Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Hot Fix is here!

The much awaited Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Hot Fix is here. Since the release of Xcelsius 2008 and later SP1, a lot of users and developers complained about the unstable application and its behavior when using a combination of components. Here are some of the known issues in Xcelsius 2008 before SP1 was released:

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Although Xcelsius 2008 SP1 fixed a majority of the above issues, there were some additions to the issues list. On Oct 30 2008, Business Objects released the Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Hot Fix to address these issues. The following issues have been resolved. You can also download the Fixed issues list PDF file from SAP support site. The list looks very impressive. 21 issues have been resolved. Its more than a Hot Fix and Less than a Service Pack. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they called it “Xcelsius 2008 SP2”  I hope all those disappointed and dejected users and customer will breathe a sigh of relief when they install the Hot Fix.

  • Tab Set component produces ActionScript Error #1034 and then crashes when user groups Tab Set’s canvases in Object Browser.
  • Filter component loses art and is disabled in Preview, when both Radio Button and Play Selector are also on canvas.
  • LiveCycle Data Services connection: Querying for Data Destinations clears spreadsheet bindings for all existing data elements and resets them to null.
  • Using QAAWS, Xcelsius report does not show changed data.
  • When a model contains a large number of Live Office connections, Preview produces an Action Script error.
  • Placing an existing group of components into a Container component, and then un-grouping the components renders them unselectable.
  • A SWF file stored on a local machine with a QaaWS connection, will consume a second license when the connection is refreshed.
  • List Box, Label Based Menu, List Builder and Ticker components: In Design Mode, alert icons persist after deleting previously set Alert Values.
  • After session times out, QaaWS connection does NOT pop up BOE login dialog and cannot retrieve data.
  • Components are unable to bind to cells in spreadsheets with an exclamation point in the name of the spreadsheet, for example “Xcelsius!”.
  • Alerts: When using the Enable Auto Colors option, in conjunction with enabling alerts using the By Value selection, the color gradient chosen by Xcelsius will vary each time the XLF is opened.
  • After opening an XLF file that uses a Global Font (selected from File>Document Properties) other than the default Verdana font, will selected font will be displayed correctly in Preview mode, but not in Design mode.
  • Performance issues of Flash files produced by Xcelsius 2008.
  • Problem: When retrieving data using QaaWS or Web Service data connections, some selector Labels display “Undefined”, “Null” or produce ActionScript error message #1009.
  • Label Based Menu: When component is displayed using Dynamic Visibility, the first Label is missing.
  • Excel ‘IF’ Function: If the IF function’s Logical_test parameter references a blank cell, Xcelsius will calculate the formula incorrectly in Preview mode or at runtime.
  • Map components – Alerts: When the alert threshold values are bound to a range, and the values are dynamically changed, the alerts are not updated.
  • When an MXML component, for example MXML Horizontal Slider sample component provided with the SDK, is added to the canvas, all other components will not update when changes are made to their Properties panel.
  • Selectors – Unable to take square brackets as labels
  • Label components are editable during runtime, and Labels are selectable using Tab key navigation.
  • Tab Set component: When dragging a component into the Tab Set from the Object Browser, it is possible to place the component inline with the Tab Set’s Canvas components, rather than within the Canvas. This causes an ActionScript error.

Before Installation:

  • Make sure that the Xcelsius 2008 Sp1 Hot Fix is installaed on top of Xcelsius 2008 SP1 installation. This is not a new installation like Xcelsius 2008 SP1. If you dont have Xcelsius 2008 SP1, you can dowload it here.
  • Close all Excel instances

Installation Instructions:

  • Download the Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Hot Fix
  • Unzip the Contents to a Folder
  • Double Click and Launch Setup from the “Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Fixpack 1” folder

Note: Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Hot Fix is going to install the updates for all language packs that you have selected while installing Xcelsius 2008 SP1. Don’t get surprised to see similar screens in a loop while installation.

After Installation:

  • Install the Hot Fix on all machines that has Xcelsius 2008 SP1 Installed.

Xcelsius 2008 Sp1 Hot Fix (ZIP File): Make sure that you install the Hot Fix on top of Xcelsius 2008 SP1 installation.


Xcelsius 2008 Sp1 Hot Fix – Fixed Issues (PDF File):