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Swift & Accurate COVID-19 Vaccine Research Reports Can Save Global Health & Economy

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Globally, the physical and financial health of humans is in freefall as the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has filled hospitals with patients and forced businesses to shut down. Furthermore, if people are quarantined for too long (due to the non-availability of a vaccine or drug), the damage it will cause to the economy may be far worse than the disease itself!

It’s a relief to know that vaccine researchers are working round the clock to develop a vaccine. The hope for quick relief, however, depends on the collaboration and sharing of reports with the help of reporting software like Windward among researchers and scientists (this is evidenced by the fact that vaccine research was only made possible when Chinese scientists shared the genetic code of the virus).

Windward Reporting System Can Play a Crucial Supporting Role in the Quest to Find a Vaccine

Windward can accelerate the development of the vaccine by creating swift and accurate pre-clinical and clinical trial reports.

Moreover, there’s a challenge, researchers may want to keep certain details of their report protected. You should consider using advanced reporting software that will control how the information is shared and who has access to it. Windward comes in handy as a reporting tool that can help at every stage of vaccine research and enable controlled sharing and collaboration of reports among peers in the field.

Windward Reporting Software — The Silver Bullet When It Comes to Vaccine Research Report Issues

At a time when the world is facing a crippling pandemic like this one, it’s vital to work together to find the fastest way to end the spread of the Coronavirus. Science and Technology can make a huge difference, no wonder vaccine researchers are already using AI and reporting automation software like Windward to speed up the process.

As of March 31st, there were already six promising Coronavirus vaccine trials. Many researchers would be interested in following the progress of these trials without having to wait for them to be published in medical journals. For the sake of saving the globe from further devastation, it would be wise to enable sharing and collaboration of vaccine research reports and clinical trial reports in real-time.

Windward reporting software can address this issue quickly as even an individual researcher can create the templates needed to generate the reports without the need for any coding. By speeding up this process, vaccine researchers can create reports and share them quickly.

With Windward, you can have well-structured reports with the help of pre-approved templates, so that a particular group has access to certain pages of the report. This ensures that patented information remains public while key information that could lead to faster approval of a vaccine is made available to other researchers. This can also help to have the vaccine available on different continents as soon as all the trials are complete.

Even though we need to face the reality that a vaccine will take months before it will be rolled out for mass immunization, we can still look to technology to provide more flexible ways of getting the research to the final stage.

Windward is the silver bullet when it comes to fast and accurate reporting and scientists can integrate it into their systems for swift and secure collaboration in the rush to find the vaccine.

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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.

Genesis Abel

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Genesis Abel

For over 15 years, Windward has lead the industry with our world-class document generation solution 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. With over 10,000 customers in over 70 countries generating over 10,000,000 pages/day Windward has become the standard for document automation.

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