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Best Document Generation Software - 25 Reasons to Choose Windward

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All organizations, regardless of size, create hundreds of documents and emails on a daily basis. Creating repetitive documents and reports without the best document generation software takes up hours or even days of creative time and subsequently resulting in over 20% productivity loss.

This is where Windward can make a difference. It simplifies the document generation process while enhancing productivity, proficiency, and compliance.

Windward’s suite of products are intended to suit the unique needs of enterprises and individuals. It will help you produce visually-dynamic reports and documents that look precisely how you intend them to. Businesses and individuals can come up with the best quality personalized documents in quick time, resulting in massive time savings with document automation.

Windward can be introduced nearly into any application. Its simple free-form Designer and Engine will link the data and templates to ensure the best document template generation for high-quality output.

In essence, Windward is the best because of its capacity to deal with any platform and programming language. So, you can work with it in the language and interface you are most familiar with.

Let’s take a quick look at the practical reasons that make Windward document automation software stand out.

User-Friendly Interface

The user doesn’t need to be a core developer or an advanced user to design beautiful templates with the Windward Designer. It is just as easy for users who don’t hold technical experience and background. The user-friendly query wizards let users with no programming-knowledge to create intricate queries in quick time. The templates can be created and edited on a platform they are familiar with on a daily basis: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  You can use custom pages, fonts, graphics, rotation, colors, spacing and most types of design elements you need.

Regardless of the datasource, Windward document generation software has a wizard to accommodate your needs.  Windward makes great use of templates and wizards to ensure even laymen can just log in and start creating documents in no time. It’s like plug-and-play.

Smart Document Logic Feature

You can add conditional logic by adding in-line data tags like if, forEach, among others. These smart in-line tags will modify the output and ensure it will be in line with your unique document generation requirements.

Flexible Document Capabilities

Windward offers the ability to modify your documents with add-ins like QR, digital signatures, barcodes, etc. Document reusability is preserved as developers can import templates to reuse as sub-templates in the future.

Streamlined Documentation Process

With the easy document generation process as its core element, Windward also provides the best value-added functionality and features.

Are the templates producing errors? You can find the built-in debugger to address that issue. Are you looking to import new templates for creating documents? Windward can handle that too. And the best part is if you have an existing application and looking to get Windward’s features integrated, you can do so with just a few lines of code.

Even More Advantages of Document Generation with Windward

The Bottom Line

Windward offers the best SaaS with a set of user-friendly features intended to streamline your document creation process. With a quick glance at Windward's comprehensive list of products and services, you can see for yourself that it covers a lot of document generation needs in a single package!

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.NET code for multi-page image output

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Java code for multi-page image output

Data Bin Search

The Data Bin can now be searched to find a table, column, node or other piece of data without scrolling through it all.

Shrink to Fit

This will shrink the contents of a cell until it fits the defined cell size.

Time Zone Conversion

A new Windward macro has been added to help with converting dates and times from UTC time to the local time zone.

Image Output Format

New image output formats added.

PostScript Output Format

PostScript, commonly used with printers and printing companies, has been added as an additional output format.

New and Improved Datasets (Designer, Java Engine, .NET Engine)

Datasets have been re-written from scratch to be more powerful and easier to use.

Stored Procedure Wizard (Designer)

This works for all tag types that are connected to a SQL-based data source (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, or DB2).

Boolean Conditional Wizard (Designer)

Before, conditional statements could only be written manually. Now they can also be built using our intuitive Wizard interface.

Reorganized Ribbon

The ribbon menus have been re-organized and consolidated to improve the report design workflow.

XPath 2.0 as Data Source

Adds various capabilities such as inequalities,descending sort, joins, and other functions.

SQL Select Debugger

SQL Select  Debugger

  • The look and feel was improved
  • Stored Procedure Wizard
  • Improved Exceptions pane

Tag Editor/Tag Selector

Added a Query tab as a field for typing or pasting in a select statement

  • Color Coding of Keywords
  • TypeAhead
  • Evaluate is now "Preview"

Rename a Datasource

All tags using that Data source will be automatically updated with that name.

Connecting to a Data Source

New single interface to replace 2 separate dialog boxes

Tag Tree

Displays of all the tags in the template, structured as they are placed in the template. This provides a simple & intuitive way to see the structure of your template. Also provides the capability to go to any tag and/or see the properties of any tag.

Added Javelin into the RESTful Engine

Support for Google Application Engine Integration

The ability to integrate the Windward Engine into Google’s cloud computing platform for developing and hosting web applications dubbed Google Applications Engine (GAE).

Additional Refinement for HTML Output

  • Improved indentation for ordered and unordered lists
  • Better handling of template header and footer images
  • Better handling for background images and colors

Redesigned PDF Output Support

This new  integration will allow for processing of complex scripts and bi-directional  text such as Arabic.  Your PDF output  will be much tighter and more closely match your template, and we’ll be able  to respond rapidly to PDF requests and fixes.

PowerPoint Support

Includes support for new ForEach and slide break handling, table header row repeat across slide breaks, and native Microsoft support for charts and images.

Tags are Color Coded

Tags are color coded in the template by type, making it easy to visually identify them.

Increased Performance

Version 13’s core code has been reworked and optimized to offer a reduced memory footprint, faster PDF generation and full documentation of supported features and limitations in the specifications for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX.

Advanced Image Properties

Documents can include advanced Word image properties such as shadows, borders, and styles.

Improved HTML Output

Windward has updated HTML output to reflect changing HTML standards.

Version 13 New Data Sources

Windward now works with a slew of new datasources: MongoDB, JSON, Cassandra, OData, Salesforce.com

Generate Code

The Generate Code tool in the designer allows you to open an existing template and, with a click of a button, automatically create a window with the code needed to run your current template with all data sources and variables. Simply copy this code and paste into your application's code in the appropriate place. You now have Windward integrated into your application.

You only need to do this once. You do not do this for each template. Instead, where it has explicit files for the template and output, change that to parameters you pass to this code. Same for the parameters passed to Windward. This example uses explicit values to show you what to substitute in where.

Pivot Tables Adjusted in Output

Any pivot tables in an XLSX template are carried over to the XLSX output. The ranges in the pivot ranges are adjusted to match the generated output. So your final XLSX will have pivot tables set as expected in the generated file.

This makes creating an XLSX workbook with pivot tables trivial.

Imported Template Can be Set to Match the Parent Styles

In an imported sub-template, if its properties for a style (ex. Normal) differ from the parent template's properties for the style, the use in the sub-template can be set to either use the properties in the sub-template, or the properties in the parent.

You set to retain when you don't want the child template's styling to change when imported. You set to use the parent when you want the styling of the imported template to match the styling in the parent.

Any explicit styling is always retained. This only impacts styling set by styles.

Tags can be Placed in Text Boxes

Tags can be placed in text boxes. Including linked text boxes. This gives you the ability to set the text in a textbox from your data.

Tags can be Placed in Shapes & Smart Art

Tags can be placed in shapes & smart art. This gives you the ability to set the text in a shape from your data.

HTML Output Supports Embedded Images

When generating HTML output, the engine can either write bitmaps as distinct files the generate HTML references, or it can embed the images in the HTML providing a single file for the output.

Footnotes & Endnotes can Have Tags

You can place tags in pretty much any part of a template, including in footnotes & endnotes.

Document Locking Supported in DOCX & XLSX

Any parts of a DOCX or XLSX (PowerPoint does not support this) file that are locked in the template, will be locked the same in the output.

Specify Font Substitution

If a font used in the template does not exist on the server generating a report, the font to substitute can be specified.
In addition, if a glyph to be rendered does not exist in the font specified, you can specify the replacement font. This can be set distinctly for European, Bi-Directional, and Far East fonts.

Process Multiple Datasources Simultaneously

If you need this - it's essential. And if you don't need it, it's irrelevant.

Windward enables you to build a document by applying multiple datasources to the template simultaneously. When Windward is merging the data into a template, it processes the template by handling each tag in order, and each tag pulls from different datasources. (As opposed to processing all of one datasource, then processing the next.)

This allows the select tag to use data from another datasource in its select. For example, if you are pulling customer information from one data source, you can then pull data from the sales datasource using the customer ID of the customer presently processing to pull the sales information for that customer. If you're interested in patching together your data from multiple datasources, read this post on our blog.

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