At Windward we’re always striving to make our products better, and that means regularly bringing in new functionality. Here’s what we’re currently focusing on:
Javelin. Javelin is an online reporting platform where users can easily store templates and PODs and run or schedule reports. Javelin is currently about 3 months out from release, and we will let everyone know when it is officially live. It includes the following features:
- Users can update templates or PODs anytime inside the new portal.
- You can assign user roles and permissions in order to streamline workflow and ensure that the right people in your organization have access to the correct information.
- It is also easy to keep your numerous files organized with a simple folder system.
- You can schedule or run multiple reports simultaneously while being able to specify variables and use different output formats for each individual report.
Color coding and auto-complete in the select editors. You have it in your IDE. Now Windward is adding this to AutoTag, where the select statement will provide auto-complete when typing a word in the select and color code the select elements and red squiggly underline errors. This will make it much easier to type in complex selects, including functions.
A tag properties pane. You will no longer need to bring up the tag builder to view and/or set all properties for a tag. They will all be available in a task pane in the main editor window.
Microsoft Shapes and SmartArt. We have rewritten how we handle Microsoft Shapes and SmartArt, and this will make it easier for us to add additional support to this component over the next product releases.
SVG/PDF vectored output. All charts, Shapes and SmartArt will be vector output in PDF (as PDF primitives) and HTML (as SVG). This both makes the files smaller and gives you infinite zoom with no degradation in the objects.
XPath 2.0 support. The biggies in this is dates are dates (in 1.0 they’re strings) so you can do inequalities with dates. It also adds descending sort for the Java engine (our extended 1.0 XPath was ascending and descending sorts in .NET but ascending only in Java). There’s a lot more to XPath 2.0 (also called XQuery) including things like joins (sort-of) and more functions.
An updated data connection wizard. This will be a big help to new users making it much easier to connect to your data source, and it includes helping you install connectors if the one you need is not installed.
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Author: Roman Matskiv
Roman Matskiv is a marketing enthusiast currently working on getting Windward into the Fortune 500 list. Originally from Ukraine, he came to United States in 2007 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his free time, Roman can be found running through canyons in the Utah desert, trying to catch the biggest fish in Colorado, or casually hammering on his keyboard and mouse trying to beat his opponents online.
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