties-in-16-2

    Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. 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.

    9 votes
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    declined  ·  2 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have decided to decline it for development. That being said, we are also interested in this functionality. We will watch this ticket in the future and other requests, and if we see more interest in this functionality in the future, we will consider it for development again. Thank you for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our products!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. Name cells populated by forEach tag

    Make possible to name cells populated by forEach tag according to a given pattern.
    The pattern might include a prefix or a suffix with an item index to get a unique cell name.
    Additionally allow to name entire range populated by forEach tag.

    9 votes
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    3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed your suggestion internally but it has been declined due to lack of support. Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have for us to improve our products!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  9. Expand date parsing to other standard formats

    Currently, AutoTag is able to parse dates stored in ISO format (e.g. "2017-09-12T00:00:00.000Z" stored with the toISOString JavaScript method) without any additional input from the user beyond specifying a date output format and type. However, it throws an error when other standard formats are used, such as that generated by the toDateString JavaScript method (e.g. "Tue Jan 12 2017 00:00:00 GMT-0000 (UTC)"). A workaround may be to spell out the format in the Input attribute on the tag, but this is cumbersome and not user-friendly. It would be better if AutoTag natively parsed standard formats other than ISO.

    9 votes
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    3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been declined for development. The reason is that the workaround you named to specify the input format of the date is already the supported functionality. Because of this we are not focusing on further improvements to date input formats at the present time. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    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!

    9 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Refresh Tags

    What if when a document was generated from a template instead of replacing the Tag with the data have the data replace the Tag friendly name. Then the generated document could be passed around modified and when all the changes are agreed upon then run the template again to get the latest values from the data source.

    Recently I've had several prospects ask for this kind of functionality and this is the only idea that I could think of that might allow users to refresh their data in generated documents.

    8 votes
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    3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have decided to decline it for development. The reason is that this functionality would be non-trivial and risky to implement as well as it is not in the same direction as our current development efforts. Thank you very much for the suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. create a report comparison tool

    This would compare two reports to see if there are any differences in appearance.

    Would be useful to those you frequently upgrade the engine and need to make sure that generated reports (that were working fine before the upgrade) still appear as expected.

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

    Hello Adam,

    Unfortunately there are no plans to work on this functionality at the moment. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you might have. We will keep our eyes open if there is support for this again in the future.

    Thank you.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  13. Blank page detection

    A way to identify if blank pages could appear if a loop that spans multiple pages. Or a way to remove blank pages.

    We have been having issues surrounding this and have had many defects raised around blank pages appearing in bulk bills.

    Thank you
    Adam

    Ticket number for support reference #18122

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion internally but we have decided to decline it. The reason is that our software is designed to do exactly what the template specifies. This can result in tricky behavior with empty or sparsely populated pages appearing in output, but usually this is a result of the template design and not due to the software. As such, we encourage users in this situation to re-visit their template design and try to resolve the issue there. Thank you for your idea, and please enter any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  14. Please add method to make DOCX reports read only

    Please add method to make DOCX reports read only. The DOCX spec says you can do this by setting the documentProtection tag in settings.xml. In Java you can use the Apache POI library to do this using the XWPFDocument class.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have declined it for development. The reason is that this ticket has not received a significant enough number of votes over the time it has been entered. We will keep our eyes on this ticket in the future, and if we see it receiving more votes, we will consider it for development again. Thank you for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  15. Ability to schedule a report to be run multiple times pulling in parameters from a select statement

    Alot of potential customers ask if they can run a template multiple times using the result of a select to plug in parameters into a template. One example is mail merge. Currently the only way to accomplish this is in the engine, but alot of people that do not have development teams or no programming experience will not want to do this. This should be integrated into autotag, maybe call it autotag ultra? or it could be a seperate add-on to autotag.

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

    Windward has discontinued its AutoTagMax product which offered the ability to schedule and run multiple reports from the AutoTag desktop application. This feature request was related to that product functionality.

    The Windward Engine and its RESTful based engine allow for this functionality. The Windward AutoTag desktop solution is targeted at template design and testing. For product and batch processing of templates, the Windward Engine is required.

  16. Create an output for a two dimensional grid of numbers (e.g. a term and mileage price matrix)

    Create an output for a two dimensional grid of numbers (e.g. a term and mileage price matrix)
    The current solution only allows the generation of a table in on direction rather than two

    7 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windward Version 15  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Robert,

    I spent some time and created a POC of how this kind of functionality can currently be achieved using formatting supported by designer. The table is dynamically generated with the appropriate number of columns and rows. If this solution fails to address your problem, please enter another request and further illustrate how the problem cannot be resolved with this solution.

    Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other ideas you have!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  17. Allow drag-and-drop of stored procedures from the Data Bin

    There is already a Wizard for specifying the parameters that get passed--why not be able to drag in a table that gets pre-populated based on the number of fields returned, the same way that dragging a table or view from the Data Bin works?

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

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

    Hello reporter,

    For this kind of functionality, we try to match as closely as possible what Microsoft Office does to provide a consistent experience. If the Windward functionality is deviating from the Microsoft Office functionality, please submit a bug with our support team. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  19. Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disab

    Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disable this prompt? It slows me down when I am trying to make changes to a lot of tags.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed your suggestion internally but have decided not to target it for development. That being said, we will keep our eyes on this ticket in the future, and if we see additional support for this, we will re-consider it for development. Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. 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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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello reporter,

    Due to lack of votes, this suggestion has been declined for development. If we see additional market need in the future, we will re-asses this suggestion. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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