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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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…

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  4. 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…

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  5. 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.

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