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Windward Studios: G2 Crowd Recognizes Us as a Leader in Document Generation Software Industry


We are glad to share with you the 2019 G2 Crowd Grid for Document Generation software, in which Windward Studios is acknowledge as a Leader in the industry.

A Few Excerpts from the Reviews:

"The fact that design is in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint allows me to use any of my resources to design the document template directly from the user's documents. Adding tags to pull data from any data source is also very easy to learn." —Constantinos T. (Customer review on G2 Crowd)
"Highly recommend this product to anyone looking to add additional functionality to their existing data sources like XML, SQL and any other ones out there." —Christopher T. (Another customer review on G2 Crowd)
"Saves time and resources for us on a colossal scale...as we had issues with document creation (especially when it comes to automation)—we no longer have to do it manually. My staff loves the fact that it can draw data from a lot of sources and I must say some of them have literally no coding skills, but they find the DocGen software by Windward a walk in the park." —Genesis A. (Day Trading industry customer review on G2 Crowd)

Review Star Breakdown

Nearly 90% of our reviews are 4 or 5 stars—this speaks volumes about our customers' satisfaction, no wonder we have a 97% customer retention rate! This is further proof we are light years ahead of our closest competitors in the industry.

Thankful to Our Esteemed Customers

We are proud of this achievement and immensely grateful to our busy customers who took their valuable time to post their experience about using Windward software. In fact, our mission is to ensure complete customer satisfaction and to be validated by them is absolutely fulfilling.

We are aware of the fact that to achieve this position on G2 Crowd, it involves not just the reviews, but other data and factors as well. In fact, all reviews are strictly verified by G2 Crowd to ensure they are genuine and accurate. Based on the score, a vendor gets placed into one of the four grid sections: Niche Player, Contender, High Performer, and Leader.

Read Our Reviews

You might be wondering which document generation software to trust to breathe new life into your organization's success. You need to know what the unique requirements in your industry are and what you need to look for to spot the ultimate document automation tool out there. We hope to simplify the buying process with our report. Windward Studios is proud to meet the highest standards in the industry and is used by hundreds of companies worldwide. And now, we have the honor of being voted as one of the best leading document generation software out there in the market in 2019 by G2 Crowd.

You can look at our reviews to see how Windward Studios gained the Leader position on the grid and what to expect from us along with our real strengths and areas of improvement in comparison to other vendors in the market.

Read our reviews

Tags Start & End

Tags Can Start & End Anywhere

Appendix B

.NET code for multi-page image output

Appendix A

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

Provides a display of all the tags in the template, structures as they are placed in the template. Provides an easy way to see the structure, go to any tag, and see the properties of a 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

Designer (fka AutoTag) Generate Code tool 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 in your .NET or Java project. The process is quick, shortens delivery time and helps alleviate any bumps in the road.

Pivot Tables Adjusted in Output

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

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, ot the properties in the parent.

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

When Windward is merging the data into a template, it process the template handling each tag in order, and the tags can pull from different datasources. This allows the select in a tag to use data from other datasources in the select.

Read our reviews

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For over 10 years, Windward has lead the industry with our world-class document generation platform that creates visually stunning, data-powered documents designed exactly the way users want and are created in a fraction of the time and cost compared to existing solutions. Proudly located in Boulder, Colorado, Windward Studios is the premier solution for developers and business users adding reporting and document generation capabilities to their applications in over 70 countries around the world.

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