Before we review local repository and BI platform repository in SAP Lumira Designer, we need to understand how startup modes have changed in the most recent 2.0 release.

How Startup Modes in SAP Design Studio 1.6x worked:

SAP Design Studio 1.6x supported two types of preferred startup modes. A local mode – where applications resided in the local system, and multiple platform modes such as ‘SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform’ – where the applications resided in the platform server.

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SAP Design Studio – Preferred Startup Modes

Working with local & platform files meant that you had to change the modes and restart SAP Design Studio every time. In addition, when you tried to open a file (Application->Open), it only showed either the local or the platform repository depending on your startup mode.

How Startup Modes have changed in SAP Lumira Designer:

SAP Lumira Designer supports only one contemporary mode – the ‘SAP BusinessObjects Lumira Documents’ mode. The other two shown – SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform (Legacy) and Local Mode (Legacy) – are legacy modes supporting backward compatibility. Users can use these modes to access Design Studio 1.x applications on the BI Platform and their Local Repository respectively.

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SAP Lumira Designer – Preferred Startup Modes

 

So how does SAP Lumira Designer support local as well as platform files?

When you open SAP Lumira Designer, you’ll see both the local and platform documents in the ‘Documents’ window – something that was not available in the previous version. This means that we now don’t have to restart the Client tool to switch between the modes.

In addition, you can make changes to an existing application under ‘BI Platform Documents’ without even logging on to the platform. SAP Lumira Designer captures these changes in a locally cached version of the application. These changes can be synchronized with the BI platform subsequently. (For synchronization to work, you must have logged into the platform while opening SAP Lumira Designer. If not, a client tool restart would be required for BI platform authentication).

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Note: SAP Lumira Designer introduces the concept of ‘.lumx’ documents. These documents contain both Designer Applications which have a ‘.biapp’ extension, and Discovery Storyboards or Designer Composites, both of which have a ‘.bicomp’ extension. A ‘.lumx’ document can have any number of applications, storyboards and composites.

How to move documents from the local system to the BI Platform?

For documents under the local system, you could right-click and select ‘upload to BI Platform’. This will upload the document to the BI platform.

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Are changes made to files in the BI platform reflected automatically in the server?

No. When you make changes to a document residing in the BI platform and save it, Designer saves a local cached version (with the CUID as the filename) in the following path:

C:\Users\<username>\LumiraDesigner-workspace\com.sap.ip.bi.zen\remotedocs\http%3A%2F%2F <server-name>%3A8061%2Fdswsbobje%2Fservices%2FSession\<username>

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To publish the modifications to the BI platform, you’ll need to right click the document and select ‘Synchronize with BI Platform’.

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Can we move a document stored in the BI platform to the local repository?

No. While you can move a document from the local repository to the BI platform, the reverse is not possible. However there is an alternative way to do this.

Step 1: You can go to BI Launchpad, and download the document by right-clicking the file.

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Step 2: Now right click on ‘Local Documents’ within SAP Lumira Designer. Select ‘Open Documents folder’. This will open the folder in file explorer. Now copy the file that you downloaded and paste it in this folder.

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Step 3: Now right click ‘Local Documents’ and select ‘Refresh’. You’ll now be able to see a copy of the BI platform document here.

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Hope this clarifies how you could manage documents residing in the local repository and the BI platform and transfer documents as needed.
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