Windward Studios

Windward Studios

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Windward’s reporting and document generation software allows you to easily design and customize templates with your data – enabling you to generate and edit reports and documents faster.

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Windward review by <span>Steve I.</span>
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"Amazing flexibility"

What do you like best?

Incredible flexibility to pull data from so many different data sources into a variety of output including MS Office documents. Variables allow user input at run-time to include data or other information that is not from the database.

Powerful selection and logic means that we almost never say "I can't do that" when a customer is specifying requirements for their export templates. Windward integrates with MS Office document styles, numbering, tables and other formatting, often automatically taking on the right formatting without any coding in the template.

Being able to develop against a local datasource using AutoTag reduces the time for changes and new templates, while actual reports and export documents are created from the live product leveraging the Windward Engine.

What do you dislike?

MS Office templates can be fragile. Replicating tags by copy/paste can cause them to break. Templates can also sensitive to errors in document files that are otherwise invisible in Office apps. Reporting engine can have widely varying resource requirements, occasionally causing report jobs to fail.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to build powerful reporting capabilities, including MS Office document export, Windward is a great choice!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Windward Engine is built into our requirements management product, Blueprint, allowing customers and consultants like myself to build templates that export requirements documents in exactly the same format as those authored directly in MS Word or Excel. Exporting to MS Office documents is an incredible feature for our product and our customers as we enable digital transformation from document-based to fully online processes.

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Windward review by <span>Constantinos T.</span>
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"Best Document Generation in the market"

What do you like best?

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 users documents. Adding tags to pull data from any data source is also very easy to learn.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing i dislike. The software is an addon to office applications and makes it easy to start generating documents. The documentation / help could be further improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

when evaluating docgen software make sure that designing is flexible and you are not restricted to headers/footers. Also, make sure that software supports conditional formatting/displaying of content. Autotag and windward engine is on top of office applications and its engine is quite fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for the document generation of legal documents and application documents in customer on boarding and loan documents.

What Document Creation solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Windward review by <span>Rafal H.</span>
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"AutoTag Review"

What do you like best?

The flexibility and functionality of AutoTag is great. Allowing to create report templates to pull data out from different database sources in sufficient way. After template is created once, It allow to output data in correct format every single time.

What do you dislike?

Biggest issue I come across with AutoTag is outputting in PDF format. It's not always possible to get document outputted in PDF the same way as is visible in MS Word. Also some of chart functionality is not working correctly e.g.(changing colors of chart bars, changing color of text inside a chart).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Windward AutoTag to any user that is working on reporting out from Database sources, as this tool is embedded with MS Office package in great way which allow to create nice looking reports/dashboards.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We currently using AutoTag to create wide range of KPI and other kind of reports for internal use as well as external clients. It allowing us to generate reports on the fly and saving massive amount of time creating reports manually every single time. It is great piece of software especial when integrating it with MySQL/MS SQL database.

Windward review by <span>Joe R.</span>
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"Simple Effective Tool with a Highly Adanced Development Engine!"

What do you like best?

The simple template designer has proved very useful in building elegant and crisp looking reports, either in a PDF, Powerpoint Presentation or even a well formatted Excel spreadsheet.

Also, due to this simplicity, the learning curve required to train new members to build templates is a lot less steep than the learning curve to train users in SQL Statements. Our users are much quicker at grasping the knowledge using AutoTag and then learning SQL at a later stage once they are comfortable with the data structure.

What do you dislike?

Being on the development side, there are some limitations to what you can do with the template designer (I.e., LEFT JOIN) is not available as one of the ways to join tables in the wizard. However, there are ways to input any SQL Statement, you just lose the use of the wizard.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for crisp, clean reports that utilise the widely used Microsoft Office Suite then there is no better product on the market.

The Engine is also extremely flexible to whatever code base you're using.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of the regularly requested internal reports are now built into elegantly designed reports which users are able to run themselves. This is saving time firstly for the user as they can get the report on demand, but also from our reporting and development team so that we can build more reports, explore extra functionality and dedicate more team to new developments.

Windward review by <span>Gerald G.</span>
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"Fantastic Product for Document Generation"

What do you like best?

Ease of use all the way around. Anyone can build a template as long as they know how to use word. Multiple data sources (XML, JSON, SQL and more) allows for easy implementation.

What do you dislike?

Inconsistency when outputting from Word to PDF.

When inputting a data structure (XML) it reads only the first node for the schema. If the second node has additional attributes, those won't be included. A generic XML file must be given to the person creating the templates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you first start using this tool, don't over think it. This is so easy, you try to make it harder than it really is.

Using XML and JSON data sources are harder than SQL tables. Make sure you know what kind of data source you have when you select a template administrator.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of having a group of employees generating documents for the company and customers, each person can create his/her own documents on demand. Individual teams can create the templates that meet their requirements.

Windward review by <span>Amit B.</span>
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"AutoTag Review"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to import tags from different connected data sources and the ease of use in using the XPath Wizard to filter and select the appropriate content from the data sources.

What do you dislike?

Formatting and the output results to word and PDF are somewhat inconsistent. With a little work, it is possible to get them looking similar, but not exactly the same. The only other nuance is with working with XML files as the data source, if the xml file is changed as a datasource, the output still works, but within the template errors are displayed if it can't find specific variables for the looping criterial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Client business problems, of easily and quickly distributing letters to their patients. Can quickly output a template from different data sources. One main benefit is the turn around time to produce the output documents, compared to before when client was manually creating letters for their patients.

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