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Analysis Services: BIDSHelper Released

As per Daren Gosbell announcement. 

I am pleased to announce that we have just launched release 1.1 of BIDSHelper.

What is it?

It is an Add-in for the BI Development Studio (BIDS) for SQL Server 2005 that adds a number of useful features. This is an open source project, hosted on codeplex under a Shared Source Permissive License. Currently the features are all centred around SSAS, but we are planning to work on a few for SSIS and SSRS in future versions.

Where do I get it?

It can be downloaded from .

What features are in this release?

All of the feature are documented and there are numerous screen shots available on the wiki which you can get to from the homepage. Below is a quick summary of the features in this first release.

  • Aggregation Manager - We incorporated the Aggregation Manager from the SP2 samples into BIDS, this has the benefits of allow any aggregations that you design to be saved as part of your project and checked into source control.
  • Calculation Helpers - this feature will remember whether you are working in script view or form view, rather than continuously starting you in form view and extendes the calculation properties dialog so that you can edit descriptions in addition to dynamically picking up new calculated members.
  • Deploy MDX Script - Allows you to deploy just the MDX Script and nothing else, great for when you are iterating over a difficult MDX calculation.
  • Dimension Health Check - Checks attribute relationships and keys for issues. There is acutally a fault in the Adventure Works sample database that this tool discovered.
  • Printer Friendly Dimension Usage - This feature allows you to see all the dimension usage information at a glance and to print this information out if needed.
  • Show Extra Properties - This feature causes the properties window to expose a number of additional properties including the annotations collection and a mutli-line description editor. It also allows for the editing of the format string and description properties on linked measures.
  • Update Estimated Counts - This feature will go through and update all the estimated counts on your objects to assist in designing better aggregations.
  • Visualize Attribute Lattice - gives you a graphical view of your attribute relationships.

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