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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

    19 votes
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  9. 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.

    15 votes
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  10. 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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  11. Time Zone Specification to Represent Data in

    Letting the customer specify the time zone in which to represent the data would be a nice enhancement.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 2729OSI8.

    13 votes
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  12. 12 votes
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  13. 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…

  14. 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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  15. Enable DataLink to display the timestamps of calculated attributes in EF

    Enable DataLink (Explore Events) to display the timestamps of calculated attributes (e.g. maximum, minimum) of an Event Frame.
    Currently only the values are displayed. In PI System Explorer the requested timestamp is available.

    Reference to a former discussion in PI Square: https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/13436

    10 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. Add calculation options to Calculated Data to match PSE

    As an end user, I would like to choose calculation options other than time-weighted and event-weighted so that I can override the default processing of continuous or discrete. This functionality is currently available in PI System Explorer | Time Series Data | Summary | Weighting.

    9 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Support Element Description as a visible search column

    Currently the search does a string match on the following things: 1) Tagname 2) Tag Descriptor 3) Element Name 4) Element Description 5) Attribute Name 6) Attribute Description All columns can be made visible except for Element Description.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26433OSI8

    8 votes
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