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advantages of smartforms over scripts

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can any one list the advantages of smartforms over the scripts

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    Posted on Mar 08, 2007 at 08:33 AM


    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.

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    Posted on Mar 08, 2007 at 09:42 AM


    1. smartforms are client -independent

    2. takes comparitively lesser time to develop

    3. needs lesser programming knowledge

    4. can specify background image


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    Posted on Mar 09, 2007 at 07:19 AM


    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)

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