Hello LabVIEW Community,
I am hoping to collect as many user examples of Microsoft Word templates that you are using in your applications. In LabVIEW NXG we have the ability to create Excel documents based off a template and we are researching what types of templates our customers are using in MS Word.
If you have an example of a MS Word template that you are using or would like to use, please either post it on this thread or send me a DM.
Maybe you could change the nomenclature in LabVIEW NXG for the Report Generation Toolkit and get rid of the misleading word "Template". When you describe other forms of File I/O (such as Delimited Spreadsheet, Binary, or Text files), you refer to Filepath, Filename, or File, not "Template". It is almost a Well-Kept Secret that you can use LabVIEW to read (and not even ever write) .xlsx files, pulling data from multiple Sheets and doing complex computations, all by wiring the existing data file to the "Template" input.
Why not help LabVIEW Users understand that the RGT can Read/Write a variety of "interesting" Reports? It would require another change -- don't call it "Create Report" (because it might already be "created", and you are only going to read the Report), call it "Open Report" (which can apply almost equally to Reading, Writing, and Modifying). True, this might come as a shock to Traditional LabVIEW Users ("How come we can't Open an Excel Spreadsheet?") (Answer -- "Of course you can, we just didn't change the name a second time, from "New Report" to "Create Report" to "Open Report").
I apologize for the Rant tone here. I've got several significant routines that analyze Excel data, and have quitely advised Forum Users who want to do the same thing how easy it is, "just wire it to New/Create Report where it says Template". But a Next Generation LabVIEW ("Out with the Old!") is a chance to make a (minor) Paradigm Shift ...