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  1. Only include the worksheet in a formula if a sheet other than the one the formula resides is referenced

    Copying formulas from one sheet to another is tedious because you must replace the sheet that Datalink forces in with the sheet you paste into even if all referenced cells are all on the same sheet. Please make the behavior similar to how Excel does it - only include the sheet name in formulas if a cell on a sheet that is not on the same sheet as the formula itself is references. Or at least an option to pick.

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  2. Implicit Intersection Operator @ prevents PI DataLink from parsing its formula

    PI DataLink side panel should be able to parse Implicit Intersection Operator @ so formulas can be edited, when inserted by Microsoft Excel with Office 365,

    2 votes

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  3. Split the PI DataLink install kit into 2: PI DataLink (Legacy) and PI DataLink (not legacy)

    According to the discussion in the question linked below, PI DataLink (not legacy) uses the PI SDK for loading annotations, even though PI DataLink (not legacy) could use the PI AF SDK for this instead. If PI DataLink (not legacy) was fully migrated to PI AF SDK, then this would leave PI DataLink (Legacy) as the only thing in the PI DataLink install kit that uses PI SDK.

    At this point, another improvement can be made: separating PI DataLink (Legacy) and PI DataLink (not legacy) into their own install kits. This way, the main (not legacy) PI DataLink install kit…

    2 votes

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  4. Rename "Timed Data" to "Data At Timestamps"

    When I see "Timed Data", I think: "Well of course my data is timed! But what does this button do?".

    "Timed Data" retrieves interpolated/archived values at the given timestamps.

    Please rename "Timed Data" to better reflect this. I recommend "Data At Timestamps", but if this is too long, "Data At Times", "Data @ Times", or "Given Time" would also suffice.

    2 votes

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  5. Rename "Time Filtered" to "Condition Time"

    "Time Filtered" was meant to be interpreted as "Time [Spent] Filtered", but it can easily be misinterpreted as "Time[-]Filtered" (i.e. filtered by time, i.e. Compressed Data).

    Please rename "Time Filtered" to "Condition Time" so that the name better reflects the function.

    2 votes

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  6. Ribbon icons should visualize the kind of data to be retrieved

    Currently, the icons that PI DataLink uses in the Ribbon are just meant to look pretty and do not help the user understand what kind of data will be retrieved.

    Please consider making the icons more informative. My suggestion is to use sparklines as the icons and highlight which values will be returned.

    I attached an example. I'm no artist, so my example is very plain and ugly, but the icons that OSIsoft chooses should be in the same spirit as my example. Perhaps OSIsoft will change the colour of the background, line, or border across the different icons to…

    1 vote

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  7. Rename "Compressed Data" to "Archived Data"

    In the PI DataLink tab in the Ribbon, "Compressed Data" should be renamed to "Archived Data" since it actually retrieves archived data and not just compressed data. The icon should also be changed accordingly.

    Not all data in the PI Data Archive necessarily underwent compression, since compression could be disabled for some PI Points or an event can be manually entered, so "compressed" is not a synonym for "archived". Compressed data is a subset of archived data.

    This is a source of confusion for beginners (including me at the time), who don't know how to retrieve the archived events but…

    2 votes

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  8. Find All/First/Last x number of Events like in BatchView

    Like in BatchView it should be possible to show All/First/Last x number of Events that meet your search criteria.

    9 votes

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  9. Explore Events result in Column or Row

    It should be possible to select whether you like the Explore Event result shown in column or row

    8 votes

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  10. Display number of Events Found in search result

    There is no feature to show the total count of events found in the inserted result from Explore Events. This should be a optional feature just like i BatchView

    9 votes

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  11. Replace "https://techsupport.osisoft.com" in PI DataLink's About window

    The link redirects to myOSIsoft. The link should be revised so that it does not redirect and possibly so that it leads to a different page instead. Either that or the link can be eliminated entirely.

    1 vote

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  12. Interpolate Step=On Tags

    There are tags that should be kept as Step=On but there is certain cases in which someone should be able to easily bypass the typical interpolating rules (interpolation that follows the step parameter) and allow for a true interpolation between values

    The cumbersome workaround is to utilize performance equation functions within the expression field . . . but that's pretty advanced usage

    3 votes

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  13. Use dynamic arrays for array functions on versions of Excel that support dynamic arrays

    Currently, if you use the GUI to return an array of values, the array formula will always use a static array, even on versions of Excel that support dynamic arrays. Also, if you manually enter a PI DataLink array formula as a dynamic array (i.e. you are using Enter and not Ctrl + Shift + Enter) in a version of Excel that supports them, the top cell will contain the message "Resize to show all values", even when there is enough room to show all values.

    Please make PI DataLink adapt its behaviour according to the version of Excel. If…

    20 votes

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    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you for your feedback! Acknowledging the value that dynamic arrays will deliver, we plan to support the feature in PI DataLink 2021.

    Please stay tuned for more updates, and don’t stop giving us feedback.

    Thanks,
    Victor Zhang
    OSIsoft, Product Manager

  14. Format based on Questionable attribute

    Would like to be able to format any data value based on the questionable attribute.

    Use case:

    We have a report that uses 15 minute sampled data. The data is in a large table, one month displayed, date on the left hand side, time in 15 min increments across the top. Goal is to have any questionable data be formatted Red so a user can see it quickly.

    Being able to format based on other attributes, font, color, etc. would have value as well.

    2 votes

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  15. Datalink-query compressed data according numbers or interval

    now users can query compressed data according the interval. how about to query according the numbers, which users can set

    1 vote

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    Believing the original question has been answered, I’m closing the feedback item. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions or suggestions.

    Thank you for your support.

    Victor Zhang
    Product Manager

  16. Integrate with Excel Undo feature

    If you make a mistake or overwrite information while working with PI Datalink information there is no way to undo it without deleting or recalculating the information completely.

    2 votes

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  17. 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

    15 votes

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  18. 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

    3 votes

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  19. 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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  20. 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.

    9 votes

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