Web Intelligence provides three different Webi Viewing Modes in SAP BusinessObjects 4.x: Reading, Design, and Modify.
Webi Reading Mode
- This is the default viewing mode you are presented when running a Webi document by either double-clicking on the document title on BI Launch Pad, or using a right-click on the document title then selecting View from the short-cut menu.
- Once the report is open, users have different report functionality (depending upon their permissions) provided on the toolbar and left panel: print, export, send, refresh, filter, as well as the ability to navigate the report and its data.
- The left panel functionality includes:
- Document Summary
- Navigation Map
- Input Controls
- User Prompt Input
- No modifications are possible (in this mode) to the document display, structure, or query.
Webi Design Mode
- This mode includes all the functionality of Reading mode plus allows for modifications to the document elements - except to its underlying query.
- From Reading mode, click the Design button to start this mode.
- Once in Design mode, Webi displays several tabs/sub-tabs in a ribbon above the report, which contain functions to make alterations to the report.
- The left panel now includes two more icons:
- Available Objects
- Document Structure and Filters
Webi Modify Mode
- This mode includes all the functionality of Reading and Design modes plus allows for changes to the document’s query. The only way to edit an existing report’s query is to open the document in Modify mode.
- To open a document in Modify mode, right-click on the closed document’s title and select Modify from the short-cut menu.
- Once in Modify mode, Webi displays the tab/sub-tab ribbon above the report and the six icons on the left panel as in Design mode.
- To access the document’s query, use the Edit button found on the Data Access tab >> Data Providers sub-tab. This will open the Query Panel of the document.
User Types and Webi 4.x Viewing Modes
Although, each implementation of SAP Business Objects is unique when it comes to which users are allowed to do what in which folders . . . there are common user types which align with the viewing modes. Below is a comparison of functionality for typical user groups:
- End Users/Consumers: Those users who will only consume data through Webi and not modify or create documents
- Power Users/Creators: Those users who will be able to do everything in Webi
So, which Webi 4.x Viewing Mode do you use? Are you a Consumer or a Creator?