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  1. Analysis configuration on PI Builder

    It would be nice to split the configuration string of an Analysis Rule along several Excel cells, for (i) better readability and (ii) avoid hitting the limit of characters on a single Excel cell (currently, 32,767 characters).

    It would be specially helpful with large analyses.

    3 votes
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  2. Have more user-friendly names for objects, columns, and column groups

    The current names of objects, columns, and column groups usually use some combination of camel case, abbreviations, and no spaces, which makes them difficult to read. Nobody writes like this outside of programming, and most users of PI Builder are administrators, not developers.

    It's not like spaces are never used; they are just not used enough. For example, the UOMClass object has a column group called "UOM Mapping". The ElementTemplate object has a column group called "Attribute Columns".

    Please make the names more user-friendly.

    1 vote
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  3. Extend Saved Searches feature in PI-SDK Tag Search to PI Builder

    Add the ability to save search criteria defined in Find PI Point - similar to Favorites in PI SDK Tag Search dialog.

    Extend this to AF searches as well - saving favorites

    1 vote
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  4. Fetch multiple PI Points from one list

    1) Select some rows from a column with a list of point name on Excel.
    2) In PI Builder, Click on a new button (Find PI Points From List...) and then it will fetch all parameters of matching points in the server vs the list.

    1 vote
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  5. Fetch multiple PI Points from one list

    1) Select some rows from a column with a list of point name on Excel.
    2) In PI Builder, Click on a new button (Find PI Points From List...) and then it will fetch all parameters of matching points in the server vs the list.

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  6. Include the "Primary Parent" checkbox functionality under PSE's "Change Reference Type" dialog in PI Builder

    In PSE, you can right click an element reference > Convert > Change Reference Type... and have the option to make your current element reference the Primary Parent via a check box. This functionality is not replicated in PI Builder. Thus, you have to do this in 3 steps:

    1) Delete the Element Reference
    2) Publish primary parent with the NewParent column set to the path where you would like the primary parent to be
    3) Add an Element Reference to the Primary Parent at its new location.

    This is a bit cumbersome to accomplish the same thing as a…

    3 votes
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  7. AutoFit the columns in PI Builder's "About"

    In the PI Builder tab in Excel, if you click on "About", a window similar to the one in "Before AutoFit.png" will appear. There is not enough room for the full Name to show, and the Assembly Version has much more space than it needs. If we AutoFit the Name column, everything can be shown in full (After AutoFit.png). Please make this the default way that the About window appears.

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  8. When building AF output tags with PI Builder - can't create as Base instead of Classic

    No option in PI Builder to declare point type of Base vs Classic.

    1 vote
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  9. Allow PI Builder to be used with Windows Store Application version of Excel

    If Excel is installed as a Windows Store Application instead of a Desktop Application, the PI AF Client installer doesn't allow PI Builder to be installed. The reason for that is that it can't determine the Excel version through the registry.

    PI DataLink faces the same problem, but there you have a workaround by editing the Setup.ini file. See this KCS: "PI DataLink setup kit does not detect Office that has been installed via Windows Store (220739)". This does not appear to exist for PI Builder.

    Either a workaround or a genuine solution would be appreciated.

    4 votes
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  10. Improve formatting for changedate and creationdate properties in PI Builder Excel Add-in

    When querying PI Points within PI Builder we see the changedate and creationdate properties show up in the format "yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss" which is not the default format that Excel wants for filtering and sorting columns by date/time. However, we do see the proper format for these two properties shown after clicking any cell in the same sheet as the PI Point query and hitting "Retrieve". This yields the format "MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm" which is easier to sort and filter through.

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  11. Have greater consistency between PI Builder and PI DataLink

    PI Builder and PI DataLink both have Settings, About, Help, and Feedback buttons. Please consider some of the following actions to create a more consistent user experience across both add-ins:
    • Use the same set of icons.
    • Use a similar layout for the About window.
    • Use similar wording for the tooltips.
    • Use end punctuation on all tooltips. This is an issue in PI Builder but not PI DataLink.
    • Move the buttons to the far left. This will ensure that the buttons are visually in the same spot across both add-ins. Currently, both sets of buttons are…

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  12. Change "PI AF Builder" to "PI Builder" in the tooltip of the Feedback button

    Once upon a time, the add-in was called "PI AF Builder", but not anymore. Please edit the tooltip to reflect the current name of the add-in.

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  13. Add Tag Import feature like old "PI Tag Configurator"

    Add Tag Import feature like old "PI Tag Configurator":  PI Builder cannot import attributes of a list of tags pasted into the spreadsheet from another source like "PI Tag Configurator" could.  With PI Builder, if you have want to work on tags that don't group together well by name or description, you have to either make multiple, varied searches or pull in an extra large pack of tags and pair them down.  Also, its tag search is inferior, limited to Name, Source, type, class, units, and description.  There is no way to search by Location1, creation date, etc.  Please review…

    3 votes
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  14. 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…

    3 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?

  15. 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.

    8 votes
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  16. 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.

    12 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Give a more specific error message when publishing a span of 0

    Currently, if you try to create/edit a PI Point to have a span of 0, an error message similar to the one below appears:
    Error occurred on line #, column #, while processing PI Data Archive 'PIDataArchive':
    [-38] Illegal Compression Deviation Specification
    Parameter name: compdev

    This occurs even if compdev is not one of the published columns, which can confuse the user. Please give a more specific error message when the user tries to publish a span of 0.

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  20. Minimize the recalculation of volatile cells

    Currently, PI Builder data is imported row by row. Each imported row causes all volatile cells in all open workbooks and any cells downstream of them in the dependency tree to recalculate. PI Builder will not import a new row until this calculation is complete. If there are too many slow-calculating downstream cells, the entire import can be slowed to a crawl.

    Please consider importing data in a way that does not trigger the recalculation of volatile cells as often. One option is to switch to manual calculation before the import and restore the previous calculation mode after the import.…

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