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

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea and accepted it for future development. We will come up with a solution where you specify in the Engine to use the Dataset defined in the template instead of specifying the same query in the Engine. This way, changes made to the Dataset in the template can be used in the Engine at runtime without you needing to update the query somewhere in the Engine, but rather just by updating the template.

    If this solution does not solve your problem, please let me know. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our software.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager.

  2. 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.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce that we have accepted this idea for future development! I will update this ticket again when we have news about when this functionality can be expected. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. 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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    0 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Support OpenType features in Word

    Ticket to support the open type features (selecting numeral style, etc.) for non-system fonts in Word.

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    Please clarify: are you talking about about support for OpenType Fonts? OpenType Fonts should already be supported in the product! Please let us know, if you are encountering an issue with OpenType Fonts, perhaps it is a bug…

    Thank you,
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  5. 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.

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

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce this idea has been accepted for future development. I will come back when we have targeted a version for this functionality to be released and update the ticket then. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. 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…

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed your request, but had some questions. What data provider are you using? If you are using XML, this problem may be solved by using a schema.

    Thank you.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  7. 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.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Excel Templates  ·  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

  8. 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.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Excel Templates  ·  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

  9. I have added some dropdowns on Excel Windward Report and its working fine in base excel but when we are generating outp

    I have added some dropdowns on Excel Windward Report and its working fine in base excel but when we are generating output file , dropdowns are not displaying. As per discussion with windward support team, Dropdowns are not feasible in windward.

    Kindly check and provide solution on dropdown feasibility.

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    0 comments  ·  Excel Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    This idea is actually a duplicate of a previously entered idea that we have entered: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/37668871-excel-dropdown-lists-not-rendered-in-generated-out. We have accepted this idea for development and will be working on it in the future. I will update this ticket again in the future when development has started on this functionality. 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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    6 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have received additional votes for this idea under another request, and this has been accepted for future development. Please stay tuned for this functionality to be released in a future version.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  11. 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

  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.

    15 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Excel Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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

  14. 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.

    15 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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 Templates  ·  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

  20. 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

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