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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make Word image cropping work with import tags

      We need to crop images to a designated area, regardless of aspect ratio, because we serve images of all kinds of sizes and we want to prevent: a) an image from getting stretched/squashed and b) an image pushing the rest of the layout off the page. The images we serve are photos made during inspections by building inspectors with all sorts of mobile devices, in both landscape and portrait mode.

      When you use an import tag and then preview/render, it will save the image it downloads in the document. I will call this the "preview image". Currently when you use…

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        0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multiple Print

        We are trying to use the RESTful Engine to print reports (autotag templates). Currently, there is no feature to send a request for multiple copies of a job. If you need to print 3 copies of the same report, you will need to send the job 3 times. It will be great if you can command to have number of copies to print.

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          0 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Encrypted PDF output

            The ability to deliver an encrypted output a PDF document.

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              2 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Possibility to add HTML header information for email templates

              Would be a big improvement to have the possibility to add HTML header information when creating an e-mail template, to define following fields of the email:
              - From
              - To
              - Subject
              When creating a letter-template, it's easy to add address information on the template, as the address is printed on a letter.
              More and more communications are sent via email. Windward should provide the possibility to add HTML header information. Adding Tags in the HTML header would give us the possibility to add ‘invisible’ but needed tags on a template.

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                1 comment  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                • 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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                    1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • This is a test new feature request.

                      This is a test new feature request.

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                        2 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow for dynamic drop down based on amount of returned rows

                        Currently, when a drop down is created in a cell (static or dynamic) the drop down is removed when the report is generated.

                        Either add a Windward drop down function (ideal), or support Excel generated drop downs.

                        Another helpful addition to this would be to make the drop down options distinct (optional, chosen by user).

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                          1 comment  ·  Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Automatic refresh of data sources

                          We use XML as our data source and to test we change the values in that file. We then have to re-connect to the same file and save changes for it to be refreshed in Windward. This is a bit frustrating doing this over and over again so could it be automatically refreshed

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                            1 comment  ·  Windward Version 15  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • IOS support

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

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                                1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                  1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • RESTful Engine does not support ReportText!

                                  We current switched from the .NET engine to the RESTful engine and discovered that we lost the ability to create Text reports. For some reason the RESTful engine does not support this simple file output. Can you please put this feature into the RESTful engine? We have many customers that require text reports that are directly loaded into mainframes and/or other hardware and we can't provide any other file format.

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                                    1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      0 comments  ·  Windward Version 15  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Expand date parsing to other standard formats

                                      Currently, AutoTag is able to parse dates stored in ISO format (e.g. "2017-09-12T00:00:00.000Z" stored with the toISOString JavaScript method) without any additional input from the user beyond specifying a date output format and type. However, it throws an error when other standard formats are used, such as that generated by the toDateString JavaScript method (e.g. "Tue Jan 12 2017 00:00:00 GMT-0000 (UTC)"). A workaround may be to spell out the format in the Input attribute on the tag, but this is cumbersome and not user-friendly. It would be better if AutoTag natively parsed standard formats other than ISO.

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                                        2 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Name cells populated by forEach tag

                                        Make possible to name cells populated by forEach tag according to a given pattern.
                                        The pattern might include a prefix or a suffix with an item index to get a unique cell name.
                                        Additionally allow to name entire range populated by forEach tag.

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                                          3 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Keep 'Shrink to fit' setting in Excel

                                          Please preserve 'Shrink to fit' setting on a cell while generating an Excel spreadsheet with AutoTag.
                                          I use AutoTag 15.1.48.0 for Excel and it keeps 'Wrap text' setting already. Why not to support the one in charge of cell content shrinking?

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