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  1. Need browse button from the query pane in the Import Tag's Tag Editor

    It would be SO COOL to have a browse button from the query pane in the Import Tag's Tag Editor to choose your file/url/etc.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been rejected due to lack of votes. We recommend the workaround of using the standard file explorer to get the file path. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our product!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. Deprecate .NET 3.5 and Java 1.6 in Version 16

    Windward is ending support for the following versions of .NET and Java for their respective Engines in Version 16.

    Drop support for the following in Version 16:

    .NET 3.5
    Java 1.6

    Microsoft ended support for .NET 3.5 on January 12th, 2016. Support for Java 1.6 ended in February 2013.

    Further developing our Engines on .NET 4 and Java 1.7 enables us to bring you the best products using functionality unavailable in previous versions. Please let us know if you have comments or questions related to the deprecation of these products or how to upgrade your existing environment. Thank you.

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  3. HTML with No CSS

    Please provide the ability to produce HTML without embedded CSS that results in the same styles and appearance as the default HTML. While bloated in size by embedding all the CSS into the HTML tags, this can improved integration with other applications that one would like to use with the resulting HTML.

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    Hello Daniel,

    I am marking this ticket declined since according to Adam Jackson’s response to you, this functionality exists. Please submit any other suggestions you might have. Thank you.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. Allow manual entries into the Chart Tag legend

    The chart tag at the moment only detects values within the data source, causing inconsistencies between values/color (e.g. risk levels) across multiples of the same report.

    It would be great to include the functionality to manually add entries to the Chart Tag legend. This would allow consistency creating reports that require uniformity in values and colors.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion internally but it has been declined due to lack of votes. Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  5. Javelin to limit output options

    Javelin to limit output options for a template or group of templates.

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    Hello Reporter,

    Your suggestion has been reviewed internally but has been declined since we are not currently doing any new development for Javelin. Thank you very much for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. List Javelin in categories

    Why Javelin is not in the category list of ideas submission

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  7. Javelin Permissions

    Javelin permission should be enhanced to restrict the
    1. Create Folder
    2. Upload
    3. Viewing of POD tab
    4. Viewing of Schedule tab

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but it has been declined since we are not doing any new development on Javelin right now. That being said, we are considering this new functionality for future development in the Windward Maestro platform. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. Custom OrderBy criteria.

    The capability to define custom OrderBy rules. We have properties we would like to order by, and these properties return string values that we would like to order by in a non-alphabetical fashion.

    Example orderby: (Critical, High, Medium, Low, Info)

    Workaround right now is to change the return type of the property to int and keep track of a mapping between the int and the original string.

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  9. Ability to Embed Files in Word Templates

    I would like to see the ability to embed a file into a template. The file should not be merged with the template, but simply embedded as a file that could be opened and viewed at a later time.

    The parameters for the embedding should have the ability to specify the location of the file from a data source, OR given specified location manually provided.

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  10. Auditing

    Ability to report how many report have been generated using the tool.

    Helps for internal reviews and shows usefulness of the tool

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  11. Update table of contents after docx report has been generated

    When docx report is generated, update the table of contents as the last step before saving the report output. Reason: if the report contains imported html documents, the page numbers in the ToC are often wrong after the 1st html document. With lots of documents, the page numbers get increasingly out of sync. The user has to use F9 in the output file to correct this.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this suggestion internally but unfortunately it has been declined due to lack of votes. Additionally, we do the best ToC that we can achieve, but Microsoft does not document how they do their layout in Word. As a result, we get as close to their formatting as we can, but in a few cases, unfortunately, the numbering is different. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve the product.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  12. RESTful Engine - Embedded Datasource in Request

    Currently when passing and XML or JSON data source within a REST request it has to be encoded into base64. It would be very valuable to be able to pass the XML or JSON data directly within the REST request.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this request internally, but it has been declined 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

  13. Can we have a table type variable so as to avoid repeat SQL calls?

    Our developers indicated it would be very useful to have a table type variable or something similar (e.g. structure or user defined type) to store SQL statement results and so avoid repeated calls to the database.

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  14. Enemy Nations 2

    Playing Enemy Nations is one of the highlights of my childhood - it was a fantastic strategy game way ahead of its time.

    I realize this is not the area of focus for Windward anymore, but is there any chance that one day a sequel might be made?

    Loving all the work you guys do.

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  15. Make image cropping work with PDF generation

    When adding an image to a Word document you can select a few cropping options under picture tools / format ->crop. You can choose whether to fill or fit the image inside the allocated space. This works fine when generating to docx, however the PDF converter does not support this so whatever the value you select for cropping, the images always get squashed.

    This is mainly an issue when used with an import tag to dynamically import an image; at that point we don't know what the exact aspect ratio will be, but we do want to make sure it…

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    Hello Reporter,

    Similar functionality to what you described was implemented in our 16.3.0 release. There are now image-crop tag settings that can allow you to do crop fill and crop fit for images at output. This setting will work to PDF output as well. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  16. More efficient compression options.

    When using Windward's java engine to export to PDF, the only available method for compressing output files is "setCompressionLevel". This method in our experience only shrinks files about 21.5%. In addition to this issue, when generating a windward PDF, the uncompressed file is almost 2x the size of the file if we were to make the file by hand and manually "export to pdf" from MS Word. As a test, we did this and then used Adobe Pro to compress the file. We were then able to compress the file an additional 68.2% with no noticeable quality loss.

    We would…

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    Hello Reporter,

    After reviewing this feature request, we understand the desire for the functionality but need to see if there is greater demand before we invest time in development. If this idea gains more votes we will re-asses the idea in the future to see if there is sufficient demand.

    Thank you for your idea and please submit any other ideas you may have!
    - The Windward Team

  17. OfficeToPDF, eliminate Word startup

    Using the OfficeToPDF feature involves significant additional time and part of it seems to involve the startup of Word application. Suggestion is to have a running instance in the background and use it for all related requests/processing.

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    Hello Reporter,

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

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  18. formatting to respected currency (not all that are available as basic excel formats are available in windward)

    we do business in 3 region and use different mode of currency payments such as USD, GBP, EUR and AED.

    when building templates with relevant information that goes to finance teams for analysis i used windward(autotag) in excel linked to my SQL database. i have to created templates that are currency specific i.e. if the product was sold in GBP i have to produce all sales and expenditures towards the product in their respected GBP currency. (e.g. £1,100.56)

    i have noticed that AED is not a current format that windward allows me to convert the figure too. however this feature…

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    Hello Reporter,

    This idea has been reviewed internally but declined due to lack of votes. Additionally, the workaround commented before hopefully solves the problem! Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the software.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  19. RESTful engine async does not check for the validity of the report request and immediately returns a Guid. It would be prefered that the RES

    RESTful engine async does not check for the validity of the report request and immediately returns a Guid. It would be preferred that
    the RESTful engine checks immediately and return an error message instead.

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    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this request internally but have declined it for development. The reason is that the functionality you describe appears to contradict the asynchronous request type: to wait for errors before sending the response would make the request, in a sense, synchronous. We would recommend instead to check the validity of the request in your code that calls the RESTful engine to keep your asynchronous request, but also get this feedback. Thank you for your suggestion, and please submit any other ideas you have to improve the product!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. Don't allow a POD to be created if it contains undefined variables.

    Currently, a POD can be created that contains Tags which refer to variables defined in other Tags not included in the POD. Then those Tags fail when the POD is used in another template. Request that when a POD is saved, Report Designer checks whether there are undefined variables in any Tag, and if so, rejects saving the POD with a message like "POD contains undefined variables."

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    Hello David,

    We have reviewed this idea internally but unfortunately it has not been accepted. Since the idea has not received sufficient votes since it was entered and also since we have some other tools in the product to verify template quality we will not be working on this. Thank you for your suggestion, and please enter any other ideas you have to improve the product.

    Thank you.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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