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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  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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)

      40 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        25 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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>.

          21 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Extend the XPath Wizard to support functions

            You recommend that we always use the XPath Wizard to create tags, but as soon as we want to use anything other than the most simple XPath expression, we have no choice but to write it by hand.

            Extending the XPath wizard to support standard XPath functions (e.g. count, addition, etc) would allow us to always use it to construct our tags.

            In our conversation with Ryan yesterday he recommended that we always use the XPath Wizard for creating tags. Is there any plan to extend the wizard to support XPath functions, e.g. count, addition, etc? As it stands, there…

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              3 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Windward is updating is XPath library in Version 14 to move from XPath 1.0 to XPath 2.0 support which will allow the use of additional XPath functions. Version 14 is due for release near the end of February 2015.

              Thanks for submitting your idea and stay tuned for the Version 14 release.

            • referencing other worksheets in formulas in generated Excel reports

              When you write a formula in a template that references another cell on the same sheet, it increments the row number on each new row that is added by a foreach loop.
              It would be great if this worked the same way for formulas referencing other worksheets.

              15 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I need better error handling

                Just been working for a couple of hours now, but I found error handling to be poor. Exceptions are thrown with no clear error messages. Documentation is missing (TagException seems bo no exist according to the knowledge base).

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                  1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

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                    1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include functionality to update formula fields in word

                    Very often I need to use Formula fields to calculate total/summary of some columns of a Word table. This fields do not get updated by word automatically and requires the users to update them manually pressing CTRL + A and then hitting F9.

                    I am wondering if you include a functionally that would update the formula fields while printing a word template through windward autotag/.net engine?

                    Thanks...

                    12 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

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                        0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Data Validation to propagate to the new document.

                        Data Validation constrains the values of a cell to items in a predetermined range. This would allow selection lists to be populated by AutoTag select statements.

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                          2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

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                            1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Java evaluation inside of tags instead of just the windward Macro language

                            Would be awesome if you could write in any Java you wanted into tag evaluates instead of being limited to what the Macro language gives you and not having to write a custom function library.

                            9 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              9 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create functionality in Java Engine to skim document template variables/nodes

                                As per Request #12304, only AutoTag is able to skim the variable paths from the document template. Java Engine does not have a method/functionality to retrieve all the variable paths ('Data/books/authorName'). WIll you be able to cater this request in the Java Engine? Thanks!

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                                  1 comment  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

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                                    1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Refresh Tags

                                    What if when a document was generated from a template instead of replacing the Tag with the data have the data replace the Tag friendly name. Then the generated document could be passed around modified and when all the changes are agreed upon then run the template again to get the latest values from the data source.

                                    Recently I've had several prospects ask for this kind of functionality and this is the only idea that I could think of that might allow users to refresh their data in generated documents.

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                                      3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Keyboard shortcuts

                                      Keyboard shortcuts would be very helpful...Like inserting Out tag, generate a document etc. Also possibility to customize own shortcuts.

                                      8 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • create a report comparison tool

                                        This would compare two reports to see if there are any differences in appearance.

                                        Would be useful to those you frequently upgrade the engine and need to make sure that generated reports (that were working fine before the upgrade) still appear as expected.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windward Version 13  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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