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Design Studio meets Xcelsius

I´m a big fan of the new SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with the very powerful scripting functionalities. On the other side I like the very excellent and usual visualization possibilities of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards.

For this purpose I have combined in an example Application the Design Studio components and the scripting logic with a typical Xcelsius Background component. 🙂  

Design Studio Application in design mode


Design Studio Application in run time mode


Very Easy step by step guide 🙂

1.) Add a Xcelsius Background Component of your choice


2.) Change the Background Color of the Background component of your choice


3.) Set the RGB Model of your choice


4.) Execute the .xlf File in Preview mode, make a screenshot of the backkground and save it as a Image file to use it in Design Studio


5.) Add a Image Component in your Design Studio Application


6.) Added standard “white” Image Component


7.) Load the saved Image Background file from Repository Folder



7.) Usable background component (Xcelsius syle) within the Design Studio Application (e.g. to use quadrants in Design Studio Dashboards)


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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Cool article... What are your thoughts about us bringing our third party background builder to Design Studio?

      Author's profile photo Michael Howles
      Michael Howles


      I've been seeing most design trends moving towards the flat, solid design principles.  We see this with Fiori, iOS7, and Windows 8 Metro.  Not to say that background builder is not needed or dated, however it seems like backgrounds these days are about less ornamentation and not too superfluous with gradients, curves, etc.

      I'd like to see someone create some flippable KPI Tile addon, similar to the SCN Mission tiles that are flippable.  Those are really cool.  Maybe I'll write one if someone doesn't do it first!

      Author's profile photo Sujit Honrao
      Sujit Honrao

      I agree with your point about background design to be flat and solid. I feel those are the backgrounds which should be used in professional presentations and dashboard rather than the ones making them more fashionable.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Although I'm not a big fan of bright colors in dashboards, this is actually a very nice way to extend the look and feel of possible existing Xcelsius dashboards to your Design Studio applications.

      Author's profile photo Rama Shankar
      Rama Shankar

      Very informative and handy trick! - Thanks Mike 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Its really gives WOW effect to User.



      Author's profile photo Sujit Honrao
      Sujit Honrao

      Do you think Xcelsius & Design Studio combo is set to replace Qlikview. What options does SAP have to take on Qlikview?

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      Former Member

      Combining Xcelsius and Design studio is not a feasible option working on both tools but design studio and Tableau will make wonderful combo and can beat all the tools on the market.