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Hopefully you got a chance to take a look at my A Look at XML iViews in SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 SP Stack 04, which showcased some of the new impressive XML iView features of SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 on WebAs 6.40.

As promised in this blog, today I will take a look at the new and improved feature formerly known as iViewCatcher.
As you may remember, iViewCatcher was first introduced in SAP Enterprise Portal 5.0 as an innovative way of capturing snippets of information from an HTML page.

In SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 on WebAS 6.40 (SP Stack 04), this tool now allows the capture of restricted areas within a targeted Web page from within the built-in browser so that the iView displays only a part of it.

Also possible now:
The portal is able to detect if the captured area in the source Web page has changed in structure or format. If this should happen, the attempt is made to adapt the iView and rebuild it to display the intended captured element. This, of course, presupposes that the information still exists somewhere in the page of the designated URL. To the user, this process is very rapid and will not be noticable.

Of course, once you have created the iView, it will be able to take on any branding you have created for your company’s portal. It is also now possible to map a user for iViews that display content coming from Web sources requiring user authentication.

Let’s take a look at how this works in SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 on WebAS 6.40 as of SP Stack 04:

Step 1:
First, you want to create a URL iView:

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Step 2:
To do so, you simply select the “URL iView” radio button from the iView wizard selection screen.

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Step 3:
In the next step, you can browse for a URL.

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Step 4:
Once you have arrived at your URL destination, simply switch to the tab “Capture”. There, you can select the area you are trying to capture. You can use the navigation buttons at the top to increase or decrease your capture area.

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Step 5:
Once you have found the area of interest, click on the “Preview” button to see your selection and to make sure you have captured what you had intended to capture. Don’t worry about the way this looks when you preview it – this will, of course, take on the look and feel of your branding once it is part of a portal page.

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Step 6:
Before you get to save your iView, you need to acknowledge, that you are accessing materials you are allowed to use.

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Step 7:
Now, that you have completed this step, all you need to do is save the iView. You are now able to work with your finished iView.

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Added Info:
The great part is, you can finetune your capture once you have done so – simply go back into the “Capture” area and reshape your iView. You can also set how you want the rendering to be done.

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Finito!

You have created an iView that will liven up another great portal page.

Congratulations!

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