WebFOCUS Application and Enterprise Editions

Creating Shortcuts

You can create shortcuts to repository files and Master files. Once a shortcut to a Master file is created, you can use it to build visualizations and reports. Once a shortcut to a repository file is created, you can copy, delete, edit, and run this item. You can also publish and share your shortcuts to make them available for other users and groups.

Note: Only users with the opShortcut privilege are able to create shortcuts. For more information on privileges, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration technical content.

Creating URLs

You can create URLs to webpages and store them within the repository. These URLs can further enhance analytics, by providing an additional interactive context to your data. You can run a URL from the Home Page, use it in a portal, or add it to a personal page. If your URL is optimized for use in an iFrame, you can embed it within a container on a page. You can also publish and share a URL to make it available to other users and groups.

Uploading Files

In addition to creating content using WebFOCUS, you can upload other files, such as images and documents. These files can be used to enhance visualizations and shared with other users and groups.

Localizing Designer Pages

You can translate pages created in WebFOCUS Designer to reflect a specific language preference. This localization includes text strings shown in the page heading, container titles and control labels.

When working with Western European languages you may leave the WebFOCUS client code page and your application server JVM file encoding set to their default values of 1252/ Cp1252. If you plan to support double-byte languages, such as Japanese or Chinese, you must use Unicode/UTF-8 for the WebFOCUS code page and UTF8 for the JVM file encoding.

Creating Blogs

You can create blogs and include them in your pages and portals. A blog is an interactive content item that operates as commonly seen blogs on the internet, and allows users to post and view comments. Blogs abide by the same security rules that apply to other items in the repository. You can publish, unpublish, hide, and move blogs between domains or folders. You can also share blogs with other users and groups.

Generating WebFOCUS Retail Demo Sample Data

You can generate WebFOCUS Retail Demo sample data and metadata using the WebFOCUS Reporting Server or DataMigrator Server, and use it to test WebFOCUS features with a consistent, preconfigured data source. This sample data set is also used in many examples in technical topics and videos, allowing you to follow along to get the same results.

You can generate these sample files using the following steps.

Personalizing Default Values for Filter Controls

You can personalize default values for filters in a page based on users or conditions. This feature uses the amper (&&) global variable to specify the default option for a filter control. For example, you can set the Region value for a user, using the && global variable, and link it to the filter control to show their region as the selected value.

Procedure: How to Personalize Default Values for Filter Controls

Global Resources Folder

Administrators have access to a Global Resources folder on the Domains level in the Resources tree. The Global Resources folder contains files that are used to style and format your content in WebFOCUS Designer and Portal Page Designer. Clicking on the Global Resources folder changes the breadcrumb trail in the navigation bar, as shown in the following image.

Applying Themes to Portals

You can apply themes to a WebFOCUS BI portal to customize its look and feel. Themes can be
applied to new portals inside the New Portal dialog box or to existing portals inside the Edit
Portal dialog box. A theme affects the look of the entire set of elements of the portal, including
colors, opacity, and typeface styles.

There are three themes that WebFOCUS offers: