SAP Design Studio Roadmap minor – but interesting – update

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015

To my surprise a new roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio was published last week: version July 22 2015. This is only two months after the previous update (May 5 2015) and it is still covering the same current 1.5 release. You can find the roadmap here (S-account required).

I went through it and made some comparisons:

Posted in: SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

Design Studio 1.3 Q&A Chat Replay

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

We did our SAP Design Studio 1.3 Q&A chat for SAPinsider last night, which was a lot of fun. If you weren’t able to join us, you can check the ‘replay’ here. Later this week also an edited transcript of the chat will be posted.

Update: The transcript is available!

Posted in: SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, Webinars

New SAPexperts article: How to Use CSS in Design Studio

Posted by on May 1, 2014

I wrote another article for the SAPexperts online knowledge base. In line with some of my recent posts here on my blog this one is all about CSS, but now more from a basic, 101 course standpoint.

In this article I give a basic introduction to the language of CSS and explain how it can be used in combination with Design Studio, either on a local installation or with a connection to an SAP BusinessObjects BI4 platform or an SAP NetWeaver BW environment. I also discuss how you can change the default CSS styles of the standard Design Studio components.

If you have an subscription to the SAPexperts BI hub you can check the article here.


Posted in: Knowledge sharing, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

Custom Scrollbars in SAP Design Studio

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014

As we have seen in an earlier post we can enhance the looks of our SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio applications with the use of some CSS coding. In this post I will show you how to add scrollbars to Design Studio components and how to change the looks of them. The result of an adjusted Text component will look like this:

Some components, like the Crosstab or the Filter Panel component will activate horizontal and/or vertical scrollbars themselves when there is not enough room to display all the data. The Text component doesn’t do this and just simply expands vertically. The height setting in the component’s layout properties has no effect on this anymore.


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DIY CSS navigation buttons in SAP Design Studio

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014

In SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio you can use the container components like a Tabstrip or a Pagebook to organize your application. The Tabstrip component already includes the tabs for navigation between the pages. For the Pagebook component we have to create our own navigation buttons.

You can use the standard button components, but these have a pretty basic look. In this example I will show you how to create your own custom navigation buttons with some CSS code and a tiny bit of JavaScript.

We will create two buttons. The button for the selected page should have a blue color, the unselected button should be white. Also, when the user hovers the unselected button with the cursor, the button should turn blue.

For this we need three CSS statements. You can add these to your custom CSS file:

  • .button_show
  • .button_show:hover
  • .button_selected

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