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  1. 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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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 →
          • 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

            • 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 →
              • Add Support for Native Excel Conditional Formatting

                Since one of the main selling features of Windward is that you can create your reports using Office products which you already know how to do, supporting native conditional formatting in Excel might make more sense to the common user than having to edit Tag properties to accomplish a similar outcome.

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                  2 comments  ·  Excel  ·  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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                    0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                        • 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 →
                          • 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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                                0 comments  ·  AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add test-engine message to the header instead of to the body

                                Our automated test process counts the number of pages of created documents. In some cases they can never be more than one.

                                Because of the extra body text "Report created by Windward test version - www.windward.net" our test cases fail when the document is just on the limit. See attached an example of such situation.

                                This could be avoided if the text was put in the header as a text box behind the text (like the workaround for creating a watermark, "Voorbeeld" in our test case).

                                This has the additional advantage for you, that all the documents will be…

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                                  1 comment  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Generate HTML output in multipart MIME format

                                    One of the things we use the Windward Engine for is to generate HTML (based on templates) that is then sent out via email.
                                    But a lot of mail clients don't support the way the Engine handles <img> tags (with the src property as an inline base64 encoded string).
                                    Since multipart MIME is supported by many more mail clients, it would be great if the Windward Engine could generate its output in multipart MIME format!

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                                      0 comments  ·  Java Engine  ·  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 →
                                      • Merge the printed documents

                                        We have letters printed based on the letter (unique)id so when there are 100 letters for example we do have 100 letters(documents) printed which is great and that is how we anticipate the outcome, along with that we have a mail merge process that merges all 100 individual letters to one document, this way the team which prints the letter will have to send the one file to the machine for printing all 100 letters instead sending 100 different individual letters. I want to check and see if we have any process that merges individual printed letters to one single…

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                                          0 comments  ·  RESTful Engine  ·  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 →
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