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  1. 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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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce that this idea has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again when this functionality is targeted for a version release. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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    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.

  5. 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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  6. 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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    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  7. 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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  9. 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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  10. Support HubSpot as a datasource

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

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    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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  12. Support JIRA as a datasource

    We use JIRA in our development and would like to be able to source data from JIRA into our output reports.

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    Hello Reporter,

    This functionality has been accepted for future development. I will update this ticket again with the expected release version once it is targeted for development. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  13. Indicate that .NET 4.5 is a requirement for AutoTag v14 installation

    The installation process for AutoTag v14 does not indicate that .NET Framework v4.5 is required. the AutoTag Add-on will appear in Word, but not function properly. Please indicate in the installation materials, as well as in the installer itself, that .NET Framework 4.5 is required.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion and accepted it for development for our most recent version. We agree that the requirements should be clear and encouraged in our documentation and installer. I will update this ticket again when I know what version this will be in. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  14. TIFF image output format

    Our client requires an output format of TIFF. Currently they are seeking a way to convert from PDF, but ideally they would like it embedded in Windward.

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  15. Creating dynamic columns for tables / Auto generation of tables based on the data

    Table should have fucnctionality of expanding in 2 direction. Currently, using for loops we can have dynamic rows creation. Similarly, a functionality to expand the columns based on a certain value form the source.
    In this way, we can create tables/grids dynamically, with no fixed no. of rows and columns

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report we have accepted this idea for future development! I will update this ticket again once this functionality is targeted for a version release. Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  17. Support of Microsoft Azure Information Protection

    A document template may be secured by Microsoft AIP addons, see the following for a brief explanation of Microsoft AIP

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/information-protection/what-is-information-protection

    When a template is protected, users within the trusted domain should be able to read the document. It is not equivalent to password protected the document which user or program accessing the document needs to provide a password.

    Report Designer and Java report engine do not currently support this kind of document. The following error is thrown from Report Designer for example when processing the report

    Location: Run Report

    Exception stack:
    Windward can not parse doc, ppt, or xls…

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  18. Converting text to a number before sorting

    Currently the only way to cast a value to an integer is through an out tag. If we have a text field that is a number we would like to convert it to numeric in the for each loop and then sort it numerically. For example if we have 01, 2, 3, 4, 05, 06 the current sort order comes out as 01, 05, 06, 2, 3, 4. We would need to convert these values to a number in the for each loop using NUMBERVALUE or CAST and then sort on these values. Currently we are only able to convert…

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  19. Different PDF converter/convert through Word

    We are having a lot differences between the Word output and that generated by Windward PDF. Spacing can be different and sometimes the PDF does things wrong that Word does correctly, such as text going through a footer or the PDF not breaking the page correctly when using Keep with Next. It seems to me a lot of defelopment time goes into trying to make the PDF output better.
    In literally every instant, the PDF from Word's Export feature worked correctly. Also, the output is half the file size, which is also very important for us.
    A lot of our…

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    Hello Reporter,

    Perhaps you can benefit from Windward’s “Use Office for PDF Output” functionality, this sounds like the functionality you described. Please see this Ohana article on how you can setup the Windward Engine to use Microsoft Office’s native PDF export functionality for PDF output: https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/76878/l/1178439-how-do-i-use-microsoft-office-to-generate-pdf-output-in-report-designer

    Please let me know if this solution works for you, or expand on your request if I misunderstood it. Thank you.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. Include Support for Powerpoint master pages

    Windward doesn't currently allow tagging in the Master Pages of PPT. We have hundreds of presentations with the "Current Year" copyright being held on a master page (pretty common practice in PPT) and we can't tag it to update every year.

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