Sharing report building blocks (building block groups) in Management Reporter

After creating report definitions, row definitions, column definition, and reporting trees, you can share the building blocks with clients or users in the following ways:

  • Save complete building block groups with a new name and location

  • Import specific building blocks into another building block group

  • Export specific building blocks from one building block group and import into another building block group

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Save a building block group with a new name

Export a building block group

Import a building block group

Save a building block group with a new name

If you have an existing building block group that you want to use to start a new building block group, you can save the building block group with a new name. After you save the new building block group with a new name, you can modify the new building block group without changing the original building block group.

To save a building block group, do the following:

  1. On the Entity menu, click Building Block Groups.

  2. Click the building block group that you want to save with a new name.

  3. Click Save As.

  4. In the Name box, type a new name for the building block group.

  5. In the Description box, type a logical description for the building block group.

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Export a building block group

You can export entire building block groups or specific report building blocks within a building block group so that other users can import and use them. Microsoft Office PerformancePoint 2007 Management Reporter includes the referenced font styles and account sets with the building block group.

To export a building block group, do the following:

  1. On the Entity menu, click Building Block Group.

  2. In the Building Block Groups dialog box, click the building block group that you want to export, and then click Export.

  3. In the Export dialog box, select the report definitions to export:

    • If you want to export all of your report definitions and the supporting building blocks, click Select All.

    • If you want to export specific reports, rows, columns, trees, or account sets, click the reports, rows, columns, trees, or account sets that you want to export, and then click Export.

      Note: When you select reports to export, Management Reporter automatically selects the associated rows, columns, trees, and account sets.

  4. In the Save As box, click a location.

  5. In the File Name box, type a file name.

    Management Reporter automatically adds a .tdbx file extension.

  6. Click Save.

    Management Reporter saves the building block group. The exported report definitions, rows, columns, and trees include the font styles and account sets.

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Import a building block group

You can import a building block group into an existing building block group, or you can create a new building block group for the data. All imported building block groups retain their original font styles and entity references and include the relevant account sets.

To import a building block group into an existing building block group, do the following:

  1. On the Entity menu, click Building Block Groups.

  2. In the Building Block Groups box, select the building block group into which you want to import a building block group, and then click Import.

  3. In the Open box, select the building block group that you want to import, and then click Open. If you want to import a building block group into a new building block group, first create the new building block group, and then follow this procedure. For information about creating a new building block group, see Creating a building bock group.

  4. In the Import dialog box, select the report definitions to import:

    • If you want to import all of the report definitions and the supporting building blocks, click Select All, and then click Import.

    • If you want to import specific reports, rows, columns, trees, or account sets, click the reports, rows, columns, trees, or account sets that you want to import, and then click Import.

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