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  1. OData: build queries by use of OData expands

    The Data Bin presents the entities with its navigation properties (expand). Would be great to use the tag editor and the wizard to create queries with filters using odata expands.

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    Hello reporter,

    Due to lack of votes, this suggestion has been declined for development. If we see additional market need in the future, we will re-asses this suggestion. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Odata: queried data of a forEach loop is stored in a dataset accessible later during output generation

    As you probably know, data source queries take its time and OData queries are extremely slow.
    To speed up output generation, I want to limit data source access as much as possible:
    Often I have to iterate multiple times through the same amount of data by use of a forEach tag.
    At present it is the case that I have to query the data source for each forEach loop.

    From my point of view it would be an advantage if the queried data of a forEach loop is (optionally) stored in a dataset accessible at different positions in the template…

    6 votes
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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea 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

  3. Add the ability to specify a HTML border with the CSS "shorthand"

    This ability should allow a border to be defined as:

    border: 5px solid red;

    Instead of only defining the border as:

    border-width: 5px;
    border-style: solid;
    border-color: red;

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  4. Gimme a break!

    It would be useful for the forEach loop tag to have some sort of break option. That way I can loop through my values and when I find what I need I can break out and not continue the loop.

    For now, as a workaround we can set some sort of flag variable and if we hit the "break" condition set it and then if it's set just avoid doing anything in the loop, but that's kind of crude...

    5 votes
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  5. Make Find/Replace work in header/footer

    AutoTag's Find/Replace works great in the main body of a Word document (for example, when a data source is renamed and you need to update the tags that use it), but it doesn't change anything in the header or footer. This isn't very user-friendly. A sample is attached that replicates the issue.

    I understand this is due to limitations of the Word/Office API, but if this can stay on the radar as something to fix if the Office API gets better, that would be great.

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report that this functionality is already supported in the Windward Designer! Perhaps this functionality was added since this ticket was entered. Please return to a newer version of the Designer and try this functionality. If you see any issues, please contact our support team to enter a bug. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. Designer support for MSWord Comments

    When generating reports we would like AutoTag to provide the ability to create MSWord comments. Our reports can be quite large and require QA reviews. As part of our JSON we include a comments/notes structure. We'd like to take that JSON element and create a comment.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been declined for development at this time due to lack of votes. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  7. IOS support

    make it possible to open *.docx files which is generated by Autotag on IOS/Mac

    4 votes
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  8. Template option in PPT Document

    Hello Team,

    Currently there is not option of displaying html content in PowerPoint slides. This is the feature most of the customers requested. If you consider this as a feature in future releases, it would really help us to meet Customer requirements.

    Thanks,
    Kishore. Y

    4 votes
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    Hello Reporter,

    Thank you for your suggestion! I have entered this into our backlog of work for PowerPoint. We are also interested in adding this functionality, but we have some other PowerPoint changes already lined up that are priority. Since we do not currently have a timeline for this, I am marking it as declined, but I’ll update this ticket in the future if we do add this to our timeline. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other idea you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  9. 3 votes
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  10. Add ways to control report resource usage such as setMaxPages and setMaxMemory

    I would love to be able to set limitations on the report engine's resource utilization to cut down on poorly written templates consuming too many resources. setMaxMemory or setMaxPages should be callable on processReport as a way to limit what the report generates.

    3 votes
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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but declined it for development due to lack of votes. While we are not planning to develop these functions for max pages/memory, we do already offer a parameter for the report object to set a timeout during output for these cases: dotnetdoc.windwardstudios.com/topic457.html
    Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve our product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  11. Support QuickStyles with DOCX template and DOCX output

    If the style checkbox "quickstyle" is checked in the template, it should not be unchecked in the final report.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have declined it for development currently. We have seen some other requests related to carrying properties into Excel output recently, so even though we declined this for current development, we will keep our ears open for related requests in the future and may plan development on this then. If we do plan development on this idea, I will update the ticket then. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. Open the Tag Editor window in the center of the screen rather than below the cursor

    Currently, when you double-click a tag to open the Tag Editor, the window is opened directly below the position of the cursor. That's fine if the tag is at the top of the window, but if it's near the bottom then the Tag Editor window is partially or even almost completely off the screen. I would prefer that the editor window open consistently in the center of the screen (or perhaps even better, optionally remember its last position and open there) so I don't have to drag the window to see its contents and so it appears consistently and reliably.

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    Hi Brent,

    I just tested this request in Word 2016, Designer 16.2.0, Windows 10 and the Tag Editor was opened directly in the middle of the screen instead of towards the bottom. Perhaps this was fixed somewhere along the way! Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you come up with.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  13. Tags inserted into a template should automatically adopt the output to default style of the Word doc rather than Times New Roman size 12

    An annoying and time consuming to eradicate 'feature' when auto-tagging into Word is that tags inserted into the template, default to Times New Roman size 12, rather than taking on the font style and size of the whole template ie. normal default.

    This applies to both, in the actual template and more annoyingly in the output file generated.

    3 votes
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  14. Validation to identify non-existent XML data sources

    I am currently building a new template with changing XML data sources and values.
    The values prove to be no issue as the new data is simply pulled into the Output.
    However, if the XSD/XML changes, say the data point name, then the Output just ignores the Autotag ie. null value inserted in Output. The validation tool doesn't identify 'broken' Autotags and actually states that the validation was successful. This also applies to the 'Preview' button, which returns a null but doesn't mention that the data point couldn't be found.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been declined for development due to a lack of votes. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  15. Dynamic Word Charts

    It is useful to re-use templates and just connect them to a different (similar) datasource. However depending on the values, charts can stop displaying properly. Legends may get cut-off for example.
    It would be nice if charts were smarter and automatically adjusted to new data.

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  16. acrofield Signature support

    We could really use support for inserting acrofield for Signature to docx templates as it would be generated to pdf output.

    I do not know any workaround to achieve this.

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    Hello Reporter,

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

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  17. Support additional 'Advanced' options for set tags

    set variable tags currently have limited options in terms of setting options.
    I recently needed to add a default value to a Set tag and this was possible by editing the tag but not possible through the Wizard (however it is possible for Out tags to do this)

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    Hello Robert,

    I have entered a ticket for your request, but since this request has not received additional votes for quite a long time, I will need a demonstration of wider user need before I prioritize this for development. I will be setting this request to declined, but will revisit it to check if other users demonstrate need.

    Thank you for your idea, and if you have any other suggestions, please don’t hesitate to enter them!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  18. Allow formatting in set tags

    It is not currently possible to supply formatting in set tags (e.g. if I have a value stored as a string that I want to convert to a number - to do maths on it)
    I have to: Create an out tag (setting it as a variable) and perform the required formatting - put this tag in white text so it's not displayed

    Ideally I would like to have all the options I have available for formatting an Out tag in a Set tag

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  19. Need Easy way to set either standard (1,321.36) or Euro (1.321,36) numeric formatting for OUT tags.

    An enhancement to the TEXT function that allows me to format numeric fields in either standard (1,321.36) or Euro (1.321,36) formats is required. The ability to select this in the "formatting" field would be perfect as I could reference a SET tag that I create based on user selections and then have one or the other formats flow through my document.

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    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been reviewed internally but has been declined for future development due to lack of votes. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. Output Templates in XML format

    Our business needs to output in XML format in addition to existing formats offered by Winward Autotag.

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    Hello reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but have declined it for development due to lack of votes. 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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