Gnarly Graph Gadget
By Tim Dexter on Oct 19, 2007
After the initial gadget post this week, Hiro, in the development team has been hard at work looking to see what we can do. We now have a really cool gadget you can hook up to your BIP instance. Point it at a report on your BIP server and it will render any charts present on the report, you can even scroll through those charts present on the report. You can then have multiple instances of the gadget pointing to different reports and charts.
You need Google Desktop and to get the multiple instances of the gadget working as above you need the 5.5 release. Of course you'll need the gadget, you can get that here. Set up is a cinch, download the gadget and then double click on the gadget file to add it to your desk top. After the initial 'adding' it becomes available in the 'Recently Used' Add Gadget dialog.
Now you need username/pwd to your instance - just the combination to view the report is enough. Then you need the URL to the report document - this must be in HTML and the chart images have to be in image format not SVG (use the preferences dialog to change it). In 10.1.3.3 you can use the Report Link feature in previous releases you can use the Export button to get the URL. Paste that into the Options dialog, click OK and your good to go. The gadget should pick up the first chart quite quickly and you can use the arrow icons to scroll through the charts on the report.
We'd like your feedback on this, what do you think? useful? what else would you like to see?
If you have built your own BIP gadget and want to share let me know and we'll post them here for everyone.