Table of Contents


  1. Preface
  2. Using the Designer
  3. Working with Sources
  4. Working with Flat Files
  5. Working with Targets
  6. Mappings
  7. Mapplets
  8. Mapping Parameters and Variables
  9. Working with User-Defined Functions
  10. Using the Debugger
  11. Viewing Data Lineage
  12. Comparing Objects
  13. Managing Business Components
  14. Creating Cubes and Dimensions
  15. Using the Mapping Wizards
  16. Datatype Reference
  17. Configure the Web Browser

Adding Custom Tools

Adding Custom Tools

The Designer lets you add custom tools to the Tools menu. You can start programs that you frequently use from within the Designer. For example, you can start the Business Objects Designer or a web browser from within the Designer.
When you add custom tools, the Designer appends the tool names to the bottom of the Tools menu. To start a tool, click the Tools menu and select the custom tool.
You can add, delete, and rearrange the order of custom tools. Click Tools > Customize and click the Tools tab.
The Menu Contents list displays the custom tools. The Designer places the tool names at the bottom of the Tools menu in the order in which they appear in this list.
To add a custom tool:
  1. Click the Add Custom Tool button.
    You can add up to nine tools to the Tools menu.
  2. In the Menu Contents field, enter a unique name for the custom tool. The Designer displays this name on the Tools menu.
    Enter an ampersand (&) before a character in the tool name to use that character as a quick access key.
  3. Use the arrow buttons to place the new tool in the appropriate position on the Tools menu.
  4. Enter the following information for the tool:
    Name and file path of the tool executable file. Click the Browse button to select the executable file.
    Arguments that the Designer passes to the custom tool. The arguments are optional or required, depending on the tool.
    If you want the Designer to prompt you for arguments when you start the custom tool, select Prompt for Arguments.
    Initial Directory
    Directory in which the custom tool should start. If you do not enter an initial directory, the Designer uses the custom tool program executable directory.
  5. Click OK.

Updated July 02, 2020