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Command line interface

A command line interface is available in BSC Designer. Using the command line interface, you can generate Excel reports in silent mode. This is very useful when you need to integrate BSC Designer with another business application.

The interface for the command line is: [Filename] [-export FileName] [-overwrite]

For example, if you need to export the file "Scorecard1.bsc" into Excel file "Report.xls," you should use the following parameters when launching BSC Designer from a third-party tool:

  • "Scorecard1.bsc" -export "Report.xls" -overwrite

When using long paths to the files, be sure to use quotation marks, as in "C:\program files\BSC Designer\..."

Time points in reports

BSC Designer supports time points. If you are using time points and need to get a report for a certain date, use the "-date" parameter + date as it is according to your current computer settings, for instance:

  • "Scorecard1.bsc" -export "Report.xls" -overwrite -date 01.24.2007
  • Please note: the date must be according to your current computer settings (it might be DD.MM.YYYY or MM.DD.YYYY, depending on your configuration)

HTML report via command line

It is possible to generate HTML reports through the command line interface. For that function you should specify the starting and ending date for the report and add the -html option in the command line

  • Example: bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -date1 20.12.2007 -date2 02.01.2008 -html -export report.html -overwrite

Other reports:

  • the -overview option in a report will enable generation of overview reports, for example: bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -html -export report.html -overwrite -overview
  • the -powerpoint option will generate a report in PowerPoint presentation (.ppt) format, for example: bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -powerpoint -export report.ppt -overwrite

Exporting strategy maps

BSC Designer supports strategy maps. The strategy map can be exported using BSC Designer's interface or the command line:

Command line syntax:

  • bsc_designer.exe BSCFileName -export PictureFileName -StrategyMap [-StrategyMapPlacement <SnowFlake|HTree|Tree|Classical|Cascading|Table|Cyclical|Strategic>] [-StrategyMapLevel <MaxLevel>]
  • See more information about StrategyMapPlacement appearance.
  • bsc_designer.exe BSCFileName -export REPORTFILE -allmaps

Sample: export of an existing map.

  • bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -export "C:\resulted_file.jpg" -StrategyMap

Sample: export of a map as a snowflake.

  • bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -export "C:\resulted_file.jpg" -StrategyMap -StrategyMapPlacement SnowFlake -StrategyMapLevel 1

Sample: create a report that includes all supported strategy maps

  • bsc_designer.exe some_project.bsc -export C:\report.html -allmaps
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