Nov 15 2010

Universe Compare Tool Progress Report

Categories: 2010 SBOUC, VBA Tools Dave Rathbun @ 11:16 am

I have had a number of questions or requests related to the release date for my universe compare tool that I demonstrated at the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference last month in Orlando. I am happy to report that I have almost completed the “digging out from under” process that occurs every year after the conference season, and hope to be able to finalize the initial release. All I have to do is remove the logic that checks for object incompatibilities (related to Aggregate Navigation) as large universes contain too much data to fit in a standard (old version) spreadsheet.

Once that is complete, I will release the initial version here on my blog. I anticipate at this time that I will be able to do this early in December. Thanks for your patience.

25 Responses to “Universe Compare Tool Progress Report”

  1. Comment by Dell Stinnett


    Will your tool work on linked universes? As you may know, there are a number of things that don’t come through the link – in particular Context. I’ve worked with a set of universes where the only difference was the data connection (one for each client) – the structures are exactly the same. We can’t use security to change the connection because we need to be able to do consolidated reporting across multiple clients. I ran into issues with various things I looked at because they wouldn’t open both the “master” and a linked universe at the same time or they wouldn’t open more than one universe based on the same master at the same time.


  2. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Hi, Dell, I have not tested it on linked universes yet.

  3. Comment by Nitin Gonsalves

    Hi Dave,

    Its been a month and I have been waiting to read something..anything…that you would post…but it seems your are busy with somthing very important..or may be started with your christmas decorations!
    Anything you would want to share about BI 4.0?

  4. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    I have been swamped working nights and weekends to complete a project before the end of the year. As a result, there hasn’t been any time for blog posts, or for a release of this utility. :(

  5. Comment by Tim

    Dave, I am eagerly awaiting a version of the “unv diff app”. Any updates on avaialability – thanks Tim

  6. Comment by Ton

    Folks : please stop hunting Dave. He already explained why things are delayed.

  7. Comment by John

    Any updates ??

  8. Comment by Nitin Gonsalves

    Hi Dave,
    Was going through the IDT documentation;came across a functionality “Project Syncronisation” was curious about how it would be different from your “Universe Compare Tool”?
    The document says

    Synchronizing a project starts with comparing the resources in a project in the Local Projects View with
    an associated shared project on the repository server. Synchronization detects added resources, deleted
    resources, and differences between the resources.

  9. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Nitin, I am afraid that I don’t really know the answer to your question. I have not had a chance to install or play with BI 4.0 at all yet.

  10. Comment by JB

    Any release dates yet in 2011 ?

  11. Comment by John

    Any news on the availability on the Univere Compare Tool ?

  12. Comment by Gopal

    we can find the similar tool at saama site…the only thing is we have to pay $ for the tool…eagerly waiting for Dave’s tool features.

  13. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    I’ve converted it to XI 3.1. On large universes it runs out of memory, but I hope to post what we’ll call a “beta” version shortly. Thanks for your patience.

  14. Comment by John

    Dave, thanks that will be awesome to enjoy the “Beta” version.

  15. Comment by John

    Any progrss on the “Beta”

  16. Comment by John

    Sorry meant “Progress on the Beta”

  17. Comment by Mounir


    Is the tool ready please Dave. If it is ready could you please provide a link where we can download it


  18. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Hi, please see this post for more information, thanks.

  19. Comment by Mounir

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your reply. This post discusses GPL. No sure what is the relation with the Universe Diff tool

    Thanks again

  20. Comment by Mounir

    I understand that there are copyrights on the tool and I would like to know where we can find it if we would like to purchase it


  21. Comment by Atul

    Mounir -

    Dave related his GPL post to the fact that that’s the license under which he will be releasing his Universe diff tool next week. So that’s your answer to your question about when you might be able to download it ;>

  22. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    It’s not for sale, it will be a free download.

  23. Comment by Mounir

    Thanks a lot for your answer.

    please let us know when it is released


  24. Comment by Ellen

    Hi Dave, will this work with Designer 6.5? I am receiving a ‘compile error – can’t find project or library,’ then ‘MISSING: Business Objects Designer 12.0 Object Library.’ Yes, we are on 6.5….and thank you so much for all your work and sharing.

    (Note – your downloaded .xls points to a differnt page, where I also submitted this question. Hopefully this time, I have posted on the correct page…..)

  25. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Please post your question here:

    I updated the page so the link in the XLS works correctly now, thanks for letting me know about that link problem.

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