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In this blog, I am going to share the new add-on I just created – a Tag Cloud selector for Dashboards 4.0.

To arrange the labels of different width within the component, I have used the FlowLayout class available here for free.


General Tab

In General tab, there are options for:

  • binding the labels to an excel range.
  • binding the values to an excel range based on which the size of labels vary.
  • binding the tool-tip texts for the labels to an excel range.
  • Insert selected label to a cell in the excel model.

Behavior Tab

In this tab, there is option for dynamic visibility of the component.

Appearance Tab

This tab has options for selecting the label font and color.

How it appears in the canvas?


The full flex project along with the add-on file(xlx) is available here for download.

For more interesting add-ons, visit the wiki page SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Add-On Gallery.

Happy dashboarding 🙂

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    1. Arijit Das Post author

      Thanks Harshil.

      The following links might be helpful for you if you want to start creating dashboards add-ons in flex :

      There was a very good webinar recording on this topic which, I guess, has been removed. But the code sample is still here.



  1. Former Member

    Hi Arijit,

    How can I get a copy of the code?  I would like to test this is a dashboard I am building.  The link takes me to the SAP code exchage terms of service page. can you email me the code?

    1. Arijit Das Post author

      Hi Eric,

      It is, I guess, a violation of SCN rules to mail a content. But you can get it from the link provided. You need to register in code exchange. It can take 24 hours to activate the account. Once the code exchange terms of use page comes, click on login and after the login, close the window. Then follow the link again and you will get the download page.


  2. venki T

    Hi Arjit, Thank you very much for custom component. We still don’t see as a default one in newer releases (4.1 SP05).

    I am trying TagCloud on Dashboards 4.1 SP03, everything is working as expected but it’s changing Canvas back ground custom color to white as soon as we add it and preview. It also changing Pie chart title background custom color to white. I couldn’t able to find out the reason. Did you see this behavior? Please let me if there is any way to resolve?


    1. Arijit Das Post author

      Thanks for reporting the bug. While I work on the fix, can you please use additional background or rectangle component as workaround for background colors that disappear ?

      1. venki T

        Arjit, Rectangle background component option is working for backgrounds turning into white but Pie chart and Column chart title fill area is still turning into white. I have used rectangle background component for Pie chart and Column chart background.


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