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  1. 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.

    59 votes

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

    17 votes

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  4. 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.

    16 votes

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    8 votes

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  7. 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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  8. Retain cell formatting after PI Builder "Retrieve" actions

    When I use datalink, it will not overwrite my cell formatting like background color. When I use PI Builder to retrieve data, it overwrites all cell formatting. Can you please edit your PI Builder code to behave more like Datalink in regard to preserving cell formatting?

    4 votes

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  9. 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.

    4 votes

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  10. 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…

    4 votes

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  11. 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?

  12. Provide PI Builder Functionality In A Google Sheets Add-on

    A significant number of companies are moving from the Microsoft Office suite to "G Suite" (Google). This move takes customers from MS Excel to Google Sheets, and they would like to retain PI Builder as a functional add-on.

    3 votes

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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. Create nested enumeration sets in PI Builder

    Enable PI Builder to create heirarchical/nested enumeration sets.

    2 votes

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  15. Ability to search for Analyses

    It is possible to search for Templates, Elements and Attributes, however the only way to obtain Analyses is to perform a full Element search then filter out the Analyses columns.
    I have an extensive AF structure with many 100,000 rows. It would be useful for such large AF structures to be able to search for Analyses in the same way that you can search for Elements or Attributes.

    2 votes

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  16. Populate KST without Local Admin Privilege

    After Microsoft Updates, PI Builder or DataLink users sometimes find that their KST (known servers table) has gone empty. A potential fix is to launch Excel as admin and try to any PI Data Archive in the list.

    Under the hood, the KST information would be copied from the HKEYLOCALMACHINE to the HKEYCURRENTUSER branch in the registry.

    However, this becomes a maintenance issue for large organizations where users don't typically have local admin permissions. Therefore, we request an alternative for regular users to populate their KST.

    2 votes

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  17. More flexible search results for PI Builder

    Allow users more selection of which columns to include in search results (before tag selection). Some customers may wish to reference tag metadata that cannot currently be displayed, including InstrumentTag and UserInt1.

    Note that this is not referring to the information PI Builder puts into an Excel file, but the results of the tag search before even selecting which metadata for each tag to include in the Excel export.

    2 votes

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  18. Remove limit on the number of attributes that can be selected in PI Builder

    Currently, in PI Builder there is a hard limit on the number of columns that can be selected (it is set to 1023 columns). It makes it hard to work with templates that have over 1020 attributes configured and limits the configuration capabilities.

    2 votes

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  19. Use default servers and AF database from local KST for first time PI Builder users

    As a user, I want my experience to be as seamless as possible when using PI Builder so that I can get the information I need quicker.

    Currently, PI Builder will Default the servers/database chosen to <None> when a user first opens up PI Builder (after a fresh installation). I would prefer that PI Builder Default to the default servers and AF database from the local KST instead of <None>.

    2 votes

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  20. Change behavior to retrieve contacts in bulk

    In a large scale deployment, or in an undersized system retrieving AF Contacts, or accessing the subscription tab on a Notification Rule can be slow. A solution is of course to properly size the system or reduce the scale, however there is a compounding effect where contacts are retrieved one at a time instead of in bulk. Changing this behavior would significantly mitigate this issue even if the system is undersized as the call would only happen once not once per contact.

    This is also the case if there is a performance issue (network, etc...) when accessing AD. As there…

    2 votes

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