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More on BusinessObjects Design Studio Beta “Zen” Testing – “Don’t do as I do, Do as I say”

See how to swipe between pages on the iPad using filtering.  Will the Design Studio (Zen) application deploy to the iPhone?  Learn from my mistakes in this blog, which is what I mean by “do as I say, not as I do”.

Some new screens have appeared in this Beta version but you cannot use them yet. 


See under General Startup Mode the radio button Connect to BI Platform.  Don’t select it if you are in Beta testing!

If you select it, you are presented with this screen to log in to the BI Platform, but it is not functional yet.


It is not working in this version, but it is good to know that it appears to be planned for future versions to connect to the BI platform.

Filtering between Pages on the iPad

First, I set up one pagebook with 2 pages. The first page has a line chart with the projects across the bottom and a crosstab.  The second page has a bar chart.


On the properties for the pagebook I have the “Slide In” transition effect.


This will allow the “consumer” of the Design Studio application to “swipe” on the iPad to the next page in the pagebook.

I will set this up so the when the consumer selects a project on the chart, the application will “swipe” to page 2 of the iPad and show the details (in this case, project budget, actuals and budget balance) of that particular chart.

Since I don’t know how to code in JavaScript, but I use the “wizard” (Ctrl+Space) to help me along.


On the properties of the first chart, I select On Select under Events


Using the “Content Assistance” I am able to enter the above commands with help.  Set filter on Data Source (BEx Query), filter on InfoObject Project (ZPROJ), get the selected member project, then go to index 1 of the pagebook (really page 2, since indexing begins at 0).

On the iPad:


Selecting a project (such as “WATER”) will “drilldown”/swipe to the second page graph showing the “Water” data:


Does Design Studio/Zen Deploy to on the iPhone?

Yes, it does but I didn’t size for it. See below


Reminder the beta program is accepting applications through September 14th.  There is still time to join.  Also follow the new SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio space on SCN.

Also get hands-on with Design Studio and SAP Zen at SAP TechEd Las Vegas in October.   ASUG has a pre-conference session with SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort on October 15 called “SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Feature Pack 3 Tools (with ZEN) – In a Single Day – HANDS-ON SESSION”

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      Author's profile photo Amr Salem
      Amr Salem

      just wondering when it will be GA

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author


      Thank you for reading

      It needs go to into ramp-up first before GA; my understanding is ramp-up is planned for Q4 of this year


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Tammy ,

      Its Very Useful.

      Author's profile photo Stefan Zumbühl
      Stefan Zumbühl

      Hi Tammy

      We testet this connection button to the BI 4.0 system, its not working. But now we have the problem that we connot go back to the normal view from the application. WE got always the logon informatione to an BI 4.0 system.

      How we can solve this?

      Regards Stefan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Stefan,

      I had the same Problem, but I found a solution:

      1. Change the folder settings in Windows, that you can see all system files.

      2. Go to: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Analysis-workspace\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings

      3. Open the File with notepad

      4. Search for "Startup.mode"

      5. Logon to BOE has the value 1. Switch it to 0 and save it.

      6. Start SAP Design Studio again.