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  1. 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…

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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

  2. Add Duplex option to the DirectoToPrinter method

    Allow the output when using the DirectToPrinter method to be printed double sided.

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    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Support for .NET Core via NuGet

    .NET Framework will have no ongoing releases, being replaced by .NET Core.
    All new development in our company is .NET Core.

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    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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 →

    Hello Brooke!

    Search tree functionality has officially been added to the Tag Editor and released in 16.5.0. The same search functionality is targeted to be added to the XML Wizard in 16.7.0.
    Thank you for your request!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  5. 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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    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

  6. Expand the capabilities of meta data tree tool tips

    In the meta data tree, I would like the ability to modify the tool tip that is shown with newlines so that I can have a more extensive tip, and also with links so that users can get from the tool tip to company documentation.

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  7. 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 to the…

    4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally and I am happy to report that it has been accepted for development! I will update this ticket again when development begins on the functionality. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. 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 →

    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

  9. Display header/footer with Out tag templates

    When using an Out tag as a BASE64_TEMPLATE type, the header and footer from a docx used as the template is not displayed on the generated output document.

    Import tags support this functionality, but we would really like to use Out tags for performance.

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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).

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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

  11. Need to have an ability to turn a link to QR code and printed from template

    Need to generate QR code from url link on a document. Thank you!

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Add support for page border functionality

    If I create a DOCX template with a border around the header and body but not the footer, the output adds the border around the footer as well. I'm attaching a sample template that demonstrates the issue and includes screenshots showing what is expected.

    Per Windward Support, Development says that the page border functionality is not currently supported by Designer. Since page borders are a pretty basic feature in Word, please look into adding support for all of the page border settings. While it's not critical functionality, it prevents me from designing reports with the precise output I want.

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. XPath 2.0 Connection debugger

    When connecting to a data source errors can occur. In many cases there is too much information about the error for it all to be view-able in the connection editor.

    SQL data sources solve this problem with the connection debugger. There should be one of these for XPATH 2.0 aswell.

    3 votes
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  14. Change "Apply" and "Close/Cancel" in formatting window to "Save" and "Cancel"

    If I want to choose a new/different format for a tag, I have to find it, click Apply and then click Close. It would be more convenient to simply click Save when I've selected the format I want and have the window close automatically instead of having to click Apply, then click Close. Fewer clicks = happier users. :)

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    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Disconnect DataSets from Datasources

    Disconnect DataSets from Datasources. If we could create a dataset seperately (Like we do with Query Tags) we could have datasets defined in the template itself and not in the datasources. This allows us to change the datasource when generating the template on the Staging or Prod machines and still have the same subset of data selected.

    It would make templates much more reusable as we could define a handful of more general datasources and limit the data requested by using DataSets in the templates.

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Basic Authentication with Jira

    AutoTag claims to support basic authentication on json requests. However, when trying to connect to Jira, Windward's authentication doesn't work. Having basic authentication work would allow us to run custom reports against the Jira API.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    Please enter a bug with our support team if you are still seeing that basic authentication is not working. This is expected functionality. Additionally, Windward is working right now on supporting a more direct connection to Jira. I will keep this idea in the “under review” state until we have started development on supporting a new form of Jira connection.

    Thank you.

  17. Add option in designer to "save on preview" so we don't have to save every time we click preview.

    The title pretty much covers it. It's a pain to have to save the document every time I wan to preview a change. I understand some customers want this but many don't. So, have it ask to save be default but have an option you can check so the clicking the preview button will auto-save the documentment for you.

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    0 comments  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Support Google Analytics as a datasource

    We use Google Analytics in our marketing along with other sources of data like HubSpot and SQL. Please support Google Analytics as a datasource so that we can join these databases together in our templates.

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  19. Expiry Date of Scout or Other Licence

    Would be great if the expiry of licences are delayed to America support hours so that if there are any issues they can be resolved as not current 24/7 support. i.e I think currently they expire at midnight US time and if in Europe we have to wait till 3/4 in afternoon to discuss, which pleasantly can say is then resolved quickly. Hence if delayed expiry time then outages etc would be minimised for your European Customers.

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  20. Query to generate a subset, varNameXX, of the XML file.

    Please consider adding a method to get a subset, varNameXX, of the XML file to reduce database queries.

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