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Visual Intelligence Extensions (v1.0.10) – Part 1

A key feature of SAP Visual Intelligence 1.0.10 is the ability to build custom charts also known as Visual Intelligence Extensions. By default, Visual Intelligence 1.0.10 comes with two pre-developed extensions. But they are not enabled by default. We’ll now see how to enable them.

1 - VI Standard Charts.jpg

If you open your Visual Intelligence folder structure under C:\Program Files\SAP Visual Intelligence, you would see quite a few items that were not available in the prior version (1.0.9). Specifically, under the Desktop folder, you would see chartExtensions, which is meant for Visual Intelligence Extensions. However this folder would be empty.

2 - VI Desktop Folder.jpg

You would also see couple of items under the samples folder beneath Desktop (shown below) – viz.ext.flagbar, and viz.ext.samplesbar. These are the two prebuilt Visual Intelligence Extensions. Copy both these folders and drop them under Desktop/chartExtensions.

3 - VI Extensions Folder.jpg

Now restart Visual Intelligence. Go to File –> Preferences –> Chart Settings. Check the box against ‘Use HTML5 viewer?’.

4 - Use HTML5 Viewer.jpg

Now when you try to visualize a data set, you would see a new tab ‘E‘.

5 - VI Chart Menu with Exensions.jpg

Drag and drop coordinates to see the Extension in action. We have used the Sample Bar Chart Extension, which is in fact a Trellis chart.

6 - Visual Intelligence Custom Extension.jpg

You can also explore the respective folders to understand how the file structure for extensions is configured. More on this soon…


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