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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…

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

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

    Windward is updating is XPath library in Version 14 to move from XPath 1.0 to XPath 2.0 support which will allow the use of additional XPath functions. Version 14 is due for release near the end of February 2015.

    Thanks for submitting your idea and stay tuned for the Version 14 release.

  4. 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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    1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  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).

    16 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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...

    12 votes
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  8. Bitmap images does not inherit settings from the template

    Without this there is no way to set a border, rotate the image, add a shadow or a reflection, etc.

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    3 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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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  10. 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.

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  11. 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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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  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 →
  13. 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 →
  14. 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?

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. support additional XPath functions - especially 'replace()'!

    I'd like greater powers to manipulate the text returned from an XPath statement using a more complete set of XPath functions. If I could pick just one function that really 'must' be supported, then that's the 'replace' function - see http://www.w3schools.com/xpath/xpath_functions.asp#string

    7 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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 →
  17. 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…

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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

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