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SFP - Form Printing transaction?


Recently we upgareded to ECC 6.0, pls. let us know,

1) To develop a custom Adobe Print Form via SFP transaction, do we need ADS server seperately?

2) Does ADS server processes the data or just renders the layout?

3) In order to open any standard SAP's Adobe Print Form in SFP transaction, the local PC must have installed the Adobe LiveCycle Designer (just for view purpose)?

4) JCo is the connnection between SAP ECC and ADS?

Thank you

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    Oct 25, 2012 at 05:28 AM

    Hi MSR,

    Yes ADS is must for developing and testing print adobe form

    Check this for installation

    2: ADS is used to provide the acrobat reader rights to your form. In the link provided above your second question will be answered

    3: No Adobe LiveCycle designer only allows you to develop layout in sfp. If you will not be having ALD in local machine then you will not be able to open layout and design layout in sfp transaction.

    4: Connection between ADS and ECC is done via rfc. This also will be clear when you will read the configuration steps in link above.

    Hope it helps


    Sandeep katoch

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    • Hi,

      1: As soon as user clicks the button for launch adobe interactive form and it is online form then there is a job opened at beckend that calls for ADS and the form with all the acrobat properties is generated for user entry. Remember one thing the form if it is online gets generated everytime in ADS JAVA stack server and is then returned to SAP with all the rights as soon as the job is closed.

      2: When the data is entered and user press submit then ADS does not come into picture as the form is already generated with all the rights needed for acrobat user.

      3: When a developer clicks on create then again ADS does not come into picture but yes as soon as the developer will try to activate the form there is a call to ADS server from SAP for form generation and if ADS is not installed then form itself will not be generated.

      4: Yes , ADS does not store user data but it is important for form generation as if it is not installed or is incorrectly configured then form itself will not be generated.

      Hope now the doubt is clear


      Sandeep Katoch

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    Oct 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM


    I believe there's a need for clarification. SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe can be used in two (at least) very different scenarios. First one is "print forms" (like order confirmation or invoice). Second one in "interactive forms" (like using nice PDF form with fields to send data to SAP for processing and storage).

    What scenario are you planing to use ADS for? While the tools and technologies used for both are generally the same, there are some differences in configuration and licensing.

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    • Thank you, yes, you are correct that there is differences in licensing and am aware that part.

      What am confusing here is the ADS role in perspective of SFP's Adobe  (Print and Interactive), i mean, when it get into picture and when it is disconnected from SAP and what actuualy it will do?

      I guess, Sandeep answered nicely, Thank you.

      I am curious to know further, if any expert like you sheds light

      Thank you both