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  1. Ability to move an AF element within the hierarchy in PSE by right-clicking on the element

    When moving an AF element within the hierarchy in PSE using the "Shift key + Drag and Drop" approach, it can cause to create an Element reference if the release of the "Shift key" is done before dropping the element.
    Having the option of right-clicking on the element and select "Move" would eliminate issues with pressing/releasing shift key and dragging/dropping the element and creating Element References by mistake.

    8 votes

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  2. Multiple AF Attribute reason

    Looking for a way to have multiple reason types for AF attributes.

    1 vote

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  3. Add support for multiple SortFields in AF Search

    Currently, AF search results can only be sorted by a single field. It would be useful to have the capability to specify 2 (or more) SortField values so that the order of results can be guaranteed in the result of a tie.

    For example, being able to sort Event Frame Search Results by both StartTime and EndTime.

    21 votes

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  4. follow Display Digits on the PSE Pop-up Trends

    large value display as 1.23 E+008 format instead of the orginal value in PSE Pop-up Trends

    if the trend can follow display digits, it will not show scientific nonations

    1 vote

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  5. Include AFDiag /AddIdentity functionality to PSE

    Adding an identity to an established large system can cause a flood of change records, leading to performance issues.

    The AFDiag /AddIdentity feature will bypass this issue, but it would be more convenient to have this functionality included in PSE.

    5 votes

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  6. Connect PI AF to Industry-standard physical properties databases

    Can PI AF be connected to physical properties databases (libraries) such as AIChE Dippr or Aveva Thermo or others in order to programmatically call for physical properties data in realtime. (Centralize calcs in AF)

    1 vote

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  7. Allow nested attribute references for String Builder Data References

    As a PI System Admin, I would like to reference an attribute value as part of my attribute data references for a String Builder data reference. For example, suppose I have a parent asset 'Parent' with an attribute of 'XD5' and a child element 'Child' with an attribute 'ID' with a value of '5'. It is currently not possible to build an attribute with a String Builder data reference at the 'Child' level that both:
    1. Builds an attribute reference string by referencing the value of an attribute at the current asset level (e.g. 'ID')
    Then retrieves the value of…

    4 votes

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  8. Allow AF to use any PI Point metadata (descriptor, UoM, Compression, etc.) as Attributes.

    Some metadata can be used in Analyses, which is helpful, but means constantly running an analysis on static data in order to use it at all in AF, which is inefficient, and we have been told to pull in data as a linked table into AF, which seems unnecessary as the data already exists in the PI environment.

    Please allow us to pull in metadata as Attributes in AF, which then makes things much easier to view, check for accuracy, and update, using all of the extra capabilities of AF which are much more robust and easier to use than…

    1 vote

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  9. Ability to automatically create children and grand children when creating elements from a template that has them

    I have a template Vessel Mobile and also Templates Vessel Processvalues and Vessel Setpoins. I already created Refrence Typse, so a Template Vessel Processvalues is a child of a Vessel Mobile.

    But when i add a Element based on my Template Vessel Mobile, only the Element Vessel mobile is created - i miss the child templates "vessel Processvalues" and Vessel Setpoints":

    Of course i can add these Elements manually

    but i search for an automatic way. So i only include my Element based on vessel mobile and the child templates for process values and setpoints are added without doing it…

    2 votes

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  10. Add the ability to specify NULL values in manually created AF Tables

    When manually creating an AF Table (i.e., an internal AF table) in PI System Explorer having the ability to specify a NULL value would be beneficial. Not all datasets require a value for each cell and not all tables need to be linked to, or imported from, external systems.

    2 votes

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  11. Colour Data field in AF Attribute

    We are creating hundreds of different attributes in AF, mostly based on templates and using these in PIVision.

    One thing that is annoying is when you make the PIVision image you have to manually change the colour of the symbol you use/trend you created etc to reflect the medium of the attribute that is used. Sometimes you even have to change the HEX colour code since it does not match the standard colour palette.

    What I am suggesting is to have a Colour Datafield in System Explorer for attributes.

    Here we can define the colour (via HEX code or another…

    1 vote

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  12. Use different Windows account for linked table authentication

    As a user, I want to have the option of entering a service account's Windows credentials when authenticating to a Table Connection in PI System Explorer. Currently, the Windows authentication mode only allows impersonation of the user running PI System Explorer.

    2 votes

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  13. Include Spanish(Mexico) in the AF Client MUI language pack.

    Currently the Spanish language in the AF Client MUI language pack will use comma as decimal separators. However, for Spanish(Mexico) regional settings, the decimal separator is dot. The user would like to have the AF Client localized to Spanish(Mexico) default regional settings.

    1 vote

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  14. Ability to retrieve only all top-level Attributes

    In an AF Hierarchy where an element contains dozens of Attributes - each with Child Attributes - I am interested in only bringing back all top-level attributes. The use case is that the top-level attributes may not have any naming convention in common but are all defined as PI tags (Child attributes may or not be PI tags). I would like to just bring back the top-level attributes in PI Builder so I can quickly modify tags en masse.

    2 votes

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  15. Add documentation to AF Databases

    As we adopt more and more AF databases as part of how we do business, the ability to easily maintain them becomes more and more important.

    We have created documents to detail the business process flow to follow to update AF databases, but these are stored as documents on sharepoint sites, and not easily linkable to the actual AF databases. We can put a link to them in the database "Description", but it is a workaround.

    It would be great to have the ability to better document AF databases. This could take a number of forms from the very basic…

    1 vote

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  16. Remove the annoying sound when searching for tags in PI System Explorer

    When clicking Ctrl - Shift - 8 to bring up the tag search in PSE, you type your tag name to search for, and in most cases click the 'Enter' button after. This will perform the search, but it also responds with an annoying DING sound in Windows. Clicking the "Search" button with the mouse does not produce this sound.

    Please remove this sound when hitting 'Enter' after typing your tag to search for!

    2 votes

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  17. UOM field should accept substitution parameters

    It would be nice if the UOM field of an AF Attribute would accept substitution parameters. This way if an attribute is a reference to another, the UOMs could also be linked. If the UOM is updated on the source, it would also get updated in the reference.

    1 vote

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  18. Add the ability to display UOMs in different languages in the PI AF Client

    Automatically display UOMs in the PI AF client in the language of your choice i.e. not a conversion of units. For example, to change the display of UOMs to Russian instead of English, kg becomes кг, V becomes B.

    3 votes

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  19. Ability to change the display digits for Limit attribute traits

    In some cases, the display digits for the limits of an attribute (attribute traits) need to be different than the parent attribute, so that clients such as PI Vision or PSE can also show the customized digits to improve visualization. However, currently, it is not possible to override the display digits for Limit attribute traits (LoLo, Lo, Hi, HiHi, etc.). This property is inherited from the parent attribute and although it is a good default value to have the display digits for Limits the same as the parent attribute, we would also like the ability to override them as needed.

    1 vote

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  20. Ability to Categorize Saved Searches Inside PI System Explorer

    As a power user or a PI administrator, I would like to categorize saved searches (attribute, element or tag search) inside PI System Explorer.

    When there are plenty of them it can get confusing to find and categorizing them would surely organize our searches.

    1 vote

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