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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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    1. Former Member

      Hey Beat,

      That’s a great question. Posting on a ‘bit of an old post though!!

      I’d recommend doing a search for lumira extensions. There’s some good reading out there!


      P.S. We’re already on SP13 (with SP14 very close … we’ve heard)


      1. Antoine CHABERT


        The way visualisation extensions will need to be written to be supported as part of Lumira SP14 is going to evolve compared to earlier versions.

        The work of visualisation extension developers will also be eased with the introduction of an utility called the viz packer.

        Stay tuned.

        Best regards,



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