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GregBotticchio
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Overview.


The aim of this document is to provide you with an overview of the main functional differences that exist between all the Web Intelligence clients, based on the latest release:  SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2 SP06.

The list is not complete: some other minor differences exist.

It concerns following: 

- Web Intelligence HTML client (web);

- Web Intelligence Applet interface (Rich Internet Application);

- Web Intelligence Rich Client (desktop);

 

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Content.


1 - Setting up and using Web Intelligence.

2 - Creating and working with documents.

3 - Building queries.

4 - Creating reports.

5 - Publishng, formatting and sharing reports.

 

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1 - Setting up and using Web Intelligence
























Feature HTML interface Applet interface Rich Client
Use Web Intelligence locally and offline Yes (*)
Use RTL alignment based on the Preferred viewing locale setting Yes Yes


(*) You can install "Web Intelligence Rich Client" from a BusinessObjects BI Client 4.1 CD.



2 - Creating and working with documents




































































































































Feature HTML interface Applet interface Rich Client
Select a folder in which local documents and universes are stored by default on your local machine Yes Yes
Edit and refresh a document using a universe Yes Yes Yes
Refresh a document using a BEx query Yes Yes Yes
Edit a document using a BEx query Yes Yes Yes
Refresh a document using an Advanced Analysis View Yes Yes Yes
Edit a document using an Advanced Analysis View Yes Yes
Refresh a document using a text source Yes (*) Yes (*) Yes
Edit a document using a text source Yes (*) Yes
Refresh a document using a web service data source Yes Yes
Edit a document using a web service data source Yes
Send a Web Intelligence document to another user in the CMS Yes Yes
Send a Web Intelligence document by FTP Yes Yes
Export a document as a CSV file Yes Yes Yes
Export a document as a CSV archive file Yes
Save a document as a CSV archive file Yes Yes
Export a document as a PDF, text, Excel or Excel 2007 file Yes
Save a document as a PDF, text, Excel or Excel 2007 file Yes Yes
Print documents to My Favorites folder Export to PDF first Yes Yes
Save a document to the corporate repository Yes Yes Yes
Autosave documents to My Favorites folder Yes Yes


(*) If the Text file has previously been copied into the BusinessObjects Enterprise Platform.



3 - Building queries




















































































Feature HTML interface Applet interface Rich Client
Work with hierarchies Yes Yes Yes
Build queries on universes Yes Yes Yes
Select all the members at a level in a hierarchy that is organized into levels Yes Yes Yes
Build queries on Advanced Analysis Views Yes Yes
Build queries on Excel files saved locally Yes
Build queries on Excel files saved to the CMS (*) Yes Yes Yes (**)
Build queries on BEx queries Yes Yes Yes
Build queries on text files Yes (*) Yes
Access Data mode Yes Yes
Access the Change Source options in the Data Access table Yes Yes Yes
Change the data source of queries based on text and Excel files. Yes Yes
For OLAP .unx universes, when filtering on measures, you can only type a constant. Yes Yes


(*) New in BI4.1 SP02 : "MS Excel" files have to be exported first into the "BI LaunchPad" for Life Cycle management.
New in BI4.2 SP06 : "TEXT" and "CSV" files have to be exported first into the "BI LaunchPad" for Life Cycle management. 


(**) New in BI4.1 SP02 : the "WebI Rich Client" can perform a Change Data Source for the MS Excel files from "Stored Locally" to "Stored in CMS".



4 - Creating reports






























Feature HTML interface Applet interface Rich Client
Access a “Highlight All” button in the “Find” box to highlight all occurrences of a text string in a report page. Yes Yes
Apply custom formats to numbers in tables Yes Yes Yes
Create and edit conditional formatting Yes  Yes Yes




5 - Publishing, formatting and sharing reports
























Feature HTML interface Applet interface Rich Client
Set a hyperlink to another document in the CMS Yes, with a wizard Yes, no wizard Yes, no wizard
Publish content as a web service Yes Yes


 

 


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