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  1. 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.

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  2. Provide a better user interface for entering variables

    See DataPrompter for an example. (http://www.wordsite.com/DataPrompter2010.html)

    When asking the user to provide input to a variable there is only the variable name to prompt them. Unless they hover over every entry field they don't know what information is expected.

    It would also be useful to allow grouping of entry fields so related data can be entered together.

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    Hi David!

    Our UI has undergone many changes since this feature request was made. Currently users can fill out a description for each of their template variables so that users can better understand what they are needing to enter.

    Thank you for your idea and please enter any other feature requests you might have with our newer versions!
    - The Windward Team

  3. Insert HTML with pictures in a report if path and filename in the image tag are correct

    If path or file don't exist or if the file format is not supported, continue parsing the import file without inserting the picture. For size and position of the picture use the same rules like with <wr:import>

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  5. 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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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce that this functionality was released in our 16.7 Version. Please download one of our post 16.7 releases to try out this functionality. Thank you for helping us improve our product!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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  7. Make Word image cropping work with import tags

    We need to crop images to a designated area, regardless of aspect ratio, because we serve images of all kinds of sizes and we want to prevent: a) an image from getting stretched/squashed and b) an image pushing the rest of the layout off the page. The images we serve are photos made during inspections by building inspectors with all sorts of mobile devices, in both landscape and portrait mode.

    When you use an import tag and then preview/render, it will save the image it downloads in the document. I will call this the "preview image". Currently when you use…

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  8. Add Duplex option to the DirectoToPrinter method

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

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to share that this functionality is available in our 20.1 Core release. Thank you for your idea and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our software.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  9. Allow a .net JsonDataSourceImpl to be constructed using a .net stream

    When using the JsonDataSourceImpl, you must either point the data points to a file or web service. It would be helpful if the class constructor allowed a standard .net stream to be supplied.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this internally and I am happy to let you know this is already supported! Please check out our .NET API documentation for how to construct your Datasource using a stream. Thank you for your idea, and please enter any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  10. UI improvement - close Edit Tag screen with ESC key

    Closing the edit tag screen with the ESC key is faster than clicking on the small close button.

    It's a standard available across most software.

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  11. 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…

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    This has been available for some time. Call ProcessReport.setLayoutDocument() in Java and Report.LayoutDocument in .Net to turn this on/off.

    In addition, starting with version 20.3, ProcessReport.getProperties() in Java and Report.Properties in .Net allow you to set any report-specific property for the report you are running.

  12. 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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  13. Images in HTML specified as absolute URLs

    We use Winward to generate HTML content for marketing emails. These mailers often have images included along with the text. However, some email clients block images in HTML that are embedded inline using base64 encoding. An alternative solution is to specify the source of the image as an absolute URL.

    For example, the following inline embedded image:
    <img src="data:image/jpg;base64, iVBORedghAAAfrdsdge=">

    should be replaced with:
    <img src="https://www.myserver.com/car.jpg">.

    It would be great if Winward could support adding images specified by absolute URLs into templates.

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  14. Generate Partial Reports

    We have some huge templates. Hundreds of pages long that results in reports that are thousands of pages long.

    While entering data in our system, we'd like to ability to preview what the report will look like. Therefore, we are requesting partial template generation.

    Example: I have just entered the data for pages 42-45 of a 200 page template. I would like to generate those page, which may end up being 5 or 10 pages long when generated.

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  15. Add test-engine message to the header instead of to the body

    Our automated test process counts the number of pages of created documents. In some cases they can never be more than one.

    Because of the extra body text "Report created by Windward test version - www.windward.net" our test cases fail when the document is just on the limit. See attached an example of such situation.

    This could be avoided if the text was put in the header as a text box behind the text (like the workaround for creating a watermark, "Voorbeeld" in our test case).

    This has the additional advantage for you, that all the documents will be…

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    Hello Jurriaan,

    I just tested, and this functionality is live in our most recent release! I see that our watermark is now put in the footer of the document, and appears on every page. Please submit a new idea if you have any other requests.

    Thank you!
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  16. 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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  17. Licence management need improvment

    Hi, Currently Licenses are associated with major versions. If new version downloaded then its needs new license key even though the contract is valid during that duration. It create the lot of issues as we have global user base and coordinating and sharing new license key is problem. Instead of generating the new keys , on your side the old licenses key should be automatically associated with new version if the contract is valid during that duration. This is applicable for Autotag as well as .NET Engine. Please consider this change on priority as we as planning to upgrade the…

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to let you know that this is how our subscription licensing works currently. If you are currently on a perpetual license, please look into switching to subscription to get these added benefits. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager.

  18. 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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  19. RESTful Engine does not support ReportText!

    We current switched from the .NET engine to the RESTful engine and discovered that we lost the ability to create Text reports. For some reason the RESTful engine does not support this simple file output. Can you please put this feature into the RESTful engine? We have many customers that require text reports that are directly loaded into mainframes and/or other hardware and we can't provide any other file format.

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  20. Support for converting UTC dates to local time

    Our datasource returns dates in UTC format, but we would like to display these as local time in the generated document.

    The local time setting would take the locale setting on the server hosting the Windward engine.

    Although an optional feature might be to allow a parameter to be passed to the report generation that would indicate what locale you want your dates formatted in.

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    Hello Alastair,

    I am happy to report that this functionality is live now!
    A "ToLocalTime() macro has been added to the product and is available in version 16.2.0.188 and later. Thank you for your suggestion!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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