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  1. Support named ranges to avoid issue KB01369

    Excel places named ranges in formulas when a cell has a named range (instead of cell references). Excel formulas become more readable this way.
    Datalink should support defined named ranges too.
    Editing a Datalink array formula directly in Excel and replacing cell references with named ranges in works already.
    But Datalink pop-up dialogs can only use cell references.
    With named range support for parameters of Datalink formulas no workbook and worksheet named are added to the formula anymore avoiding the issue of KB01369.

    7 votes
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  2. Support for AF models in Datalink Search

    Customer would like to see AF models in the hierarchy of elements in the AF database as part of Datalink Search.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26943OSI8

    7 votes
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  3. Allow users to include or omit element references from searches

    As of PI DataLink 2015, element reference paths are returned in addition to the primary element path if they both exist under the search root. Enhance the Search and Asset Filter Search to include or omit element reference paths.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 27073OSI8

    7 votes
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  4. Return Annotations in Current and Archive Value Functions

    Current Value and Archive Value does not return Annotations. It should not return anything for interpolated. But it can return annotations for the other retrieval modes. For auto mode, it may need to detect whether the tag is a step tag and enable to show annotations accordingly.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 12949OSI8.

    7 votes
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  5. 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.

    6 votes
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  6. Allow users to choose to AND or OR each filter condition in

    Allow users to choose to AND or OR each filter condition in the PI tag search. Currently all filter conditions are AND.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 26991OSI8

    6 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Support AF UOM Groups

    For international companies, it would be good having the possibility to use the new AF UOM Groups in DataLink, so that each user could see data with the UOMs he is more comfortable with.
    It would be even better if these would be selected automatically depending on the user region (though it should be possible overriding this setting).

    5 votes
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  9. Return the Values of Timestamp Data Items in Timestamp Format

    The values of timestamp tags or AF attributes should be formatted as timestamp in Excel by default. Currently they are returned as integers, and then users have to manually convert them into timestamps.

    5 votes
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  10. Display the values of the attributes from start and end time of each event frame that are pulled into the DataLink using Explore Events

    As a DataLink user, I would like to see the values of the attributes during the starttime and endtime period of each event frame that I pull into the DataLink using Explore Events tool. So that I don't need to ask for the compressed values during that time range for each of the attributes manually.

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  11. Datalink Search menu not intuitive

    The Search menu in PI Datalink 2016 is confusing for users used to PI Tag searches elsewhere in the PI System. "In a row" and "In a column" are particularly confusing, as they suggest that searches are being performed within the row or column. This UI could use improvements to make it more intuitive for users who are used to older-style search dialogues.

    5 votes
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  12. Improve Error Dialog When Element Attribute Path Length is too long

    e.g Current Value, When Selecting an attribute whose path length > 255 characters, throws an Excel Error "Unable to Set the FormulaArray Property of the Range Class". 255 characters is an excel limitation, Datalink should not allow such a selection and throw a more human readable error or refer to an ID in the formula cell

    4 votes
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  13. Add Support for SharePoint Server 2016 to PI DataLink Server

    Customer has a plan to upgrade their SharePoint Server to 2016 but currently it's hold off and pending on whether it will be supported by PI DataLink Server.

    4 votes
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  14. Recalculate without resize in the right click menu

    Recalculate without resize in the right click menu

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 19185OSI8

    4 votes
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    The previous status was incorrect—this issue is not planned and was not implemented in PI DataLink 2017. If you remain interested in this idea, please help us by clarifying the idea and your use case. E.g. why do you specifically want an option to recalculate without resizing in the right-click menu in addition to “Select DataLink Function”, “Recalculate (Resize) Function”, and “[Function Name]”? How would this be more beneficial than, say, using the Update button in the ribbon?

  15. Add the ability to multi-select and move display columns in Asset Filter Search, Explore Events, and Compare Events

    Currently, only a single item can be selected and moved (or deleted) in the "Attributes to display" list in Asset Filter Search. An analagous behavior exists in the "Columns to display" list in Explore Events, and Compare Events. For each of these list, the ability to be able to multi-select items and move or delete them would be a nice feature.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 27051OSI8

    4 votes
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  16. Calendar/Timestamp Control Can Be Used to Help Populate Time

    Calendar/Timestamp (DatePicker) control can be used to help populate time fields. Populating the cells might also be a nice enhancement.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 17311OSI8.

    4 votes
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  17. 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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  18. Extend Datalink attribute search functionality to include AF categories.

    As a user of PI Datalink in Excel, I would like to return the values of attributes specific to a "Category" as specific in AF.  Currently I can perform this search using PI Builder but cannot easily combine PI Datalink functions without the implementation of a custom wrapper and VBA.

    3 votes
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  19. 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.

    3 votes
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  20. Add support for all the AFData methods as well as the generic getvalues method

    Please add total support of using DataLink to pull data with all the methods available to AFData.  In my commercial organization we release software to aid our customers in retrieval of PI data.  We can't release software in which the AFData can't be verified.  We rely on OSIsoft tools to verify the data results.

    3 votes
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