This gives you a general introduction to Designer, the tool you use to build universes. It describes universes, what they contain, how they are created, and the role that universes have in your business environment.
The typical universe development cycle is described, with best design practices recommended. The demonstration databases and universes shipped with this release are also described.
In this guide the variable $INSTALLDIR is the install root path for the data access files used by Designer and Web Intelligence.This is the Business Objects installation path with the operating system sub directory that contains the Designer executable and the data access drivers.
Under Windows, $INSTALLDIR = \\...\Business Objects\BusinessObjects Enterprise 12\win32_x86.
For example C:\Program Files\Business Objects\BusinessObjects Enterprise 12\win32_x86.