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Pdf Performance issue

Hi, gurus,

we are developing an employee entry form, it's quit a big one,

containing about 40 infotypes, some of them are tables, we use subforms to allow users to add lines dynamically at the run time. it works perfectly.

but, the biggest issue for us now is, the performance issue,

it takes about 30 minutes to activate the form in sfp, and recently sfp stop respond any more.

i think there are two issue make our form a big one:

1. we put a big amount of entries of drop down list box in the form , as javascript array, it contains about thousands of lines.

2.we use about 20-30 subforms in the form, the blank form is about 12 pages,

and we provide buttons to alllow users to add more lines.

the blank pdf generate is about 800k in size.

my question are:

1. how to improve the activate performance? or do we have to split the form into smaller ones? but the customer prefer a big one instead of several small ones.

2. how to make the form file smaller?

thanks and best regards.


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    Apr 04, 2007 at 01:40 AM

    Hi Jun Zhang,

    Well, I suggest you to go through this blog...


    If you ask me for a suggestion, then I will surely say NO for ADOBE INTERACTIVE FORMS for such big requirement. Though you develop it right now with lots of development effort and pain, but the performance problem gets more when it is deployed after go-live.

    I suggest you to go for Web Dynpro Development for such hugh requirement.

    BTW,If client still insist to go with Adobe forms, then may be you can search for the thread - <b>Time consumption in ISR forms</b> , which has some nice pointers.


    <i><b>Raja Sekhar</b></i>

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      hi, raja,

      thank you for your information.

      i noticed on the blog:

      - Keep the form simple (for example, avoid drop-down lists with 397 entries)

      - Focus on the capture of data without major business logic in the form

      - Do not try to create a full-blown application

      i am wondering that , why there is a limit form397 entries? is that a technical limitation? or just a recommendation?

      regarding drop downlist, our situation is quite complex,

      we are a 3 droped down list boxes, which are linked together,

      the entries of the second one depends on what is selected on the first one, so does the thired one. entries for each of the dropdownlist is less than 397, but the array behind definitly beyond that number(in javascript).

      I agreed know that we should make the form simple, but i dont think WDA will help.

      actually we use WDA to display the form on portal already.

      best regards.