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  1. Automatically apply Excel data validation to PI Builder columns

    Currently, if there is a problem in the user's PI Builder sheet, the user will not know until they click on "Publish" and see the error messages.

    To help avoid this, consider having PI Builder apply Excel's data validation feature to columns that do not have to connect to the PI Data Archive or the PI Asset Framework to be validated. For example, set up data validation to ensure that certain columns contain only numerical values, integers, dates, or numbers in a certain range. For columns with a fixed number of choices (e.g. the point type attribute of PI Points,…

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  2. Strange punctuation in the PI Annotations Editor "save changes" message

    In the PI Annotations Editor, which is accessible by clicking on "Annotations" after right-clicking on a value in the Archive Editor, if you make changes to the annotations and try to close the PI Annotations Editor without saving, the following message appears:

    "There are unsaved changes, do you want to save them now?"

    The quotation marks are unnecessary and the message is a run-on sentence. It should instead say:

    There are unsaved changes. Do you want to save them now?

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  3. Have better default column widths, dynamic auto-fitting of columns

    When I first open PI System Management tools, the column widths in many of the plug-ins that use tables usually don't make much sense. For example, some columns start off too narrow to show the entirety of their longest value, which might not be that long. Meanwhile, in the same table, the last column is usually unnecessarily long, extending to the right edge of the PI SMT window to fill in the remaining space, regardless of how short the longest value in that column may be.

    My suggestion is that when PI SMT opens, start the tables off with column…

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  4. Dynamically show/hide button labels

    Currently, every PI System Management Tools plug-in has buttons at the top. To know what a button does, you must hover over it and read the tooltip. If the PI SMT is maximized, the buttons usually use up very little of the horizontal space available to them. This space could be used for button labels.

    My suggestion is that if the PI SMT window is large enough, show the button labels beside the buttons, and if the PI SMT window is too small, then hide the button labels. This showing and hiding should adapt to however the user decides to…

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  5. Additional columns for tuning parameters

    In PI System Management Tools → Operation → Tuning Parameters, add a "Unit" column and a "Takes Effect" column.

    Not only does this prevent having to click on the tuning parameter to know its unit, but it also shortens the tuning parameter's description, since each description has a dedicated sentence for each column that I am proposing.

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  6. Inconsistent spelling of "plug-in"

    Go to PI System Management Tools. In the View menu, we see "Plug-Ins". If we click on Settings in the View menu, we see "plugins".

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  7. Spelling mistake in Performance Counters

    Go to PI System Management Tools → IT Points → Performance Counters → See Table. In the window that appears, "substitution" is misspelled as "substituion".

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  8. Spelling mistake in Archive_AutoArchiveFileSize's description

    In the description of the tuning parameter Archive_AutoArchiveFileSize, "occurs" is misspelled as "occurrs". This misspelling is also followed by a semicolon instead of a period.

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  9. Button for unchecking all Trigger On attributes when setting up an analysis

    When setting up an Analysis in Pi System Explorer as Event Triggered, all attributes will by default be chosen as Trigger on.

    Normally, I would only like the analysis to trigger on one input, if there are many attributes deselecting all is time consuming. There are also a bug (that have been reported earlier which selects all inputs when you do changes to the analysis).

    It would therefore be nice if an option to Deselect All inputs were made available. An option to select all is already there.

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  10. Improve Notification - PI Coresight URL Configuration

    It would be better to have validate URL option in the PI Coresight URL Configurations windows in Notifications->Message Format->Insert Link feature. This would prevent the user from hitting post config incorrect Coresight URL issues.

    Currently we do not have a choice to hit the coresight display by display name alone followed by Base Coresight URL address. For example, we may have to give either "/Displays/<ID>/displayname" or "/Displays/<ID>" in the Display name field. It would be good to have a informational message on valid Coresight URL format for native Coresight and PB Displays.

    In addition to that, it would be good…

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  11. Exclude certain event frames when performing backfilling/recalculation

    As an asset-analytics user, I need a way for certain event frames to be excluded when backfilling an analysis .
    Use case:
    We have several event frames that are used as Logs/Shift books. Those events do contain a few static attributes. such as comments, quality information, etc. Some also have event frames linked manually (in the form of event. frame references).
    Our problem is that if we start a backfill/recalc, the manual entries will be deleted and the event frame references will be lost.

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  12. Ability to convert historical tags to future data tags

    As a production supervisor, I would like to be able to convert historical data tags to future data tags so that I can more efficiently transition my production target tags from being something that I have to update every day, to something that I can update ahead of time. Currently my production target tags are historical data tags, meaning that I have to go in every morning and update the tag with today's production target. I'll be upgrading my PI Server soon, which will allow me to use the future data feature. If I could make these tags into future…

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  13. One Step Process to Clean Cached Events on Mobile Devices with PIML Mobile

    As a user of Manual Logger Mobile, I would like the ability to easily manage the number of cached devices on my mobile device. It is a lot of steps required to clean up the number of cached events on a handheld device.

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  14. Database & Tag Security Editing - Usability

    Users should have the option of updating tag security directly from SMT

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  15. Normalized view of the Database Security Table

    Currently, the Security column in the Database Security Table uses the following notation for its values (example):
    piadmin: A(r,w) | piadmins: A(r,w) | PI Readers: A(r) | PIWorld: A(r)

    This crams multiple PI Identities and access types into a single cell.

    Consider adding an option to view this table in a more normalized form. That is, split the Security column into PI Identity and Access Type (read or write). This way, we can sort the PI Identify column to group PI Identities together. Then we can easily see which tables a PI Identity has access to rather than visually inspecting…

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  16. Auto-balance archive files

    The disadvantage of fixed archives is that they cannot grow or shrink. The disadvantage of dynamic archives is that they can potentially grow too much. Merging of small archives and splitting of large archives must be done manually.

    To solve this problem, consider making all archives dynamic, but allow the user to specify an acceptable size range for the archive files. If archive files fall out of that range, they can be split or merged automatically.

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  17. Automatically set an attribute's Value Type based on the PI Point point type

    If an attribute uses a PI Point data reference, automatically set the attribute's Value Type based on the PI Point's point type.

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  18. Propagate variable renaming

    If a variable is renamed, the rename should propagate to the definitions of other variables that use the renamed variable.

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  19. URI DataReference to support substitution variables

    The URI DataReference cannot use substitution variables, and thus if you have 1000 URI attributes to refer to a Coresight display, you need to specify your Coresight server 1000 times.
    Having that URI (or other parts) in another attribute would be helpful.

    Currently i use the stringbuilder for that reason, as the URI builder does not support this.

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  20. Permit me to keep "no data" and also use tag with AF Analytics

    I'd like a way that permits me to use AF analytics on "no-data" pi points without requiring me to strip/remove all no-data points, so that I can also use "no-data" for notifications.

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