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Using Custom Images in OBIEE 10g & 11g

In both OBIEE 10g and 11g, custom images need to be placed in 2 folders before use within reports/dashboards.

 In OBIEE 10g, images need to be placed in:

(1)     $BIHOME\oc4j_bi\j2ee\home\applications\analytics\analytics\res\s_oracle10\images

Windows directory path example:
C:\OracleBI\oc4j_bi\j2ee\home\applications\analytics\analytics\res\s_oracle10\images

Linux directory path example:
/usr/local/OracleBI/oc4j_bi/j2ee/home/applications/analytics/analytics/res/s_oracle10/images

-and-

(2)    $BI_HOME\web\app\res\s_oracle10\images

Windows directory path example:
C:\OracleBI\web\app\res\s_oracle10\images

Linux directory path example:
/usr/local/OracleBI/web/app/res/s_oracle10/images

 

In OBIEE 11g, images need to be placed in:

(1)    $OBIEE_FMW_HOME\user_projects\domains\bifoundation_domain\servers\bi_server1\tmp\_WL_user\analytics_11.1.1\7dezjl\war\res\s_blafp\images

Windows directory path example:
C:\obiee11g\user_projects\domains\bifoundation_domain\servers\AdminServer\tmp\_WL_user\analytics_11.1.1\silp1v\war\res\s_blafp\images

Linux directory path example:
/u01/product/middleware/user_projects/domains/bifoundation_domain/servers/bi_server1/tmp/_WL_user/analytics_11.1.1/7dezjl/war/res/s_blafp/images

-and-

(2)    $OBIEE_FMW_HOME\Oracle_BI\bifoundation\web\app\res\s_blafp\images

Windows directory path example:
C:\obiee11g\Oracle_BI1\bifoundation\web\app\res\s_blafp\images

Linux directory path example:
/u01/product/middleware/Oracle_BI1/bifoundation/web/app/res/s_blafp/images

Note: you may also create or use directories at the same level or below the images directories under the s_oracle10 (in 10g) and s_blafp (in 11g) directories, for example, if you wanted to put all your custom images into a separate directory.
 

Then in Answers / Analysis, you would reference the image as shown below.

Edit the Column Properties:
ImagesDirectories-ColumnProperties

Then, in the Style tab, within the Cell area, click on the Image object…

ImagesDirectories-ClickImage

Then in the Graphics dialog, select “Custom Image” and enter  fmap:images/your_custom_image.jpg.

Note: If your images are in a directory other than the images directory, you need to supply that path, but still starting below s_oracle10 or s_blafp directories.

And set the Image Placement property. Images Left (shows the Image to the left of the column data), Images Right (displays the image to the right of the column data), Images Only (displays the image only – no column data)
ImagesDirectories-ImageNameAndPlacement

If new images were placed into the directories after the last BI Server / Presentation Server restart, you will need to restart the BI Server and Presentation Server for the images to be displayed.

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How to remove the popup menu when navigating from one report to another via a navigation link

When you click on a navigation link value, by default a pop-up arises with the name of the possible report(s) that you can navigating to.  Even if it’s just one possible report, the pop-up still occurs (see example below). This happens after upgrading from OBIEE 10g to 11g, and there is no system wide setting to fix this.

Navigation-Popup

This can be annoying to users because its an extra unnecessary click. They want to be navigated to the next report after the single click on the navigation link.  Especially if they worked on OBIEE 10g before and did not have to do this. The good news is, removing this popup is easy.

Edit Dashboard

Edit the Analysis

Edit the Column Properties for the relevant column

EditColumnProperties

In the Column Properties dialog, go to the Interaction tab.
Check the box below the Action Links table for “Do not display in a popup if only one action link is available at runtime”

DoNotDisplayPopup

Once you check the box for one column in your analysis, it will become checked for all navigation link columns in that analysis  – so you do not need to check for others columns after you have done for any one column.

You will now be navigated directly to the next report without the popup showing. Unfortunately, this has to be done for each report because there is no system wide setting to change it for all.