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  1. HTML rendering in PowerPoint

    We understand the Out tag can render HTML when the Type property is set to TEMPLATE. This is not possible in PowerPoint. We need to have this feature in PowerPoint as it is one our core docs requiring HTML.

    99 votes
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    0 comments  ·  PowerPoint Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion and accepted it for future development. Please watch this ticket for a future update on when this functionality is targeted for release. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our software.

    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

    28 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been partially accepted. We have accepted to enable users to open the Condition Wizard from inside the Conditional Formatting Rule Manager. As for the color picker, I have entered a story in our backlog, but we will wait to see interest in this specifically before reviewing the idea again. I entered this new ticket for the color picker, please leave a vote on it if you are still interested: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/39340099-add-color-picker-to-conditional-formatting-rule-ma

    Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. Dynamically colour table cell backgrounds in Report Designer

    Hi

    We would like the functionality to dynamically input coloured table cell backgrounds in our template. The colours we use are pulled dynamically from our data source and are defined by our clients, therefore the conditional formatting of table cells is inadequate as the conditional formatting always requires a hard-coded value to be present in the template to compare against.

    26 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea again and accepted it for future development. Please watch this ticket for an update on when this functionality will be delivered once it is targeted for development Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our software.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. Enhanced Text Form Field Properties for PDF Output

    Please add support for additional text form field properties for use in PDF output. Specifically:
    1. Multi-line fields (text wraps, carriage return support)
    2. Character limits (text can be entered up to character limit)
    3. Scroll long text (vertical scroll bar is automatically added to compensate for text that extends beyond the boundaries of multi-line text fielt)
    4. Auto font size (as a user types in text, the font size changes to fit the text in the box)

    24 votes
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  5. Json data source: Distinct value for a column feature is not available

    Json data source: Distinct value for a column feature is not available.It is a common feature for any reporting tool and it is very much needed for the reports which we are creating.

    21 votes
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  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).

    21 votes
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    1 comment  ·  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. 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  ·  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

  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.

    18 votes
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    0 comments  ·  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. Include Rich Text Control in PDF output

    We want to generate PDF forms, so we are using different Word form controls. We found that plain text control is exported into the PDF output as a PDF field, however it has some limitations with text length and wrapping. We are very interested on using rich text controls, since they allow better formatting, longer and wrapped text and inserting tags inside the control to pre-fill the PDF form field.

    15 votes
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    2 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Allow more than one field for Ordering the data

    I am currently using Json file as my Data Source, not sure if other data source have same problem. Currently we can sort data based on only field, some times we need to sort the data based on multiple fields. Please try to accommodate this change in the upcoming release.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    We are looking to add support to our JSON Wizard in the future, and we have added this request to our timeline. Please stay tuned for this support in a future version. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  11. Add class HTML attribute to all HTML tags.

    The documentation at https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/76878/l/899627-html-and-css-tags-and-attributes-supported-by-out-tags notes that the class html attribute is only valid for the p tag. I would request that the class attribute be valid for all supported tags. This would allow me to provide easier default styling to all tags instead of having to ensure all tags of a type have a default set of style attributes.

    12 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. 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.

    12 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Excel Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have been collecting ideas similar to this and determined that there is significant enough demand to accept this idea. I agree with you that supporting this functionality in Excel will make our product stronger and allow competent Excel users an easier Windward experience. I will update this ticket again once development has been started on this functionality. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  13. Output of Excel column auto-filters set in template

    Given that your report generator effectively generates rows of data (in Excel format), it would make sense that the ability to setup auto-filters and have them show up in the output be there as well.

    As it is now, all our customers who use the output generated from our templates have to manually go into each tab and turn on the column filters, as the filters we have setup in the templates to not make it to the output.

    12 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to update the status of this idea to planned! I have been collecting similar ideas and have determined that their is sufficient demand for us to accept this suggestion. I will update this ticket again when development has started on this functionality. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  14. Table of Contents /t field code not performing as expected - Feature

    /t seems to be broken when it is used in Table of Contents. When generating a doc output, the TOC ignores the /t and includes all of the headings/styles in the document. Updating the TOC in the output fixes it, which means something is occurring in the generation of the output.

    In addition, when multiple unique TOC's are in a document, all of the TOC's will break if only ONE TOC has the /t field.

    Deleting /t and only using /o is the current mediocre workaround. But it would be great if /t could work so we could use our…

    11 votes
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  15. 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  ·  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

  16. https

    Update this site to use https

    6 votes
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  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 no…

    6 votes
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  18. Configurable Watermark

    Add the ability to conditionally add a watermark to a word template based on an input parameter.

    Use case:
    We have an invoice we send to our customers that is a draft. We apply the wording "draft" as a watermark to the template. Once the customer has approved the invoice, we send them a final copy which is identical to the original without the word "draft" as a watermark. Currently, we have to maintain two identical templates to handle this. It would be ideal to only have one template where an input variable controls the display of the watermarked text.

    6 votes
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  19. 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  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been accepted for future development and added to our backlog. I will update this ticket again when the functionality is targeted for a release.
    Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you may have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. 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 →

    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

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