Windward Studios Review

AutoTag integrates with MS Word tags, allowing dynamic TOC updates

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to create different reports.

We connect using SQL Server.

How has it helped my organization?

It saves our time in designing reports. It creates better layouts and performance. We already have more than 20 templates.

We output PDF and Word formats.

What is most valuable?

Creating dynamic table of contents (TOC) based on dynamic data in different reports. We have different reports generated by users. After generating the report, the user will modify it and add some pages to it. Thus, we need to be able to update the table of contents.

In all other reporting tools, the table of contents is generated based on bookmarks of everything the user wants in the TOC. That means page numbers in the TOC generate at runtime and, if you modify the report, you can’t update the TOC. But AutoTag, follows same tags as Microsoft Word, and you can update the TOC any time after generating your report.

Designing different reports with a variety of features, such as a graph, TOC, using different conditions (like if, then, else, and loops), and layout controls, are essential in report designing.

What needs improvement?

The tool does not support macOS documents. 

AutoTag generates only Microsoft Office docs. If you try to generate a report on the macOS, you will get error. You can open a saved report on macOS but you can’t generate it directly on macOS.

I cannot suggest more improvements at this stage as I am a new user. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are using this tool in a pilot state. There are no issues at the moment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. They reply immediately and follow-up with any questions.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used C# codes for generating reports. Due to upgrading technology, we decided to use a better tool.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Intelledox, Stimulsoft, Crystal Reports, and DevExpress.

After evaluating different reporting tools and inquiring some Windward clients, we decided to opt for this tool. 

We did not consider building a custom solution.

What other advice do I have?

A useful, easy to use product, which has a lot of features for designing reports.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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