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  1. Include image location in 'bad image' exception messages

    When there is a bad image in the report, the exception message does not show the URL of the bad image, which makes it extremely difficult to troubleshoot. This takes us hours and hours to troubleshoot a customers report, whereas if we had the URL of the offending image, we could cut that down to minutes.

    Instead, this is what we get:

    net.windward.env.DataSourceException: ReadBitmapHeader error; call exception getters for additional information

    The underlying exception is:

    Caused by: org.apache.commons.imaging.ImageReadException: Couldn't read magic numbers to guess format.
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.guessFormat(Imaging.java:268) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageParser(Imaging.java:738) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageInfo(Imaging.java:731) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at org.apache.commons.imaging.Imaging.getImageInfo(Imaging.java:665) ~[commons-imaging-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT]
    at net.windward.env.image.ImageHandler._readBitmapHeader(Unknown Source)…

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    Hello Reporter,

    I am happy to report that this information should be added in the exception in our recent 20.0 release. Please let us know if you have any problems with the 20.0 exception for your image paths.

    Thank you for your idea.
    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

  2. 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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  3. Maven dependencies

    On your page https://ohana.windwardstudios.com/m/79484/l/1035755-how-do-i-use-maven-to-install-windward-java-engine-in-my-application#locate-your-settings-xml-file you state that the repository should be added to your settings.xml file. This is not convenient for teams, because settings.xml is personal (not stored in e.g. Git) and sometimes contains passwords or tokens.

    Putting the repository in your project's pom.xml ensures everyone has the same repository (because this file is in Git) and prevents problems with new members.

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    Hello Reporter,

    It sounds like the page changes have resolved this ticket. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our software (or our documentation!).

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

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