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  1. wizard can't be used to specify repeated nodes

    If we have repeated sections e.g.
    <payments>
    <payment>
    <StartDate>30/07/2015</StartDate>
    <NumberOfPayments>1</NumberOfPayments>
    <Frequency>Monthly</Frequency>
    <Payment>4824.8207</Payment>
    <EndDate>30/07/2015</EndDate>
    </payment>
    <payment>
    <StartDate>30/08/2015</StartDate>
    <NumberOfPayments>35</NumberOfPayments>
    <Frequency>Monthly</Frequency>
    <Payment>696.29</Payment>
    <EndDate>30/06/2018</EndDate>
    </payment>
    </payments>

    And we want to specifically pick a value for the second repeated section we can tag this using payment/payment[2]/EndDate
    This cannot be done through the wizard.

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

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        0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Preserve page number formatting across different sections in Word (AutoTag)

        Currently in Autotag 12.5.37, when there are different sections in a Word Document that utilize different page number formats (e.g. i/ii/iii/iv/... and 1/2/3/4/...) and a document is generated from a data source, the formatting in the template does not come through and all page numbers default to the 1/2/3/4/... format, resulting in confusion for the reader.

        Allowing for this capability will make it easier for Autotag users to maintain a more refined template where readers can more easily identify the section that they are reading and reduces rework for Autotag users.

        Thanks!

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          0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Centralized Logging

          We would like the ability to take the log events generated from Windward and deposit them to a centralized logging repository, one that takes all events logged for the entire enterprise. We use SEQ for this, mostly utilizing the Serilog's framework to perform the logging. However, NLog, the current logging framework used by Windward, does support logging to SEQ, and thus what is really needed is the ability to log those events to different repositories, depending on the needs of the consumer.

          Alternatively, if we had the ability to provide an extended class or implemented interface to the .NET engine…

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            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Windward Tags need to support Tick Mark

            We have bought your software windward tag and about to go live and the pdf needs to mandatorily support tick mark instead of x mark.

            Windward Support Team,

            We have checkboxes to design user choices in Auto Tag Windward form, but when we generate the pdf , windward is not generating a user friendly checkbox UI element as part of pdf generation. Windward puts a x mark what we need is a tick mark

            In the attached image it is indicated very clearly that at the top section where there is a x mark is what windward generates .

            However…

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              1 comment  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring back the Gauge Tag

              While there are a lot of chart options available in version 14 of Auto Tag, as well as native Word charts, we would love to be able to use gauges for certain data depictions. Are there any plans to bring this tag back?

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                1 comment  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Gauges were originally removed as we switched the charting package that we use internally to ChartDirector. While this package does include gauges, the interface for selecting values for a gauge chart was not a straighforward implementation.

                So we tabled the feature until it received a strong user request (the backend code is still available).

                Now that you have posed an interest it is up for internal discussion again. We will keep you updated with the decision but knowing that there are actives requests definitely helps its chances for being reinstated.

              • RESTful Engine Error Response

                While processing through a dataset I use the following code:
                if(report.GetStatus() == Report.Status.Error)

                What needs to be added is a way to see and report back to the user what failed. Why is the report in an error state.

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                  1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Duplex option to the DirectoToPrinter method

                  Allow the output when using the DirectToPrinter method to be printed double sided.

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make Find/Replace work in header/footer

                    AutoTag's Find/Replace works great in the main body of a Word document (for example, when a data source is renamed and you need to update the tags that use it), but it doesn't change anything in the header or footer. This isn't very user-friendly. A sample is attached that replicates the issue.

                    I understand this is due to limitations of the Word/Office API, but if this can stay on the radar as something to fix if the Office API gets better, that would be great.

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                      0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  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 →
                      • Designer support for MSWord Comments

                        When generating reports we would like AutoTag to provide the ability to create MSWord comments. Our reports can be quite large and require QA reviews. As part of our JSON we include a comments/notes structure. We'd like to take that JSON element and create a comment.

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                          0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow XML data source to be searchable

                          We want non-technical business users to be able to author simple letter templates using an XML data source. Currently, the template author has to know the XML structure in order to be able to drill down to select their desired element in either the tag builder or the data bin.

                          I would like my users to be able to search the XML structure. For example, if they want to include the customer's name in their letter, they could type in 'name', which would filter the XML elements displayed to them. The choice between /order/customer/name and /order/product/name then becomes obvious for…

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

                            Hi Brooke!

                            Development for search functionality in the Data Bin has been requested in multiple places and developed. You can follow that feature request here (spoilers, it will be released in version 16.1): http://ideas.windward.net/forums/248503-windward-beta-program/suggestions/18748546-search-functionality-for-json-datasource

                            As far as searching in the Tag Editor, this is new. I will enter a separate feature request for this functionality and start the review process.

                            Thank you for your request!
                            - The Windward Team

                          • Allow a .net JsonDataSourceImpl to be constructed using a .net stream

                            When using the JsonDataSourceImpl, you must either point the data points to a file or web service. It would be helpful if the class constructor allowed a standard .net stream to be supplied.

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                            • 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 →
                              • Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disab

                                Every time I change a variable name inside a Set tag, AutoTag prompts me if I want to update all tags. Can you please add an option to disable this prompt? It slows me down when I am trying to make changes to a lot of tags.

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                                • Add ways to control report resource usage such as setMaxPages and setMaxMemory

                                  I would love to be able to set limitations on the report engine's resource utilization to cut down on poorly written templates consuming too many resources. setMaxMemory or setMaxPages should be callable on processReport as a way to limit what the report generates.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Throw exception if document output = Null

                                    If I design a template, and the output results in no content displayed, can Windward send a system-level notification (e.g. throw an exception in the Java engine)?

                                    Ideally, if the output is null, no document would be generated or sent, or Windward would communicate that the document is blank.

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                                      0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  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 →
                                      • Tags inserted into a template should automatically adopt the output to default style of the Word doc rather than Times New Roman size 12

                                        An annoying and time consuming to eradicate 'feature' when auto-tagging into Word is that tags inserted into the template, default to Times New Roman size 12, rather than taking on the font style and size of the whole template ie. normal default.

                                        This applies to both, in the actual template and more annoyingly in the output file generated.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • acrofield Signature support

                                          We could really use support for inserting acrofield for Signature to docx templates as it would be generated to pdf output.

                                          I do not know any workaround to achieve this.

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