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Advantages of Smartforms


I was asked to learn smartforms. What are the advantages of SAP smartforms?

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    Posted on Jan 08, 2007 at 10:01 AM
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      1. In smartforms every thing is in a DRAG and DROP format.

      Once and when you declare a variable it is available for dragging..

      2. the time taken to design and format .. i'll say is around 75% less than designing a SAPScript..

      3. you can encapsulate the entire code in SMARTform itself and run it from there even without any driver pgm.

      4. In addition to SMARTFORMS , SMARTSTYLES is a txn. used to create styles.

      Read more here:

      /message/635740#635740 [original link is broken]




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    Posted on Jan 08, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Hi Raghavan,

    SAP Smart Forms have the following advantages:

    1. The adaption of forms is supported to a large extent by graphic tools for layout and logic, so that no programming knowledge is necessary (at least 90% of all adjustments). Therefore, power user forms can also make configurations for your business processes with data from an SAP system. Consultants are only required in special cases.

    2. Displaying table structures (dynamic framing of texts)

    3. Output of background graphics, for form design in particular the use of templates which were scanned.

    4. Colored output of texts

    5. User-friendly and integrated Form Painter for the graphical design of forms

    6. Graphical Table Painter for drawing tables

    7. Reusing Font and paragraph formats in forms (Smart Styles)

    8. Data interface in XML format (XML for Smart Forms, in short XSF)

    9. Form translation is supported by standard translation tools

    10. Flexible reuse of text modules

    11. HTML output of forms (Basis release 6.10)

    12. Interactive Web forms with input fields, pushbuttons, radio buttons, etc. (Basis-Release 6.10)

    Smart Forms are used in SAP to create and maintain forms for mass printing. The Smart Forms offers the following advantages:

    Ø Creating and maintaining forms require half the time.

    Ø Adapting to forms without any programming techniques due to GUI.

    Ø Web publishing using the generated XML output.

    Migration from SAPScript to Smart Form is supported in smart forms. The important features in smart forms are as listed below:

    Ø The smart forms allow the user to execute simple modifications to the form and in the form logic by using simple graphical tools.

    Ø To print a form the user will need a program for the data retrieval and a smart form that contains the entire form logic. As these two are separate one should adapt the smart form if changes to the form logic is necessary. The application program passes the data via a function module interface to the smart form. When activating the smart form the system automatically generates the function module and at the runtime process this.

    Ø The user designs the form using the graphical form painter and the graphical table painter. The form logic is represented by the hierarchical structure that consists of individual nodes, such as nodes for global settings, nodes for texts, nodes for output tables or nodes for graphics. To make any changes one has to use the Drag&Drop, Cut&Paste. These actions do not include writing of coding lines or using a script language.

    Ø For web publishing, the system provides a generated XML output of the processed form.

    Ø One can insert static and dynamic tables. These include the line feeds in the individual table cells, triggering events for table headings and subtotals and sorting data before output.

    Ø The smart forms allow the user to include graphics, which can be displayed as a part of the form or as background graphics. During printout the user can suppress the background graphic as and when necessary.

    Ø The smart forms also supports the postage optimizing.

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