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  1. Be able to change an element's template from the General tab in PI System Explorer

    Changing an element's template would be easier if it could be done from the General after clicking on the element in PI System Explorer, similar to how the base template of element templates can be changed from the General tab.

    Template changes are common in the case where the user only realizes similarities between equipment (especially seemingly dissimilar equipment, such as a door and a conveyor belt) after they have all been added to the PI Asset Framework. This leads to a new element template being created and all of the similar equipment inheriting from this new template.

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  2. Better visual distinction between reference types in the element hierarchy in PI System Explorer

    Currently, you cannot visually distinguish between a composition relationship and a primary parent-child relationship, or between a secondary parent-child relationship and a weak reference in the element hierarchy in PI System Explorer. Please allow all of the built-in reference types to be visually distinguishable from each other from the element hierarchy. Perhaps the dotted line that connects the parent to the child could be formatted (solid versus dotted?) in addition to modifying the child element's symbol.

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  3. Allow multiple child attribute templates to be deleted at once in PI System Explorer

    Currently, if you select multiple child attribute templates and right-click on them, the Delete option will not be available. However, nothing stops the user from deleting the child attribute templates individually.

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  4. Allow the boxes in PI System Explorer's Security Configuration window to be vertically resized

    In PI System Explorer → File → Database → Edit Security, the border under the "Items to Configure" box and above "Identities" and "Permissions for" should be adjustable. This would allow "Items to Configure" to grow and the other 2 boxes to shrink. Currently, "Items to Configure" always has a vertical scroll bar, but the boxes below might have unused vertical space if there are few enough identities.

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  5. Revise tuning parameter descriptions

    As a general suggestion, please look through all the tuning parameter descriptions and fix any mistakes or inconsistencies between descriptions. This includes the ones that the user cannot see by default.

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    Almost every tuning parameter description contains a string of the format "Value units are in [unit].". I wouldn't say that my mass unit is in kg; I would say that my mass unit is kg or that my mass is in kg. Consider changing this string to "Value unit: [unit]".
    Tuning parameters of the enumeration or bitmask type use inconsistent formatting with each other for presenting and delimiting…

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  6. Archive Editor: Preserve the selection of multiple rows when right-clicking on a cell within the selection

    Currently, if you select multiple rows in the Archive Editor and then right-click on a cell that is not the ► cell or the Value cell beside it, your selection will collapse to the row whose cell you right-clicked.

    That is, no matter how many rows you select, only 2 cells out of that selection will preserve your selection after you right-click on them.

    This is frustrating when you select multiple bad events to delete and then right-click within your selection but not on 1 of those 2 special cells, and you must select your rows all over again.

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  7. Allow the timestamp and then the value to be specified for new events in the Archive Editor

    Currently, if a user tries to add a new event in the Archive Editor by specifying the timestamp first and then the value, an error message will appear. The entry order should not matter, as long as all of the required information is present when the event is saved.

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  8. Show pending changes in the Archive Editor of PI System Management Tools

    Currently, there is no visual distinction between:
    • rows that contain no changes,
    • rows that contain unsaved changes, and
    • rows that contain saved changes that have not been processed by the PI Data Archive yet (this happens when you refresh too quickly after saving changes and the refresh does not return your changes).

    Please consider adding an extra "Changes" column that indicates what changes the user made (e.g. "Event will be deleted", "Edited value and annotations", "New event", or "Processing…"). Also consider changing the cell/row background colour, font colour, or font formatting (bold, italic, etc.) to reinforce the…

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  9. Combine PI Services and PI Version in PI System Management Tools

    PI Services would benefit from a tabular format so then the (Running)/(Stopped) can be moved into a separate column. This would improve readability and allow the user can sort by service name or (Running)/(Stopped). Also, the inclusion of the full names of the services into the PI Version table would improve its readability. Since we do not need 2 tables to display PI service information, please consider combining the information and functionality of PI Services and PI Version into a single table.

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  10. Option to hide legacy tuning parameters

    Many tuning parameters are irrelevant for PI systems that are new or no longer use legacy features. Having an option to hide them will help reduce the clutter in PI System Management Tools.

    Below is a list of legacy tuning parameters. These account for >10% of all tuning parameters that are visible by default.

    General:
    PIalarm_QueuedMessageTimeout
    PIalarm_ThreadCount
    PIsqlss_QueuedMessageTimeout
    PIsqlss_ThreadCount
    PItotal_QueuedMessageTimeout
    PItotal_ThreadCount

    Base:
    Module_MessageOnWrite
    Replication_EnableBDBAccess
    Replication_EnableSDKWriteValues

    Net Manager:
    APITreatLocalAdaptersAs127.0.0.1

    Snapshot:
    Snapshot_BufferStatistics

    Security:
    AutoTrustConfig
    Server_AuthenticationPolicy

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  11. Do not show min or max for text tuning parameters

    Text tuning parameters logically cannot have a minimum or maximum, so please show a blank instead of 0 for the min and max of text tuning parameters.

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  12. GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters

    Currently, bitmask tuning parameters are entered and displayed as a single number. Not every PI administrator will know that a bitmask involves the addition (or "ORing") of each bit to combine their effects. It is also time-consuming and error-prone to calculate a new bitmask or interpret what an existing one means.

    Please consider creating a GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters. A modal window that contains a check box for each bit would suffice.

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  13. Edit Global Default Email in Notifications 2016

    As a Notifications administrator, I would like to be able to edit the global default email. so that users within my organization that want to build notifications use a more customized standard email template to base their notification email on.

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  14. Bulk creation of Value objects in ProcessBook

    I would like to be able to bulk edit the Value objects in ProcessBook, so that I can easily create a large number of Value objects on a ProcessBook display.

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  15. Automatically refresh PI SMT cache

    I would like PI SMT to refresh its cache automatically so it provides consistent information with other client tools without the requirement to manually refresh it or close/reopen.

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  16. Display EndOfStream value instead of Current value for Future data for attributes in AF Explorer

    Display EndOfStream value instead of Current value for Future data for attributes in AF Explorer

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  17. Sort Dates in PI System Explorer correctly

    Very small/minor request:
    PI System Explorer Grid Control needs to sort Date Attributes by Date and not by String.

    Example of current sorting:

    1/1/2018
    11/1/2017
    2/1/2016
    3/1/2015

    Proposed sort:

    3/1/2015
    2/1/2016
    11/1/2017
    1/1/2018

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  18. Omit the predefined comment "Notifcation sent to 1 subscriber" in an event

    Is it possible to omit the predefined comment/annotation "Notifcation sent to 1 subscriber" in an event?
    We want to send notifcations but these related comments in all events are undesirable.
    We want the operation staff to comment every event and then we want to evaluate the events and comments in excel or have a look at the comments in PI Vision.
    And there it's unconvenient if in front of every user comment is an unwanted Notification info which make sorting and getting a quick overview difficult.

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  19. Reason Code value to AF element attribute or PI Tag

    As a PI system user, I need the ability to use reason codes to develop reports and dashboards. The current functionality of PI Vision symbols and analytics do not really enable the use of the current data type of EF attribute.

    The ability to map a reason code to an AF attribute either via analytics of via the reason code configuration window would allow this data to be used for much more than currently available.

    The use case from a customer workshop last week that I'm thinking of is OEE - not all equipment has the necessary information to properly…

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  20. Display the data type of functions

    The Functions pane in PI System Explorer shows the data type of the function arguments but not the data type of the function's return value. The data type of the return value lets the user know how and where the function can and cannot be used.

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