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Windward Core - Document Generation Component Reviews

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Windward has made our Reporting Quick & Pleasant

What's Best?

We now get the reports we want. With Microsoft Office (we mostly use Word) as the template designer we can create visually stunning documents with exactly the layout we want. Windward (Office really) makes it incredibly simple to change complex design elements from layouts, effects, spacing, colors and more.

And the smart document logic makes it easy to incorporate our business logic right in the template. This functionality allows us to show or hide data based on specific conditions using logic built directly into the template.

Because templates are designed in Office, our users already know how to design the templates they need. And because that is so easy, most template design work has been turned over to the business users. Not all, we still need to help at times, but most of it. This also means when someone needs a new report, they can create it immediately – no more waiting for someone in dev to do it.
I also love that there’s no longer any code that has to be written for a template. And I was able to embed Windward into our application in about 15 minutes.

What do I dislike?

I wish they had a document processing system. Windward makes designing and generating documents so easy – but that’s it. It would be nice if it then could be used to deliver the documents with a robust workflow system.

Aside from that – no complaints. Windward is a well designed product.

What benefits have we realized?

Instead of having a group of programmers generating documents for the company and customers, each person can create his/her own templates on demand. Individual teams can create the templates that meet their requirements. This is a big savings, not just in lower cost but also quicker turn-around.

This has saved time and resources for us on a colossal scale, as we had issues with document creation (especially when it comes to automation). We now no longer have to do it manually.

And the #1 benefit is we now get the reports we want – exactly as we want them.

Recommendations to others considering Windward Studios
It took me about an hour evaluating it to truly understand the approach Windward takes. It’s a lot better than anything else out there, but better means different. I was first trying to use it the way I used previous reporting systems, and that was awkward.

Once I put aside the old way of designing templates and thought of it as more of a Word document that I was tagging, then everything became fast & easy. You’ll know you’re at that point when you can’t imagine reverting back to another program.

Also, don’t assume that it’s so easy you can turn template design over to business users and you are not needed anymore. You will need to train the business users, mostly on understanding their data, but also some on the concepts in Windward. And you need to remain a resource for when they need to do something complex.

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How They Use Windward
Conexus uses Windward to quickly produce required documents at the time of new, personal banking Member onboarding. After replacing a time-consuming, manual paperwork procedure with Windward’s Embedded Solution, the Conexus front line business staff has seen vast improvement in the accuracy, speed and consistency of their new member process. Conexus also plans to expand the use of Windward in many other business processes in the future.
How Windward Benefits Conexus Customers
“Windward helps us give our Members a consistent, quick and accurate experience at the time of onboarding,” said Kevin McCormack, Technology Solutions Manager. “This allows us to spend more time on meaningful conversations that help Conexus determine the best ways to serve our Members’ needs.”

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We're using Windward Restful Engine, it's running on IIS server, very easy for setting up and maintenance. The Java/.Net Engines are more flexible and can be embedded in your project, but you have to build a wrapper and do the maintenance by yourself.

We use Windward Studios mainly for record printing and report generation, it requires multimedia support and some complex calculation and logic, but all the requirement seems so easy for Windward Studio, and you'll find it is more powerful than you could imagine.

But the most valuable part of Windward Studios is not the products, but the service! Their supporting team is so effective, they always resolve our problems rapidly and professionally, they are very kind and patient to answer our questions, we've collaborated with them for about 1 year, and are really satisfied with the service!

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Hey! Everyone knows Microsoft office stuffs like Word and Excel. And there is soultion how to make a Bussines inteligence by firm Windward and their soft-plugin AutoTag.

And it's working just well. If you need to be oriented, you can just find tutorials, where you find out how it works. For bussines purpose, there is java dlls, which you can just add to yours project. After that you can develop reports and analyzes over AutoTag in Word and Excel.

So there is no easier way than using technology supported by common Microsoft office tools, which how i mentioned knows like everyone!

I hope it will help to choose.

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I use the Windward Studios Auto Tag software to personalizing documents. This is a very useful plugin for word, excel ...etc because you can develop a template which one can return multiple results depending on the input (f.e. xml). You can test your work on your computer with this client and can generate lots of different output format (pdf, docx, rtf...) before you update to your company's environment.

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I create Windward templates for a large elevator company. These templates are for complicated specification and proposal documents that our sales reps use for selling elevators. The end result of these Windward templates are documents that perfectly fit the concept of "putting your right foot forward."
We used another process for doing this, previous to Windward that was absolutely terrible and support was practically non-existent. The process developed by the Windward team does have a learning curve but it's not too bad, especially considering how much it does.

While learning the ins-and-outs of Windward, I did get stumped a couple of (seven or eight- our documentes are pretty complicated!) times, but the Windward support folks were quick to answer my questions, and happily offered alternative solutions to what I was trying to do. They were even able to instruct me in creating a table where elevator floors are represented "right-side-up," with the first floor being at the bottom of the table and the highest floor, being at the top. This reverse sequence of rows is something our previous software company said was impossible.

We have two areas where Windward generated documents can be accessed: one that is only accessible by people in our company (sales force) and one from our public facing website where anybody can generate an elevator specification that is consistently accurate and formatted in a professional way.

I currently use it exclusively for creating Microsoft Word documents, but I've got some ideas about using Windward for some of my training PowerPoints.

If I had to come up with something to complain about, it would be the fact that the Windward process is a little limiting, if you're used to coding. However, this is because of the nature of Office field codes from within which Windward is forced to work. Regardless, Windward offers plenty of funtionality that can satisfy some pretty convoluted situations.

I highly recommend Windward Studios

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Windward has been the reporting component of our Land Information System for the last 10 years or so. I couldn't be happier with this product. Authoring the reports in Microsoft Word is easy. The integration of Designer with Word and with our data sources (we use SQL Server) is great. The Support folks have been super as well. Recommended.

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Windward makes generating complex documents with interesting layouts incredibly easy. I love how well it integrates with office and the document server is fast and reliable.

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Windward Studios provides an amazing document generation software tool. Loads of time has been saved, being able to quickly design a template in Microsoft Office (after a bit of a learning curve) and generate a report from input data in the format currently needed. The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. Their customer support is also very responsive and helpful.

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This Software has helped me a lot, it solves almost my every problem. It has awesome Visually Stunning Designs and Smart Document Logic and save's most of my time.

This software is worth purchasing, it save's a lot of time, and everything is easy to manage and we can easily retrieve our saved data.

It's User interface isn't complicated at all, it's easy to use, with a bunch of tools to help optimist your documents or reports.

At last I would definitely recommend this software.

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Very interesting and useful product. In my opinion the most important is that it provides very fast document generation performance and it's very easy to use for every people who know Microsoft Office. It feels just like you are in a Microsoft Office but with much more options. Technical support is very good and they answer mostly within a couple of hours. For a document generation tool this is not a cheap option but this is the best option in my opinion and I recommend it to everyone.

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This is an adaptable and simple to utilize item. It does what you expect and that's only the tip of the iceberg. It is likewise extremely simple to introduce/arrangement their originator and report motor. They have incredible help, as they are truly learned and supportive. They likewise have bounty preparing materials, and a well-recorded help site.

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Windward Studios is an amazing product. It's easy to use and it has a sleek look to it, which makes it appealing to the eye. They allow you to make your own templates. We have been able to better organize our input data to better serve our customers. But Their designer could be more intuitive, overall perfect

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Windward Studios is an awesome product. I find it to be easy to use and it has a very modern sleek look to it, which makes it appealing to the eye to use. It is user-friendly as well. The product is well documented and support is very good with a quick turnaround. They have great support, as they are very knowledgeable and helpful.
I find it to be very useful to me and very amazing and handy to have.

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