About Presentations
  • 13 Jun 2024
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Article summary

Board's Presentations provide a solution to close the gap between corporate data governance and individual analysis needs. Board's powerful Presentation environment enables business users to easily create customized versions of enterprise reports (Screens from Capsules) and to save them as Presentations in their personal workspace.

Presentations are initially associated with the user who created them (the owner). Board's in-context Collaboration services and sharing capabilities make it possible to immediately share the new insights with a single person or a work group: recipients can also be given editing permissions to collaborate on the same reports together from a shared Presentation.

All Board users can use Presentations and create their own reports based on the Capsules they have access to, regardless of their license.

A Presentation lends itself to a wide range of purposes, just like a Capsule. The main difference is that a Presentation is personal and, unless shared, it is only accessible by the user who created it. If, for any reason, a user account is deleted, all Presentations created by that user are deleted as well.

Use case examples of Presentations are:

  • Save the Screens of a Capsule you visit the most in a personal area

  • Share specific data from a Capsule and discuss about it with another member of your team

  • Save the progress you made on a custom analysis (started on a Screen) so you can come back later to finish it

  • Create a printout of a Capsule with the ability to define the Screens and data to be included


A Presentation is a collection of Slides.

In a single Slide, you can add a Section header or a Screen from a Capsule.

A Section header is a standalone title slide that introduces what the user is about to see and sets the pace for the ensuing Presentation.

When a Screen is added to a Slide, a link between the Slide and the Screen is created: the Screen is then displayed on the Slide with any custom settings applied (Layouts, selections, drills, and filters defined within the Capsule environment in Play mode).

You can interact with Objects in the Slide just as you would with the linked Screen in Play mode. See About Objects and the specific Objects sections in this manual for more details.


  • If you make changes to Layouts, selections, drills, and filters of a Screen, and you add it to a Presentation, the resulting Slide will save those changes and will show the linked Screen with those changes applied

  • If you don't make changes to Layouts, selections, drills, and filters of a Screen, and you add it to a Presentation, the resulting Slide will reflect the linked Screen and will continue to do so as long as you don't apply changes to Layouts, selections, drills, and filters from within the Presentation environment in Edit mode.

Once you have added a Screen to a Presentation, you can make changes to Layouts, selections, drills, and filters (Pagers) of that Screen in the Presentation environment by opening the corresponding Slide in Edit mode. These changes will automatically be saved when you switch to Play mode in the Presentation environment, but they won't affect the linked Screen in the Capsule environment.

If a new Object is added to a Screen in the Capsule environment and that Screen is linked to one or more Slides, said Object will always appear in both the Capsule and the Slides. If you add a Screen to a Presentation from within the Presentation environment, the resulting Slide will show the linked Screen in its default view (i.e. as when you open the Screen in the Capsule environment).

Your security profile is always applied to Presentations and that applies to every other Board user, which means that different users might see different data on the same Presentation based on their security profile.

Should the Screen (or the Capsule of said Screen) that was added to a Presentation be deleted or moved to another Capsule or folder, or if the Capsule is renamed (but not the Screen), the Slide will no longer be linked to the Screen and no data will display. To fix this, you will have to add the Screen from its new location to the Presentation again.

Screen Objects in a Slide offer the same interactive features available when navigating a Capsule in Play mode. They also display data based on the same Data model associated with them in the source Screen: any changes made to that data, for example through data entry actions, are immediately reflected in Presentations and vice-versa.

Just like with Capsules, Presentations don't store data: they only display the linked Screen and its Objects with any custom settings applied (custom Layout definitions, selections, drills, and filters). Whenever a Slide is opened, the data is freshly retrieved from the Data models associated with the linked Screen.

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