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Install the Blackboard Plugin for BIRT

Blackboard created an Eclipse plugin that works with the BIRT report designer. It packages a raw report definition created using BIRT into a format that can be imported into Blackboard Learn.

Report designers and developers can use BIRT to generate a report using a Blackboard-provided Eclipse plugin. The plugin is used to create a report definition package that is compliant with Blackboard Learn. This package can then be imported using the existing Report import feature. Report packages are generated by the plugin, but that package cannot be imported directly from Eclipse. The import step remains a manual operation.

How to Install the BIRT Designer Plugin for Eclipse 3.4

  1. While in Eclipse, click Help > Software Updates to open the Software Updates and Add-ons page.
  2. Click the Available Software tab.
  3. Click Add Site.
  4. To download the BIRT plugin, type the URL http://fibbba.blackboard.com/birt.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select the plugin, and click Install.
  7. Read and accept the license agreement, and then install the plugin into Eclipse.
  8. Restart Eclipse.

How to Install the BIRT Designer Plugin for Eclipse 3.3

  1. While in Eclipse, click Help > Software Updates > Find and Install to open the Feature Updates page.
  2. Select Search for new features to Install and click Next.
  3. Click New Remote Site.
  4. To download the BIRT plugin, type the URL http://fibbba.blackboard.com/birt and the preferred site name.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select the Blackboard site you added, and click Finish.
  7. Select the plugin, and click Next.
  8. Accept the terms in the license agreement, and click Next.
  9. Click Finish and then Install All.
  10. Restart Eclipse.