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13 is Your Smart – Not Unlucky – Number

Posted on 04/02/2014

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Updated on 7/30/2014

Many of us rely on superstition to keep a lucky streak alive or to maintain a tradition that has always yielded a successful path. Here at Windward we are bucking this trend and trading up for a method that we feel gives a more predictable outcome. Our philosophy: “It is better to be smart than lucky.”

We believe that hard work and persistence trumps luck every time. Recently we’ve made changes in the way we operate: facilitating more interdepartmental communication, encouraging ideas from everyone and putting processes in place improve accountability and reliability. We believe all this hard work benefits our customers and partners, and you’ll see it in version 13, our upcoming release (spring of 2014) of the Windward product suite.

We’re not superstitious about version 13 because it’s smart, not lucky. Below is video introducing version 13, followed by a list of the top features in version 13. In a series of upcoming posts, I’ll dive deeper into each to let you know what’s coming. Many of these features come from you, our customer base.    We take the time to decide which will have the broadest impact and make selections that will promote the overall Windward community.

Version 13.0 Video Introduction

Feature List for 13.0

shapes_smartartShapes and SmartArt

This falls into 98% of the most commonly used functions and is a long-requested feature by our customer base. We’re enabling our tagging technology to work with both Microsoft Shapes and SmartArt.

Word LogoExcel LogoDocument Locking for Word and Excel

Security has always been a priority for our customer base, and now we are extending that even further by supporting native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint document locking. You can lock parts or all of your template, as well as carry these restrictions to your output, to prevent users from changing those restricted areas.

Excel LogoPivotTable Support in Excel

I know what many of you are thinking….FINALLY!!!!  Yes, it’s true, Windward has enabled support for the usage of PivotTables in templates.   You can now Create your own PivotTables and read them as a data source as well as create PivotTables dynamically in your templates.

New Data Sources

We are always striving to connect Windward products to your data no matter where or how it is stored.  That’s why we’ve added the following data sources.

 OData Logo


 JSON Logo


 Salesforce Logo Oracle Logo Renewed – Oracle .NET Connector


PowerPoint LogoReintroduction of PowerPoint Support

After hearing the call from our customers, we have made the decision to return support for PowerPoint to our products. The recent redesign of our core code enables us to support even more features in PowerPoint.

Word LogoLinked Text Box Support for Word

You can now use Windward tags in text boxes and allow that tag about to spill over into a linked text box at another location in your document.

Footnotes Support

We know you use footnotes in your daily documents, and so we’ve implemented full support for footnotes.

Improved HTML Output and Embedded Images

We’ve updated our HTML output support to be more robust. This includes allowing images to be embedded directly in the HTML document.

Import Tag That Allows the Use of Parent Formatting

When you import a subdocument into a parent document, you may want the parent document’s formatting to override any of the imported document styles. You can now have any imported document receive the styles of its parent on output.

Font Substitution

There are times when Windward is not able to find the exact font for your desired output format. Instead of outputting blank areas, it now sizes your requested font to find the closest possible substitute when your font is not available and makes use of the font without the glyphs in the text added from the tag.

Advanced Image Properties (Borders, Shadows, Etc.) That Carry to Output (DOCX only)

Windward has always had the ability to import images into a document. You’ll be able to take advantage of the advanced image properties that Microsoft Word offers, such as shadows, borders, and styles.

Code Cleanup

As with every new version, we’re working behind the scenes to improve the speed and enhance the product code. Version 13 offers the following:

  • Full documentation of what is and is not supported in the DOCX, XLSX and PPTX specifications
  • Implementation of most of the remaining features in the DOCX, XLSX and PPTX specification
  • Enhanced performance and reduced memory footprint
  • Refactor Final Format Node Visitor (FFNV) Pattern (more about this soon)

Your Input Needed

As always, please keep the ideas rolling in. We would love to hear more from you and our new beta program will ensure more communication of our current product enhancements as well as our future roadmap.

The links below are places where we collect your ideas and as product manager, I am taking an active role in ensuring these channels are up-to-date and ideas are cultivated.

Make suggestions for new product features.

Sign up now for our Windward Version 13 Beta program.

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Author: Ryan Fligg

Ryan, Windward's Sales Engineer, has been with Windward since 2006 in many roles as a sales engineer, IT specialist and account executive. Ryan's background fuels his desire to guide Windward's product development. He now works on the future vision of Windward offerings through creating the product roadmap, responding to customer requests, and communicating what Windward is doing and where it’s headed.

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