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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

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

    24 votes
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    2 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for reporting this idea.

    I have started reviewing this request and will update the ticket again when we have a decision on weather to incorporate this request into our software.

    Thank you, and please submit any other ideas you have!

    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. 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.

    19 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  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).

    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

  7. 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 →
  8. 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

  9. 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

  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 →
  12. 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.

    9 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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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    3 comments  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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…

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Throw exception if document output = Null

    If I design a template, and the output results in no content displayed, can Windward send a system-level notification (e.g. throw an exception in the Java engine)?

    Ideally, if the output is null, no document would be generated or sent, or Windward would communicate that the document is blank.

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Improve Import tag handling of bad/missing data

    Currently, if the Import tag is passed bad data (e.g. an image file doesn't exist or is an unsupported format), the only apparent way to prevent the report from breaking altogether is to set a default image. But what if we don't want a default image and just want the tag to be ignored if it doesn't like the data? Or what if the default image to be shown is also data-dependent?

    I suggest two improvements:

    1. That instead of displaying a default image, the tag could optionally be ignored altogether. In many cases, it would be preferable to have…

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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 →
  19. 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 →
  20. RESTful Engine Error Response

    While processing through a dataset I use the following code:
    if(report.GetStatus() == Report.Status.Error)

    What needs to be added is a way to see and report back to the user what failed. Why is the report in an error state.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    I wanted to follow up on this suggestion. We have made many improvements to the RESTful Engine in recent years, so I wanted to ask if this was still an issue for you. We are looking to improve our errors in the future to be more clear, so if this is still an issue we will consider adding it to that effort.

    Thank you for your suggestion.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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