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  2. Round Behavior of "Evaluate" Button in PSE

    Allow users to customize rounding behavior when previewing results from AF Analyses or clicking the "Evaluate" button in PSE.

    A user was recently seeing inadvertent rounding behavior because some of their value types were set to Single or Int16.  However, this issue was not immediately diagnosed because clicking the "Evaluate" button would round their results to the nearest integer regardless of data type, making real-time troubleshooting much harder.

    If instead the user was allowed to specify the number of digits of precision (or rounding behavior) they wanted to use when clicking "Evaluate" they would have known that there was another…

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  3. compatibility

    the compatibility of products (e.g. Data Archive with PI AF) is not straightforward. e.g. regarding to documentation (release notes, Instal-guides) it's possible to combine Dataarchive 2012 with AF 2017-R2. and indeed it's possible to use it in combination, but the installation is requiring the following steps:

    - Install AF Server 2017 R2
    - Install AF Client 2017 R2 on Dataarchive Server
    - Uninstall PI Network Subsystem on Dataarchive Server
    - Install PI Server 2012 (Dataarchive)
    - Install AF Client 2017 R2 on Dataarchive Server
    - Perform MDB to AF migration

    thats not straight forward and should be mentioned in the…

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  4. Contacts as criteria in AF Management

    Originally posted on PI Square at https://pisquare.osisoft.com/ideas/5385-contacts-as-criteria-in-af-management

    Add (in AF Explorer) to AF Management new criteria Contacts.
    Sometimes it's quite complicated to find which notifications are subscribed to some user.

    Regards,
    Igor

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  5. Expose whether or not an attribute template is overridden on the element in PI System Explorer

    When I override an attribute template on an element (for example, changed descriptions), it would be useful to see some sort of flag on the attribute in PSE to let me know that it’s no longer linked to the template

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  6. Increase the discoverability of the windows that are accessible by right-clicking on the Operations pane

    In PI System Explorer → Management, with the Analysis radio button selected, right-clicking in the Operations pane gives the user access to additional windows. Even though this is documented, it is not very discoverable. Users do not expect right-clicking on a dialog-box-like pane to do anything. The windows also serve minor, but still useful, purposes, so the user is unlikely to search the documentation wondering where to find the functionality that these windows offer.

    Please consider eliminating the right-click menu and allowing the windows to be accessed by links, buttons, or icons.

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  7. Confirmation Yes/No Dialogue Box When Deleting an Expression within an Analysis

    Please add a Confirmation Dialogue Box e.g. Yes/No when deleting an expression from within an analysis.
    It is too easy to hit the X and delete an expression accidently.

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  8. When calling PI Point data values using RelativeTime, the timestamp should show the time of that value not the time of the call.

    When calling PI Point data values using RelativeTime, the timestamp should show the time of that value not the time of the call. In PI Server 2012 the time of the value was shown when using the RelativeTime call from PI System Explorer. In the PI Asset Framework 2017 R2 the time stamp shows the current time and not the time of the value the attribute is displaying.

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  9. Clarify the cancellability of changes that are made through the PI AF Server Properties window in PI System Explorer

    In PI System Explorer → File → Server Properties, the OK and Cancel buttons only differ in function for the Description, Host, Account, Port, and Timeout text boxes in the General tab. Every other change that is made through this window is saved immediately, so OK and Cancel have no effect and only serve to close the window.

    Please make it more obvious which changes are cancellable and which are not.

    Since OK and Cancel do the same thing on every tab except for General, they should be replaced with a single Close button. The Name text box should be…

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  10. AF external table cache

    We have some central tables which we want to be accessible for all AF users like the central telephone directory (to add information about maintenance contacts for example). This table is quite big in a company with several thousands of employees and frequently requested in the future. Here it would be nice to have a central cache mechanism and not only a userspecific Client Cache mechanism.

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  11. Trigger analysis on events since time creation of new version AF element.

    Situation: Attribute of an AF element is one of the triggers for Event Frame analysis for sending critial Notifications.
    Currently: After creating a new version of an AF Element and setting a new value for the attribute the changed value will possibly not trigger the (Event Frame) analysis (if start trigger is true). This results in missing critical Notifications.
    Reason is that the analysis is restarted after a new version is created and the value may be changed before the analysis is operational again. The analysis doesn't see the changed value as an event than.
    Periodic triggering may not be…

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  12. Eliminate the menu bar in PI System Management Tools

    The menu bar in PI System Management Tools has almost nothing in it. It would be cleaner if it were eliminated.

    File:
    Add Server can be moved to a button in the title bar of the Servers pane. Save Session Log can be moved to a floppy disk icon in the title bar of the Session Record pane. The Exit functionality is covered by the X in the top right corner of the window.

    View:
    Instead of being able to toggle the visibility of Servers, Plug-Ins, and Session Record, make these panes collapsible through a button on their title bars.…

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  13. Remove and disable permissions that do not apply in PI System Explorer's Security Configuration window

    In PI System Explorer → File → Database → Edit Security, the "Permissions for" box always lists all permissions that can possibly be set within PI AF, regardless of the selected objects. Instead, only permissions that apply to the selected objects should be displayed. For example, it doesn't make sense to configure Subscribe, Subscribe Others, Execute, or Annotate permissions for a mapping, so these permissions should not be displayed in the "Permissions for" box. It should also not be possible to configure such permissions in any way (using PI System Explorer, using PI Builder, etc.).

    In the event that a…

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  14. Make PI System Explorer's "Choose Element Template" windows resizable and filterable by category

    If you go to add a new element, a window that lists the element templates appears. This window is resizable but does not allow filtering by category. A similar window appears if you go to change an existing element's template. This window is not resizable and allows filtering by category. Please make both windows resizable and filterable by category.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    All:
    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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  20. 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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