This is part of the SAP Lumira Designer blog series.
The workflow for creating an application in SAP Lumira Designer is quite different from that of its predecessor, SAP Design Studio. Let’s review how the process has changed.
Before we understand the new process, we need to cover two related items.
1. File format – BIAPP vs. LUMX
For one thing, SAP Design studio used to store the application as a .biapp file. SAP Lumira Designer introduces the concept of a document, represented as a .lumx file. This document can contain one or more applications or composites. (Composites are re-usable groups of components that could be configured by developers. We’ll learn more about composites in one of our later blogs). If you extract the .lumx file, you would be able to see the .biapp files within the app folder and the composites within the components folder.
2. Preferred Startup Mode – SAP Lumira Designer provides 3 startup modes, of which the recommended startup mode is ‘SAP BusinessObjects Lumira Documents’. These modes are explained below.
- SAP BusinessObjects Lumira Documents: Allows developers to create and use applications designed in SAP Lumira Designer 2.x.
- SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform (Legacy): Allows developers to work with SAP Design Studio 1.x legacy applications on the BI Platform in a compatibility mode, without having to migrate the application to the latest version.
- Local Mode (Legacy): Allows developers to work with SAP Design Studio 1.x legacy applications stored on your local machine in a compatibility mode.
Having seen how the file format & startup modes have changed, let’s continue to see how an application can be created.
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CREATING YOUR FIRST SAP LUMIRA DESIGNER APPLICATION
In SAP Lumira Designer, you could create a new application in the platform, or in the local system. Documents stored in the platform and local repository are grouped separately as shown in the image.
This means that the designer would no longer be creating new applications using the Menu Bar at the top, as with SAP Design Studio earlier. Instead, the workflow is as follows:
Step 1: First create a new document
Step 2: Once you create a document, you can create an application or a composite within the SAP Lumira document.
Note that all applications in SAP Lumira Designer will be on SAPUI5 m mode, unlike in SAP Design Studio where you had options for SAPUI5 and SAPUI5-m.
Step 3: You can then save the application by clicking on the save button in the menu
Step 4: However, note that these changes are not committed to the BI Platform. Even when you create a new application against the BI Platform and save it, you only have a cached version of the application in the local system. To commit these changes, you would need to right-click the document and select ‘Synchronize with BI Platform’.
Step 5: On the other hand, if you had created an application locally, you could upload it to the BI platform by right clicking and selecting ‘Upload to BI Platform’.
With this, your first SAP Lumira Designer application is ready for consumption by your users.
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