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Jun 20 2019
What is most valuable?You can use Microsoft Office as your designer interface. This is the best feature that I've come across. There is very little programming. You can have nontechnical people… more »
How has it helped my organization?It has streamlined a lot of our reporting processes. Windward gives you the ability to have a centralized reporting platform. There are many applications out there that… more »
What needs improvement?Their PDF needs improvement. We've run into some issues when we tried to generate a Word document. If we try to generate the same document in PDF, sometimes it doesn't… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The pricing is fair. The way that they have it priced is the Windward Designer has a price that's associated with it. Then, depending on the number of cores that you're… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We were previously using a combination of things. We were using SSRS, which is Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, and reports out of Microsoft Access. So, we were… more »
What other advice do I have?I would recommend downloading a trial to see how easy it is to use. The price, technology, and performance are a natural fit for anybody who is looking to build a… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We also looked at HotDocs. We chose Windward because it was the quickest to respond. They had a seven-day trial that was available, which was easy for me to download, and… more »
Jan 21 2019
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is that it provides good, dynamic document-generation performance and the documents are being generated reliably. These are very important… more »
How has it helped my organization?Before using Windward, we were using another document creation tool and this old tool required some very specific, technical, XSLT knowledge, which was scarce. We didn't… more »
What needs improvement?Regarding AutoTag, we do notice that when you want to refactor a little bit of your template design or when you want to implement changes, sometimes you need a lot of… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?From my experience in this field, the product is reasonably priced, at least with the RESTful engine implementation. It's definitely not a cheap option. People say… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We are using the BeInformed platform which is a low-code platform, a process-modeling platform to build applications. This suite had document generation tool integrated… more »
What other advice do I have?I was contacted by a Dutch guy recently who was considering using Windward for one of his projects. So I told him more or less what I said above: that we have had a good… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?Before we started the proof of concept on Windward two-and-a-half years ago, we did market research on document generation tools. I did download and try out Crystal… more »
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Mar 18 2019
What is most valuable?* Windward's ability to capture and manage document information that comes from databases * Ease of use * The fact that it is a ubiquitous product, that it interfaces with… more »
How has it helped my organization?When generating documents from information in a database, it's very important to be able to quickly generate them with established templates. That's where Windward sails… more »
What needs improvement?One of the things that we want is the ability to tag documents more easily. The reason it took us so long to get the system up and running is that the APIs could be… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?If I have to say anything - and I almost hesitate to say anything because Windward has been such a good partner for us and such a good company - I'm starting to hear… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We were not using anything prior to Windward. There's nothing on the market really quite like Windward. We looked. We looked high and low. We had been trying to find a… more »
What other advice do I have?Documents are my life, that's how I make my living. If you're looking for a document solution that is of high quality, that does what it's supposed to do 100 percent of… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We didn't have any other solutions on our shortlist. We couldn't find a solution that did what we needed to do. We needed a solution to enable us to tag a document… more »
Mar 17 2019
What is most valuable?One of the features that we have found most important is that the report builder is in Word, so it was very easy to get into it. The learning curve wasn't too steep. We… more »
How has it helped my organization?The product has improved our organization in allowing us to dynamically generate our customer documents - all of our contracts, application documents, and any other… more »
What needs improvement?One thing that frustrated us a little bit is that we have to use the Office PDF generation, because the native PDF generation is always slightly different compared to the… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The pricing is very reasonable for what it provides. The report builder is about one grand per user and we're only going to ever have two or three of those. And the… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?The previous solution was home-grown, an internally-coded solution that could not be leveraged. It was for template-building, it was a hard-coded document-generating… more »
What other advice do I have?Do a proof of concept to make sure that it meets your needs. Check the PDF generation between the Office PDF and the native PDF. That caught us out a little bit. Make… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We were comparing Windward to SSRS, Microsoft Sequel Server Report Services, which is one other kind of report-building product. I downloaded a few demos and tried them… more »
Aug 29 2019
What is most valuable?It's pretty easy to utilize from an end-user point of view. They're able to make adjustments and it doesn't require massive services-engagement or anything like that to make adjustments and to invoke… more »
How has it helped my organization?We decided to integrate Windward so closely with our next-gen product, in part, because we've had years of success with it in the field. It's been proven to deliver exactly what we want and exactly… more »
What needs improvement?Any time that we have wanted something, Windward has been right there to build it. I would have a hard time saying what they need to improve on. What I would say is that the industry is going to be… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We did not really have a previous solution. Most of the time, before Windward, it was just Microsoft Office products.
What other advice do I have?The biggest lessons we've learned through using Windward are on the business side of things. When you're building software and you're looking for partners to integrate, you've got to have someone who… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We're constantly looking for market improvements and the like. We haven't seen anybody in this particular area that can address a couple of things. It's not just about the software. It goes back to… more »
Feb 04 2019
What is most valuable?It integrates easily. In addition, it's easy to create templates and reports using Microsoft Word, so we don't have to learn something new to create a template. That makes it very user-friendly… more »
How has it helped my organization?Our product is a very complex wealth management product. It manages the whole lifecycle of a typical investor. In our product, we maintain four or five different types of UK tax wrappers. That's our… more »
What needs improvement?A few years back, we suggested they make it work for JSON because we were using XML format. They've already done that JSON formatting. From our perspective, it's meeting our requirements so we had not… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Pricing is something I complain about. Production pricing is okay, but for a testing environment the pricing looks a bit high to me. I have discussed this with them a couple of times, that for testing… more »
What other advice do I have?I don't have too much experience with other products. Some of our clients have done a comparative analysis but I don't see why I wouldn't recommend this product. It has most of the features, it is… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?From time to time, some of our clients will ask why we are using Windward, why not the product they are using. We have done comparisons and it's comparable to any other product in the market. It does… more »
Feb 11 2020
We are able to cost-effectively create and generate large, complex, parametric documents for our clients
What is most valuable?It's difficult to say which of Windward's features are most valuable. It has several functions, and all of them work well. Windward is software for automatic document generation. That means you can have a standard letter with a lot of parameters or information in it that can vary. Each time you need… more »
How has it helped my organization?My current project, for a company in the Netherlands, is a large one. I expect it will take six months. The project includes producing an 80-page book for each of their customers, a book with 24 tables and 35 charts and all kinds of different options. But there are also some very simple pages in it… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Windward is very expensive when the volume of documents being generated is low and it is cheap when the volume is high.
What other advice do I have?Windward is very simple if the letters or documents you have to generate are very simple. If they're very complicated, Windward is also more complicated. I'm sure, for example, that the company in the Netherlands, the one I mentioned near the top, will need some after-sales support in a year to make… more »
Jan 17 2020
We use it to write all our package reports, and we allow clients to make their own custom reports with it
What is most valuable?The fact that it uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as base templates, so when you generate, it's easy for clients to upgrade, and maintain, and generate out either a… more »
How has it helped my organization?This is a tough question, because we are a software vendor, and we use it as an add-on to our software to write the reports for it. It's improved our software, but it… more »
What needs improvement?It is a very good product. It does everything we need it to do. The only thing I can think of, that we'd like it to do, would be the ability to "burst out" reports… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?This is tough to say, because we have a contract with them, where we we sell it for use with our application only, in a package bundle. We're reselling it to our clients… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We used to use Oracle Reports before this. We had gotten word that Oracle was phasing it out, plus it was something that you really had to be technical to use, and you had… more »
What other advice do I have?We have developed somewhere around 600 - 700 base product reports that we ship, and then custom reports for our clients. They're all over the ballpark, for printing off… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?Because it was seven or eight years ago, I don't remember a lot of what we looked at. I do remember we looked at Crystal Reports, but we looked at somewhere between a half… more »
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What is Windward Core?
What is Windward Studios?
For over a decade, Windward has been a leader in the software development industry by creating the most innovative and advanced document automation and reporting software on the planet.
Data-Driven Document Automation
Generate stunning documents that incorporate relevant data easily and seamlessly.
Visually Striking Designs
Our software provides innovative tools and features to build beautiful designs and stunning layouts, all within the familiar Microsoft Office Suite. Your imagination is the only limitation.
Agile Document Logic
We offer the best document automation software for the new millennium. With our conditional logic functionality, you can swiftly personalize the document content to gratify your end users.
Huge Time Saver
Looking for faster template creation that enables you to keep pace with your business? With our software, template creation takes minutes and you do not need any programming experience to get it done.
Exceptionally Intuitive Interface
Our program's design offers documents that can be edited, customized and designed using MS Office. Enjoy a stress-free document automation experience in programs you already know.
Significantly reduce the resources and time required for template development by using our streamlined template design and document automation tools.
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Windward Core customers
HAL, Inc., Axe Group, White Clark Group, Blueprint Software, Aspect Security, Nucleus Software, LeBlanc’s Food Stores, South Sound 911, Aegon, Barclays, Fidelity Investments, ArisGlobal LLC, USDA, RepLink, AON Hewitt
The engine being able to sit inside of our firewall is the most important feature.
The design tool, with all of its features and sample output fidelity tests, and being able to work with JSON data and output PDF and HTML, were also both crucial.
The ability for users to have design and layout control is also critically important. Without this ability, procuring report designs would represent a huge bottleneck. Report design tools also enable upsell opportunities for customized reports, with quick turnaround times.
The most valuable feature is the fact that it uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as base templates, so when you generate, it's easy for clients to upgrade, and maintain, and generate out either a PDF or an actual Excel spreadsheet.
The most valuable feature is that it provides good, dynamic document-generation performance and the documents are being generated reliably.
For the designer we use AutoTag which is a Microsoft Word plugin. In general, it's easy to use, it doesn't have a very steep learning curve. It's not difficult, for people who know Microsoft Office well, to start using the AutoTag tool... It feels just like you're in a Microsoft Office environment with some extra functionality.
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You can use Microsoft Office as your designer interface. There is very little programming. You can have nontechnical people create reports.