SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe
As of SAP NetWeaver ’04 (in SAP Web Application Server), you can use a new solution to createinteractive forms and print forms for the optimization of your form-based business processes. Thissolution usesPortable Document Format (PDF) and software from Adobe Systems Inc. that has
been integrated into the SAP environment.You can create interactive forms in PDF format that allow users to fill out the form on the screenand save their entries in XML format in the form. When the SAP system receives the PDF form, itextracts the data saved in the form, and can process it further.You can also merge a form template with current system data to generate a PDF document thatcan then be printed or sent by e-mail.SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe offer you the following business advantages:
Interactive functions automate the creation of data for SAP systems
Full integration into the SAP development environments for Java and ABAP
User-friendly tools reduce the time and costs associated with creating form layouts.
The usage of the PDF format means that forms retain their appearance regardless of theenvironment they are used in.In certain circumstances, you require a license for interactive forms. For moredetailed information, read SAP Note
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SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe are particularly well suited to business processes in whichemployees enter data in a form-based solution and then want to transfer this data automatically tothe SAP system. In the simplest cases, you only require the free Adobe Reader to display or fillout PDF forms on your front end.
SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe is included in SAP Web Application Server and can be used byany applications that are based on SAP NetWeaver ’04 or later.The following Adobe software is included in the form solution:
Adobe LiveCycle Designer A graphical tool for designing form layouts; it is integrated into SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio and ABAP Workbench.
Adobe Document ServicesWeb services used to generate the PDF forms at runtime; in interactive scenarios, theyextract the XML data from the form and send it to the system.Adobe Document Services run on SAP J2EE Engine. This means that you must install the JavaStack of SAP Web Application Server, regardless of the development language of your application (ABAP or Java).
SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe offer the following basic functions:
Create form templates for the layout that include logos or pictures