Quickly Resolve SAP Interactive Form Issues for Seamless Printing Workflow

  • by Michael Szardenings, Senior Developer, SAP AG
  • May 21, 2010
The SAP Interactive Forms software by Adobe (SAP Interactive Forms) offers an enhanced look and interaction capabilities. However, using SAP Interactive Forms can cause obstacles within the printing workflow. Understanding the issues that may arise helps you set up your printing environment for SAP Interactive Forms.
Key Concept
The SAP Interactive Forms software by Adobe (SAP Interactive Forms) is integrated into the SAP GUI front end. SAP Interactive Forms were introduced starting with SAP Basis release 640 as a third forms technique, joining SAPscript and Smart Forms. These forms are created as a PDF, which is the industry standard format for document archiving and interchanging. They are used as a standard in various SAP applications.

Understanding how Adobe Document Services (ADS) fits into the SAP system and the role it plays in printing are the keys for understanding how printing with the SAP Interactive Forms software by Adobe (SAP Interactive Forms) differs from legacy printing in the SAP system. Find out how SAP Interactive Forms are integrated into the print job status view in SAP transaction SP01. In addition, I introduce some new development that allows printing of SAP Interactive Forms on any Windows printer without worrying about the printer’s device driver.

The article is for system and print administrators. You should be familiar with the Basis architecture of the SAP system and the basics of SAP printing terminology. I focus on the special requirements of SAP Interactive Forms printing compared to SAPscript and Smart Forms. This is not an introduction on setting up a print environment in the SAP system.

Michael Szardenings

Michael Szardenings is a senior developer in the SAP IMS organization. Working in the Systems Management Group within IMS, Michael is responsible for all kinds of Windows printing from SAP systems. He started his career in 1989 in the IBM Research and Development Lab in Germany, with the development of various user interface components for IBM mainframe computers. As SAP IBM came together on several joint venture projects in the systems management area, which includes job scheduling and printing, Michael’s focuses switched to SAP. He joined SAP in 2001.

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