Design Your Own PDF-based Print Forms with Adobe Form Builder

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • September 15, 2007
See how to use the newly integrated SAP Interactive Forms software by Adobe to create forms for common business processes such as creating dunning letters.
Key Concept

SAP Interactive Forms software by Adobe, a product suite co-developed by Adobe Systems and SAP, is available starting with SAP NetWeaver 2004 and SAP NetWeaver Application Server (NetWeaver AS) 6.40. Its two major components are Adobe Document Services (ADS) and Adobe LiveCycle Designer (ALC). ADS is the collective name of the Web services. In non-interactive scenarios, it generates PDF forms at runtime. In interactive scenarios, it extracts XML data from the front end (the form) and transmits it to the system. ALC allows users to design the layout and bindings of the form. You can design a form using either the conventional ABAP Development Workbench or the new SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio.

Whether you are a novice or have some exposure to Adobe forms, a grasp of several key concepts is required to make effective use of SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe. I introduced you to the functionality and to the standard SAP templates in “A Sneak Peek into the Standard Templates of Adobe Interactive Forms.” Now I’ll take you through the steps for designing a simple, non- interactive PDF-based Adobe form using the example of a dunning letter.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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