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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    2 votes

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. PI System Explorer Pop-Up UI issue

    Ran into an issue today where we believe the "Advanced" pop up UI for Analyses to configure time stamp overrides, popped up 'behind' the PSE. Microsoft says this never happens, but the number of forum incidents attest otherwise.
    Because you can't do anything in PSE until you close the Advanced Options dialog, and we couldn't get to it to close it, the only idea i had, and your tech support concurred, was to kill PSE - hence, i lost all my changes.
    If you would be so kind to create a taskbar item for your popups, then maybe we could…

    1 vote

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  13. Null value for missing PI Point

    If a PI Point doesn't exist for an element attribute as part of a template, allow us to link the tag value to null. Currently if the PI point doesn't exist, the integrator or other client tools will raise PI point not found message. To get around the issue, we have to map the attribute to a tag that has a dummy value. It would make more sense for it be marked as a null value.

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  14. Create DLL that writes data from PI Web API

    Some kind of infomation such as PI Data Archive version is easily retrieved using PI Web API. If a DLL on AF is created to this end, retrieve the value obtained from a PI Web API URL, this king of information could be easily added to AF attributes.

    1 vote

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  15. Substitution parameter for base template

    It would be nice to have a substitution parameter to fetch the name of a base template. There is a substitution parameter to retrieve the name of a template: %Template%, but none to retrieve a parent/base template.

    3 votes

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  16. Expose the ExDesc of a PI Point on an AF Attribute.

    Expose the ExDesc of a PI Point on an AF Attribute. This would permit to retrieve additional metadata from PI Points that can be used in AF.

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  17. Add warning message while changing analysis type

    Changing from Expression to Rollup by mistake will erase the Expression configuration in PI System Explorer. Add a warning message regarding this.

    3 votes

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  18. PI AF Analysis Templates - Evaluate button can evaluate logic at previous point in time

    On PI AF in Library on Element Templates - Analysis Templates, the evaluate button should be able to evaluate logic at a previous point in time as well as the current time. This would allow better visibility over how logic performs for periods of time in the past, and will be better for debugging logic.

    2 votes

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  19. Improve "Force Creating SQL Database before PI AF Install"

    When doing a fresh installation of AF Server, and either the "Validate SQL Connection" option or other Software like PI Notifications, RTQP Engine are selected, the installation cannot be started when the AF SQL Database is not called "PIFD".
    As the Installer is looking for a SQL Database with a hardcoded name, it throws one of the errors described here:

    https://customers.osisoft.com/s/knowledgearticle?knowledgeArticleUrl=000034342

    Possible workarounds
    1) Further specify the error messages so that the user exactly knows what is causing this error message.
    2) Add an option in the installer to look for a SQL Database named differently

    2 votes

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  20. AF enumeration sets should support values with the same name

    The feature introduced in 2018 SP2 to manually synchronize digital state sets with AF enumeration sets has a limitation where state sets with duplicated names aren't imported correctly into AF. This is due to the current design of AF enumeration sets that don't allow duplicated names for enumeration values. It would be nice if AF enumeration sets supported multiple values with the same name as it is supported in digital state sets in the Data Archive.

    4 votes

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