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Design Studio 1.6: What’s New in? A (technical) View

Once again – a compilation on all blogs to get you started into the release 1.6! More content will follow in next weeks, I will also accumulate here blogs from others as in the release 1.5 (Design Studio 1.5: What’s New in? A (technical) View).

Update Feb 2016

Some new blogs included which were created by community last months. Good work all!


Taking a while in the release of Design Studio 1.6, I want to give you some introduction to some “bigger” features in the this release. Of course there are also other areas of enhancements, which can be valuable for your scenarios.

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Today here the compilation of links for the topics which I could prepare until now. More will follow until New Year.

1. Scorecard Component

A new component for highly customizable tables, also with micro charts. You can define a view on your data – independent of your drill down (to some extend of course).


                     Design Studio 1.6 – Advanced Selection in Scorecard

                     Design Studio 1.6 – Visualizing Row Selections in Scorecard

                     Design Studio 1.6 – Using Multiselect in Scorecard

          blogs by Howard Dai

          Introduction to SAP Design Studio 1.6 Scorecard Component (Part 1)

          Introduction to SAP Design Studio 1.6 Scorecard Component (Part 2)

          blogs by Ravin Angara

          Enabling Hierarchies within SAP Business Objects Design Studio 1.6 Scorecard Component

          Dynamically expand and collapse hierarchies using scripting within Scorecard Component – SAP Business Objects Design Studio

          How to dynamically embed images in SAP Business Objects Design Studio 1.6 Scorecard Component

          blog by

          Interaction of Scorecard with other components in DS 1.6 (by Riddhiman Basu)

2. Spreadsheet Component

A component which is capable of planning with copy and paste support. Looks like an excel grid for data entry.

3. Offline Data (CSV files)

Small, but practical feature for offline demonstrations (works only in local mode). You can export any data source to CSV version using the “Initial View Editor” and then use the CSV later for data access. The value is – also filter components are supporting this data source.

4. Global Filters in Online Composition Dashboards

With small scripting you can achieve a global filter function. Somply look for scripts on Slit Cell Cell Container – getDataSources(). With this, you can get a list of data sources in the container and distribute the filters on it.

5. Custom Measures and Top N at Runtime

In Context Menu you will find some options for local calculations and top N function which helps you data analysis.

6. Drag and Drop capability for Crosstab

Crosstab is now also supporting the drag & drop.

7. Integrated CSS Editor in Designer

Small, but effective – in designer you can directly edit your CSV file. This reduces effort also in upload to BIP repository.

8. SAP UI5 Mobile Mode as Component Library (by Mustafa Bensan)

The complete new mode “M” (called main) which is available when you create new application. Some functions are not supported yet, but you can already try out.

9. Graphics and Icons Library

A component for better display of icons, available in main mode.

     Addition: Using custom icon font with SAP Design studio 1.6 icon component (by Nithyanandam Venu)

10. Action Sheet Technical Component (main mode only)

A small, but interesting technical component to allow additional action menu in the selected context.

11. Info-Chart Component (by Etienne Guilhaume)

Chart component with more flexible configuration options.

12. Online Composition (by Ravin Angara)

Combining bookmarking functionality with Online Composition Template in local mode

13. Report to Report Interface (by Sushma Sandepogu)

14. Multilingual Applications

Multilingual Design Studio application using Translation Management Tool (by Harjeet Judge)

15. Bookmarking and Online Composition

Avoiding duplicates of Fragment Bookmarks on BI Platform (by Noel Shaju)

Bookmarks functionality  with online Composition template in BIP mode (by Sushma Sandepogu)

16. Performance Topics

Performance Improvement by Parallel Processing of Universe Data Sources (by Krishnendu Narayanan)

17. Manual Data Refresh

Manual Refresh Button in SAP Design Studio Application (by Sujith PN)

More interesting Blogs around SDK

Examples on SDK Work

Creating a Fiori-like comparison tile with Design Studio and two extensions (by Matt Lloyd)

Extending Design Studio with an HTML extension and HTML bars (by Matt Lloyd)

Community Extensions – Coming Soon

Sneak Peak – SCN Design Studio 1.6 SDK Components

If you find other interesting content you would like to ask about, feel free – I will try the best. Also, if you have some blog with examples of new functions, I will link it here for others.

SAP Learning Hub

Refer also to materials in SAP Learning Hub, Early Knowledge Transfer for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 is now available in SAP Learning Hub

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    • Hi Nic,


      The answer is yes, you can go directly to 1.6.


      the functions from 1.4 should work w/o breaks in higher releases. It means you can upgrade to 1.6, all applications which are not touched will be still in the "1.4 content" version and the 1.6 runtime will execute it.


      Of course, you should test the upgrade as usual. In case something is not working, check for documented corrections or solutions - and of nothing found, open an incident.



  • Hi Karol,

    i am interested in the scorecard component, but i can't open the link and neither the Action Sheet.

    First one says not authorized:

    Second says:


    Thanks & BR,


    • Hi Karol,

      I'm also interested in the Scorecard component - could you notify me upon release of the article?


      Right now, I can get it working with manual data entry.

      Binding only works if I use the component's "Generate Initial Scorecard" feature. This will create a column for me, which I can duplicate and change the technical key of the header text ({/dimensions/(MEASURES_DIMENSION)/members/<dimension key>/text}) and cell content text ({'(MEASURES_DIMENSION)':'<dimension key>'/value}) to include other measures.


      I can't get it running for Comparison Charts because I cannot find the correct data binding settings. I'll gladly supply more details and an export of the data source if that helps.




      • Hi, assure first you have the correct row scope defined, you need to have the dimension in the row scope. If you see "complete resultset", the binding to master data will not work.

    • Hi, sorry,  i see that the blog get not released, I will correct it tomorrow.

      check the documentation, I hope we included the information there  the explain of the concept.


  • Hi Karol,


    Appendix 3 of the latest Design Studio Roadmap discusses Fiori and S4/HANA Integration introduced in Design Studio 1.6.  If possible, it would be useful if you could post two technical view blogs to describe how these features are implemented in practice:


    1)  Design Studio BIP integration with Fiori Launchpad

    2)  Consuming S4/HANA data models through transient BEx Queries in Design Studio






  • Hi Karol


    thanks a lot for this valuable Blog. Iam new in Design Studio, can i download 1.6 Edition and upload csv file or Excel sheet and try to learn it by my self or I must have a connection to server?


    regards, Sherif

  • Hi Karol,

    Point 5 that you have mention is about Custom measures and Top N at Run time, i am using a csv source that was exported from an appliction of Design studio as source when i enable context menu of crosstab and on runtime i dont see filter by measure option in context menu. do you think its limitation with the source i am using .. give your insights on it so that it could help me in going forward...

    • Hi Raju,


      Yes this one of the limitation of the csv datasource. Keep in mind that this datasource is only for POC purpose.



    • Hi Raju,


      are you using Design Studio on top of BusinessObjects by any chance? In that case, you could very easily create a unx on top of the csv, which will probably let you use the described capabilities.

  • Hi Karol,

    I can't find solution for overlapping components, while automatch their to screen resolution, Do you have any advice about this solution?

    I will be appreciated.

    Best Regards,


  • Hi Karol,

    I just noticed that the new standard UI5 m component Filterbar does not support the method setDatasource. I was hoping to replace the filter line while migrating from commons to m library. The filter line supports the method whereas the filter bar does not.

    Do you know if that is still in the making? At least I couldn't find any notes mentioning that. There is a fix being implemented for the filter bar for SP4 regarding bookmarks though

    Kind regards

  • Hello, thanks for your information. I have quick question.
    We have Design Studio 1.6 SP2 on 4.1, now we are upgrading BI to 4.2. Do I have to uninstall Design Studio addon to install new Design STudio 1.6? I couldnt find the answer in guides.

  • Hi Karol ,

    We have 1 reuirement where we need to export the Application in excel format . The issue they want to see the colors in the excel as well which we had implemented in Crosstab at Application level .Could you please help us is there any possible way to download excel along with formatted application i.e. applied colors . 🙂

    Kind Regards,

    Suraj Grewal