New GMaps Plugin v2 for Xcelsius try-out

New GMaps Plugin v2 for Xcelsius try-out
Posted by on Aug 14, 2010

This summer Centigon Solutions released the latest version of their Google Maps add-on for Xcelsius (uh, SAP Crystal Solutions Presentation Design…). Although I liked the first version of this add-on, I really missed an option for showing regional alerts. You still had to use the standard Xcelsius map-components which did support this feature.

In this post I will show the steps you have to take to create a dashboard showing a Google Map with regions that have alert colors and are clickable with some drill-down functionality like the example below.

Update: First check this post concerning changes on the Google Maps API.

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Posted in: Knowledge sharing, New technology, SAP, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Xcelsius

Twitter, Flash & HTML5

Twitter, Flash & HTML5
Posted by on Jun 14, 2010

Twitter is great. It keeps me up-to-date on what is happening in the world and nowadays I get my information directly from the source! The added value of  those traditional, old-school newspaper/TV  journalists is decreasing day by day. This is a good thing. I see most journalists as nothing more than a filter, tweaking their opinions into the real facts. With Twitter the people that I see as important or interesting are the modern journalists. They are my personal groups of journalists. And if they don’t deliver quality, I just unfollow them.

Tonight I read two nice tweets. First I learned that someone wrote an app/hack to use flash on the iPhone/iPad (iOS). If this thing really works this would be great news for dashboard development with Xcelsius SAP Crystal Dashboard Design Personal Edition. Finally the development of dashboards for the iPhone and iPad could begin. Let’s hope so. Here is the article with the video ‘proof’.

Next I read a tweet about the differences between Adobe Flash and HTML5. Apple favours HTML5 and gives a nice showcase on its website (Safari 5 required). But what exactly is HTML5 and how can Flash and HTML5 be compared? Focus published this cool A4-sized overview.

Thanks for tweeting!

Posted in: Knowledge sharing, New technology, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Twitter, Xcelsius

Bye bye Xcelsius, Hello SAP Crystal Solutions?

Bye bye Xcelsius, Hello SAP Crystal Solutions?
Posted by on May 24, 2010

Last week SAP introduced a new product name for its reporting and dashboarding tooling portfolio: SAP Crystal Solutions. Unfortunately the Xcelsius brand name will completely disappear. Xcelsius Present will be SAP Crystal Presentation Design and Xcelsius Engage should be called SAP Crystal Dashboard Design Personal Edition from now on.

Uh right. Why didn’t they just name it SAP Crystal Xcelsius?

In the table below an overview of the old and new names is shown:

Old Name

New Name

Crystal Reports SAP Crystal Reports
Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010 SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010
Crystal Reports for Eclipse SAP Crystal Reports for Eclipse
Crystal Reports Viewer SAP Crystal Reports viewer
Crystal Reports Server SAP Crystal Reports Server
Crystal Reports Visual Advantage SAP Crystal Reports Dashboard Design package
Crystal Reports Developer Advantage SAP Crystal Reports runtime server license
Xcelsius Present SAP Crystal Presentation Design
Xcelsius Engage SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, personal edition

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Posted in: SAP, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Xcelsius