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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Tool for SQL Security and Consistency Check for the PI AF Server

    It is difficult to manage the AF security complexity and ensure proper authorizations so that there are no security holes.  I would like a built-in tool that can go through and check various aspects of AF/PIFD security and integrity and generate a report.

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  15. Manual Logger Web - Clicking on back button should bring up a prompt

    Back button should prompt user for confirmation such that if a user accidentally hits the back button in the middle of a tour without saving, the browser prompts them: "Are you sure you want to leave this page?"

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  16. Automatic recalculation on template based analysis without automatic recalculation

    It should be possible to check "Recalculate analysis for out-of-order input events" if the analysis is based on a template and the re-calculation is not checked in the template.

    A change of the output time stamps is already possible.

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  17. New analysis service installation not forcing the current one to stop

    Customer would like to have the following possibility:

    During the installation of a new Analyses service kit pointing to a PI AF server where an analysis service is already configured, he would like to prevent the current PI analyses service from stopping during the installation so that no real-time data calculation is lost.

    He suggested this because he would like to keep his current analysis service running without forcing it to stop despite this new installation.

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  18. Functions in tag creation similar to StringBuilder

    It would be useful to use StringBuilder (or something similar) for more advanced tag creation patterns.

    It is already nice that you can use replacement patterns like %Attribute%, but sometimes functions like LEFT() or MID() would be great.

    It would also be great if StringBuilder would have a function like InStr().

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  19. Modify all Analysis Expressions with Text Visualizer

    Similar to the ability to open Text Visualizer by hitting 'F2' would be the ability to do the same for modifying (ALL) analysis expressions at once.

    This would be very helpful in copying existing expressions to other analyses or server environments.

    It also would allow a much faster find and replace on larger analyses.

    I say 'Text Visualizer' but any text editor would work.

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  20. Provide more tools for quickly posting/viewing photos and videos in both PSE and Vision

    Photos and video streams are rich content for assets.  Not unlike social media.  I find customers storing photos of assets and events in file shares separate from AF.  Given good controls, users would drop images into AF.  This could really strengthen what customers see and discover using AF. 

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