Windward Studios

Windward Studios

Data Powered Document Automation

4.8/5 (34 reviews)

Windward Studios Overview

The Windward solution offered by Windward Studios is an enterprise level document automation solution suitable for system integrators and software developers. It allows users to add document automation capabilities to online, desktop, SaaS or mobile products.

The Windward Solution is an integrated suite combining features of two flagship products - Windward Engine and Windward Designer - which work seamlessly together to offer a robust document automation solution. The Windward Engine is a set of code libraries for integrating reporting functionality into your software application. The solution can be embedded using most any programming language and can use most any datasource.

The Windward Designer is a document template design tool for creating and customizing template layouts as per business needs. The designer integrates into Word, Excel, & PowerPoint as an add-on plugin thereby allowing users to edit, design and format reports directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Users can standardize report styles and place data into templates using Windwards's intuitive drag and drop interface. Users can also generate and customize documents through their Android and Windows-based smartphones and tablets.

The Windward Solution serves customers across various verticals including energy, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, IT and more. Aon Hewitt, LeBlanc’s Food Stores, WitchLake, CERN and Community Savings Bank are some of its key customers.

Pricing

Starting from
US$209,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Windward Studios Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
100% positive reviews
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Gary F.

Combine hundreds of MS Word reports, tens of thousands of lines of code, a report in seconds!

Reviewed on 2015/06/10
Review Source: Capterra

We're thrilled to have found this product! We recently finished a large PHP project and used Windward Reports (Autotag and Javelin Rest Services) as the reporting engine. Much of those reports employed some very large and complex scenarios. "Many" logical branches (If, Case, Loops). What the reporting package didn't have, we were able to create and add in the form of our own C# custom functions to fill the gap to handle everything from JSON Arrays to specialized functions to manage complex English linguistics. The ability to create a live report (WYSIWYG) right within Word, use styles and native MS Graphs lets Windward reports really shine through! You'll love it!

While we built our reports upon one data source (MySQL), the package itself easily handles dozens of data types to import and work with. The speed at which we are seeing these reports generate is also worth noting. Extremely fast considering the number of iterations for the number of calculations. Autotag (the report designer add-in) also allows for variables to easily get passed into the reports and lets you create PODS to share variables and data you've used between users and designers.

The real magic though is their fantastic support team backed by some A1 developers. What we didn't understand, Windward always explained to us and if something didn't work in the product, support made sure we had a work around or the product itself was able to perform at the required level.

If you're looking for a reporting solution that backs onto Microsoft Office, can be built in as a service to run independently or from a user workstation (Autotag), I highly recommend you check out Windward Reports before investing time in other products!

Of course, every rose has a few thorns and Autotag is without exception. We did find a few things!
1. Expect a learning curve. Debugging a report or figuring out why a report might not run can be challenging as your reports grow in complexity.
2. Graphs do not always appear as they should when output into PDF and other formats. However, Windward is addressing this now developing a new PDF engine to output with.
3. If you use a lot of complex formatting and styles, expect some challenges and minor nuances.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Jc L.

Happy with Windward

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/10
Review Source: Capterra

NCC has been using Windward products as the reporting component of our land information system for over a decade now. It has always worked well for us, and we're planning to continue using it following a major system upgrade this coming year. Customer service and tech support has been great over the years, so we're pretty happy. Their developers have been responsive to requests from us regarding certain features, which is really nice.

Pros

Integration into Microsoft Word is great. Very easy connection to our corporate SQL Server databases, and report authoring is very intuitive. Our developers have no issues working with the engine component either.

Cons

We've had no real issues with the software suite since we acquired it.

Response from Windward Studios

Thank you for the nice words and we love having you as a customer. And you've had some great suggestions for us for features over the years.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Rob D.

A great piece of kit

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2016/08/22
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using Windward for nearly 2 years now and it has been the root cause of us being able to achieve what we set out to do. Needing to eradicate a number of repetitive Excel based reports, Autotag allowed us to build robust templates and improve our reporting ability and have greater control over our data.

Pros

I love the fact that it sits in Microsoft products so easily. I feel this helps reduce a lot of the burden of learning a new piece of software as you are halfway there through your knowledge of programmes such as Word and Excel.

Cons

Like most reporting software there are a few nuances that need to be understood to be able to work around them, but ultimately there are only a few of these and they generally aren't of a critical nature.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Enabling Technology making document generation easy

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

1. The ease and speed of the design of our document and report templates. Directly from our Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), we have our analysts designing the templates.

2. Linking to numerous data sources and enabling of ODATA querying.

3. Wrappped as a webservice can be used by any 3rd party system in your organisation to become your universal document and report generation system.

4. Bring reporting capabilities to legacy and new systems.

Cons

Documentation could be updated for even more improved guidance in more complex templating and integration projects

Response from Windward Studios

Thank you for the nice review. And we are working to improve the documentation even more - there's (always) a lot more we can do with it.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Denis I.

The best Publishing tool

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/04/23
Review Source: Capterra

Great experience working with Winward. Very responsive team, They really care about your experience. Most of the time I am dealing with very complex situations and they never brushed me off. Great product, great support and I see that product is changing all the time to evolve to better and better version.

Pros

I like the ease of implementation to most applications on the market. It is very intuitive to use within well established Microsoft office Desktop applications like Word, Excel and Power Point. Most of the time Admin Users don't even need programming background to get started.

Cons

Like any other products bugs come up once in a while but Winward Customer Care team along with developers are doing superb job handling each situation with exemplary attitude.

Response from Windward Studios

Thank you very much for the wonderful review

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Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Windward Studios Pricing

Starting from
US$209,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)

Windward Studios Features

  • API
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Projections

  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Windward Studios

Key features of Windward Studios

  • API
  • Build financial and marketing reports
  • Collaboration
  • Create templates in Word, Excel or PowerPoint
  • Customize reports and documents
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data import export
  • Data source connectors
  • Data visualization
  • Design report with customizable templates
  • Drag and drop data placement
  • Generate ad-hoc reports
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Live charting
  • MS-office integration
  • OLAP
  • Output to PDF, HTML, DOCX, even direct to printer
  • Projections
  • Sales reports
  • Scheduled / automated reports

Benefits

• Windward's solution supports multiple deployment options that allow users to integrate the document automation functionality into online, desktop or mobile products.

• The solution can be integrated into an existing system with just a few lines of code and used to generate documents from fully customizable templates in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

• Users can connect the .Net report engine, Java report engine or the RESTful report engine to multiple data sources with any programming language.

• The product supports Office styles that include brand guidelines, existing styles & mandatory standards and has the capability to export documents into multiple formats such as HTML, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, and more.

Windward Studios FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Windward Studios.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Windward Studios offer?

Windward Studios offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$209,00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)

Q. What are the main features of Windward Studios?

Windward Studios offers the following features:

  • API
  • Build financial and marketing reports
  • Collaboration
  • Create templates in Word, Excel or PowerPoint
  • Customize reports and documents
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data import export
  • Data source connectors
  • Data visualization
  • Design report with customizable templates
  • Drag and drop data placement
  • Generate ad-hoc reports
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Live charting
  • MS-office integration
  • OLAP
  • Output to PDF, HTML, DOCX, even direct to printer
  • Projections
  • Sales reports
  • Scheduled / automated reports

Q. Who are the typical users of Windward Studios?

Windward Studios has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Windward Studios support?

Windward Studios supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Windward Studios offer?

Windward Studios has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Windward Studios support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Windward Studios supports

Q. What other apps does Windward Studios integrate with?

Windward Studios integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Office 365

Q. What level of support does Windward Studios offer?

Windward Studios offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials