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Windward Studios Announces Windward Reports 3.0

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Media Contact:Vincent Dipas
Public Relations for Windward Studios


Windward Studios Announces Windward Reports 3.0

New AutoTag Add-in for Microsoft Word Automates Inserting Tags and Laying Out Reports

3.0 Brings Windward Reports Power to Microsoft .NET

Boulder, Colo., October 18, 2004�Windward Studios�, a leader in enterprise report generation, today announced the public availability of Windward Reports� 3.0. With the new release, Windward Studios brings even greater efficiency to its Microsoft� Word-based report-layout process, and brings the power of Windward Reports� robust reporting engine and ease of use to a new audience: Microsoft .NET developers and users.

Windward Reports 3.0�s greater efficiency and ease comes by way of AutoTag�, a new innovative add-in for Word that greatly simplifies data layout and data-source mapping, allowing even non-programmers to automatically insert and validate tags in the template.

�AutoTag further automates what was once a very manual report-layout process,� explains David Thielen, president of Windward Studios. �AutoTag integrates as a pull-down menu item in Word 2003, and automates data-source mapping, database connection and tag editing. Non-programmers�finance executives, business users, even marketers�and programmers alike will benefit from its easy instant tag creation and validation.

�With 3.0, anyone who can use Word can quickly lay out, identify input data for, and generate reports.�

AutoTag also reduces the size of tags on the template page.

Not only AutoTag but all of Windward Reports 3.0�s many capabilities will be new to the .NET community. With 3.0, Windward Reports is now available for use in .NET programs.

�Windward Reports runs as a server, providing reports to .NET clients via a client API (Application Program Interface) that communicates with the server over the network. The client is written in C# but can be accessed with any .NET language,� Thielen said.
Summary of Windward Reports 3.0�s New Capabilities
Version 3.0 adds the following significant functionality to Windward Reports. Users can now:
�Automatically insert and validate tags with AutoTag, the new tag editor.
�Write Java Beans that perform final processing on the output of a tag.
�Leverage a new tag <wr: function �/> that performs functions including sum, average, max, min, and count.
�Map to SQL, XML or custom data sources.
�Call Windward Reports directly from Java.
�Call Windward Reports over the network from a client. (Clients are presently available for Java and .NET.)

About Windward Reports
Launched in 2002, Windward Reports is the only full-featured, robust J2EE/.NET reporting engine to use Microsoft Word as a layout tool, putting report-design and -generation power in the hands of the end user, technical or non-technical. Any Word user can easily and securely create reports with almost no learning curve. Also unique, Windward Reports implements in hours, offers affordable use-based pricing, and offers �prompt, fantastic� technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts.

Windward Reports works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source�or any combination�with a Microsoft Word report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report that can be generated in PDF, .RTF, HTML, .TXT, or multipart-MIME-email format. Available as a Java library, Windward Reports runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment.

Windward Reports developer and production systems are available for purchase or free trial at www.windwardreports.com (7MB download).

Windward Reports� user group spans 65 countries and all continents except Antarctica. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, Patriot Act, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, Gramm-Leach-Blailey, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

About Windward Studios
Windward Studios was formed in 1995 to develop innovative software products for both enterprise and individual customers. It has headquarters in Boulder, Colo. Windward Studios can be reached at www.windwardstudios.com.

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