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WAS 6.40 with Adobe Designer as SAPScript/Smartforms alternative

Hi all,

We are implementing a custom labeling solution for our R/3 4.6 system based on WAS development. We just got our WAS 6.20 system installed (which was recommended over 6.30 by SAP) and so far we were planning to use Sapscript as the output format for the labels. After installing the WAS 6.40 Sneak Preview and some research, I found lots of promising information on the new Adobe Designer integration which could be an alternative to the oldfashioned SAPScript way.

Here are my questions:

- Will Adobe Designer only be available with the WAS 6.40 version?

- Could we develop WebDynpros with the 6.40 Java stack and access data on our WAS 6.20?

- When will the 6.40 Java stack be released for a production environment?

- Is there a way to get a "Sneak Preview" version of the Adobe Designer (it is not part of my WAS 6.40 Sneak Preview)?

- Is there a WAS 6.40 ABAP stack planned and if so, when will it be released?

Thanks,

Guenther Schober

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    Posted on Apr 26, 2004 at 01:47 PM

    Hi Guenther,

    i'm no SAP internal, so i can't promise you something about the "release strategy" of SAP according the requested features. But, i got this things working (not with Sneak Preview) and i can tell you:

    Forget about Smartforms or even SAPScript! If it's possible for you to wait, do it. These Adobe forms are the first <b>real</b> WYSIWYG interactive forms i've seen yet and they are <b>definitely</b> worth using and waiting.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards

    Stefan

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      Hi Guenther,

      yes that's right. It's running on the java stack via the web services provided for this in my case (and not on sneak preview).

      I didn't recognize in your initial post, that you want to use this feature for labels, i used it for interactive user input so far and it's really great, since users can work with the forms just like they know them, so the acceptance is extremely high.

      BTW, you can at least partly demonstrate this by showing forms, which are also working interactively "outside" the WebAS and offline. I think, Adobe should provide some of this "special" PDFs.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards

      Stefan

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    Posted on Apr 26, 2004 at 02:36 PM

    Guenther

    The Adobe Designer is only available with 6.40 or later. It is available from transaction SFP in the ABAP stack and from WebDynpro in the Java Stack. Since the Java stack doesn't really include a print spooler, you might prefer to use a 6.40 ABAP stack.

    You could consider runnning a stand-alone 6.40 ABAP system and just having an RFC (or BAPI) to connect it to your 6.20 based 4.6C system. It could pull the data across and print the results using the SFP.

    However, to answer your question specifically, you could write a WebDynpro application and have it access the data from your 6.20 system for the data. But the results will be PDF oriented (ie for display and data entry) not print oriented for label printers.

    My guess is that 6.40 will be released for general availabiliy some time in the summer. (Both stacks).

    So, now it's my turn to ask questions: What were you going to print the labels on? Are Barcodes part of the print requirement? Which barcode types?

    Les

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      Hi Guenther - I'm gald to be able to respond here but I don't get all that much time to watch the forums. (Someone else saw this and told me your question). You can also post these questions using the normal OSS or service marketplace methods.

      So, now to answer the question. just define a Zebra printer in SPAD in the usual way and run your program but instead of print preview, send your output to the Zebra printer you just defined. Instead of producing PDF it will produce ZPL ad send it to the printer.

      Happy labels!

      Les