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  1. Additional Import/Export option for servers that do not have an Excel plugin

    The excel plugin is very useful for making bulk edits and changes.  Unfortunately, all customers either do not have the excel software plugin or flat out do not allow the installation of excel on their machines thus eliminating the ability to utilize the excel plugin.

    In these cases, it would be incredibly useful to have the ability to perform the exact same function that PI Builder provides but built into the System Management Tools, System Explorer, etc. so that it is not necessary to have excel installed.  This way, I can export data in a pi builder format, move the…

    4 votes

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    Reopening this discussion….

    I may have misunderstood your original request. Are you asking for us to replicate the PI Builder functionalities in SMT or PI System Explorer? Or are you asking for a way to export into a file so that you can then use PI Builder in a separate machine with this file?

  2. Ability to Manage Global Notification Formats from PI Builder

    Currently, there is no button in PI Builder which allows users to bring in Global Notifications Formats. The button would allow users to read in current Formats and then users would be able to Publish edited formats or newly created formats. This would give users another tool to manage Formats other than using PSE.

    15 votes

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  3. Editing or adding of Annotation/Comment to Event Frame

    Currently, PI Builder does not support editing or adding of annotation/comment to Event Frame. The suggestion will easily allow users to backfill or edit annotation/comment in bulk.

    21 votes

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  4. Preserve formatting in PI Builder when use Simplified Configuration Strings

    If the "Show simplified configuration strings" option is selected in Settings, this removes GUIDS from the output in Excel.

    However, this option also removes the linefeeds in any formatted Analyses. If reloaded then this can corrupt the analyses - especially if comments are used.

    Please add an option to remove GUIDS but preserve formatting.

    @OSIsoft: Refer to TechSupport case 929964 for information.

    2 votes

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  5. Rename "PIAFBuilder" to "PI Builder" in Excel's add-in lists

    The name "PIAFBuilder" still appears in at least 2 places in Excel (see the attached screenshots):
    File → Options → Add-ins
    Developer tab → COM Add-ins

    Please change the name to "PI Builder". "PI AF Builder" was the name of PI Builder before PI AF Builder incorporated the functionality of the PI Tag Configurator.

    2 votes

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  6. Eliminate the 2-cell-wide blank border around PI Builder data

    When I import data using PI Builder, I usually want to filter the data and create calculated columns, but these prove to be more painful than necessary.

    If I put filters on the columns containing PI Builder data and then click on the filter dropdown arrow, every column will contain "(Blanks)" as an entry because the 2 blank rows underneath the PI Builder data are included as part of the PI Builder data. This happens because PI Builder modified these rows during the import.

    Calculated columns are useful to modify the values in an existing column. For the fill-down to…

    2 votes

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  7. Generate error when header is misspelled

    When editing PI Points, PI Builder does not return any error if one of the headers is wrong or misspelled. Simply, nothing is edited for that header and you  only find out at a later time when looking at the PI point. It would be useful if PI Builder could inform you when one of the headers does not match any PI Point attributes.

    14 votes

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  8. Add 'Snapshot Value' column option

    When retrieving all PI points, there should be an option to also include the Snapshot value. Currently, a user must use other means to retrieve all current values and then merge the two together.

    7 votes

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  9. Use Excel tables to contain PI Builder data

    PI Builder should use tables (the kind of table found in the Insert tab on the Ribbon) whenever headers are set up and whenever data is imported from the PI Data Archive or the PI Asset Framework.

    Benefits of PI Builder using tables:
    • filters are on by default, and they do not use up the 1 filter that is allowed per sheet
    • readable formulas that automatically fill the table column
    • explicit isolation of PI Builder data from the rest of the sheet
    • banded rows are an option

    14 votes

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  10. Support import/export of AF tables in PI Builder

    As a user, I want to be able to import/export AF tables using PI Builder, so that I can make changes as needed.

    56 votes

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