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  1. Designer support for MSWord Comments

    When generating reports we would like AutoTag to provide the ability to create MSWord comments. Our reports can be quite large and require QA reviews. As part of our JSON we include a comments/notes structure. We'd like to take that JSON element and create a comment.

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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 →

    Hello again Brooke! I am happy to announce that this functionality is in progress, and will be delivered in version 16.5.0. Please stay tuned for searching of the data tree to be added in the Tag Editor, Wizards, and some other places.

    Thank you for your request!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow a .net JsonDataSourceImpl to be constructed using a .net stream

    When using the JsonDataSourceImpl, you must either point the data points to a file or web service. It would be helpful if the class constructor allowed a standard .net stream to be supplied.

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    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Per Report Configuration for Engine

    I had to add "layout.document=off" in the web config file of .NET engine to enhance the performance of report creation. Time duration to create a particular report came down from 31 minutes to 7 minutes.

    Unfortunately, the config parameter "layout.document=off" is not suitable for all types of reports.

    In this context, per report config parameter setting would be useful, meaning the support for -

    1. "Overriding configuration of .NET/Java Engine from external program at run time"? AND

    2. Sending report specific configuration to the RESTfulEngine.

    would be rescuer in the above situation.

    Without this feature, product (Engine) is putting constraints…

    4 votes
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  6. 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.

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    1 comment  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Add ways to control report resource usage such as setMaxPages and setMaxMemory

    I would love to be able to set limitations on the report engine's resource utilization to cut down on poorly written templates consuming too many resources. setMaxMemory or setMaxPages should be callable on processReport as a way to limit what the report generates.

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Highlight corresponding open and close tags when selected

    Similar to how code editors will highlight a closing bracket when an open bracket is selected (and vise-versa) to easily determine what is contained in the brackets and identify the scope of everything, I think it would be useful if the same idea was introduced with tags. For instance if a user selects and open foreach tag, then the corresponding closing foreach tag would also be highlighted.

    This would make it a lot easier with massive templates and a bunch of loop and if-conditional nesting to find what belongs to what loop or conditional. This way if a conditional block…

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Possibility to add HTML header information for email templates

    Would be a big improvement to have the possibility to add HTML header information when creating an e-mail template, to define following fields of the email:
    - From
    - To
    - Subject
    When creating a letter-template, it's easy to add address information on the template, as the address is printed on a letter.
    More and more communications are sent via email. Windward should provide the possibility to add HTML header information. Adding Tags in the HTML header would give us the possibility to add ‘invisible’ but needed tags on a template.

    3 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Tags inserted into a template should automatically adopt the output to default style of the Word doc rather than Times New Roman size 12

    An annoying and time consuming to eradicate 'feature' when auto-tagging into Word is that tags inserted into the template, default to Times New Roman size 12, rather than taking on the font style and size of the whole template ie. normal default.

    This applies to both, in the actual template and more annoyingly in the output file generated.

    3 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. acrofield Signature support

    We could really use support for inserting acrofield for Signature to docx templates as it would be generated to pdf output.

    I do not know any workaround to achieve this.

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Generate HTML output in multipart MIME format

    One of the things we use the Windward Engine for is to generate HTML (based on templates) that is then sent out via email.
    But a lot of mail clients don't support the way the Engine handles <img> tags (with the src property as an inline base64 encoded string).
    Since multipart MIME is supported by many more mail clients, it would be great if the Windward Engine could generate its output in multipart MIME format!

    3 votes
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  13. 3 votes
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  14. 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 →
  15. Would like the RESTful engine to be able to return plain text instead of base64 encoded response for CSV output

    Would like the RESTful engine to be able to return plain text instead of base64 encoded response for CSV output requests. Currently, all responses are returned base64 encoded which wouldn't be necessary for a CSV report just plain text would be better.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. HIDE/SHOW TAG with Flag for keeping/not keeping CALCULATIONS

    A TAG to hide all what is coming up after this TAG, this could be a large calculation, tables etc. A TAG to put at the end to show again what is coming after. This could be the same TAG with a hide/show flag.

    In the same TAG we could have an additional flag if the calculations between HIDE/SHOW are active or not.

    If would be very helpful if we could put this TAG between IF/ELSE/END_IF.

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Need Easy way to set either standard (1,321.36) or Euro (1.321,36) numeric formatting for OUT tags.

    An enhancement to the TEXT function that allows me to format numeric fields in either standard (1,321.36) or Euro (1.321,36) formats is required. The ability to select this in the "formatting" field would be perfect as I could reference a SET tag that I create based on user selections and then have one or the other formats flow through my document.

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    1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Output Templates in XML format

    Our business needs to output in XML format in addition to existing formats offered by Winward Autotag.

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  19. Support QuickStyles with DOCX template and DOCX output

    If the style checkbox "quickstyle" is checked in the template, it should not be unchecked in the final report.

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  20. 3 votes
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