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  1. I need maven support!!!!!

    We use maven as build tool. I can't seem to find the maven dependencies. Simply inclusing a lib folder with all the Windward provided jars is of course no viable enterprise solution. That solution is beggin for deployment problems by just dumping unversioned jars into a deployment folder. No can do!

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    5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Roger!

    I am happy to announce that we now support using Maven to install the Java Engine! Please follow along with this wiki article to see exactly how you can set this up:

    https://wiki.windward.net/Returning_Users/Java_Engine/Get_Started_with_the_Java_Engine/Using_Maven_to_Install_Windward_Java_Engine_in_your_Application

    Thank you for your feature request, this was clearly a popular one, and please submit any other ideas you have and we will do our best to address them in a timely manner.

    - The Windward Team

  2. restful enginge output to image

    We would like to output reports to JPG (or other image format) with RESTfull engine.

    57 votes
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    2 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter!

    I am happy to announce that this functionality was released with version 16.3.0! You can find documentation here for the RESTful Engine updated to include image output options: ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/79043/l/913251-..

    Thank you for your suggestion!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  3. html

    The HTML to Template in Word conversion need upgrading. Especially tables. Also underline, indentation, and bulleted and numbered list to name a few things.

    56 votes
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    1 comment  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter!

    I am happy to announce that this functionality was released with version 16.3.0! HTML output and import templates received a re-work and new functionality. Please try this functionality in the new release and submit any new requests you might have.

    Thank you for your suggestion!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  4. Please support conditional resize of columns and rows...

    Based on (content in column) or (value of SQL resultset)
    resize the width of column and resize the height of row.

    Example: Say SQL result set give employee.Name as
    "WINDWARD-AUTOTAG" So Column 'A' should resize 17 pixels and

    If result set give employee.Name as
    "W.W.A.T." So Column 'A' should resize 8 pixels.

    I have requested same in request (#12875)

    46 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Prabhjot!

    This feature request was entered quite a long time ago, so I went into a new build of Report Designer to test this functionality.

    Based on my understanding of your ticket, I believe this functionality is supported now. I made a basic template with a forEach tag selecting the Categories table and inside produced a set of single rowed tables with three columns and the AutoFit Word setting set on my tables. Each of my single-row tables had the three columns fit to their contents (CategoryName, Description, CategoryID).

    Let us know if you still do not have this functionality or if you have any other requests!

    Thank you!
    - The Windward Team

  5. QR code

    QR code support
    We would like to have QR code support for upcoming windward version.
    For example a new tag <wr:qrcode>somedata/wr:qrcode.

    33 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There was some feedback to the workaround solution that this does not work in deployment where data cannot leave an organization so casually due to security precautions. I entered a new suggestion that specifically addresses native QR code output for this reason: http://ideas.windwardstudios.com/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/38862844-there-should-be-an-option-for-tag-output-of-qr-cod

    Please show your support for the suggestion of native QR code output if you have this security concern.

    Thank you
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  6. Dynamically colour table cell backgrounds in Report Designer

    Hi

    We would like the functionality to dynamically input coloured table cell backgrounds in our template. The colours we use are pulled dynamically from our data source and are defined by our clients, therefore the conditional formatting of table cells is inadequate as the conditional formatting always requires a hard-coded value to be present in the template to compare against.

    32 votes
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    completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Variables in the Datasource URL of a Webservice

    At the moment I could not add dynamic parameters to the URL of a Webservice. For example I have the following datasource url:

    http://jsondatasource/api/Json/GetEmployeeByName?firstname=Martin

    but instead of the static value 'Martin' I need a dynamic variable value like

    http://jsondatasource/api/Json/GetEmployeeByName?firstname=${firstnameParam}

    Thx,

    Regards

    31 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to announce that this functionality has been released and is live in the 20.2.1 version of Windward Designer! To learn how you can change your connection URL at runtime, please read our feature documentation here: https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/76878/l/1321991-how-do-i-edit-the-datasource-connection-on-output Thank you for your suggestion and please submit any other ideas you have to improve our products.

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  8. Access Tags through API

    It would be great if the tags were accessable throrough the Report object in the API. This would allow us to create the datasource necessary to support the template by interrogating the template.

    In my case, I want to be able to create the template using a complex schema. Then when it comes time to generate the reports through the Engine, I can build the actual XML dataset that would only contain the data that template needs.

    I'm sure others would come up with other uses for this. It would seem this is already something you must have for AutoTag…

    31 votes
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  9. Carry document protection across from template into generated report

    When generating a WordML report from a WordML template, we'd like to restrict the editing of the generated report.

    We'd like to set up document protection in the template and have those settings carry over into the report.

    23 votes
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    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 23 votes
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    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Ability to Pre-populate an Editable PDF Form Field

    I would like to have the ability to pre-populate data into an editable text field in a PDF form.

    Example:
    Name, address, phone, and email address are part of a PDF form. If we have this data in our system, we want to be able to pre-populate those fields, but still allow for the customer to edit the data in the field if it is incorrect.

    18 votes
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  12. Refresh data source

    I think it would be useful to have an ability to quickly re-read a data source using some kind of button in the ribbon. For example, if I have an XML data source and its structure is changing while I'm working on a report, I have to go to the Data Sources, click Edit, Test, OK.

    18 votes
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  13. New variable type to support longer blocks of text

    I am creating a cover letter report. I want to set the default text for the body of the letter but allow the user to modify it prior to report generation, and it should have multiple paragraphs. The existing Text variable doesn't support line breaks, so this is not possible. Please add a new variable type (e.g., TextArea) that would be more appropriate for longer blocks of text than what was probably intended/envisioned with the existing Text type variable.

    15 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Windward Designer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Renaming tag's variable updates all its references

    When a tag's variable is renamed (the var attribute) automatically rename all references to that variable in other tags, if any.

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

    Hi Igor!

    Windward Report Designer now incorporates this functionality. After you update the Variable for your tag, you will be prompted to update all occurrences of that variable in the template if you would like.

    Thank you for your suggesting and helping us to improve our product!

    - The Windward Team

  15. Switch Statement Tag

    Please implement a switch statement so you can cut down on the number of IF tags in a document to handle cases where you are testing the same thing for different results.

    14 votes
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  16. Encrypted PDF output

    The ability to deliver an encrypted output a PDF document.

    13 votes
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    2 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Search functionality for JSON datasource

    It would be nice to have some searchbox in AutoTag Data Bin. Data source which we are using, have thousands of properties, so it would be faster to type few keys and filter appropriate properties.

    13 votes
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  18. Add image-size specified-height to IMPORT tag

    You currently have it available where we can set the width only and the height will be adjusted to keep the aspect ratio.

    I have a need where I need to set the height only and the width will be adjusted to keep the aspect ratio.

    12 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Paul!

    This functionality has been added to Report Designer. Now you have the option of setting the image size as either “specified-width” or “specified-height.”

    Thank you for your feature request and please enter any other ideas you might have!

    - The Windward Team

  19. Bitmap images does not inherit settings from the template

    Without this there is no way to set a border, rotate the image, add a shadow or a reflection, etc.

    12 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Bill,

    In our 16.2.0 release, we released new functionality where out and import tags of type bitmap are treated as objects by the template instead of tags. This allows all of the properties to be set on a bitmap (like a border) to be set using office, and no longer are may properties set in Designer. With this change and others, this functionality is hopefully finished and fulfills this request. Thank you for your submission, and please submit any other ideas you might have!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  20. Create Dockable Data Bin and Tag Builder windows

    Design Data Bin and/or Tag Builder windows that can dock to the top, left, or right-hand side of your Word and Excel documents in a similar fashion to the standard toolbars. Eliminates the need for multiple pop-up windows and enables users to quickly design report templates.

    11 votes
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