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    Feb 01, 2007 at 09:34 AM

    Hi

    They are two differents tools to do the same thing: to print a document.

    The real big difference is the most of abap code to control the smartform is in the same smartform and not in the control program. So the program has to transfer the main data and run the smartform only.

    Anyway in the smartform there are some tool to create some output objects (like grid) easer than sapscript.

    It could say the sapscript is obsolete tool to print a document, so perhaps one day it'll be expired.

    Max

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  • Feb 01, 2007 at 09:35 AM

    Hi Subbaraju,

    This topic has been discussed so many times in the forum. Please search the forum with your subject line.

    Regards,

    ravi

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    Feb 01, 2007 at 09:38 AM

    Hi,

    The Following are the differences :-

    a) Multiple page formats are possible in smartforms which is not the case in SAPScripts

    b) It is possible to have a smartform without a main window .

    c) Labels cannot be created in smartforms.

    d) Routines can be written in smartforms tool.

    e) Smartforms generates a function module when activated.

    f) Unlike sapscripts (RSTXSCRP), you cannot upload/download Smartform to your local harddisk.

    It was said that it was provided in CRM 3.0 version, but not available in R/3. You can download smartforms into Local PC in a XML format. In the same way you can upload this XML format into Smartform. From the smartform editor itself you can call download option, if you are working in CRM 3.0 environment.

    In R3 also, you can download into XML format. However, it's not sure about uploading. Refer to the program 'SF_XSF_DEMO'.

    In 4.7 Enterprise, other have seen this utlity which is completey missing in 4.6c. There is functionality to downlaod a complete form or only a particular node. (Utilities -> Download form). It will create a XML file and save it in the hard disk.

    For others, if you want to download/upload the Smartforms source, you will need the help from the Basis people. What you can do is to create a Transport and then FTP down to your local harddisk. When you need the Smartform source in another system, you have FTP up the Smartforms file back to the SAP server. Finally, the Basis team, will tp it into your system.

    g) The protect and endprotect command in sapscript doesn't work with smartforms. For example on a invoice: First data of position no 80. is printed on page one, other data of position no 80 is printed on page 2. And there's nothing you can do about it. Actually, there is something you can do about it. By using a folder node and checking the 'protect' checkbox, everything in that folder will be page protected.

    Hope this will help u.

    Reward points if helpful.

    Regards,

    U. Uma.

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    Feb 01, 2007 at 09:38 AM

    Hi Subbaraju,

    Difference with SMARTFORMS vs. SapScript(SE71)

    <b>The Following are the differences :-</b>

    a) Multiple page formats are possible in smartforms which is not the case in SAPScripts

    b) It is possible to have a smartform without a main window .

    c) Labels cannot be created in smartforms.

    d) Routines can be written in smartforms tool.

    e) Smartforms generates a function module when activated.

    Thanks,

    Vinay

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    Feb 01, 2007 at 09:44 AM

    Hi,

    The Major difference between Scripts and Smartforms is Script is client dependant and where as Smart form is client independant.

    Check there links for more info.

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

    sapscript-vs-smartforms

    Regards,

    Priyanka.

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    Feb 01, 2007 at 07:26 PM

    Hi,

    As a technical person, the main difference you can find betn thse two is their functionality.

    What others say are found in the basic books, but this is not.

    When you execute a sapscript from a print program you have control over it, you decide which text element to print after which and in which window. The control between the form and print program swings to and fro till you reach the END_FORM.

    Whereas, in smartforms, once your control goes to the smartforms from the print program, you do not have any control over it. IT will execute all the pages in a single shot and then returns to the statement after the smartforms call.

    Regards

    Subramanian

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    Feb 01, 2007 at 07:38 PM

    Hi Subbaraju,

    You are welcome.

    Plz mark all helpful answers and

    Close the thread if the problem is solved/answered.

    Thanks,

    Vinay

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    Feb 02, 2007 at 07:13 AM

    Hi subbaraju,

    The another difference is

    Background picture cant be schedule in scripts ,where as it can be done in smart forms.

    thanks

    seshu

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