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  1. Explorer Events list should update automatically

    In PI DataLink, using the Explore Events function, I would have expected the list of Event Frames displayed to refresh with newly created event frames when my end time is current time '*'. I would also expect that the list of Events is up to date when I open Excel and PI DataLink.

    7 votes

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    Hello,

    Thanks for your feedback.
    When you turn on Update in PI DataLink, new event frames will be automatically populated in the spreadsheet.

    Thanks again for your support.

    Victor Zhang
    OSIsoft, Product Manager

  2. Option to disable DataLink automatic grouping

    As a creator of DataLink spreadsheets, I would like to have the option to disable DataLink automatic grouping so that I can apply an input to one function (ex. filter expression, conversion factor, etc.) without it being applied to the entire group. Currently DataLink automatically groups similar functions when using the task pane, even if they are created by copy paste or by dragging the fill handle.

    7 votes

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  3. Recalculate without resize in the right click menu

    Recalculate without resize in the right click menu

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 19185OSI8

    5 votes

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  4. Option to disable automatic connections to AF Servers

    I would like the ability to disable automatic connections to specific AF Servers. Currently client applications (DataLink) are implicitly connecting to all AF Servers in the AF "KST". This results in very slow startup times for Excel. For customers with many AF Servers or off-shore servers connected via satellite, this could save a lot of time.

    4 votes

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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.

    1 vote

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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

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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

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