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  1. Refresh Tags

    What if when a document was generated from a template instead of replacing the Tag with the data have the data replace the Tag friendly name. Then the generated document could be passed around modified and when all the changes are agreed upon then run the template again to get the latest values from the data source.

    Recently I've had several prospects ask for this kind of functionality and this is the only idea that I could think of that might allow users to refresh their data in generated documents.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have decided to decline it for development. The reason is that this functionality would be non-trivial and risky to implement as well as it is not in the same direction as our current development efforts. Thank you very much for the suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Blank page detection

    A way to identify if blank pages could appear if a loop that spans multiple pages. Or a way to remove blank pages.

    We have been having issues surrounding this and have had many defects raised around blank pages appearing in bulk bills.

    Thank you
    Adam

    Ticket number for support reference #18122

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion internally but we have decided to decline it. The reason is that our software is designed to do exactly what the template specifies. This can result in tricky behavior with empty or sparsely populated pages appearing in output, but usually this is a result of the template design and not due to the software. As such, we encourage users in this situation to re-visit their template design and try to resolve the issue there. Thank you for your idea, and please enter any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. Ability to schedule a report to be run multiple times pulling in parameters from a select statement

    Alot of potential customers ask if they can run a template multiple times using the result of a select to plug in parameters into a template. One example is mail merge. Currently the only way to accomplish this is in the engine, but alot of people that do not have development teams or no programming experience will not want to do this. This should be integrated into autotag, maybe call it autotag ultra? or it could be a seperate add-on to autotag.

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    Windward has discontinued its AutoTagMax product which offered the ability to schedule and run multiple reports from the AutoTag desktop application. This feature request was related to that product functionality.

    The Windward Engine and its RESTful based engine allow for this functionality. The Windward AutoTag desktop solution is targeted at template design and testing. For product and batch processing of templates, the Windward Engine is required.

  4. Allow drag-and-drop of stored procedures from the Data Bin

    There is already a Wizard for specifying the parameters that get passed--why not be able to drag in a table that gets pre-populated based on the number of fields returned, the same way that dragging a table or view from the Data Bin works?

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  5. Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disab

    Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disable this prompt? It slows me down when I am trying to make changes to a lot of tags.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed your suggestion internally but have decided not to target it for development. That being said, we will keep our eyes on this ticket in the future, and if we see additional support for this, we will re-consider it for development. Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. Create an output for a two dimensional grid of numbers (e.g. a term and mileage price matrix)

    Create an output for a two dimensional grid of numbers (e.g. a term and mileage price matrix)
    The current solution only allows the generation of a table in on direction rather than two

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    Hello Robert,

    I spent some time and created a POC of how this kind of functionality can currently be achieved using formatting supported by designer. The table is dynamically generated with the appropriate number of columns and rows. If this solution fails to address your problem, please enter another request and further illustrate how the problem cannot be resolved with this solution.

    Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other ideas you have!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  7. Consistent color for series in chart - Basic Functionality

    Hi Team,
    We are creating chart for lot of Reports, but there is no way that we can provide consistent color for a particular series. For example For [High] color always should be red, irrespective of the number of series is available. When we have full series data color is coming fine but when full set of data is not there colors are picking like First N.

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    Hello reporter,

    For this kind of functionality, we try to match as closely as possible what Microsoft Office does to provide a consistent experience. If the Windward functionality is deviating from the Microsoft Office functionality, please submit a bug with our support team. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. Currently windward supports ToC(Table of Contents) in docx file but not ToF(Table of Figures)

    Generating docx report using windward updates/supports only ToC not ToF(Table of Figures). This is a much needed feature when dynamically generating reports as a word file. It would be great if this feature is added to windward.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but declined it for development due to lack of votes. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our software.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  9. Allow the Output Directory to be Changed

    We're not going to use the server-side report-generation, so everything will be done within AutoTag. It would therefore be useful to be able to change the default output directory (currently Local Settings\Temp).

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    declined  ·  David Thielen responded

    We will not implement this as AutoTag is a design tool, not a complete reporting solution.

  10. AutoTag not to process an Excel spreadsheet

    Add the possibility in Excel to tell AutoTag not to process a spreadsheet when generating a report as an Excel file.

    It would be useful to create a PivotTable in a spreadsheet in the template file and then have it in the generated Excel report.

    6 votes
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    Hello Reporter,

    We reviewed this idea, and we think that your issue should be resolved in newer versions of the Engine and Windward Designer. Pivot tables should still appear in the output of an Excel template. Closing this idea as declined since this is now the case.

    Thank you.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  11. ForEach order='row' - Too Many Queries

    When using a ForEach order=row inside another ForEach loop the number of queries performed multiplies e.g. If you have an outer ForEach loop which retrieves 5 entries, and an inner ForEach loop with order=row you get:
    - Call to initial outer ForEach
    - Call to initial outer ForEach
    - Loop over each inner ForEach (5 calls)
    - Call to initial out For Each
    - Look over each inner ForEach (5 calls)
    .. and so on until each entry in the Outer ForEach is resolved.

    If you use legacy mode on the inner ForEach you get a single outer foreach call,…

    6 votes
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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have decided to decline it due to lack of votes. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. Bring back the Gauge Tag

    While there are a lot of chart options available in version 14 of Auto Tag, as well as native Word charts, we would love to be able to use gauges for certain data depictions. Are there any plans to bring this tag back?

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  13. wizard can't be used to specify repeated nodes

    If we have repeated sections e.g.
    <payments>
    <payment>
    <StartDate>30/07/2015</StartDate>
    <NumberOfPayments>1</NumberOfPayments>
    <Frequency>Monthly</Frequency>
    <Payment>4824.8207</Payment>
    <EndDate>30/07/2015</EndDate>
    </payment>
    <payment>
    <StartDate>30/08/2015</StartDate>
    <NumberOfPayments>35</NumberOfPayments>
    <Frequency>Monthly</Frequency>
    <Payment>696.29</Payment>
    <EndDate>30/06/2018</EndDate>
    </payment>
    </payments>

    And we want to specifically pick a value for the second repeated section we can tag this using payment/payment[2]/EndDate
    This cannot be done through the wizard.

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  14. 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.

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    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. I am setting this ticket to declined while we wait for a response.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  15. 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.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been declined for development. We recommend that you check the variables for your output document that could cause it to output a blank document and use this information to make a decision before document generation instead of responding to an exception afterwards. Thank you for you suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  16. 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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  17. Centralized Logging

    We would like the ability to take the log events generated from Windward and deposit them to a centralized logging repository, one that takes all events logged for the entire enterprise. We use SEQ for this, mostly utilizing the Serilog's framework to perform the logging. However, NLog, the current logging framework used by Windward, does support logging to SEQ, and thus what is really needed is the ability to log those events to different repositories, depending on the needs of the consumer.

    Alternatively, if we had the ability to provide an extended class or implemented interface to the .NET engine…

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  18. Merge the printed documents

    We have letters printed based on the letter (unique)id so when there are 100 letters for example we do have 100 letters(documents) printed which is great and that is how we anticipate the outcome, along with that we have a mail merge process that merges all 100 individual letters to one document, this way the team which prints the letter will have to send the one file to the machine for printing all 100 letters instead sending 100 different individual letters. I want to check and see if we have any process that merges individual printed letters to one single…

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  19. 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…

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to tell you this functionality is already supported! Select the opening tag (forEach, if, etc) and click the “Select Tag” button under the Tags section of the Windward ribbon and you will see a section of the template highlighted until the closing tag (endForEach, endIf, etc). Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. Add color picker to Conditional Formatting Rule Manager

    Dear Windward,

    To select a color in the Format wizard, a color picker would be very helpfull instead of entering hex values manually.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea but declined it for development at the current time. While it is not ideal to use a color picker outside of the app, our recommendation is to use this workaround and use the hex from the outside color picker. 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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