such as on-line help, invoices, purchase orders, and sales orders
are some of the frequently used SAPscript outputs. SAPscript
is the word processing tool used within SAP/R3 to manipulate and
display text. It is used throughout the system for on-line displays
and print out processing. When data is printed using SAPscript,
the output is commonly referred to as layouts or forms.
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When do you use SAPscript?
SAPscript processing should be used when output needs to be controlled.
For example, the printing of vendor checks from Accounts payable
is a function of SAP that should be controlled. The check should
only be printed if specific activities have been completed. The
check printing should also be performed by authorized persons and
in most cases, on very specific printers. Another reason to use
SAPscript over report processing is when graphics, barcoded data,
and various fonts are to be printed on one piece of paper. Even
though this can be done using print control commands in ABAP/4 programs,
it is easier to do via SAPscript routines.
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What should a SAPscript
Designing a SAPscript layout set is a very small, though important,
part of the SAPscript process. An experienced and qualified
SAPscript resource must also know how to:
existing and new forms for all the SAP modules
up and maintain standard text
up and process via fax functions
and print barcode fonts
and modify ABAP/4 SAPscript programs
printer configuration activities
up non-supported printers within SAP
data from the business functional aspect
with the SAP data base
knowledge to the full-time associates at a customer site
Is a third party package
better than SAPscript?
SAPscript is a part of the SAP system. With each release of
SAP, it has been enhanced to include more and more functionality.
Even if a third party package is used to develop forms, SAPscript
knowledge is required for any implementation. There are a number
of third party packages available that are marketed as replacements
for SAPscript. Even though these packages do allow forms to be generated
external to SAP, they do not replace SAPscript processing in SAP.
When deciding on one of these packages, additional software cost,
additional training time and cost, release compatibility, and level
of support should be considered.
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What can New Alliance Associates
do for you?
Here at New Alliance Associates, Inc., we have the expertise and
knowledge to perform any and all the activities related to output
processing for SAP. Our company has been involved with SAP implementations
since 1993. In the past nine years, we have designed and implemented
SAPscript processes for companies such as Delmarva Power and
Light, Symbol Technologies, Inc., NEC, Corporate
Software and Technologies, and Colgate to name a few.
This development has been done on releases 2.2A through 4.X releases
New Alliance Associates designed, developed, and implemented the
process and the support documentation for Xerox Corporation
to load into SAP output device data that enables Xerox customers
to take advantage of printer capabilities unique to Xerox directly
from SAP, regardless of the software release. As part of
this development, we trained Xerox personnel on the installation
and use of this process. We currently provide call center support
for any and all issues and questions relating to Xerox printers
under the SAP umbrella for Xerox.
In addition, we have developed a comprehensive class for SAPscript
"SAPscript for ABAPers"
which has been given on and off site to customers. This class includes,
and is not limited to, all the tasks defined under "What
can New Alliance Associates do for you?"