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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.

    5 votes
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  2. Automatically update changes to Event Frame attributes

    As a PI DataLink user, I would like for attributes for the Event Frames I am viewing with the Explore or Compare Events functions to update automatically, rather than having to use the Clear Cache button in the Settings window to retrieve new values.

    2 votes
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  3. PIEFDat

    SUPPRESS THE COLUMN NAMES.
    I am working "one rwo at a time" where an attribute within an event must match something in another column, but can't do it when PIEFDat always returns two rows for each query. grrr. The older Batch system version could do all this stuff.

    1 vote
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  4. 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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  6. Compressed Data and Tables

    Compressed Data should be able to (or have the option to) query multiple tags and return the results as a single table/array of information, instead of independent columns of data. Returning independent columns of data results in rows being mismatched across multiple columns because of missing events. A table should be able to be easily created that keeps the data from multiple tags contextualized with each other based on the time stamps.

    13 votes
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  7. 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.

    45 votes
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  8. 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.

    21 votes
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  9. 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.

    67 votes
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  10. Programmatic Access to Datalink Settings

    Create a way to programmatically set the Datalink Settings so that they can automate excel reporting more effectively

    8 votes
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  11. 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…

  12. 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.

    46 votes
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  13. Create a programmatic access layer

    Customers have been using DLResize in the VBA pidldialogs.xla project which is unsupported. It would be nice to create a programmatic access layer so that things such as DLResize can be done in a supported way. It would also be helpful to have programmatic access to automatic update settings and automatic update on/off button.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 19897OSI8

    27 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Improve Error Dialog When Element Attribute Path Length is too long

    e.g Current Value, When Selecting an attribute whose path length > 255 characters, throws an Excel Error "Unable to Set the FormulaArray Property of the Range Class". 255 characters is an excel limitation, Datalink should not allow such a selection and throw a more human readable error or refer to an ID in the formula cell

    4 votes
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  16. 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

    18 votes
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  17. 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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  18. Manual selection of Event Frame

    I would like to select Event Frame/ Event Frames from the Preview in Explore Events task-pane and result returns manually selected Event Frame/ Event Frames only.

    2 votes
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  19. 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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  20. Provide easier workflow to retrieve the recorded values for EF attribute

    The Explore function in PI DataLink 2014 can only retrieve the attribute value at the start or end of the EF. Users would like to see all the values that fall within the EF duration.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26988OSI8

    11 votes
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