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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.

    36 votes
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  2. 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

    13 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.

    12 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.

    12 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    6 votes
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  7. Event frame search in Pi Builder - Add option to define parent element

    Add the option to define the parent element in AF for where the event frames are stored. Currently you can only define "Element Name", this could be the same for several elements.

    Would also be nice if you could import (and delete) more than 1000 event frames at the time.

    6 votes
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  8. 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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  9. PI Builder writing to Attributes that are Data References

    PI Builder cannot write to Attributes that are Data References. It should be able to.

    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…

    3 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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?

  13. 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.

    2 votes
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Include PI Server as a column option in PI Builder

    A PI Server column would be a useful check to confirm which PI Server results are being published to, especially when a PI Admin has a drop down list of many PI Servers/Collectives.

    2 votes
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  18. Enable PI Builder for Office Web Apps

    As a user, I want to be able to use PI Builder in a web browswer, so that I can use PI Builder with Office 365.

    2 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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

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