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  1. Option for PI Point Number Inserts instead of Tag Names - tag renames stop spreadsheets from working.

    ProcessBook stores tags by their pointid. If you change the name of a tag, It will still show up in ProcessBook. We would like to have the option to store tags in Xcel by the tag number instead of the name.

    As an example, we are getting ready to change allot of PI tag names, it would be nice to convert the spreadsheet to save current tags by pointid, then save the file. Change our PI tag names, then reopen the file and reconvert it tag names. When we change PI Tag names, we want the spreadsheets to still function.

    2 votes
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  2. Better behavior on Brazilian DST start (no midnight)

    Whenever Daylight Saving Time starts on Brazil the issue below is prone to happen:

    Whenever Start/End time has a date corresponding to DST start, which will either cause date misinterpretation (using formats XX-XX-XX or XX/XX/XX) or throw an error (given DateTime represents an invalid time).

    Customers want to avoid having to install a localhost to client machines and having to make changes to every spreadsheet.

    3 votes
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  4. Provide DataLink functionality in a Google Sheets add-on

    A significant number of companies are moving from the Microsoft Office suite to "G Suite" (Google). This move takes customers from MS Excel to Google Sheets, and they would like to retain PI DataLink as a functional add-on.

    39 votes
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  5. PI DataLink for Microsoft Office 365 online

    Support PI DataLink on Microsoft Office 365's web portal, Office Online (accessible via a browser). Note that PI DataLink already supports desktop installations of Office 365.

    17 votes
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  6. Use DisplayDigits attribute in formatting of cells

    Use DisplayDigits attribute in formatting of cells. Note that hitting F9 will not reformat the cells if a change to the displaydigits is made. That includes if you change the tagname to a tag which has a different display digits attribute.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 6319OSI8.

    66 votes
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  7. Continue to support/modify the PI Trend Add-In for Excel DataLink that was in 2014 on into 2016 and beyond.

    This add-in allowed for a trend to be created within an Excel Spreadsheet without first dumping the data to the sheet.  It was an easy trend to make and it updated with current live data when requested (F9).

    There is a work around to get this legacy add-in function to work in 2016, but no one likes a custom that only the user can see and update.

    11 votes
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    The PI Trend functionality is still available in all versions of PI DataLink. However, starting in 2013 when PI DataLink was rewritten to use the AF SDK instead of the PI SDK, the PI Trend feature is in the Legacy add-in rather than the main add-in. Now, the Legacy add-in is no longer enabled by default in order to softly discourage its use, but it can be re-enabled using instructions in the setup.ini.

    While the Legacy add-in remains available, I want to mention why we have not updated the popular PI Trend functionality in several years. The PI Trend function is an ActiveX control. ActiveX is an older technology that is quite useful for embedding a program in another program (another example of its usage in the PI System is PI ActiveView). However, due to the same design that allows great portability, ActiveX is also inherently insecure and carries…

  8. Manual Data Entry Function May Be Useful with Macros Becoming Antiquated

    Manual entry data function may be useful with macros becoming antiquated. Support for making annotations may be useful enhancement as well.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 19290OSI8.

    45 votes
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  9. Setting to allow the omission of error strings in Calculated or Filtered Results

    Give the customers either an option or an application setting that allow them to omit error strings from function output. This would allow them to more easily chart results. Some examples of current strings that cause charting problems include, the "[-11101] All data events are filtered in summary calculation" message in PIAdvCalcFilDat/PIAdvCalcExpFilDat and the "Calc Failed" message from PIExpDat.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26880OSI8.

    34 votes
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  10. PI DataLink service for PI Server

    To minimize the amount of data that is returned from the PI Servers, and to make the PI DataLink computers more like thin clients, consider making a service for the PI Servers (PI Data Archive + PI Asset Framework) that handles PI DataLink requests.

    This service should perform all interpolation calculations (Sampled Data) and aggregation calculations (Calculated Data) and return only the raw function output to PI DataLink.

    1 vote
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  11. PI DataLink Time Filtered Function should be as accurate as the results given by an equivalent Analysis.

    For example:

    Time Filtered in DataLink with:
    'sinusoid>98'

    Start Time: Y
    End Time: T

    Should give the same result as:

    TimeGT('sinusoid','y','t',98)

    7 votes
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  12. Support for UOM conversions

    Being able to specify a UOM that is not the default UOM and having the value returned converted in all functions

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 25182OSI8

    16 votes
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  13. Auto-Update enabled by default on Excel startup

    Add a setting to turn on the "Auto-Update" button on Excel startup automatically.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26678OSI8.

    20 votes
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  14. Ability to search for Data Items on multiple PI Server and/or AF Servers

    Allow multiple PI or AF servers to be selected when searching for Data Items. Currently, search allows only searching on a single server or all servers.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26673OSI8.

    14 votes
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  15. Automatically check for updates

    Please add a feature that automatically checks for updates when PI DataLink starts up. This way, the updates come to the user rather than the user having to check if there is an update.

    2 votes
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  16. Support child attributes in the Asset Filter Search

    When AF Elements contain hierarchical attributes, there is currently no mechanism to use the Asset Filter Search to bring in the child attributes... only the parent attributes are returned..

    This is already documented in this KI
    https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/Known-Issues/40739

    9 votes
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  17. 12 votes
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  18. Improve visibility for dark theme

    PI DataLink (specifically, the right sidebar that pops up when entering a current or archive value) is very hard to read in Dark Theme (office 365 only). If this could be resolved, that'd be great

    2 votes
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  19. Support AF UOM Groups

    For international companies, it would be good having the possibility to use the new AF UOM Groups in DataLink, so that each user could see data with the UOMs he is more comfortable with.
    It would be even better if these would be selected automatically depending on the user region (though it should be possible overriding this setting).

    5 votes
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  20. To add filtering by several templates

    Element Template field doesn't accept multi-cell referencing - only the 1st referenced cell will take effect. Known Issue 91547 is exist.

    The issue is that not all attributes displayed in the attribute to display section on the Asset Filter Search in MS Excel when range of the element template is chosen.

    1 vote
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