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  1. Official testing/support for application virtualization

    Currently, PI System thick clients such as PI DataLink or PI ProcessBook are not tested against virtualized environments, as described in KB01590. However, there are various benefits of virtualizing parts of the PI System, as outlined in the article. As a sysadmin, I would like official support for virtualizing PI System clients using technologies such as App-V or Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly ZenApp) in order to realize these benefits across our company’s technology stack.

    https://customers.osisoft.com/s/knowledgearticle?knowledgeArticleUrl=KB01590

    8 votes
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  2. Modificando batchview para que pueda trabajar en Excel X64

    Batchview actualmente no se puede usar en Excel X64, con lo que se pierde la posibilidad de analizar los batchs con datalink

    1 vote
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  3. 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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  4. For compressed data, have the option to return the tagname (for example, similar to how the count is returned at the top).

    If multiple tags are selected for 1 compressed data function, it is difficult to determine which data is associated with the tags.

    On behalf of Elizabeth Metzler
    elizabeth.metzler@enbridge.com

    1 vote
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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    2 votes
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  7. Show Data Time Zone

    When returning data have an indicator of the data's timezone. Other than in setting as that only indicator future pulls.

    1 vote
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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.

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  12. Datalink - Root Path should allow to specify multiple Data Archives

    Currently, the Root Path field of Datalink can be pointed to a single cell to retrieve the name of the Data Archive where the tag resides.

    It is not possible to specify an array of cells, as only the first Data Archive will be considered.

    There are workarounds for this, such as:
    - using an Excel formula to concatenate the root path and the point name and call the obtained cell from the DataItem field
    - using single-row queries instead of array queries

    Still, it would be nice to have an array-query option also for the Root Path field.

    2 votes
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  13. 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.

    48 votes
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  14. 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.

    24 votes
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  15. 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.

    69 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    12 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…

  18. 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.

    47 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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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