Our staff has been hard at work over the past few months implementing requested features to make our products even better. We hope you enjoy the functionality we have added to version 14 and as always, if there is something that you would like to see in a future version, please submit a request to our Ideas site.
Here’s what’s on tap.
Feature List for Windward 14.0
Reintroduction of PowerPoint® Support
Yes, we heard your call for PowerPoint support. We have combined a feature set of the most frequently used operations, and our recent core code redesign is enabling us to support more features in PowerPoint, such as
- support for new ForEach and slide break handling
- support for table header row repeat across slide breaks
- native Microsoft support for charts and images
Redesigned PDF Output Support
Windward has relied on a solid open source library since the product’s inception, but we have not been able to resolve some limitations. So we made the decision to bring our PDF generation code in-house and move away from the iText platform.
This new integration will allow for processing of complex scripts and bi-directional text such as Arabic. Your PDF output will be much tighter and more closely match your template, and we’ll be able to respond rapidly to PDF requests and fixes.
Additional Refinement for HTML Output
You’ve asked for the ability to preview HTML templates in a web application before printing them to the desired output delivery format. While AutoTag doesn’t support design of HTML templates — although we do support HTML files as input templates — our internal development of a web-based AutoTag editor is further driving this output format. This includes:
- Better handling for background images and colors
- Improved indentation for ordered and unordered lists
- Better handling of template header and footer images
Support for Google Application Engine Integration
Clients have been requesting the ability to integrate Windward’s powerful, lightweight engine into Google’s cloud computing platform for developing and hosting web applications dubbed Google Applications Engine (GAE). This will enable our users making the leap into the cloud to take the advantages of Windward with them.
Other Version 14 Changes
Along with the major changes above, version 14 has:
- Tag color coding. Each tag type has a specific color that can be turned on or off. This will help users identify tags (and their matching pairs, IE end forEach, end IF, end switch, end LINK) visually and easily in the templates.
- Added and redesigned Javelin into the RESTful Engine. Javelin and AutoTag Max are end-of-life starting in version 15, and version 14 is the last official version where they exist.
- Dropped official support for Access and Excel data sources. The functionality still exists but will not be supported.
- Dropped support for Office 2002/XP. Microsoft dropped it a year ago and Windward always extends one year beyond Microsoft’s end of life. Template formats dropped are: RTF, WordML (Word file in XML encoding) and SpreadML(Excel Spreadsheet in XML encoding).
How Do I Get It?
Are you ready to upgrade to version 14?
Is your maintenance contract current?
If your maintenance contract is current, you are already eligible to use version 14 with these easy steps.
- Login to the Windward Online Store to retrieve your upgraded version 14 license keys. Further details can be found here.
- Head over to our downloads page to grab version 14.
Has your maintenance contract lapsed?
No problem! Contact your Windward account representative directly or our sales staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (303) 499-2544. Our staff will assist you with reinstating your maintenance and upgrading your license keys.
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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